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Indiana hospital's outpatient procedure data posted online

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Health officials have begun providing quality and price data online for Indianaís 50 most frequently performed outpatient procedures.

The information is included on, which the Indiana Hospital Association launched in 2015, The Journal Gazette reported.

The site already included quality and price data for the 100 most common inpatient procedures in Indiana hospitals. Officials hope the additional data will help people make informed decisions before scheduling procedures such as colonoscopies, cataract removal and tonsil removal.

Some providers see the data as a marketing opportunity because their prices for numerous procedures are lower than surrounding hospitals.

Laura Lutterbeck, spokeswoman for Cameron Memorial Community Hospital in Angola, said there are large discrepancies among births.

The hospitalís rate for a vaginal delivery, an inpatient procedure, is more than $7,200, which is below the state average of more than $11,900. Parkview Regional Medical Centerís rate is almost twice as much at more than $14,300, and Lutheran Hospitalís charge is listed as more than $15,200.

The Indiana State Department of Health gathered the pricing information for the site.

Brian Tabor, the Indiana Hospital Associationís executive vice president, said consumers should look at more than just numbers. Tabor said few people pay the listed sticker price and that patients should consult their doctors to get a better understanding of whether their case might require more or less care than the average. He said insurance company often negotiate discounts with providers.



Posted 2/3/2017





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