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 MyCareINsight.org, 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.
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.