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Hospital price data updated

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

CMS updates hospital-specific volume and payment data for 31 common inpatient procedures on its 1Web site June 21. Intended to increase transparency for consumers, data on the procedures was first posted last June (2"The Gray Sheet" June 5, 2006, In Brief). According to the update, in fiscal year 2006 the midrange of payments for implantable defibrillator implants with cardiac catheterization was $37,102-$48,790, and charges averaged $135,717. For major joint replacements, the payment range was $10,085-$12,257 with average charges of $38,447. CMS plans to update the data for common outpatient, ambulatory surgical center and physician services later this summer and fall...

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