NH Hospitals’ Charges for Medical Procedures Vary Widely

According to a report published this Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a government agency, the costs billed to Medicare and Medicaid by New Hampshire hospitals vary greatly. The reason for such cost discrepancies is not known although many experts believe a lack of transparency in hospital pricing and cost disclosure may be a factor. Here are some of the figures the Nashua Telegraph has gleaned from the report (MCC”, means “major complications and co-morbid conditions):
MAJOR JOINT REPLACEMENT OR REATTACHMENT OF LOWER EXTREMITY w/o MCC
Parkland $69,388
St. Joe $57,513
SNHMC $44,461
Cheshire $31,677

ESOPHAGITIS, GASTROENT & MISC DIGEST DISORDERS w/ MCC
CMC $32,007
St. Joe $20,554
SNHMC $16,853
Frisbie $16,428

SEPTICEMIA OR SEVERE SEPSIS w/o MV 96+ HOURS w/ MCC
CMC $50,740
St. Joe $24,335
SNHMC $24,012

SIMPLE PNEUMONIA & PLEURISY w/ MCC
Lakes Region $39,258
St. Joe $25,648
SNHMC $21,366
Elliot $19,904

HEART FAILURE & SHOCK w/ MCC
Portsmouth $45,512
St. Joe $22,972
SNHMC $19,767
Elliot $18,211

CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE w/ MCC
Lakes $30,610
SJ $18,884
SNHMC $17,446
Cheshire $15,912
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS.gov)