Comparing Charges at Montana Hospitals

Spending your health care dollars wisely…
What you should consider when seeking medical care.

Making Informed Choices

This information can help you make informed choices. It is designed to show how health care costs for similar illnesses can vary by hospital. By using this information to let your health care providers know you plan to take an active role, you can make them more aware of the need for affordable, readily available care.

The information comes from the MHA COMPdata program. This data is grouped into illness categories which combined similar diagnoses and treatments. There is a brief description of each category.

The charges are averages based on the number of patients and total charges for that illness category as reported during the stated time frame. How long you are in the hospital, the level of care you receive, complications, special medical services, and fee increases all affect the costs of hospital services. Because these figures are averages, they will be different from what you are actually billed. Please note: these figures do not include Physician’s Professional Fees.

Use this information to talk with your doctor about how to get the best care while keeping costs down.

For more information on Comparing Charges at Montana Hospitals, please contact Roberta at MHA.

January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015
Average Hospital Charges for Common Diagnoses

 Inpatient Procedures
(MS DRG Code)
Description Discharges Avg. Length of Stay Avg. Charges Avg. Charge Range Low – High
194 Pneumonia & Pleurisy with Complications 1,143 3.65 14,444 $5,219 – $26,524
292 Heart Failure 802 4.00 15,689 $6,469 – $27,770
313 Chest Pain 232 1.68 11,433 $4,165 – $18,018
470 Major Joint Replace/Reattach 5,127 2.62 38,526 $27,740 – $51,373
639 Diabetes without Complications 317 1.88 9,964 $4,703 – $15,835
690 Kidney & Urinary Tract Infections w/Comp. 834 3.16 10,665 $4,241 – $18,343
743 Hysterectomy 237 1.93 18,262 $11,545- $26,460
765 Delivery by Cesarean Section with Complications 1,308 4.15 18,646 $10,588 – $25,882
766 Delivery by Cesarean Section without Complications 1,970 2.94 13,783 $9,194 – $18,893
774 Normal Delivery with Complications 1,186 2.39 9,880 $3,875 – $15,420
775 Normal Delivery 6,020 1.87 8,095 $3,716 – $12,180
794 Newborn with Sig. Problems 2,164 2.34 4,197 $1,635 – $5,971
795 Normal Newborn (Baby’s Bill) 6,997 1.85 2,628 $1,452 – $4,084
885 Psychoses 4,244 6.46 13,795 $4,624 – $25,872
 
 
 Outpatient Procedures
(CPT Code)
Description Discharges Avg. Length of Stay Avg. Charge Avg. Charge Range Low – High
43239 Upper GI Endoscopy w Biopsy 3,315 . 2,904 $1,791 – $4,438
45378 Diagnostic Colonoscopy 4,259 . 2,378 $1,332 – $3,928
45380 Colonoscopy & Biopsy 5,558 . 3,053 $1,914 – $5,042
45385 Colonoscopy w lesion removal 4,992 . 3,269 $1,937 – $5,579
66984 Cataract Surgery 4,642 . 3,820 $3,189 – $6,637