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September 30, 2014

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What local hospitals charge for their 10 most common procedures

Prices for the same type of treatment — whether for kidney failure or a knee replacement — can vary wildly depending on the hospital you choose, often differing by tens of thousands of dollars, according to data released earlier this week by the federal government.

The Medicare data, released Wednesday, covers the average charge for the most common types of procedures at 3,300 hospitals nationwide, including 13 in the Las Vegas Valley.

The results reveal wide fluctuations in cost for services regionally and within individual cities.

For instance, in Las Vegas, treatment for pneumonia costs $36,669 at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - Rose de Lima Campus, the cheapest in the valley and nearly half the price for treatment at Valley Hospital.

A number of factors contribute to the different costs of care at different hospitals. Most patients won't pay the "sticker price" listed in the Medicare data and instead will have it covered by private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid at lower rates. However, some uninsured or out-of-network patients could find themselves charged for the full amount.

The Sun analyzed the data, which covers about 60 percent of Medicare inpatient cases in 2011, and found which hospitals in the Las Vegas Valley charged the most and which charged the least for treatment of the 10 most common ailments. Included is the total number of patients discharged after treatment and the average cost per patient.

    • Major joint replacement or reattachment of lower extremity without major complications

      Highest
      • Summerlin Hospital: $118,996; 91 patients
      • Desert Springs Hospital: $117,478; 54 patients
      • Spring Valley Hospital: $110,359; 146 patients
      Lowest
      • University Medical Center: $71,358; 39 patients
      • St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - Siena Campus: $71,894; 518 patients
      • MountainView Hospital: $71,944; 81 patients
    • Esophagitis, gastrointestinal and miscellaneous digestive disorders without major complications

      Highest
      • North Vista Hospital: $45,330; 38 patients
      • Summerlin Hospital: $39,452; 155 patients
      • Desert Springs Hospital: $39,181; 102 patients
      Lowest
      • University Medical Center: $24,936; 46 patients
      • Southern Hills Hospital: $30,920; 65 patients
      • St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - Rose de Lima Campus: $31,134; 65 patients
    • Septicemia or severe sepsis with major complications

      Highest
      • Spring Valley Hospital: $122,813; 53 patients
      • North Vista Hospital: $122,424; 50 patients
      • Valley Hospital: $115,303; 108 patients
      Lowest
      • St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - San Martin Campus: $74,786; 46 patients
      • University Medical Center: $81,382; 47 patients
      • St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - Siena Campus: $85,236; 107 patients
    • Kidney and urinary tract infections without major complications

      Highest
      • Sunrise Hospital: $41,231; 68 patients
      • MountainView Hospital: $37,782; 129 patients
      • Desert Springs Hospital: $37,305; 55 patients
      Lowest
      • University Medical Center: $24,602; 48 patients
      • St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - San Martin Campus: $28,549; 51 patients
      • St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - Rose de Lima Campus: $30,803; 59 patients
    • Heart failure and shock with complications

      Highest
      • Summerlin Hospital: $56,988; 74 patients
      • Sunrise Hospital: $54,405; 82 patients
      • Centennial Hills Hospital: $53,407; 36 patients
      Lowest
      • Southern Hills Hospital: $35,074; 28 patients
      • St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - Siena Campus: $38,807; 75 patients
      • University Medical Center: $38,974; 52 patients
    • Chest pain

      Highest
      • Desert Springs Hospital: $39,801; 97 patients
      • Sunrise Hospital: $37,279; 86 patients
      • Spring Valley Hospital: $35,171; 54 patients
      Lowest
      • St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - San Martin Campus: $23,610; 59 patients
      • Southern Hills Hospital: $24,458; 31 patients
      • University Medical Center: $24,928; 43 patients
    • Simple pneumonia and pleurisy with complications

      Highest
      • Valley Hospital: $70,593; 73 patients
      • Sunrise Hospital: $62,135; 80 patients
      • MountainView Hospital: $59,186; 105 patients
      Lowest
      • St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - Rose de Lima Campus: $36,669; 40 patients
      • St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - San Martin Campus: $37,237; 45 patients
      • University Medical Center: $38,060; 49 patients
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease without complications

      Highest
      • Valley Hospital: $43,869; 66 patients
      • Centennial Hills Hospital: $42,866; 45 patients
      • Summerlin Hospital: $40,646; 54 patients
      Lowest
      • St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - San Martin Campus: $26,041; 18 patients
      • St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - Siena Campus: $26,622; 38 patients
      • St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - Rose de Lima Campus: $27,724; 37 patients
    • Syncope and collapse

      Highest
      • St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - San Martin Campus: $42,525; 15 patients
      • Sunrise Hospital: $42,411; 91 patients
      • St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - Rose de Lima Campus: $40,552; 25 patients
      Lowest
      • Valley Hospital: $28,484; 108 patients
      • University Medical Center: $28,508; 29 patients
      • Desert Springs Hospital: $29,951; 70 patients
    • Renal failure with complications

      Highest
      • MountainView Hospital: $59,745; 89 patients
      • Spring Valley Hospital: $56,304; 36 patients
      • Southern Hills Hospital: $55,853; 39 patients
      Lowest
      • University Medical Center: $29,078; 56 patients
      • St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - San Martin Campus: $38,204; 37 patients
      • St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - Rose de Lima Campus: $40,373; 31 patients

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    1. I'd love to see comparisons on labor and delivery costs.

    2. Medicare does not track labor and delivery costs.

    3. What are the Final charges for Someone Without Insurance? I'll bet it's not even close to those with Insurance and the Hospitals will force them into Bankruptcy and get Nothing.
      One Top Notch University Medical Research Hospital (like every other Major City in the U.S. has)would go a long way to solving the Medical Problems of Las Vegas. However does anyone really thing with our Under informed, Under educated Electorate and Crony Politics any of it is going to happen? This is a Major Issue that Retirees need to know about Before Relocating to Las Vegas and the NAARP could be at the forefront of issuing the warning. Tourists beware - Never get seriously sick while you're in this town, buy the evacuation insurance as you would in any other third world medical system country. We need a High Speed Hospital Train to Loma Linda.

    4. Scary data. I get faint and used to actually faint from LOW BLOOD PRESSURE--or so they decided when they couldn't figure out what was causing it. Still get a little weak in the knees. Why they need $30K to figure it out....? Not sure what the "collapse" means. When you faint, you lose consciousness and fall on the floor.

    5. http://www.ifhp.com/documents/2011iFHPPr...
      Read the above comparison between what we pay and what patients are charged in other industrialized nations for various medical procedures. It is no wonder 66% of the country doesn't have a pot to piss in.
      The majority of bankruptcies have a medical component, and most petitioners HAVE insurance.

    6. Years ago my wife had both of her hips replaced at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. Nearly $50,000 per hip and the surgeries were performed in about 55 minutes. She was in the hospital for three days both times. Nearly $100,000 for two hours of surgery and six days of in hospital recovery. Give me a break!

      Ref Freeman has been battling brain cancer since last year. Neurosurgery, chemotherapy and various other modalities of treatment. I would love to know what his bills are. In this town $500,000 plus wouldn't be out of the ordinary.