On the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, there is data posted on hospital-specific charges for 30 Ambulatory Payment Classification Groups (APC) paid under the Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System for calendar year 2011.  One APC code reported is 0336 – Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Magnetic Resonance Angiography of the head and neck without a contrast dye.

Here is a breakdown of reported outpatient charges for area southshore hospitals:

Jefferson Parish hospital A: $1,349
Jefferson Parish hospital B: $2,213
Jefferson Parish hospital C: $2,432

Orleans Parish hospital A: $2,443
Orleans Parish hospital B: $3,550

The breakdown for the same code for area northshore hospitals:

Northshore hospital A: $2,641
Northshore hospital B: $2,800
Northshore hospital C: $2,827
Northshore hospital D: $3,417

The Diagnostic Imaging Services submitted charge to Medicare: $1,254

Diagnostic Imaging Services, in the majority of cases when compared to the above hospitals, is hundreds, even thousands of dollars less in our submitted charge.

To further understand the information, visit https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/Medicare-Provider-Charge-Data/Outpatient.html. There, users can download data in either Microsoft Excel or comma save value formats for their own review, comparison and analysis.

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