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 (MRI) and Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) 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.
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