The latest quarterly Healthcare Transparency Index from health education and engagement platform vendor Change Healthcare shows nine medical procedures with high costs and price variances as high as 796 percent. Even within a given network, the organization says charges for pharmacy, medical and dental services often vary by more than 300 percent.
Imaging services were the leading potential area for cost reduction opportunities for plan sponsors and consumers. From an analysis of a database including more than 180 million insurance claims from Q4 of 2013, Change Healthcare found CT scans varied 796 percent from $307 to $2,747 per scan, with an average cost of more than $1,200. In addition, ultrasound costs cited in the report varied by 411 percent.
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