The Variation of Chargemaster Price Listings for Urogynecologic Procedures

Saman Baban, Madison Kasoff, Amanda Kadesh, Richard Chaudhary, Aiden Lui, Jeanne Shi, Jai Ahluwalia, Michael White, Dobie Giles, Timothy R. Petersen, Sarah Andiman, Cara L. Grimes

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Abstract

IMPORTANCE: A 2018 Executive Order calling for price transparency required hospitals to publicly provide chargemasters, which are detailed lists of standard price listings for billable medical procedures. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to evaluate price listing variations in common urogynecology procedures. STUDY DESIGN: This was a cross-sectional study of chargemasters obtained between February and April 2020 from hospitals across 5 states chosen to reflect the diversity of health systems in the United States. Hospital characteristic and quality metric data were obtained from the Homeland Infrastructure Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services websites. Current Procedural Terminology codes and procedure names for 9 urogynecologic procedures were used to search each chargemaster and extract price listings. Price listings were compared with data on quality, population demographics, and hospital characteristics to determine if any significant relationships existed. RESULTS: Eight hundred thirty-four chargemasters were identified. Price listings for most procedures differed significantly across the 5 states, including colpocleisis, cystoscopy with chemodenervation, diagnostic cystoscopy, diverticulectomy, sacral neuromodulation, midurethral sling, and sacrospinous ligament fixation. Price listings were significantly higher in urban hospitals than rural hospitals for 6 procedures. No significant association was seen with price listing and quality measures for most procedures. CONCLUSIONS: Listed prices varied for several urogynecologic procedures. Some of this variation is associated with hospital characteristics such as urban setting. However, notably, price listing was not associated with quality. Further investigation of chargemaster price listings with hospital characteristics and quality metrics and with what is actually paid by patients is imperative for patients to navigate charges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-518
Number of pages8
JournalUrogynecology
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2024
Externally publishedYes

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