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Greater Health Care Transparency for CO as CIVHC Releases Expanded Shop for Care Tool

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A second updated to the online Shop for Care tool using evidence-based prices from the Colorado All Payer Claims Database (CO APCD), includes more procedures, additional facilities and new quality information. The searchable information, includes updated 2018 prices for imaging services like x-rays, CT scans and MRIs, and episode prices for 11 new hospital and outpatient procedures including hysterectomies, colorectal resections and more.

The website shows that price and quality vary significantly across Colorado, and paying more does not always mean better patient experience or outcomes. Patients shopping for episode-based care in Colorado can save significantly by shopping around – bariatric surgery prices range from $26,000 to $35,000, shoulder replacements range between $28,000 and $42,000, and coronary angioplasty prices are as low as $37,000 and as high as $76,000 at certain facilities.

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