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blog:bpaddock:use_the_charge_master_find_hospital_costs [2014/07/20 00:26] (current)
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 +====== Use the Charge Master find hospital costs ======
 +
 +Use the Charge Master find hospital costs
 +
 +When Karen and I were in California for her Dural Reduction Surgery I
 +discovered that California had something called the
 +[[http://​www.oshpd.ca.gov/​HID/​Products/​Hospitals/​Chrgmstr|"​AB 1045 and
 +the Payers′ Bill of Rights"​]] and
 +[[http://​www.oshpd.ca.gov/​chargemaster/​Default.aspx|Charge Master, or
 +Chargemaster]] as it appears both ways, program that lists hospital
 +costs.
 +
 +For example searching for "cedar sinai" brings up a downloadable spreadsheet of their procedure costs. ​ The highest thing listed is:
 +
 +"​02781367 HB TOTAL ARTIFICIAL HEART      $510,​125.75"​
 +
 +"​03400011 HB NM CSF LEAK SCAN 78650 $1,476.66 $1,919.65 "
 +
 +That easy to get a price, at least if you know what it is called. I could not figure out the what Dural Reduction Surgery was called in the CM. :-(
 +
 +Now why don't all states have this so we can shop for medical procedures just as we would do for anything else we buy in our lives?
 +
 +In a different tho related matter I got a bill in March of 2014 for thousands of dollars from the hospital in LA, seven months after Karen died.
 +
 +Karen once got a bill seven **years** after the date of service.
 +
 +I keep thinking I should contact my representatives in Congress to get
 +them to enact a law that says if the hospital and doctors can't get
 +the bill sent out in 120 days, then the bill can not be sent.  What
 +excuse if there to take seven **months** to send a bill?
 +
 +
 +{{tag>​ARTIFICIAL HEART CSF Leak Scan Charge Master Chargemaster representatives ​ Congress Dural Reduction Surgery Cedar-Sinai}}
 +
 +
 +~~DISCUSSION~~