Kidney stone removal or lithotripsy: How much does it cost?

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Kidney stone removal or lithotripsy: How much does it cost?

(Updated 2022) Kidney stone removal, or lithotripsy, uses shock waves or lasers to break down stones in the kidney, gallbladder, or ureters. Procedure costs can vary. One of our community members shared several prices for treatment via our site, and we started a conversation. Let’s call the community member Michael from the Louisville, Ky. area.  […]

How much is a facility fee? Facility Fees 101

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How much is a facility fee? Facility Fees 101

(Updated 2022) What is a facility fee? We have heard a lot of questions and a lot of anguish lately about facility fees, which are charged by hospitals and other institutions for the use of their, well, facilities. Here’s a roundup of what we know about this topic. What is a facility fee? Hospitals often […]

Facility fees startle patients who think they’re paid up: ‘Cracking the Code’

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Facility fees startle patients who think they’re paid up: ‘Cracking the Code’

(Updated 2022) “When Nancy DuBois began experiencing shoulder pain early last year, she worried she might need rotator cuff surgery. She saw a specialist at Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, near the Tulane football stadium, who diagnosed her instead with a frozen shoulder, a common condition caused by injury or over-use. The visit, including an […]

You’ve Got Facility Fees! | The Health Care Blog

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Summary: “Hospital-based clinics tack on ‘facility fee’ charges, which are separate from the bill for the doctors’ services, for the use of the room in which the patient was seen,” Niran Al-Agba writes over at The Health Care Blog. “One hospital administrator told me to think of it as ‘room rental.’ Facility fees bring in […]

Facility fee change proposed for hospital bills, CPI explains

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

High emergency-room bill? Blame that mysterious facility fee. Well, now the Government is trying to hold down fees by imposing a flat rate, a change that will apply only to Medicare patients. “Federal officials for more than a decade have let hospitals decide on their own how much to charge Medicare for certain emergency room […]