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Published: Sunday, May 19, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Local hospital billing compared

Recently, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released an enormous spreadsheet of billing data for more than 3,000 hospitals "that show significant variation across the country and within communities in what hospitals charge for common inpatient services." A sliver of that 2011 data are printed below for a few common diagnoses and selected hospitals in Snohomish, King and Skagit counties.

To explore a database of all 100 diagnoses and what Western Washington hospitals charge, go to the bottom of this page for an interactive window.

Selected diagnoses and hospital charges, FY 2011

Under each diagnosis, the hospitals are ranked by the average each billed Medicare. The last column shows what, on average, Medicare actually paid each hospital.

Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Group Definition2011 casesAverage amount billed to MedicareVersus state averageVersus U.S. averageAverage amount reimbursed by Medicare
Pulmonary embolism without major complications and comorbid conditions
Swedish Edmonds Hospital19$30,265122%115%$7,278
Swedish Medical Center28$29,784120%113%$8,060
Evergreen Hospital Medical Center24$26,854108%102%$6,928
Skagit Valley Hospital11$23,25494%88%$7,263
Northwest Hospital17$22,92893%87%$6,758
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett33$20,91384%79%$7,273
Overlake Hospital Medical Center37$19,91380%75%$6,448
University of Washington Medical Center21$16,69867%63%$11,378
Virginia Mason Medical Center17$13,01153%49%$8,267
Pulmonary edema and respiratory failure
Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill21$42,282140%132%$9,932
Swedish Medical Center77$42,188140%132%$10,405
Northwest Hospital25$41,431138%130%$8,717
Skagit Valley Hospital13$36,510121%114%$8,690
Swedish Edmonds Hospital20$34,324114%107%$9,216
Virginia Mason Medical Center22$30,911103%97%$14,404
Harborview Medical Center14$29,78999%93%$13,213
Overlake Hospital Medical Center40$29,40198%92%$8,108
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett369$27,77692%87%$9,211
University of Washington Medical Center17$26,19487%82%$13,622
Evergreen Hospital Medical Center32$25,27184%79%$8,280
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with major complications and comorbid conditions
Swedish Medical Center41$41,312156%137%$8,698
Swedish Edmonds Hospital58$32,590123%108%$8,094
Skagit Valley Hospital36$32,003121%106%$7,940
Evergreen Hospital Medical Center42$27,902105%93%$7,692
Overlake Hospital Medical Center34$26,25499%87%$7,253
Northwest Hospital27$22,36784%74%$7,455
University of Washington Medical Center14$20,54977%68%$13,222
Harborview Medical Center31$17,72667%59%$11,284
Virginia Mason Medical Center15$15,87360%53%$9,447
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett12$12,83348%43%$7,762
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with complications and comorbid conditions
Swedish Edmonds Hospital35$28,622135%118%$6,813
Swedish Medical Center58$23,490111%97%$7,410
Skagit Valley Hospital24$23,393110%96%$6,604
Evergreen Hospital Medical Center29$22,603106%93%$6,370
Northwest Hospital19$20,11595%83%$6,116
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett22$19,67393%81%$6,311
Overlake Hospital Medical Center31$18,61688%77%$5,998
Virginia Mason Medical Center25$13,41863%55%$7,491
Harborview Medical Center23$13,08262%54%$9,352
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease without complications and comorbid conditions or major complications and comorbid conditions
Swedish Medical Center37$20,943126%116%$5,358
Swedish Edmonds Hospital17$20,657124%114%$4,965
Skagit Valley Hospital30$20,009121%110%$5,061
Northwest Hospital17$18,541112%102%$4,535
Evergreen Hospital Medical Center12$18,172109%100%$4,751
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett13$16,21698%89%$5,473
Overlake Hospital Medical Center22$11,36268%63%$4,582
Harborview Medical Center15$8,76953%48%$6,859
Acute myocardial infarction, discharged alive, with major complications and comorbid conditions
Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill25$65,195164%141%$12,993
Swedish Edmonds Hospital11$50,029126%108%$11,504
Skagit Valley Hospital20$43,088108%93%$12,114
Evergreen Hospital Medical Center41$42,113106%91%$13,178
Northwest Hospital18$40,030101%86%$13,294
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett49$33,87685%73%$12,515
Overlake Hospital Medical Center29$30,60977%66%$11,024
Acute myocardial infarction, discharged alive, with complications and comorbid conditions
Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill18$42,961160%141%$8,651
Swedish Edmonds Hospital13$29,381109%96%$8,100
Northwest Hospital11$25,93997%85%$7,870
Evergreen Hospital Medical Center16$25,06493%82%$7,542
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett28$25,00793%82%$7,985
Skagit Valley Hospital16$24,78692%81%$7,719
Overlake Hospital Medical Center21$23,56588%77%$7,128
Virginia Mason Medical Center15$15,81259%52%$9,458
Acute myocardial infarction, discharged alive, without complications and comorbid conditions or major complications and comorbid conditions
Swedish Edmonds Hospital17$33,103141%144%$5,467
Skagit Valley Hospital16$25,609109%111%$5,440
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett13$21,98494%96%$6,188
Heart failure and shock with major complications and comorbid conditions
Swedish Medical Center53$45,938138%120%$10,924
Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill68$44,714134%117%$9,765
Swedish Edmonds Hospital32$44,609134%117%$11,700
Northwest Hospital48$41,553125%109%$10,476
Evergreen Hospital Medical Center49$39,339118%103%$10,911
Skagit Valley Hospital37$35,596107%93%$9,486
University of Washington Medical Center22$32,57898%85%$17,000
Overlake Hospital Medical Center67$29,09287%76%$8,931
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett132$26,87781%70%$10,104
Harborview Medical Center30$26,75080%70%$14,543
Virginia Mason Medical Center45$25,36276%66%$12,473
Heart failure and shock with complications and comorbid conditions
Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill109$36,114159%144%$7,120
Swedish Medical Center77$33,794149%135%$7,482
Northwest Hospital79$26,612117%106%$6,532
Swedish Edmonds Hospital47$26,519117%106%$7,131
Skagit Valley Hospital44$25,425112%101%$6,830
Evergreen Hospital Medical Center77$22,616100%90%$7,043
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett85$21,02393%84%$6,763
Overlake Hospital Medical Center120$19,73987%79%$6,237
University of Washington Medical Center72$19,06484%76%$12,462
Harborview Medical Center38$18,36981%73%$10,006
Virginia Mason Medical Center86$18,30881%73%$8,678
Valley General Hospital15$17,18676%68%$7,678
Cascade Valley Hospital18$11,95053%48%$7,475
Heart failure and shock without complications and comorbid conditions or major complications and comorbid conditions
Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill63$23,424141%135%$4,718
Skagit Valley Hospital34$22,460136%129%$4,650
Northwest Hospital43$20,312123%117%$4,302
Swedish Medical Center16$19,077115%110%$5,003
Swedish Edmonds Hospital28$17,995109%104%$4,706
Harborview Medical Center12$16,682101%96%$6,837
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett39$16,32099%94%$4,772
Overlake Hospital Medical Center45$14,29886%82%$4,259
Evergreen Hospital Medical Center29$13,87284%80%$4,426
Valley General Hospital14$13,78583%79%$4,953
University of Washington Medical Center17$13,53682%78%$7,760
Major joint replacement or reattachment of lower extremity without major complications and comorbid conditions
Harborview Medical Center26$67,105127%134%$24,298
Northwest Hospital175$62,502118%125%$13,696
Swedish Medical Center949$60,466114%121%$16,541
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett301$51,57697%103%$15,635
Swedish Edmonds Hospital86$51,27597%102%$15,013
Overlake Hospital Medical Center390$45,67286%91%$13,444
Evergreen Hospital Medical Center232$43,85883%88%$14,419
Skagit Valley Hospital183$43,12481%86%$14,483
Valley General Hospital29$40,47376%81%$15,421
Cascade Valley Hospital21$37,48971%75%$16,271
Virginia Mason Medical Center308$35,94968%72%$17,225
University of Washington Medical Center215$31,75360%63%$21,521
Renal failure with major complications and comorbid conditions
Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill25$64,433175%160%$12,900
Swedish Edmonds Hospital32$46,876127%116%$11,951
Swedish Medical Center62$44,302120%110%$13,347
Harborview Medical Center28$41,196112%102%$17,220
Skagit Valley Hospital16$40,196109%100%$10,763
Northwest Hospital30$35,11395%87%$10,126
Virginia Mason Medical Center27$33,89692%84%$15,668
University of Washington Medical Center33$31,83587%79%$19,385
Evergreen Hospital Medical Center40$29,77881%74%$11,263
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett90$29,72281%74%$10,796
Overlake Hospital Medical Center32$27,03873%67%$10,275
Renal failure with complications and comorbid conditions
Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill18$28,743124%113%$7,026
Swedish Edmonds Hospital74$27,581119%109%$7,568
Swedish Medical Center77$27,042117%107%$8,083
Skagit Valley Hospital31$26,629115%105%$6,893
Northwest Hospital53$25,504110%101%$6,310
Evergreen Hospital Medical Center59$21,70894%86%$6,499
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett102$21,34792%84%$7,200
Virginia Mason Medical Center58$21,27292%84%$9,028
University of Washington Medical Center50$19,37184%76%$11,183
Harborview Medical Center33$18,10278%71%$10,209
Overlake Hospital Medical Center69$18,03478%71%$6,169
Valley General Hospital12$13,04757%51%$7,344

SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Database of Western Washington hospitals and charges


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