The average national ER visit cost for the treatment of heart palpitations is $2,249 for patients with insurance, and $2,544 for patients without insurance. However, some hospitals are publishing prices up to 15 times higher than the average, according to Goodbill’s analysis of more than 2,500 hospitals across the country.
Heart palpitations, often described as a fluttering or pounding sensation in the heart, are one of the most common drivers of emergency room visits, and the cost of treatment can quickly add up. An ER visit for heart palpitations will most likely include charges for the following procedures and services, according to an analysis of real hospital bills that Goodbill helped negotiate for patients:
Hospitals charge an “ER visit level” fee based on the complexity of the treatment, and a higher level means a higher fee. Heart palpitations are generally billed as an ER visit level 5, the maximum level on a scale of 1 to 5.
Heart palpitations are generally billed as an ER visit level 5, on a scale of 1 to 5. A higher level means a higher fee.
Here is the median ER visit cost for the treatment of heart palpitations in every state, for patients with insurance. Goodbill calculates these costs by looking up hospitals' published prices for the standard CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) codes associated with each procedure and service. The 10 most expensive states are highlighted in red.
Here are the 10 most expensive hospitals in the country for the treatment of heart palpitations, for patients with insurance. The Indiana University Health hospital system, which has made headlines for its high healthcare costs, dominated this list, accounting for eight out of 10 hospitals on the list.
A deeper look into what's driving up Indiana University Health's published prices revealed that they are using the same CPT code for "ER visit level 5," or 99285, to define multiple types of services ranging from the standard emergency room service to the more costly trauma service.
Here are the 10 most expensive hospitals in the country for the treatment of heart palpitations, for patients without insurance. The Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center hospital system dominates the list, comprising the top three hospitals on the list. The Tenet Healthcare Corporation hospital system also has four hospitals on the list.
A deeper look into what's driving up Loma Linda University's published prices revealed that they are using the same CPT code for "ER visit level 5," or 99285, to define multiple types of services ranging from the standard emergency room service to the more costly trauma service.
Want to check out the ER visit cost at a specific hospital? Use Goodbill’s free hospital directory to look up ER visit costs for the treatment of heart palpitations, UTIs, headaches, and food poisoning, at more than 6,000 hospitals across the country.
Goodbill calculates these prices by analyzing the underlying hospital procedures and services that are generally used to treat an ailment, based on proprietary claims data. Individual procedure and service prices are taken by looking up the corresponding procedure codes in the pricing data published by hospitals in machine-readable files, as required under the Hospital Price Transparency final rule that took effect in January 2021. Insured prices are calculated using the median negotiated rates with insurers; uninsured prices are calculated using cash rates.
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