Comparing Utilization and Costs of 20 most common procedures by facility type – Annals of Emergency Medicine

Table 2 lists the 20 most common procedures by facility type for the study period 2012 to 2015. The prices in Table 2 include both the facility and professional component of each procedure’s price.

Rank by frequency, percentage of all visits, and mean prices of the most common procedures by provider type (2012 to 2015).
Procedure FSED (CPT) HBED (CPT) UCC (CPT)
Rank % Price, $ Rank % Price, $ Rank % Price, $
Bacterial culture, urine 19 6.1 83
Blood cell count, automated 5 22.8 109 3 39.7 67 10 4.7 7
Blood test: prothrombin time 17 7.2 48
CT scan, abdomen/pelvis 17 7.1 1,560 13 8.6 1,625
CT scan, head and neck 20 4.9 1,210 15 8.0 957
ECG 16 7.5 155 9 17.9 235 19 1.1 23
ED visits 1 98.3 1,049 1 97.1 937
Observation care 16 7.3 541
Immunology tests 15 1.7 7
Injections: immunizations 13 2.2 31
Injections: therapeutic/intravenous 3 37.6 123 2 41.7 111 4 20.6 17
Laboratory tests, organ/disease panel 6 22.1 198 4 38.8 149
Medical supplies and devices 2 38.0 46 12 9.0 145 8 5.6 13
Office visits, emergency 9 5.2 65
Office visits, established patient 1 53.1 130
Office visits, new patient 2 43.3 149
Office visits, other 5 9.4 21
Other chemistry tests 12 11.4 111 5 30.6 86 20 1.0 6
Other injections/noninjectables 13 10.2 47
Other microbiology tests 8 14.0 150 14 8.3 93 3 22.6 18
Other minor skin and breast surgery 19 4.9 393 17 1.4 141
Other nonsurgical pulmonary services 4 30.2 81 16 1.7 4
Other urinalysis 15 9.1 64 18 6.4 70 18 1.2 6
Respiratory therapy 14 1.9 22
Routine urinalysis 7 18.7 51 6 27.1 49 6 6.7 3
Specialty drugs 14 10.0 109 10 13.2 58
Transportation services 18 5.6 171 20 5.4 456
Venipuncture (draw blood) 10 12.4 19 7 21.0 12 12 3.0 3
Radiograph, chest 11 12.0 267 8 19.7 194 11 4.7 25
Radiograph, extremities 9 13.2 266 11 11.4 216 7 6.4 27

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Source: Comparing Utilization and Costs of Care in Freestanding Emergency Departments, Hospital Emergency Departments, and Urgent Care Centers – Annals of Emergency Medicine

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