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Comparative Costs

Providing the Best Care for the Most Affordable Price 

Denver Health's charges for medical services are lower than the average for metropolitan Denver peer hospitals in all 35 DRGs (reported by the Colorado Hospital Association).

Denver Health’s charges were the lowest of any peer metro Denver hospital in 31 of the 35 categories.

This 2012 pricing data was provided by the Colorado Hospital Association and covers only 35 different diagnoses related group (DRG) codes, and is meant only to show comparative information and not individual patient hospital costs.

Cost Comparison Chart

DRG DRG Description Denver Health Average Charge Peer Average Charge Percentage Lower than Peer Average
045  Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA) and Precerebral Occlusion with Infarc (stroke or blood clot causing blockage of blood vessels)
$77,786 $51,992 50% Higher
053 Seizure $20,851 $37,383 44%
133 Pulmonary Embolism and Respiratory Failure $23,099 $50,862 55%
134 Pulmonary Embolism $29,139 $42,775 32%
139 Other Pneumonia $19,422 $35,745 46%
140 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) 
(lung diseases that cause blockage, including chronic bronchitis & emphysema)
$19,927
$33,683
41%
141 Asthma (lung condition, often allergic in nature, causing labored breathing) $13,217 $20,859 37%
174
Percutaneous Cardiovascular Procedures with Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) (balloon repair of a heart vessel with diagnosis of a heart attack)
$71,100
$107,029
34%
175
Percutaneous Cardiovascular Procedures Without Acute Myocardial Infarction (balloon repair of a heart vessel without diagnosis of a heart attack)
$65,714
$103,328
36%
194 Heart Failure $23,166 $39,756 42%
201 Cardiac Arrhythmia and Conduction Disorders (irregular heartbeat) $20,274 $28,654 29%
221 Major small and large bowel procedures (colostomy, ileostomy, operations on the intestines) $82,782 $100,313 17%
225 Appendectomy (surgical remove of the appendix) $26,250 $42,749 39%
247 Intestinal Obstrocution $18,453 $30,016 39%
249 Nonbacterial Gastroenteritis, Nausea and Vomiting (sever flu) $14,759 $27,594 47%
254 Other Digestive System Diagnoses (hernia, irritable colon) $$19,081 $32,103 41%
263 Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal through small incisions in the abdomen) $33,757 $53,382 37%
282 Disorders of Pancreas, Except Malignancy $20,121 $36,904 45%
301 Hip Joint Replacement $57,525 86,911 34%
302 Knee Joint Replacement $48,468 $82,718 41%
304  Dorsal and lumbar fusion procedures, except for curvature of the back (surgical repair of two or more back vertebrae by immobilization) $142,726 $183,051 22%
308  Hip and femur procedures for trauma, except joint replacement (repair of hip and upper leg bone fractures due to injury) $76,330 $78,730 3%
313 Knee and lower leg procedures, except foot (repair of knee and ligaments, repair of ankle fractures) $55,670 $68,051 18%
315 Shoulder, upper arm & forearm procedures $55,747 $79,054 29%
321 Cervical spinal fusion and other back/neck procedures excl. disc excis/decomp $149,329 $100,952 48% Higher
347 Other back and neck disorders, fractures and injuries (non-surgical treatment for back pain, sprains, and fractures of spine) $38,730 $36,002 8% Higher
383 Cellulitis and other bacterial skin infections (includes abcesses) $14,493 $27,992 48%
420 Diabetes $18,107 $29,571 39%
460 Renal Failure (kidney failure) $23,337 $39,333 41%
463 Kidney and Urinary Tract Infections $17,504 $27,898 37%
468 Other kidney and urinary tract diagnoses, signs, and symptoms $9,707 $15,867 39%
540 Cesarean Delivery (surgical delivery of baby) $17,711 $25,717 31%
560 Vaginal Delivery $8,803 $13,467 35%
640 Neonate, birth weight greater than 2499 grams, normal newborn or newborn with other problems $5,406 $5,199 4% Higher
720 Septicemia and Disseminated Infections $43,894 $64,546 32%