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Virginia Health Information Exchange – Consumer Healthcare Information

Virginia Health Information (vhi.org) is not just a term that describes some of the advice and guidance we provide to consumers about their medical coverage. It's also a specific website that helps state residents with a plethora of free references, tools, hospital and physician finders, and comprehensive consumer guides. VHI partners with various private organizations and public entities to utilize health data to improve conditions and treatment in the Commonwealth. Comprehensive data and information is provided regarding hospitals, nursing and long-term care facilities, HMOs, assisted living and continuing care facilities, physicians, and home care providers.

 

The Virginia Health Insurance Exchange is different from vhi.org. Affordable medical coverage rates through the Marketplace can be found by providing your zip code at the top of this page. We search and compare the top-rated companies so you can get quality coverage. You may also qualify for a federal subsidy. Under President Trump's "Affordable Health Care Act," tax credits will still be available to help pay policy premiums, although the legal requirement to purchase coverage will be eliminated.
 

Listed below are some of the most helpful topics and a brief description of some of the provided services:

Health Care Prices

Unless you have a copay on small and large procedures, you will typically have to meet a deductible. This means you will be paying the "negotiated price" agreed by the insurer and provider. Wouldn't it be nice to know in advance what dollar amounts are approved for this type of treatment. Listed below are some of the results:
 
Ankle X-Ray  $130 in physician's office. $357 outpatient in hospital.

Bone Density Scan $232 in physician's office. $382 outpatient in hospital.

Cesarean Delivery $12,656 in hospital.

Colonoscopy  $886 in licensed ambulatory  surgical center.  $2,152 in hospital.

CT Scan (Midsection)  $552 in physician's office. $1,283 outpatient in hospital.

Endoscopy $562 in physician's office $2,042 outpatient in hospital.

Mammogram $83 in physician's office  $231 outpatient in hospital.

Knee Replacement $26,763 inpatient in hospital. No other alternatives.

MRI On Knee $807 in physician's office. $1,690 outpatient in hospital.

Ultrasound $305 in physician's office  $553 outpatient in hospital.
Some of the hospitals in the state that offer these services include Sentara Norfolk General, VCU, Inova Fairfax, Winchester Medical Center, Centra, Carilion Roanoke, and Martha Jefferson.
 

Va Healthcare Exchange Prices

HMOs In Virginia Reduce Healthcare Costs

 

VHI also plays a vital role in helping consumers compare HMOs in Virginia. There are specific differences in benefits and cost, but also the network of providers along with the type of treatment that is administered. Some of the major HMO plans in the state are listed below:

Aetna

Kaiser

Coventry

UnitedHealthcare

CareFirst BlueChoice

Optima

HealthKeepers

MD-Individual Practice

Optimum Choice

When reviewing and comparing different HMOs, the amount of criteria used can be overwhelming. Some of the topics VHI uses include:

Preventive Care

Immunizations

Pediatric Illnesses

Alcohol and Drug Treatment

Obesity and Weight Assessment Counseling

Diabetes Care And Treatment

Usage Of Medications

Mental Health Diagnosis And Treatment

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

ADD and ADHT Medication
 

Hospitals
 

One of the most comprehensive topics covered are Virginia hospitals. In addition to helping you choose the best facility, you can also learn about ratings and how to interpret results, determining the best facility for your treatment, and the difference between community and teaching hospitals. There are downloadable guides to assist and provide specific points of interest.

Data is divided into two components. They are "Hospital Specialty Service" and Psychiatric Hospital Diagnostic." Technical procedures are excluded, and an extensive checklist and comparison sheet helps you review nurse-to-patient ratios, modernization of facilities, percentage of physicians that are board-certified, and national accreditation information. A printer-friendly version is available upon request.
 
PAST UPDATES:
 
February 2015 -- The 2014 Industry report is now available. Employers and buyers of healthcare products often use these reports as a valuable tool and guideline for managing expenses and offering the best available products. The top-ranked hospitals from the latest report include Virginia Hospital Center, Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, Riverside Walter Reed, Norvant Prince William Medical Center, and Carilion Franklin Memorial.
 

May 2015 -- A report on Clostridium difficile (C.diff) is available for viewing and downloading. This bacteria can lead to serious health issues if not treated quickly and properly. Hospital confinements in Virginia have tripled in the last 10-15 years for this conditions so educating the public is important.
 

You can download the pdf file here. Although the riskiest period ends in a few months, proper use of antibiotics will substantially reduce your risk. Most infections occur in a hospital, doctor's office or other place of treatment.

About the author

Edward Harris

Virginia's Premier Trusted Healthcare Authority With More Than 35 Years Of Experience Helping Consumers.