Virginia Health Information Exchange – Consumer Healthcare Information

Virginia Health Information (http://www.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. Consumer satisfaction with medical facilities and quality of treatment is also reviewed. Transparency in published reports is always important.

 

Virginia Health Insurance Coverage is available. 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 for all family members. Under President Trump's Administration, tax credits are still available to help pay policy premiums, although the legal requirement to purchase coverage has been eliminated.
 

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

Health Care Prices

 

Cost Of Virginia Medical Services

 

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:
 

Ambulance Ride $522

Angioplasty $39,928 in hospital.

Ankle X-Ray  $138 in physician's office. $298 outpatient in hospital.

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery $4,653 in ambulatory surgical center. $7,061 outpatient in hospital.

Bone Density Scan $201 in physician's office. $617 outpatient in hospital.

Breast Biopsy $1,341 in physician's office. $3,676 outpatient in hospital.

Carpal Tunnel Surgery $3,018 in ambulatory surgical center. $4,434 outpatient in hospital.

Cesarean Delivery $14,592 in hospital.

Chest X-Ray $145 in physician's office. $249 outpatient in hospital.

Colonoscopy  $1,206 in physician's office. $2,807 outpatient in hospital. $2,617 in licensed ambulatory surgical center.

CT Scan (Abdomen)  $492 in physician's office. $1,335 outpatient in hospital.

CT Scan (Head) $302 in physician's office. $982 outpatient in hospital.

Cystoscopy  $616 in physician's office. $4,212 outpatient in hospital. $1,730 in licensed ambulatory surgical center.

ER Visit (Hospital outpatient) $574 outpatient in hospital.

ER Visit (Hospital inpatient) $1,052 outpatient in hospital.

Emergency Helicopter Trip $16,681.

Endoscopy $1,227 in physician's office $2,607 outpatient in hospital.

Foot X-Ray $137 in physician's office. $281 outpatient in hospital.

Gallbladder Surgery $6,994 in licensed ambulatory surgical center. $9,461 in hospital.

Hernia $4,899 in Ambulatory Surgical Center. $7,439 outpatient in hospital.

Hip Replacement $33,049 in hospital.

Kidney Stone Removal $6,210 Ambulatory Surgical Center. $10,233 outpatient in hospital.

Knee Replacement $34,264 inpatient in hospital. No other alternatives.

Mammogram $297 in physician's office  $357 outpatient in hospital.

MRI On Back $567 in physician's office. $1,884 outpatient in hospital.

MRI On Knee $611 in physician's office. $1,697 outpatient in hospital.

Office Visit (Adult) $77 in physician's office.

Office Visit (Well Child) $124 in physician's office.

Physical Therapy $86 in physician's office. $186 outpatient in hospital.

Rotator Cuff Surgery $9,290 Ambulatory Surgical Center. $13,537 outpatient in hospital.

Shoulder Arthroscopy $8,819 Ambulatory Surgical Center. $13,324 outpatient in hospital.

Tonsillectomy $3,433 Ambulatory Surgical Center. $6,944 outpatient in hospital.

Ultrasound -- Pregnancy $219 in physician's office  $608 outpatient in hospital.

Vaginal Delivery $11,041 in hospital.

Well Child Visit $113 in physician's office.

 
Hospitals and medical centers located within the state, are divided into five Regions. VHI provides in depth information and comparisons for consumers. Some of these facilities include:
 

Southwest Region -- Bedford Memorial, Blue Ridge Surgery Center, Buchanon General, Carilion Franklin Memorial, Carilion Giles Community, Carilion Medical Center, Carilion New River Valley, Carilion Tazewell Community, Centra, Centra Speciality, Clinch Valley, Dickenson Community, Fairlawn Surgery Center, Johnstown Memorial, LewisGale, New River Valley Surgical Center, Norton Community, Piedmont Day Surgery Center, Regional Surgical Services, Roanoke Valley, Russell County Medical Center, Smyth County Community, Sovah Health, Surgery Center Of Lynchburg, Surgery Center Of Central Virginia, Rehabilitation Hospital Of Southwest Virginia, Twin County Regional, Wellmont Lonesome, Wellmont Ridgeview, and Wythe County Community.

 

Northwest Region -- Augusta Health, Bath County Community, Carilion Stonewall Jackson, Charlottesville Surgical Center, Culpeper Surgery, Encompass Health, Fauquier, Fredericksburg Ambulatory Surgery Center, Martha Jefferson, Mary Washington, Monticello Community, Page Memorial, Sentara RMH, Spotsylvania Regional, Stafford, University Of Virginia Medical Center, UVA Culpeper, and Valley Health.

 

Central Region -- Bon Secours, Centra Southside, CJW Medical Center, Colonial Heights Surgery Center, Cumberland, Encompass Health Rehab, Henrico Doctor's Hospital, John Randolph Medical Center, MEDARVA Surgery Center, Parham Surgery Center, Popular Springs, Sentara Halifax, Sheltering Arms, Skin Surgery Center, Southside Regional, Stony Point Surgery Center, Urosurgical Center Of Richmond, VCU Community Memorial, Vibra Hospital, Virginia Beach Health Center, and Virginia Eye Institute.

 

East Region -- Advanced Vision Surgery Center, Bayview Medical Center, Bon Secours, Chesapeake Regional, Children's Hospital Of The King's Daughters, CHKD Health And Surgery Center, Coastal Virginia Rehab, Hampton Roads, Kempsville Center, Lake Taylor Transitional Care, Mary Immaculate Ambulatory Surgical Center, Riverside Walter Reed, Sentara Leigh, Sentara Careplex, Sentara Obici, Southampton Memorial, Virginia Beach Eye Center, and Virginia Surgery Center.

 

North Region -- Dominion, Encompass, Fairfax Surgical Center, HealthSouth Rehab, Inova Alexandria, Inova Fair Oaks, Inova Fairfax, Inova Mount Vernon, Inova Loudoun, Kaiser Permanante Tysons Corner, Lake Ridge Ambulatory Surgical Center, Northern Virginia Surgery Center, Norvant Health, Prince William Ambulatory Surgical Center, Reston Hospital and Surgery Center, and Stone Springs.

 

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

UnitedHealthcare

Innovation

CareFirst BlueChoice

Optima Health Plan

Optima Choice

HealthKeepers

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

Lower Back Pain

Provider Board Certification Rates

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. A hospital-rating worksheet is also available for consumers to evaluate their experience following a short-term or long-term visit. Many of the topics reviewed are listed below:
 

Insurance coverage
Latest equipment
Certified teaching facility
Nurse to patient ratio
Percentage of board-certified doctors
Seminars and classes available
Free diagnostics available
Friendliness of staff
Religious affiliation similar to treated patient
Location
Age of facilities
Wellness program
Free television
Accommodations for relatives
Flexible visiting hours
Cafeteria and room food menu
Patient privacy
Clinical trial participation opportunities
Private room availability
Access to safe for personal valuables

 

Virginia Hospital Patient Satisfaction Ratings
 

Show below are the hospitals with the highest percentage of patients who rated the facility at least 9 out of 10 (scale of 1-10 with 0 the lowest rating and 10 the highest rating).
 
86% -- Valley Health Page Memorial Hospital
84% -- Smyth County Community Hospital
82% -- Riverside Doctors' Hospital Williamsburg
80% -- Carilion Giles Community Hospital
80% -- Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center
80% -- Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
80% -- Virginia Hospital Center
79% -- Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center
79% -- Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
79% -- Russell County Medical Center
79% -- Sentara Leigh Hospital
79% -- Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
78% -- Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital
78% -- Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital
78% -- Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
78% -- Stone Springs Hospital Center

 

PAST UPDATES:
 
The 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.
 

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.
 

The American Cancer Society released a report indicating that rectal and colon cancer rates are increasing for under age 55 adults. Not utilizing preventative healthcare benefits appears to be one of several relevant factors. A recommended colonoscopy is 100% covered on all qualified private and group health insurance plans. In the most recent HMO report for the state, about two out of three residents between the ages of 50 and 80 received regular colorectal cancer screenings.
 

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.