The Consumer Guide to Outpatient Procedures from Virginia Health Information (VHI) in Richmond offers information about commonly performed outpatient procedures and where they are performed in the state.
Located at www.vhi.org/outpatient, the free online guide includes how often healthcare providers perform the procedure, their charges, and location. For some procedure groups, VHI lists the average statewide amount health insurance companies approve for payment. The Guide also describes why a procedure might be needed, questions for patients to ask their doctor, and information to help them compare and select where the procedure will be performed.
VHI gathered outpatient procedure information from ambulatory surgery centers, doctors’ offices, and hospital outpatient departments. The Guide includes 10 commonly performed diagnostic and surgical procedure groups. Procedures were chosen based on their actual or perceived risk, frequency, and cost. They include breast surgery, colonoscopy, facial surgery, gallbladder removal, general laparoscopic procedures, hernia repair, hysterectomy, knee surgery, liposuction, and gynecological procedures.
VHI is a nonprofit organization that provides information to businesses, consumers, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and health insurance companies.