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14 ASCs embracing price transparency

Here are 14 surgery centers with prices posted online for their procedures.

North Texas Team Care Surgery Center (Mesquite). This four-OR facility offers flat-rate pricing for most surgeries, which is required to be paid in full prior to surgery. The cost includes surgeon's fees, facility fees, and fees related to nursing, anesthesiology and routine preoperative lab work. Patients can find prices for an extensive list of surgical procedures through a drop-down menu on its website. 

Seaside Surgery Center (Naples, Fla.). Seaside Surgery Center posted all-inclusive orthopedic surgery pricing on its website in December 2017. The ASC was designed and built exclusively for same-day joint replacements. 

Ocean Surgery Center (Torrance, Calif.). A multispecialty facility operating under the direction of Sherif Khattab, MD, Ocean Surgery Center provides detailed online pricing for general surgery, gynecology, urology, orthopedics, podiatry and other procedures. It offers a printable version of cost estimates. 

Surgery Center of Oklahoma (Oklahoma City). Surgery Center of Oklahoma is a member of the Free Market Medical Association. Its website features a comprehensive list of procedure costs, including fourteen prices for arthroscopic procedures. A link to a form for requesting a specialist is listed next to each item.

Medarva Stony Point Surgery Center (Richmond, Va.). Medarva Stony Point Surgery Center displays online price estimates for ENT, eye, face, gastroenterology, orthopedic and pediatric procedures, along with others. Before accessing the out-of-pocket costs webpage, patients must check a box stating they have read and understood a pricing disclaimer.

Preston Surgery Center (Frisco, Texas). In January, Preston Surgery Center announced it posted transparent cash pricing on its website for self-pay patients and self-funded employers. Physicians at the facility specialize in pain management, spine surgery, orthopedics, cardiology, hand surgery, podiatry and GI.

Avalon Surgery Center (Glendale, Calif.). Avalon Surgery Center's website displays pricing for more than 100 procedures. The costs include fees for the facility, surgeon and anesthesiologist, as well as the initial consultation and uncomplicated follow-up care.

North Hills Surgery Center (Fayetteville, Ark.). North Hills Surgery Center allows patients to view online pricing for ophthalmology, endoscopy, shoulder, ENT and other services, and to request a specialist. Costs listed don't include diagnostic studies, implants or hardware or expenses resulting from postoperative complications.

St. George (Utah) Surgical Center. The physician-owned St. George Surgical Center offers online procedure pricing for more than two dozen services. The prices include facility fees, surgeon's fees, anesthesia fees, standard implants and hardware and up to 23-hour overnight/extended stay for certain procedures.

Cedar Orthopaedic Surgery Center (Cedar City, Utah). The single-specialty Cedar Orthopaedic Surgery Center provides price quotes through a "transparent pricing engine" on its website. The prices include the surgeon's fee, surgery center facility fee, total joint implants, anesthesia fee and physical therapy fee.

Orthopaedic and Spine Center of Southern Colorado (Colorado Springs). Opened in 2014, the Orthopaedic and Spine Center of Southern Colorado allows patients to download expense estimates for neurology, pain management and orthopedic procedures.

Peak One Surgery Center (Frisco, Colo.). Gastroenterology and orthopedics are among the services with cost estimates listed on Peak One Surgery Center's website. The ASC encourages patients to contact the business office for information about rates not shown online.

Monterey (Calif.) Peninsula Surgery Centers. Founded in 1982, Monterey Surgery Center specializes in contemporary, minimally invasive techniques.The center encourages patients to reach out with transparent pricing and billing questions.

NTTC Surgery Center (Mesquite, Texas). NTTC Surgery Center offers flat rate pricing for most surgeries as an alternative to working with payers. The flat rate pricing is intended to cover all procedure costs and must be paid in full prior to surgery.

If you would like to recommend another surgery center for this list, contact Angie Stewart at astewart@beckershealthcare.com.

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