What 6 orthopedic procedures cost at ASCs vs. HOPDs

Medicare's Procedure Price Lookup tool allows patients to compare the cost of services at ASCs and hospital outpatient departments.

Total costs and CPT codes for six orthopedic procedures:

Editor's note: The total cost is the "Medicare approved amount." In Original Medicare, Medicare generally pays 80 percent of this amount and the patient pays 20 percent.

20610: Aspiration and/or injection of large joint or joint capsule
ASC: $28
HOPD: $247

29881: Removal of one knee cartilage using an endoscope
ASC: $1,256
HOPD: $2,623

29827: Repair of shoulder rotator cuff using an endoscope
ASC: $2,744
HOPD: $5,699

64721: Release and/or relocation of median nerve of hand
ASC: $781
HOPD: $1,631

23040: Incision to repair shoulder joint
ASC: $1,256
HOPD: $2,623

29879: Arthroscopy, knee, surgical; abrasion arthroplasty (includes chondroplasty where necessary) or multiple drilling or microfracture
ASC: $1,256
HOPD: $2,623 

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