What 6 orthopedic procedures cost at ASCs vs. HOPDs

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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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