About This Site
This Web resource allows healthcare consumers to compare hospitals based on average
charges and average lengths of stay. It uses standardized categories that make it
easier for users to compare hospitals in New Jersey and beyond. This information
does not constitute, nor should it substitute for, medical advice.
This database allows users to compare hospitals in a number of ways:
- By county
- By the number of beds
By shared attributes, such as resident training programs.
This updated site reflects 2009 year-end data. It categorizes information based
on Major Diagnostic Categories, or MDCs, or the more defined Diagnostic Related
Groups, or DRGs, as used by the Medicare system. This data reflects charge information
for a routine medical case; additional charges associated with major complications
or co-occurring conditions have not been included. This makes it easier for consumers
to compare baseline information from one facility to another. Actual charges may
vary on a case-by-case basis, based on factors such as the patient’s overall health,
including the presence of underlying conditions such as diabetes; and any complicating
This information is compiled from publicly available sources provided by the New
Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Current data is based on hospital
January 1, 2009 - December 31, 2009. Over time the system
will build up to use the most recent four quarters of publicly available hospital
inpatient claims data.
This data is a set of averages; individual pricing may vary based on a variety of
factors, such as severity of illness, complications, selected medical devices, etc.
The prices contained in this Web site are based on hospitals' published charges.
In most instances, Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurers pay hospitals a set
fee that is less than the hospital's published price.
An individual hospital may not appear in every search if the facility does not offer
a particular service covered under the DRG list.
Patients seeking to determine the impact a hospital stay will have on their deductible
or insurance co-pay should contact their insurance carrier directly to determine
the payment negotiated between the insurer and the hospital. Other questions can
be raised directly with the patient's primary care physician or hospital.
This data is being presented as a resource for the consumer; any use of this information,
conclusions drawn from this information or decisions made with this information
are solely the responsibility of the user.