Delta County Memorial Hospital has been named one of the most affordable hospitals in Colorado. NerdWallet Health analyzed the 100 most common treatments at 45 hospitals in Colorado to find the top 10 most affordable hospitals.
To help patients investigate the cost of hospital care in their local areas, NerdWallet Health asked several questions?
1) Which Colorado hospitals offer the highest number of affordable treatments, and where are they located?
2) What are these treatments?
3) How satisfied are patients of these hospitals?
"Find affordable treatments here for fainting, spinal stenosis, and heart rhythm disorders such as atrial fibrillation — and a patient satisfaction rate of 70 percent," NerdWallet Health says of DCMH.
"Four of the top 10 hospitals identified by NerdWallet Health were on the Western Slope," said DCMH CEO Jason Cleckler. "That says a lot."
Also making the list were Montrose Memorial Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, and Community Hospital in Grand Junction.
In addition, DCMH was recently honored with an "A" hospital safety score by The Leapfrog Group for the third year in a row. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national non-profit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.
"We were the only hospital in the area to receive an A for quality," Cleckler noted. "DCMH is proud to continue providing high-quality health care at a competitive cost to all residents of the Western Slope."
The reports are a direct result of the Affordable Care Act, which requires a great deal more data collection from hospitals, Cleckler said. The Affordable Care Act also takes a closer look at one of the highest health care costs — inpatient care. The effect, when coupled with the downturn in the economy, has been a steady decline in the hospital's inpatient census since 2008.
Utilization is increasing for outpatient services, home health, the infusion center, laboratory and radiology. "We're seeing more people trying to get into primary care offices as well," Cleckler said. "That's a real shift for us because in the past the inpatient census really drove our revenue. Now it's outpatient, primary care, preventive care."
Cleckler says there's been a slight reduction in employment numbers at DCMH "but they've held fairly steady."blog comments powered by Disqus