How HCA's trauma activation fees compare across 14 states

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Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare's average activation fees can be up to $50,000 per patient, according to Kaiser Health News

In its report, KHN used 2020 data on trauma-team activation charges, or HCPCS code G0390, to compare the average trauma activation fee of HCA trauma centers versus non-HCA trauma centers. Data came from Hospital Pricing Specialists and Medicare outpatient claims.

Here is how the fees stack up in 14 states, listed by highest average activation fee from an HCA trauma center:

Nevada
Average HCA fee: $53,153
Average non-HCA fee: $27,507

Kansas
Average HCA fee: $49,232
Average non-HCA fee: $3,320

Louisiana
Average HCA fee: $40,504
Average non-HCA fee: $7,232

California
Average HCA fee: $38,894
Average non-HCA fee: $18,253

Idaho
Average HCA fee: $29,312
Average non-HCA fee: $2,574

Texas
Average HCA fee: $28,514
Average non-HCA fee: $6,691

Florida
Average HCA fee: $28,404
Average non-HCA fee: $8,533

Indiana
Average HCA fee: $18,360
Average non-HCA fee: $9,304

New Hampshire
Average HCA fee: $17,000
Average non-HCA fee: $2,449

Tennessee
Average HCA fee: $15,391
Average non-HCA fee: $7,345

Georgia
Average HCA fee: $15,000
Average non-HCA fee: $7,485

Virginia
Average HCA fee: $12,176
Average non-HCA fee: $6,282

Utah
Average HCA fee: $9,824
Average non-HCA fee: $4,103

North Carolina
Average HCA fee: $9,187
Average non-HCA fee: $5,175

View the full report here.

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