Value Comparisons & Price Transparency

Brookings Health System believes in your right to know how we compare to state and national value benchmarks. The following information offers key value measures for our services.

State & National Comparisons

Measures from Hospital Compare

The information below show the payment and value of care at Brookings Health System compared to the state and national averages. More information on Brookings Hospital and other hospitals can be found on the Hospital Compare website.

Brookings Health System

South Dakota Average

National Average

0.85

0.91

0.99

  • A ratio equal to the national average means that Medicare spends ABOUT THE SAME per patient for an episode of care initiated at this hospital as it does per episode of care across all inpatient hospitals nationally.
  • A ratio that is more than the national average means that Medicare spends MORE per patient for an episode of care initiated at this hospital than it does per episode of care across all inpatient hospitals nationally.
  • A ratio that is less than the national average means that Medicare spends LESS per patient for an episode of care initiated at this hospital than it does per episode of care across all inpatient hospitals nationally.

Service

Brookings Health System

National Average Payment

Payment for heart attack patients

Number of Cases Too Small

$25,526

Payment for heart failure patients

$16,934
No Different Than the National Average Payment
(Number of included patients: 67)

$17,670

Payment for hip/knee replacement patients

Number of Cases Too Small

$20,959

Payment for pneumonia patients

$15,115
Less than the National Average Payment
(Number of included patients: 150)

$18,322

Service

Brookings Health System

National Average

Death rate for heart attack patients

Number of Cases Too Small

12.7%

Payment for heart attack patients

Number of Cases Too Small

$25,526

Death rate for heart failure patients

13.3%
No Different Than the National Rate
(Number of included patients: 68)

11.3%

Payment for heart failure patients

$16,934
No Different Than the National Average Payment
(Number of included patients: 67)

$17,670

Rate of complications for hip/knee replacement patients

Number of Cases Too Small

2.4%

Payment for hip/knee replacement patients

Number of Cases Too Small

$20,959

Death rate for pneumonia patients

14.5%
No Different than the National Rate
(Number of included patients: 156)

15.4%

Payment for pneumonia patients

$15,115
Less Than the National Average Payment
(Number of included patients: 150)

$18,322

South Dakota Hospital PricePoint

This tool from the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) gives health care consumers basic charge information on services at South Dakota hospitals. Consumers can also compare charges between hospitals.

Price Transparency

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requires all hospitals comply with the Hospital Price Transparency Final Rule (CMS-1717-F2) which implements Section 2718(e) of the Public Health Service Act.

The information provided by Brookings Health System in the Price Transparency link includes all standard charges for all hospital items and services (commonly referred to as the Chargemaster) and standard charges for 300 shoppable services that are grouped with charges for ancillary services customarily provided by Brookings Hospital. Information listed is effective as of Jan. 1, 2021 and is subject to change.

Please Note: per government requirements, Brookings Hospital’s Price Transparency Information includes negotiated rates with health insurance plans. The listed health insurance plans are not inclusive of all insurance plans accepted by Brookings Health System.

Brookings Health System urges caution when looking at this data. Many factors determine the final amount a health insurance plan will pay to a provider, making it difficult to include all factors in a single set of numbers. Varying factors include:

  • How sick a patient is
  • If a patient has other health conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, that could complicate the care
  • If a patient is receiving multiple services at once
  • If a doctor learns something new about a patient’s condition while providing care
  • If the course of treatment needs to change
  • A health insurance plan may not cover a service at all or may impose conditions for coverage

To compare aggregate service charges from hospital-to-hospital, Brookings Health System recommends patients use the tools offered from South Dakota Hospital PricePoint and Hospital Compare. Please remember, each patient’s case is unique based on their medical conditions and personal health insurance coverage. Actual out-of-pocket costs may vary from the compiled charge estimates.

For out-of-pocket estimates, Brookings Health System recommends contacting your health insurance provider. Our Business Office is also able to offer you an out-of-pocket estimate for some routine and planned services. Please call (605) 696-8030 for more information.