Children's Hospital Colorado

The Most Common Diagnostic Tests and Procedures in Our Emergency Department

If you believe you are having a medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.

At Children's Hospital Colorado, we are committed to consumer transparency and quality. It's important to us that patients and families have the information they need about the cost of care within our system. As part of this effort, we want to help you understand the most common charges for diagnostic tests and procedures that you may see when you visit one of our emergency departments (ED).

Do these diagnostic tests and procedures in the ED represent the total cost of care?

The charges listed for these healthcare services are estimates of what to expect when you visit a Children's Colorado ED without health insurance, and may vary based on the circumstances at the time that the service is rendered.

In addition to a hospital's charge for a facility fee in the ED, a typical emergency department visit will include charges for services such as imaging, labs, procedures, pharmacy, and supplies. Please note that the charges below do not include physician or other certain health care providers' services. Patients may receive a separate bill for these services.

For more information, please read our billing guide for families.

I have health insurance. Will my charges be the same?

The information below applies to patients without health insurance (also called "self-pay"). The information does not apply to patients who have health insurance coverage through Medicaid, other government programs, an employer, or the private insurance market.

If a patient has health insurance, the amount the patient owes will depend on their plan and can include deductibles, co-payments and co-insurances. If you have health insurance, you should call your health insurer to determine accurate information about your financial responsibility for a particular healthcare service provided at Children's Colorado.

If you have questions about your bill, please contact our Patient Financial Services team at 720-777-6422.

Who should I call if I am uninsured and have questions?

If you are not covered by insurance, please call us at 720-777-7001 to talk to a financial counselor. They are available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Common diagnostic tests and procedures in the Emergency Department

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Code Description of service Average self-pay rate
31720 Clearance of airways $102
36415 Routine venipuncture (i.e. starting an IV or drawing blood) $22
36592 Collect blood from catheter $117
70450 CT scan head/brain without dye $1,422
71020 Chest x-ray (2 views front and side) $335
73080 X-ray exam of elbow $234
73090 X-ray exam of forearm $287
73110 X-ray exam of wrist $200
73130 X-ray exam of hand $267
73140 X-ray exam of finger(s) $259
73562 X-ray exam of knee $325
73590 X-ray exam of lower leg $248
73610 X-ray exam of ankle $265
73630 X-ray exam of foot $264
74000 X-ray exam of abdomen $239
74020 X-ray exam of abdomen $352
76705 Ultrasound exam of abdomen $625
80048 Basic Metabolic panel $144
80053 Comprehensive metabolic panel $148
80320 Drug screen (alcohol) $58
81001 Urine test (auto w/scope) $99
81003 Urine test (auto w/o scope) $36
82962 Blood sugar (glucose) test $60
83690 Lipase test $150
85025 Complete blood count test $109
85652 Red blood cell sedimentation rate (automated) $48
86140 C-reactive protein $57
87040 Blood culture for bacteria $527
87070 Culture, bacterial (other source aerobic) $165
87077 Culture, bacterial, aerobic definitive identification $63
87081 Culture screen only $66
87086 Urine culture/colony count $63
87088 Urine bacterial culture $81
87186 Antimicrobial agent susceptibility study $94
87205 Smear gram stain $72
87581 Mycoplasma pneumonia testing $54
87798 Infectious agent detection by amplified probe technique $163
87880 Rapid strep test $36
93005 Electrocardiogram tracing (EKG Test) $223
93976 Vascular study $775
94640 Airway inhalation treatment $244
96360 First hour Intravenous hydration $229
96361 Additional hour intravenous hydration $196
94761 Multiple pulse oxygen readings $261
96372 Intramuscular or subcutaneous medication injection $99
96374 First intravenous medication, push technique $220
96375 Additional intravenous medication, push technique $317
98960 Education and training for patient self-care $96
99156 Moderate sedation – first fifteen minutes $224
99157 Moderate Sedation – additional 15 minutes $77
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