Children's Hospital Colorado

Our Most Common Inpatient Charges

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. That's why we supported state legislation in 2017 requiring health facilities in Colorado to publicly post charges for the 50 most common inpatient charges and the 25 most common outpatient charges for patients who do not have insurance (also called "self-pay"). We are including the locations for these services as required by law.

Do these inpatient charges represent the total cost of care?

The charges listed for these healthcare services are estimates of what to expect for the most common inpatient charges for patients without health insurance. Charges may vary based on the circumstances at the time that the service is rendered.

Charges are determined based on how involved the illness or injury is and the patient’s specific needs and resources required (such as time with nurses and technical staff, special equipment and other services, only some of which occur at the bedside). The inpatient charges below do not include physician other certain health care providers' services at Children's Colorado.

Patients may receive a separate bill for these services because when you see a doctor or specialist at Children's Colorado, you'll receive two bills: one from us and one from your provider or providers. This is because our doctors don't work directly for the hospital; they have privileges to practice at our hospital.

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

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

This 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 health care 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 to discuss payment options prior to receiving a health care service from Children's Colorado. They are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What if the condition that I need information about is not listed here?

If you are looking for information about a condition that is not listed here, please call us at 720-777-0720 to speak with a patient cost estimate specialist.

Most common inpatient charges by location

The following tables show our average self-pay rates for All Patient Refined Diagnosis Related Group (APR-DRG) classification system.

APR-DRG Brief description of medical condition Average self-pay rate
21 Craniotomy except for trauma $134,314
53 Seizure $30,085
54 Migraine & other headaches $26,106
58 Other disorders of the nervous system $33,881
113 Infections of the upper respiratory tract (common cold) $20,692
115 Other ear, nose, mouth, throat procedures $38,688
121 Other respiratory & chest procedures except signs, symptoms, and minor diagnoses $166,803
130 Respiratory system diagnosis with ventilator breathing support for more than 4 days $212,663
131 Cystic fibrosis - pulmonary disease $93,359
132 Bronchopulmonary dysplasia and other chronic respiratory diseases that begin in the perinatal period $48,310
133 Respiratory failure $44,032
137 Major respiratory infections & inflammations $66,656
138 Bronchiolitis and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) pneumonia $27,385
139 Other pneumonia $27,286
141 Asthma $22,203
143 Other respiratory diagnoses except signs, symptoms, and minor diagnoses $38,803
160 Major cardiothoracic repair of a heart anomaly (open heart surgery for congenital heart disease) $141,190
207 Other circulatory system diagnoses $40,102
230 Major small bowel procedures $127,042
233 Appendectomy with complex principal diagnosis $43,406
248 Major gastrointestinal & peritoneal infections $29,233
249 Other gastroenteritis, nausea or vomiting $31,492
254 Other digestive system diagnoses $30,922
303 Dorsal and lumbar fusion procedure for curvature of low back $114,886
308 Hip & femur fracture repair $50,566
309 Other significant hip & femur surgery $75,311
344 Osteomyelitis, septic arthritis, & other musculoskeletal infection $41,376
346 Connective tissue disorders $41,966
383 Cellulitis & other skin infections $21,809
420 Diabetes $20,280
421 Malnutrition, failure to thrive, & other nutritional disorders $32,953
463 Kidney & Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) $25,668
540 Cesarean delivery (C-section) $68,401
560 Vaginal delivery $31,740
633 Neonate birthweight greater than 2499 grams (5.5 pounds), with major anomaly $165,422
634 Neonate birthweight greater than 2499 grams (5.5 pounds) with respiratory distress syndrome or other major respiratory conditions $104,944
639 Neonate birthweight greater than 2499 grams (5.5 pounds), with other significant conditions $38,330
640 Neonate birth weight greater than 2499 grams (5.5 pounds), normal newborn or neonate with or without other problem $18,527
660 Major hematologic/immunologic diagnosis excluding sickle cell $48,580
663 Other anemia disorders of blood-forming organs $33,700
695 Chemotherapy for acute leukemia $58,928
696 Other chemotherapy $45,904
720 Septicemia & disseminated infections $81,608
721 Post-operative, post-traumatic, other device infections $60,887
723 Viral illness $31,558
751 Major depressive disorders and other/unspecified psychoses $27,129
753 Bipolar disorders $32,139
754 Depression except major depressive disorder $22,310
755 Adjustment disorders except depressive disorder $31,458
756 Acute anxiety & delirium states $24,217
758 Behavioral disorders $33,236
812 Poisoning of medicinal agents $34,169
951 Moderately extensive procedure unrelated to principal diagnosis $132,387
APR-DRG Brief description of medical condition Average self-pay rate
113 Infections of upper respiratory tract (common cold) $19,295
138 Bronchiolitis and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) pneumonia $16,020
139 Other pneumonia $15,105
141 Asthma $11,445
383 Cellulitis & other skin infections $11,608
463 Kidney & Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) $23,936
APR-DRG Brief description of medical condition Average self-pay rate
138 Bronchiolitis and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) pneumonia $15,819
139 Other pneumonia $15,884
141 Asthma $11,236
640 Neonate birth weight greater than 2499 grams (5.5 pounds), normal newborn or neonate with or without other problem $6,196
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