Top 25 hospitals by lactation consultations
When new parents have questions about or challenges with breastfeeding, a physician or lactation consultant can help them find solutions. Using data from more than 7,300 hospitals tracked in our HospitalView product, we’ve compiled a list of the hospitals with the highest volumes of lactation consultation claims (ICD-10-CM Z39.1 – Encounter for care and examination of lactating mother) in 2021.
Check out the full list below.
Top U.S. hospitals by breastfeeding consultation claims
|Rank||Definitive ID||Hospital||Est total pmts||Avg est pmt/claim||Est total # of claims||Explore dataset|
|1||4252||Central Vermont Medical Center||$15,605||$119||131||Explore|
|2||4356||Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center||$13,025||$117||111||Explore|
|3||3421||OHSU Hospital - Portland (AKA OHSU Hospital - Marquam Hill Campus)||$11,465||$115||100||Explore|
|4||3366||Hillcrest Medical Center||$10,580||$119||89||Explore|
|5||3975||John Sealy Hospital||$3,091||$41||75||Explore|
|6||508||Sutter Medical Center - Ose Adams Medical Pavilion (FKA Sutter General Hospital)||$7,266||$110||66||Explore|
|7||317||Contra Costa Regional Medical Center||$7,031||$108||65||Explore|
|8||1695||Mercy Health - Lourdes Hospital||$5,144||$94||55||Explore|
|9||3420||Legacy Emanuel Medical Center||$5,861||$117||50||Explore|
|10||873||AdventHealth Orlando (FKA Florida Hospital Orlando)||$5,832||$119||49||Explore|
|11||621||Memorial Medical Center||$2,836||$63||45||Explore|
|12||123||Alaska Native Medical Center||$25,950||$577||45||Explore|
|13||3274||Comanche County Memorial Hospital||$4,185||$93||45||Explore|
|14||4406||Providence Mount Carmel Hospital||$1,918||$43||45||Explore|
|15||4401||Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center||$4,811||$115||42||Explore|
|16||873536||Presbyterian Santa Fe Medical Center||$2,653||$66||40||Explore|
|17||911535||Marshfield Medical Center - Eau Claire||$3,976||$99||40||Explore|
|18||3227||Wilson Memorial Hospital||$3,953||$101||39||Explore|
|19||536||Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas||$4,651||$119||39||Explore|
|20||3387||St Charles Redmond||$4,408||$116||38||Explore|
|21||273||Baptist Health - Little Rock||$4,173||$119||35||Explore|
|22||301||Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus||$5,134||$151||34||Explore|
|23||3006||Novant Health Matthews Medical Center (FKA Presbyterian Hospital Matthews)||$3,789||$118||32||Explore|
|25||2379||University Health Lakewood Medical Center (FKA Truman Medical Center Lakewood)||$2,469||$99||25||Explore|
Which hospitals performed the most lactation consultations in 2021?
Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, Vermont tops our list, with 131 lactation consultations for new parents in 2021. On average, each consultation costs about $119.
Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington follows just behind with 111 claims at about $117 per consultation, on average.
In total, we counted 1,360 consultations across the top 25 hospitals in 2021. The average charge per claim was $122. Alaska Native Medical Center, a federal hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, had the highest average charge at $577 per claim and the highest total charges ($25,950), despite only claiming 45 consultations.
What is a lactation consultation?
A lactation consultation usually starts with a discussion with the new parents, followed by an observation of a feeding session and the establishment of a care plan. Lactation consultations can be performed in a healthcare facility, birthing center, a consultant’s office or at home. Online lactation consultations are becoming increasingly popular, too.
What problems can a lactation consultation address?
Lactation consultations offer support for parents and babies facing a variety of issues. These can include breastfeeding difficulties like breast/nipple pain, milk supply issues, concerns about parent/child nutrition and feeding changes.
In many cases, hospitals and birth centers will have a physician or lactation consultant visit the parent shortly after the baby is born to catch concerns early. In other cases, a parent may receive a consultation from their child’s pediatrician.
Some parents may seek a prenatal lactation consultation to receive guidance and ask questions prior to the baby’s arrival.
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