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.

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Top U.S. hospitals by breastfeeding consultation claims

Rank Definitive ID Hospital Est Total Pmts Avg Est Pmt/Claim Est Total # of Claims
1 4252 Central Vermont Medical Center $15,605 $119 131
2 4356 Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center $13,025 $117 111
3 3421 OHSU Hospital - Portland (AKA OHSU Hospital - Marquam Hill Campus) $11,465 $115 100
4 3366 Hillcrest Medical Center $10,580 $119 89
5 3975 John Sealy Hospital $3,091 $41 75
6 508 Sutter Medical Center - Ose Adams Medical Pavilion (FKA Sutter General Hospital) $7,266 $110 66
7 317 Contra Costa Regional Medical Center $7,031 $108 65
8 1695 Mercy Health - Lourdes Hospital $5,144 $94 55
9 3420 Legacy Emanuel Medical Center $5,861 $117 50
10 873 AdventHealth Orlando (FKA Florida Hospital Orlando) $5,832 $119 49
11 621 Memorial Medical Center $2,836 $63 45
12 123 Alaska Native Medical Center $25,950 $577 45
13 3274 Comanche County Memorial Hospital $4,185 $93 45
14 4406 Providence Mount Carmel Hospital $1,918 $43 45
15 4401 Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center $4,811 $115 42
16 873536 Presbyterian Santa Fe Medical Center $2,653 $66 40
17 911535 Marshfield Medical Center - Eau Claire $3,976 $99 40
18 3227 Wilson Memorial Hospital $3,953 $101 39
19 536 Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas $4,651 $119 39
20 3387 St Charles Redmond $4,408 $116 38
21 273 Baptist Health - Little Rock $4,173 $119 35
22 301 Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus $5,134 $151 34
23 3006 Novant Health Matthews Medical Center (FKA Presbyterian Hospital Matthews) $3,789 $118 32
24 3111 Hillcrest Hospital $2,978 $119 25
25 2379 University Health Lakewood Medical Center (FKA Truman Medical Center Lakewood) $2,469 $99 25

Fig. 1 Data is from the Definitive Healthcare HospitalView product and sourced from CMS data and proprietary research. Data accurate as of July 2022.

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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