ABOUT DIGESTIVE HEALTH CENTER
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU
Digestive Health Centers (DHC) is the collective name for five independent endoscopy centers serving the North Texas community. With locations throughout the DFW Metroplex, we are able to provide high-quality, patient-centric care in a comfortable and convenient environment. This is level of service is something that everyone looks for during a colonoscopy or endoscopy.
All of our endoscopy centers are committed to delivering superior care for your digestive health needs at a fraction of the cost of most hospitals and/or hospital-affiliated locations.
Digestive Health Centers offer a degree of convenience and care that is unmatched. Your admittance time is short and simple, parking is steps away with curbside pick-up and drop off, and there are no buildings to find or long hallways to navigate – just a pleasant outpatient experience for colon cancer screenings.
Whether you are a patient, potential patient, or referring physician, we appreciate the opportunity to serve you during your colonoscopy experience.
Patient satisfaction at Digestive Health Centers (DHC) is consistently 20 percent higher than hospitals (when asking very similar questions).
Our patient satisfaction surveys repeatedly reflect high praise for our colonoscopy centers and specialized staff. Patient satisfaction at Digestive Health Centers (DHC) is consistently 20 percent higher on average than hospitals when asked similar questions. We take pride in providing an exceptional patient experience, and our most recent surveys reflect that for all of our locations:
ALL NORTH ENDOSCOPY CENTERS
Why choose an independent surgery center?
Would you continue shopping at the same store if you had to pay double? Know the facts about your next GI procedure. Many Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) in North Texas are selling to hospital systems. In fact, over 60 percent of surgery centers in this area are now owned by hospitals. This transfer of ownership changes the way insurance reimburses the facility, and it means your next GI procedure may cost you 2 to 3 times more than you previously paid for the same procedure.
Average Colonoscopy Cost
According to guroo.com, the cost of a preventative colonoscopy screening is an average of $2,947 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, while at Digestive Health Centers it is less than $2,000. That $2,000 is typically offset by a majority payment from your insurance company. Pay less for top quality healthcare.
What is an ``ASC``?
ASC is short for Ambulatory Surgery Center, and is a facility where outpatient surgeries and procedures are performed. ASCs were developed over 30 years ago to provide patients with outstanding medical care and a more personalized experience – usually at a more reasonable cost than hospitals. They are staffed and designed for specific medical procedures, giving patients easier, timelier access to high quality care.
Why does a hospital-owned facility cost more?
When a hospital buys an ASC, you pay more for the “facility fee.” This is because Medicare and private insurance companies reimburse a hospital or health system-owned outpatient facility more than they do an independent ASC. So you, the patient, are now charged 2 to 3 times more for this facility fee for the same service.
Read more about the cost benefits of independent facilities
What do you mean by a “facility fee?”
When you have a colonoscopy procedure or other medical procedure, you are charged a fee for use of the medical facility. This includes costs such as:
- The nurses and technicians who care for you during your stay.
- The surgical equipment and the drugs and supplies used during your procedure
Facility fees for the exact same procedure can be substantially different based on where your procedure is performed. If you choose a hospital-affiliated facility, you pay more. If you choose an independent ASC, you pay less.
But how will you know if it is an independent ASC?
Rarely is it clear to a patient whether the facility is hospital-owned, unless it is actually on a hospital’s campus. When your physician refers you to a medical facility for an outpatient procedure, ask about how its ownership might affect your out-of-pocket costs. Digestive Health Centers (DHC) are proponents of price transparency in medical spending and proud to provide our patients high quality care at an excellent value.
DHC is one of the few remaining INDEPENDENT endoscopy centers in North Texas performing colonoscopies and other procedures. If you choose a hospital-affiliated facility, you will pay more for exactly the same procedure.
You have a choice when it comes to your medical care; we want to help you make an informed one.
QUALITY HEALTHCARE CERTIFIED PROVIDER
Digestive Health Centers are now Healthcare Bluebook Value Certified Providers.
This means you can be assured that you will receive:
- The high-quality, patient-focused care you expect
- Pricing that has been independently verified to be among the most cost-effective in the area.
Digestive Health Centers offer the same high-quality healthcare as that found in the traditional hospital setting, but in a much more cost-effective manner. Additionally, our patient satisfaction scores are often higher as most patients also find that we’re able to offer a more convenient and personalized experience. As a Healthcare Bluebook Value Certified Provider, we’ve pledged to:
- Provide open and transparent pricing information on our services
- Act as a partner with patients seeking the best clinical AND financial outcomes
Simply put, choosing Digestive Health Centers is the best value-based decision you can make for your healthcare needs. We look forward to seeing you and to having you as our patient.
Adenoma Detection Rate
DHC’s board certified gastroenterologists surpass the national benchmark for quality, as determined by the GI Quality Improvement Consortium (GIQuiC) — a non-profit collaboration between the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) for quality benchmarking and in the field of gastroenterology.
Cecal Intubation Rate
Cecal intubation rate is defined as the percentage of times the physician makes it to the cecum, which is a pouch that connect the small and large intestine and is considered the first portion of the large bowel. This quality measure demonstrates the physician’s ability to examine the entire colon during a colonoscopy.
Withdrawal time is the average amount of time a physician spends scanning the colon for polyps as the scope is withdrawn. The quality indicator demonstrates the physician’s ability to consistently and effectively provide a thorough exam during a colonoscopy.
Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)
All five of DHC’s independent endoscopy centers are certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), a certification awarded to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) that uphold nationally-recognized standards in patient care, medical safety, and operational efficiency.
Healthcare Bluebook Value Certified Provider
Healthcare Bluebook is the leader in driving consumerism in healthcare, enabling patients to make decisions based on transparent information. Their goal is to create fairness in the healthcare marketplace by combining the best cost and quality data with industry-leading usability, giving people and organizations everything they need to be more efficient healthcare consumers. Healthcare Bluebook only certifies
healthcare providers that have met very specific standards of quality and price in their respective fields that is fair and transparent to consumers. DHC of Dallas, The Digestive Health Center at Redbird Square, Digestive Health Center of North Richland Hills, Digestive Health Center of Plano, and the Digestive Health Center of Central Park are all value certified.