Employers may need to dig deep into regional medical procedurepricing as they strive to hold down health plan costs.

A study of regional cost variances forfemale-specific procedures byCastlight Health found huge variances for such common procedures asmammograms, preventative primary gynecological exams, and OB/GYNfollow up visits.

In the case of mammograms, the ranges were highest in the majormetropolitan area of New York ($130-$1,900), Dallas-Forth Worth($50-$1,050), and Los Angeles ($86-$954).

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.