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Quality measures: Getting More Performance from Performance Measurement — NEJM

Posted by on December 10, 2014

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Summary: Performance transparency is as broken in health care as price transparency is. Here is a compelling perspective in a piece from the New England Journal of Medicine explaining just how many ways performance metrics are broken, and offering a few suggestions on how to fix the situation.

 

 

 


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Abortion rate drops in U.S., according to CDC statistics

Posted by on December 2, 2014

Summary: The abortion rate is at a historic low, according to the Centers for Disease Control, which recently issued a report citing 2011 statistics collected from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and New York City. Women in their 20’s accounted for the largest number.

 

 

 


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For-profit vs. nonprofit: A few words about organizational choice

Posted by on November 30, 2014

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Summary: We’ve been asked several times recently why we’re a for-profit and not a nonprofit. Here’s why: We are a for-profit because we were founded out of the entrepreneurial journalism class at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, run by Jeff Jarvis and Jeremy Caplan, which has grown into the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the CUNY J-School.

 

 

 


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Harvard Business Review-New England Journal of Medicine features us

Posted by on November 27, 2014

Summary: The Harvard Business Review/New England Journal of Medicine featured my article describing clearhealthcosts.com and our work on PriceCheck on Nov. 26. In a piece titled “It’s Absurd That Health Care Costs Are So Confusing,” I explained how health cost transparency is helping empower people in the marketplace.

 

 


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Health News Review calls our work ‘a great piece of journalism’

Posted by on November 24, 2014

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Summary: Gary Schwitzer, founder of Health News Review, has a mission: to analyze health reporting. His site regularly holds  feet to the fire about bad medicine and bad journalism, and the site also praises people whose work he finds exemplary. So we were thrilled to see him praising our PriceCheck project on his Health News Review..

 

 


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How Medical Care Is Being Corrupted: Two doctors issue a warning

Posted by on November 22, 2014

Summary: Two doctors issued a terrifying warning on The New York Times Op-Ed Page. Here’s an excerpt: “When we are patients, we want our doctors to make recommendations that are in our best interests as individuals. As physicians, we strive to do the same for our patients.

 

 


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We win the Patient Shark Tank!

Posted by on November 19, 2014

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Summary: ClearHealthCosts.com shared the gold medal at the Patient Shark Tank competition at the New York eHealth Collaborative’s Digital Health Conference Nov. 18.

 

 


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Our hospital pricing database: Data posted by providers, in convenient form

Posted by on November 18, 2014

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Summary:  How much does childbirth  cost? How much does an MRI cost? Gall bladder surgery, arthroscopy? We are asked that question a lot, and so we built a  database of cash or self-pay hospital prices that were posted by providers online. While we’ve been collecting pricing for modest “shoppable” procedures since our founding in early 2011 (see our front page and search boxes there), this new database constitutes a separate database of cash or self-pay prices for more expensive, typically hospital-based, procedures.

 

 


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ClearHealthCosts and PriceCheck featured in JAMA Internal Medicine

Posted by on November 18, 2014

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Summary: Our work on PriceCheck was featured in JAMA Internal Medicine on Nov. 17, in an article by one of our California partners,  Lisa Aliferis of KQED, along with an editor’s note by the JAMA editor. The editor’s note called us “bold” and a supplier of “essential information,” and called for more of the same (signup for free access to current issue required).

 

 


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Doctor discipline: Resources for judging quality in health care

Posted by on November 17, 2014

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Summary: When we display prices for medical treatments, inevitably the question of quality comes up. Since price and quality are both hidden from public view in health care, we are always excited to see some source — any source — of quality information. One source: doctor disciplinary listings.

 

 


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