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Federal study of transparency providers, including Clearhealthcosts

Posted by on March 10, 2015

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Summary: A study of transparency sites was just released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Clearhealthcosts.com figures in the study, “Public Reporting of Cost Measures in Health An Environmental Scan of Current Practice and Assessment of Consumer Centeredness,” prepared by the Johns Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center.

 

 


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An X-ray for $34, an MRI for $499, a mammogram for $150

Posted by on March 8, 2015

Summary: More and more cash imaging places are coming across our radar. This one, Premier Medical Imaging, is based in Scottsdale, Ariz., and serves patients in the Midwest and also Alabama — with a $34 cash X-Ray and a $499 MRI without contrast, as well as a $359 CT scan without contrast. We don’t know anyone who has used them, but they do have the standard American College of Radiology accreditation. Click through to see a price list.

 

 


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A costly side effect of hospital mergers: Higher prices

Posted by on March 8, 2015

Summary: Mergers and acquisitions have swept the health care landscape. The effects? Higher prices. Greg David writes in Crain’s New York Business, comparing price increases in the New York area (15.3 percent in the last five years) with nationwide increases (12 percent). Click here to read more from the post.

 

 


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Hospital Ratings Systems Share Few Common Scores And May Generate Confusion Instead Of Clarity

Posted by on March 3, 2015

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Summary: Quality measurement is a hot topic in health care these days. There are many systems, and they tend to disagree. Now seven experts have published a paper in the influential “Health Affairs” journal’s March 2015 issue, titled: “National Hospital Ratings Systems Share Few Common Scores And May Generate Confusion Instead Of Clarity.” Click here to read more from the abstract.

 

 


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Insurance plans place all medications for some conditions in high-price tier

Posted by on March 1, 2015

Summary: Extending insurance coverage to all, even those with serious or pre-existing conditions, was one of the promises of the Affordable Care Act. And yet conditions including high coinsurance and high co-pays have put treatment out of reach for insured people. Here’s a new analysis from Avalere Health saying that some insurance plans “place all drugs used to treat complex diseases – such as HIV, cancer, and multiple sclerosis – on the highest drug formulary cost-sharing tier.” Click here to read more from the report.

 

 


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Hello, Philadelphia! We’re here to inventory your health care prices.

Posted by on February 27, 2015

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Summary: We’re excited to be rolling out WHYY’s PriceCheck project in Philadelphia, with our great partners at WHYY The Pulse in Philadelphia. We’re kicking off a six-month project to build a community-created guide to health care prices in the Delaware Valley with the WHYY The Pulse journalists, on the model of our California PriceCheck project.

 

 


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Minnesota’s nonprofit health care: Can you heal me now? | Star Tribune

Posted by on February 25, 2015

Summary: Nonprofit or for-profit? In the hospital world, as in the journalism world, there are a number of preconceptions about these two words, and the business practices that underlie them. So when the Minnesota Star-Tribune ran a commentary recently about that topic in connection with health companies, I was really interested. Read on for details, or ….

 

 


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In Australia, the same problems: Spotlight on specialists’ fees

Posted by on February 16, 2015

Summary: The health care cost problems that plague the United States are not unique. Australia’s system has some of the same issues, as Professor Lesley Russell writes: “The impact of specialist fees on government and patient budgets has received little reform attention. This is despite the government’s push for controls in health-care spending and growing evidence of the affordability problems faced by sick Australians.” Keep reading for more, or…

 

 


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Most common medical procedures: arthroscopy, CT scan

Posted by on February 1, 2015

Summary: What are the most common surgical procedures and imaging procedures? Well, it’s not exactly what you’d think. We like data, facts and figures, so when North Carolina posted price information recently, it wasn’t just the prices we were interested in.

 

 


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University of Florida College of Medicine features us

Posted by on January 28, 2015

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Summary: The University of Florida College of Medicine has added us as a resource on their site: “To complete the following, UF Health patients must sign the healthcare cost authorization form in order to obtain a copy of their hospital charges. Contact Mary Delaplaine (265-0371) delapm@shands.ufl.edu and give her the patient’s DOB or MR# so she can have the charges pulled and tell you when to pick them up. You will take the authorization form to Admissions on the first floor of the north tower and exchange that for the charges. The VA does not give out charges but you may use the following resources to estimate charges. http://healthcarebluebook.com/ or http://clearhealthcosts.com/”

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