Summary: Our #PriceCheck project crowdsourcing health care prices in California, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is live at this link. The reporting from the three partners — us at clearhealthcosts, KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC/Southern California Public Radio in Los Angeles — has been collected on this Tumblr. For further information, email us at email@example.com. Why is this project not currently on this site? A tech problem: our custom CMS theme doesn’t easily accommodate the computer coding that PriceCheck uses. We’re working on that.
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Summary: In an effort to limit health cost increases, some economists suggest that the answer is reference pricing — an insurer sets a price that it regards as the “reference” and business is conducted from that price. Apart from the obvious question of who sets the price, there are a raft of other issues, as pointed out in this nice Federal Trade Commission blog post by Keith Brand, Christopher Garmon and Martin Gaynor, from the federal Bureau of Economics.
Summary: “The number of privately insured women getting no-cost birth control pills has more than quadrupled under Obamacare, new data from the Guttmacher Institute shows. The new research, published in the journal Contraception, shows the percent of privately-insured women who paid nothing for the pill rose from 15 percent in the fall of 2012 up to 67 percent this spring.” –Sarah Kliff, vox.com After Obamacare, two-thirds of insured women now get their birth control pills free – Vox.
Summary: Our analytics tell us what are our most popular topics. Flu season is here: we can tell because the top post on our blog for the last seven days was about flu shots; before that, three of the top five posts were about birth control pills, STD tests and vasectomies (sex and the web — who’s surprised?). Click on the blue hotlink to see our most popular posts ….
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Summary: Medical students are learning to address cost issues — so we were flattered the other day to notice that we’re included in the curriculum of resources for the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The other procedure pricing resources: healthcarebluebook.com and also the Medicare pricing schedule. Topics: eliminating waste and over-ordering, health costs and payment models; high-value prescribing; and other subjects.
Summary: “It’s not your imagination. If you have employer health insurance, you’re probably paying more and more out of your own pocket,” Jason Millman writes in The Washington Post.
Summary: Price transparency has some unexpected consequences. Stanford, the big university-centered health system, cut off its contract with Anthem Blue Cross, the big California insurer, yesterday. Anthem struck back at Stanford, announcing publicly that Stanford had ended the contract, and citing our PriceCheck information in its press release.
Summary: Transparency, now: that’s what one doctor acquaintance says about health costs. Doctors are increasingly upset by health care pricing. When I heard not long ago from a California surgeon who had learned of our work via our PriceCheck project in California, I asked him if he wanted to do an interview for our blog telling us what he knows and what he’s learned. Read on for a post from Dr. Stephen Rakower, or ….
Summary: The Affordable Care Act mandates that preventive coverage of many types should be free under A.C.A. plans. But we have learned that not every plan is covering things in the same way. What to do? Here’s a toolkit from the National Women’s Law Center that covers just about every eventuality. What’s covered, how it’s covered, sample scripts and letters.