Making Insulin Affordable: Foreign Affairs

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Making Insulin Affordable:  Foreign Affairs

James Elliott is convinced that the statistics describing the prevalence of type 1 diabetes are misleading,” Fran Quigley writes in Foreign Affairs. “’People say that there is little or no type 1 diabetes in poor countries,’ he says. ‘But that is because all of the people who had it are dead.’ Elliott, a health researcher […]

Medicare Beneficiaries’ High Out-of-Pocket Costs: The Commonwealth Fund

Medicare Beneficiaries’ High Out-of-Pocket Costs: The Commonwealth Fund

“More than a quarter of Medicare beneficiaries spent 20 percent or more of income on health care in 2016. Policymakers should consider how proposals to reform Medicare would affect those with poor health or low income,” a Commonwealth Fund analysis finds. “Abstract: Fifty-six million people — 17 percent of the U.S. population — rely on […]

Preservation through progress: A letter from NOLA Media Group President Tim Williamson | NOLA.com

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Preservation through progress: A letter from NOLA Media Group President Tim Williamson | NOLA.com

“Last summer, I made a pledge to you that we would build a progressive, dynamic and forward-thinking media company that would serve the New Orleans community for generations to come,” writes Tim Williamson, president at NOLA Media Group, featuring the recent achievements of his staff, including our “Cracking the Code” partnership — right up there […]

Tulane Health CEO slams ‘Cracking the Code’ work; meanwhile, New Orleans woman saves $3,786 with our data

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Tulane Health CEO slams ‘Cracking the Code’ work; meanwhile, New Orleans woman saves $3,786 with our data

As we wrap up our first three weeks of reporting on health care pricing in the New Orleans metro area, we’ve learned a lot. We’ve been able to save some people large amounts of money — and the medical establishment in the area is not universally happy with our work. “Tulane Medical Center president and […]

Profits are booming at health insurance companies: Axios

Profits are booming at health insurance companies: Axios

“The largest health insurance companies in the United States reaped historically large profits in the first quarter of this year, despite all the noise surrounding the Affordable Care Act’s individual marketplaces. Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, Humana and UnitedHealth Group — the big five for-profit insurers — cumulatively collected $4.5 billion in net earnings in the first […]

How Cracking the Code works: Our partners speak

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How Cracking the Code works: Our partners speak

Our work on Cracking the Code with reporting on and crowdsourcing health prices with partners WVUE FOX 8 Live and NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune was featured recently in an Advance Publications in-house newsletter, “Advance Notice.” We reproduce here the Q-and-A conducted by David Newhouse, Advance Digital editor, in the newsletter sent May 25, with permission from our […]

UnitedHealthcare came to visit us, a lot: See screenshot

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UnitedHealthcare came to visit us, a lot: See screenshot

We like it when we can educate the big incumbents in the health care arena. So when we see UnitedHealthcare spending so much time here, it makes us happy. Some of their searches: CPT vs. DRG, affordable psychotherapy, pulmonary compliance study, our “About” page, our “Team” page, a blog post about Massachusetts and Maryland as […]

Blood test costs — $284 or $34 a few blocks away? Cracking the Code

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Blood test costs — $284 or $34 a few blocks away? Cracking the Code

“When UnitedHealthcare exited the Affordable Care Act exchange in Louisiana last year, Kim Spencer was one of around 29,000 people forced to find a new insurance plan under the federal health care law. She chose Humana, then found a new primary care physician at Tulane University Medical Center, based on recommendations from friends,” our partner […]

She saved $3,786 on an MRI: How people use our data

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She saved $3,786 on an MRI: How people use our data

We received this email in connection with our Cracking the Code partnership in New Orleans: My doctor at Tulane University Medical Center had suggested an abdominal MRI as part of a portfolio of check-ups to better understand the possible trajectory of a hereditary condition that might affect me. I’m 27 years old, and wanted to […]

Facility fees startle patients who think they’re paid up: “Cracking the Code”

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Facility fees startle patients who think they’re paid up: “Cracking the Code”

“When Nancy DuBois began experiencing shoulder pain early last year, she worried she might need rotator cuff surgery. She saw a specialist at Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, near the Tulane football stadium, who diagnosed her instead with a frozen shoulder, a common condition caused by injury or over-use. The visit, including an x-ray and […]