We take your questions on Reddit: The ‘Cracking the Code’ AMA (Ask Me Anything)

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We take your questions on Reddit: The ‘Cracking the Code’ AMA (Ask Me Anything)

I went on Reddit on Aug. 24 with our partners, investigative reporter and anchor Lee Zurik at WVUE FOX 8 Live and  Jed Lipinski  at NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune, to do an “AMA” or “Ask Me Anything” open forum. To read the whole AMA, go here.  Here’s one exchange: [–]B4UGOTHERE 1 point 20 hours ago Where did you get the big […]

What we learned: ‘Cracking the Code,’ a TV special by FOX 8 Live

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What we learned: ‘Cracking the Code,’ a TV special by FOX 8 Live

Weekend watching: Here’s a special TV wrapup of our work so farwith our award-winning journalist partners, investigative reporter and anchor Lee Zurik at WVUE FOX 8 Live and  Jed Lipinski and Manuel Torres at NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune,  and their teams. We launched our New Orleans PriceCheck partnership in April 2017, using shoe-leather journalism, data journalism and crowdsourcing […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

In network and billed for $1,400: “Cracking the Code” looks at balance billing

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In network and billed for $1,400: “Cracking the Code” looks at balance billing

“Steve Fair woke up at 2 a.m. in his room at the Sheraton New Orleans to find that his uvula – the tissue that hangs from the back of one’s palate – had swollen to the size of a Hershey’s Kiss. Worried it might block his airway, he and his wife rushed down to the […]

Cracking the Code: Voices from our New Orleans partnership

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Cracking the Code: Voices from our New Orleans partnership

How do people use our data? We’re often asked. Here are some snippets from real life: Selected emails, comments on stories and Facebook posts from our Cracking the Code partnership with partners WVUE FOX 8 Live and NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. “Less than 18 hours before her scheduled abdominal MRI at Tulane Medical Center, […]

When that ‘free’ colonoscopy costs $2,500: Cracking the Code in New Orleans

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When that ‘free’ colonoscopy costs $2,500: Cracking the Code in New Orleans

“At age 62, Cedric Valeary had yet to get a colonoscopy to screen for signs of colorectal cancer – the second deadliest type of cancer in the United States. During his annual check-up in December, his doctor told him it was time,” Jed Lipinski writes over at our partner, NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune in New […]

Health care providers keeping secrets: Lee Zurik and Jed Lipinski, Cracking the Code

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Health care providers keeping secrets: Lee Zurik and Jed Lipinski, Cracking the Code

Dear hospitals: Please don’t keep secrets from us! Here’s Lee Zurik of WVUE Fox 8 Live in a new installment of our Cracking the Code partnership in New Orleans. The topic: What happens when people don’t know prices in advance, and wind up with burdensome — or ruinous — bills. Here’s Jed Lipinski of NOLA.com […]

An off-the-charts launch: Our New Orleans partnership

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An off-the-charts launch: Our New Orleans partnership

Summary: Our New Orleans partnership has brought a response that is off the charts in every way. We are a little more than two weeks from our launch, and we are hearing from 10-60 people a day with data and questions on health care pricing. We’re also the topic of conversation in the community. In […]