Cash prices stay level, while overall costs continue to rise

Cash prices stay level, while overall costs continue to rise

Summary: A curious thing has happened in health care pricing in this country. While insurance premiums and insured people’s prices for common procedures consistently go up and up and up, cash prices for many common, “shoppable” procedures vary little from year to year. We first started to notice this pattern when we were replicating our […]

Have PPO Networks Perpetrated The Greatest Heist In American History?

Have PPO Networks Perpetrated The Greatest Heist In American History?

Summary: “Trillions have been redistributed from the American workforce to the health care industry, creating an economic depression for the middle class,” Dave Chase writes over on Forbes, introducing a lengthy interview with multiple quotes from my acquaintances Bill Rusteberg and Mike Dendy, who featured in this post I wrote three years ago. “The Washington […]

Saving money: Paying cash for health care even if you’re insured

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Saving money: Paying cash for health care even if you’re insured

Summary: People are telling us they are paying cash for common medical procedures, even if they’re insured — and getting lower prices. Is this common? Is it legal? Why don’t more people ask for lower cash rates, and why don’t more providers offer? Answers to these questions and more …   CLICK HERE FOR PRICES […]

A wave of change in insurance payment models: Cost-plus, not bills

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

A wave of change in insurance payment models: Cost-plus, not bills

Mike Dendy, Woody Waters, Jeff McPeters and Bill Rusteberg may be the biggest looming nightmare of the insurance industry and the hospital billing department. But they don’t see it that way: They see themselves as a solution to a problem. The three are among the growing ecosystem of practitioners of “cost plus” or “Medicare plus” […]