From the news:
An appendectomy in Texas can cost as little as $1,747.35 at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso, or as much as $7,335.94 at Lake Pointe Medical Center in Rowlett, according to an interactive tool posted by The Texas Tribune. The Tribune used public data from Medicaid, the joint state-federal health care program for indigent children, the disabled and the very poor. The full analysis, with article, is by Emily Ramshaw.
A profile by Reuters of a crime-busting official who’s working to ferret out health-care fraud includes these passages: “The National Healthcare Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA), a watchdog group, cites information from the FBI that anywhere between $70 billion and $234 billion is lost annually. That ranges between 3 percent and 10 percent of the $2.34 trillion Americans spent on healthcare in 2008. … Thomson Reuters, an industry leader in healthcare data, estimates the cost of fraud at about $150 billion per year.” By Tom Brown.
Physicans are leaving private practice, writes Pauline Chen, M.D., at the Well blog at www.nytimes.com. It’s widely regarded as one consequence of the turmoil in the health-care marketplace and the difficulty of managing the business side of a practice. She writes: “Over the last decade, there has been a nearly 75 percent increase in the number of doctors employed by hospitals. Nearly three-quarters of hospital leaders say they plan to increase that percentage over the next three years.”
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.