“Insulin is too expensive for many of my patients. It doesn’t have to be”: The Washington Post

“Insulin is too expensive for many of my patients. It doesn’t have to be”: The Washington Post

“At age 15, I suddenly felt an unquenchable thirst and began urinating frequently. I lost 20 pounds. I had developed Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that destroyed my body’s ability to produce insulin,” Dr. David M. Tridgell wrote at The Washington Post not long ago. “Without insulin, I would have eventually developed a condition […]

Our partnership with WVUE Fox 8 Live and NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune

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Our partnership with WVUE Fox 8 Live and NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune

We’re changing the conversation about health care by using the tools of journalism to bring transparency to health care, and tell people what stuff costs. We launched our New Orleans PriceCheck partnership in April 2017, reporting on and crowdsourcing health prices with our award-winning journalist partners, investigative reporter and anchor Lee Zurik at WVUE FOX 8 […]

We’re featured in a national TV investigation by Raycomm Media

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

We’re featured in a national TV investigation by Raycomm Media

We were just featured in a national investigation by Raycomm Media’s investigations chief, Lee Zurik, who is also our partner in the “Cracking the Code” investigation in New Orleans. Zurik’s piece ran on a number of Raycomm stations nationwide. We had a lot of response, including this email from Jackson, Miss.: “I just saw a […]

New Maine law rewards consumers who find better deals on health care: Bangor Daily News

New Maine law rewards consumers who find better deals on health care: Bangor Daily News

“Under a new Maine law, health insurers must compensate customers who find a better deal on many common medical services,” Jackie Farwell wrote in July over at Bangor Daily News. “Customers will be rewarded for shopping around for less expensive CT scans, lab work and other care by keeping a share of any savings they […]

Why most health plans strive to make healthcare cost more: Employee Benefit News

Why most health plans strive to make healthcare cost more: Employee Benefit News

“Health plan representatives are always saying that their plans are doing everything they can to control costs and deliver greater value,” Brian Klepper writes over at Employee Benefit News. “But then nothing ever seems to change. The truth is that group health plans typically earn a percentage of total claims, and it is in their […]

How much does Dupixent cost? How our information helps people appeal a denial

How much does Dupixent cost? How our information helps people appeal a denial

A friend writes: “I was fortunate to meet Jeanne at ClearHealthCosts, and with her assistance I was able to get Dupixent, an injected medication needed twice a month for my niece’s eczema. “Other medications did not treat this condition, and her doctor at Columbia Doctors Dermatology recommended this new medication. “We learned that the cost […]

Variability in diagnostic error rates of 10 MRI centers: The Spine Journal

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Variability in diagnostic error rates of 10 MRI centers: The Spine Journal

“In today’s health-care climate, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is often perceived as a commodity — a service where there are no meaningful differences in quality and thus an area in which patients can be advised to select a provider based on price and convenience alone,” write Richard Herzog M.D., Daniel R. Elgort, PhD, Adam E. […]

Nonprofit hospitals get rich, while their communities don’t

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Nonprofit hospitals get rich, while their communities don’t

Required reading: Here’s a Twitter thread about how non-profit hospitals get richer, while their communities stay poor. It’s a series over at Politico featuring Yale-New Haven, Cleveland Clinic and others, by the inimitable Dan Diamond. Here’s the link to his thread, which refers to the several stories. 

Arthritis drugs show companies’ price policies: Kaiser Health News

Arthritis drugs show companies’ price policies: Kaiser Health News

“Renda Bower knows well the cost of drugs to treat rheumatoid arthritis – her husband, son and daughter all have the painful, disabling autoimmune disease,” Julie Appleby writes over at Kaiser Health News, explaining the behind-the-scenes actions of drug makers and pharmacy benefit companies. “And the family’s finances revolve around paying for them. Even with […]