Steady executive pay hikes eclipse cost-containment concerns: Modern Healthcare

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Steady executive pay hikes eclipse cost-containment concerns: Modern Healthcare

“Health systems are grappling with competing priorities, trying to corral costs while still attracting and keeping top executive talent with competitive salary and benefit packages,” Alex Kacik writes over at Modern Healthcare. “Judging by the steady increase in executives’ total compensation over the past several years, it seems that health system boards are not compromising […]

Under 1% of patients use this trick to save hundreds on medical bills: We’re featured on CNBC

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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Under 1% of patients use this trick to save hundreds on medical bills: We’re featured on CNBC

“Last summer, I had one of those ‘$400 emergencies,’ except in my case it could have been a four-figure emergency, and a potentially life-threatening one to boot,” Ester Bloom writes over at CNBC, in a piece about shopping for health care that features us. “A primary care physician found a lump and sent me to […]

What to know before you buy short-term health insurance: The New York Times

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What to know before you buy short-term health insurance: The New York Times

“The Trump administration has just completed rules that will allow people to shop for a new kind of health insurance,” Margot Sanger-Katz writes over at The New York Times. “So-called short-term plans will be offered for relatively long periods — just under a year at a time, with renewals for up to 36 months — […]

MRI costs, or why this surgeon is challenging N.C.’s certificate of need law: Vox

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MRI costs, or why this surgeon is challenging N.C.’s certificate of need law: Vox

“Dr. Gajendra Singh walked out of his local hospital’s outpatient department last year, having been told an ultrasound for some vague abdominal pain he was feeling would cost $1,200 or so, and decided enough was enough,” Dylan Scott writes over at Vox.com. “If he was balking at the price of a routine medical scan, what […]

Hey there, UnitedHealthCare! Can we help you figure out how much a sleep study costs?

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Hey there, UnitedHealthCare! Can we help you figure out how much a sleep study costs?

We’re always interested in seeing who’s visiting. Today, someone from UnitedHealthCare in Plymouth, Minn., spent 6 minutes reading our post about how much a sleep study costs. Here’s a screenshot from our Clicky analytics panel. We’re happy to be providing such valuable services to the insurance industry! It’s also clear that they found us by […]

When insurers drop medications for cheap alternatives, the effects can be devastating for some patients: Philly.com

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When insurers drop medications for cheap alternatives, the effects can be devastating for some patients: Philly.com

“Splashing around in the pool, skin slick with sunscreen, Shane Butcher was a normal 9-year-old kid on a perfect summer day. And then he wasn’t,” Sarah Gantz writes over at The Philadelphia Inquirer. “He floated toward the edge of the pool, energy suddenly replaced by a vacant expression, his blood sugar plummeting so low he […]

Doctors, hospitals sue patients posting negative online comments: USA Today

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Doctors, hospitals sue patients posting negative online comments: USA Today

“Retired Air Force colonel David Antoon agreed to pay $100 to settle what were once felony charges for emailing his former Cleveland Clinic surgeon articles the doctor found threatening and posting a list on Yelp of all the surgeries the urologist had scheduled at the same time as the one that left Antoon incontinent and impotent a decade ago,” […]

Health insurers are vacuuming up details about you: ProPublica

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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Health insurers are vacuuming up details about you: ProPublica

“To an outsider, the fancy booths at last month’s health insurance industry gathering in San Diego aren’t very compelling,” Marshall Allen writes over at ProPublica, in a story jointly published with NPR. “A handful of companies pitching ‘lifestyle’ data and salespeople touting jargony phrases like ‘social determinants of health.’ But dig deeper and the implications […]

A doc visit gone horribly wrong: One man’s story

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

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A doc visit gone horribly wrong: One man’s story

A friend of a friend, Christopher Ford, wrote this on Facebook. I’m posting with permission, and including some of the comments anonymously. “So I broke down a month or so ago and got myself a primary care physician. Everyone knows all too good and well that I’ve been under the care of about half a […]

Texans missing or delaying needed treatment because health costs too high: Houston Chronicle

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Texans missing or delaying needed treatment because health costs too high: Houston Chronicle

“Six in 10 Texans say someone in their household has recently skipped or postponed needed health care and medication because the cost is now out of reach, according to a new national study,” Jenny Deam writes over at The Houston Chronicle. “Rising costs also mean Texans, even those with insurance, struggle significantly to pay the […]