Insurance company cites ClearHealthCosts as a good source of pricing information

Insurance company cites ClearHealthCosts as a good source of pricing information

Headscratchers: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois refer their insured people to us to save money on health care. In a piece titled “Be the 1 in 5 who’s saving money,” the piece posted on these two sites explains how to save — by using, among other tools, […]

How much does a salpingectomy for an ectopic pregnancy cost?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

How much does a salpingectomy for an ectopic pregnancy cost?

A community member shared one price — anesthesia during treatment for an ectopic pregnancy. We asked for details, and she said: 1. This was the bill from the anesthesiologist during a salpingectomy I had. It was an emergency surgery that arose from an ER visit. I was discharged the same day. 2. I have healthcare […]

Claims denials and appeals in ACA marketplace plans: Kaiser Family Foundation

Claims denials and appeals in ACA marketplace plans: Kaiser Family Foundation

“In this report, we analyze transparency data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to examine claims denials and appeals among issuers offering individual market coverage on healthcare.gov from 2015-2017,” Karen Pollitz, Cynthia Cox and Rachel Fehr write for the Kaiser Family Foundation, in a startling analysis of federal data that reveals […]

A reader’s victory on facility fees: She saved more than $300, or how to argue a bill

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A reader’s victory on facility fees: She saved more than $300, or how to argue a bill

A comment came in on one of our “facility fee” posts, explaining this mysterious charge, imposed by hospitals on top of a bill for medical treatment if a patient visits one of their facilities: “As of today, Jan. 30, 2019, this is still happening at Tulane Sports. I received a bill for $153.00 facility fee. […]

A spider bite, and $4,348.44 dollars later: ‘I don’t have the willpower to argue any of it’

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

A spider bite, and $4,348.44 dollars later: ‘I don’t have the willpower to argue any of it’

The share from the community member looked ominous: An IV, which usually means an emergency room. PROCEDURE: 96365 Ther/proph/diag iv inf init PRICES: CHARGED: 1200.0 INSURED: 0.0 PAID: 1200.0 HOSPITAL: Mount Sinai Beth Israel INSURER: Cigna OTHER INSURER: An employer I asked: Thanks for your share on ClearHealthCosts! We might want to write about this. […]

How much does an MRI cost, $350 or $1,000? He told the billing department the price was too high, and they dropped it

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How much does an MRI cost, $350 or $1,000? He told the billing department the price was too high, and they dropped it

Who knew? When you tell the woman in billing department the price is too high, maybe she’ll drop it for you. The community member shared on our partner’s site about an MRI in Westlake Village, near Los Angeles — and we learned that when he told the office person he was not going to have […]

A kid has chest pain, and $10,000 later … here’s the bill

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A kid has chest pain, and $10,000 later … here’s the bill

A friend writes: Recently saw Jeanne’s superb TED talk.. and was instantly inspired to share our recent ER experience. Please see attached the bill we got for a visit to the NYU Langone Cobble Hill ER in November for my 14-year-old son who was having severe chest pains and racing pulse ( turned out nothing […]

How much does Remicade cost? The true cost of Crohn’s disease

How much does Remicade cost? The true cost of Crohn’s disease

By ERIN BRICKER (Editor’s note: Erin Bricker reached out to us via our interactive software to talk about health costs, and we struck up a conversation. I asked her to write about her experiences, and she agreed, in the hope that someone else would benefit from her knowledge.) In the last 20 years or so, […]

How much does a breast biopsy cost, $1,000 or $2,342? She saved $1,842

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How much does a breast biopsy cost, $1,000 or $2,342? She saved $1,842

A community member shared this: PROCEDURE: 77031 Stereotact guide for brst bx PRICES: CHARGED: 1000.0 INSURED: 500.0 PAID: 500.0 REPORT DATE: 2019-03-01 SHARE DATE: 2019-03-01 22:54:27 UTC HOSPITAL: Houston Medical Imaging INSURER: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas OTHER INSURER: An employer INPUT BY: xxxxx PHONE: xxxx NOTES: MD Anderson Breast Care with Memorial Hermann […]