The Day: Cutting costs, a history lesson, and more cutting costs

The Day: Cutting costs, a history lesson, and more cutting costs

Here are two citations from the invaluable Maggie Mahar over at healthbeatblog: Health Beat: The “Top-Five” Ways to Improve Primary Care and Reduce Costs….  talks about how doctors have been able to stop unnecessary tests, and How Medicine became a growth business is an illuminating guest post by Dr. Clifton Meador about the history of medicine […]

The Day: Costs of care, data security, insurance

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

The Day: Costs of care, data security, insurance

Comparative effectiveness research would help find the most effective medical treatments at the lowest prices, but not everyone thinks that’s a good idea. The Value of Comparison.  The New York Times. Significant concerns about the security of electronic patient health information are raised in two reviews from the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of […]

Individual responsibility for health care

Individual responsibility for health care

‘”The internet has changed people’s relationships with information,” writes the invaluable Susannah Fox at the Pew Internet and American Life Project, in a new report about the social life of health information. ‘Our data consistently show that doctors, nurses, and other health professionals continue to be the first choice for most people with health concerns, […]

The roundup: Health reform, journalism, costs and hospital safety

The roundup: Health reform, journalism, costs and hospital safety

A British View of the US Health Reform and US Health Journalism | Reporting on Health. The Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Southern California Harvard School of Public Health analysis (in slides) of the health-care crisis HSPH Hundreds of thousands of 20-somethings join parents’ health-care plans under new health law Kaiser Health […]

Roundup: Insurance, Medicaid, technology, house calls

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Roundup: Insurance, Medicaid, technology, house calls

Illinois Insurance Chief (Soon to Head U.S. Insurance Office) Sees Market Becoming More Concentrated  —   Kaiser Health News “Are you hearing anecdotal stories from consumers? “We sure are. People in the pre-Medicare age have a lot of trouble receiving individual and family coverage. Historically someone in that group would receive an offer of coverage […]

Health cost fraud: The Most Wanted

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans

Health cost fraud: The Most Wanted

This is for real: a Web site from the Health and Human Services Department showing the most wanted fugitives committing Medicare and Medicaid fraud. For example: “Carlos, Luis, and Jose Benitez, commonly referred to as the Benitez brothers, allegedly schemed to submit false and fraudulent claims to Medicare, pocketing approximately $110 million from Medicare, according […]

Test charges: $401 = $24.80

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Test charges: $401 = $24.80

It’s not the first time medical bills in my family have seemed really confusing. Take a look at these two bills, for the same procedure, performed not long ago. The top one is from the provider for the actual test, a blood test at a lab. The charge was $401, the mysterious “adjustment” $376.20, leaving […]