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, […]

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 […]

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 platelet rich plasma cost? $400 or $5,000?

How much does platelet rich plasma cost? $400 or $5,000?

A friend writes: Re shopping for procedure costs, I have learned that one the hard way. I have a torn rotator cuff, which I went to Hospital for Special Surgery to have repaired. The surgeon insisted that, prior to surgery, he required that I get an “experimental” shot into my shoulder. He explained they take […]

How much does IVIG (IV Immunoglobulin) cost? Or, no wonder healthcare is so expensive: Morgan Gleason

How much does IVIG (IV Immunoglobulin) cost? Or, no wonder healthcare is so expensive: Morgan Gleason

By Morgan Gleason I am thinking that we might really need to just burn the healthcare system to the ground and completely start over. Although I am pretty experienced with healthcare, the financial piece is one that I haven’t really been as involved in since I am still on my parents’ insurance and they pay […]

Rationing of Health Care in the United States An Inevitable Consequence of Increasing Health Care Costs

Rationing of Health Care in the United States An Inevitable Consequence of Increasing Health Care Costs

“The modern era of medicine began in the 1960s. Health care coverage expanded with the passage of Medicare and Medicaid and the increasing availability of employee-based health insurance. Scientific and clinical advances began to occur at a far more rapid pace. Physicians became more specialized and began to focus on acute care dominated by cardiovascular […]

Must read: Wendell Potter at Tarbell.org

Must read: Wendell Potter at Tarbell.org

If you’re interested in health care, you must read Wendell Potter over at Tarbell.org. Potter is a former health care industry public relations executive; he left the industry and has started Tarbell.org, an investigative news site. Here’s one example of Wendell’s work: “How corporate health interests, nervous about their profits, are trying to scare you.” […]

The price of childbirth: If you don’t pay our global billing deposit, we won’t treat you

The price of childbirth: If you don’t pay our global billing deposit, we won’t treat you

A friend writes: Here is my situation. I have a high deductible health plan with Cigna that doesn’t pick up until I meet the deductible. That deductible in any year is $3,000. Right now none of my prenatal care is covered because I have not met my deductible. It’s all out of pocket but everything […]

‘Hospitals’ confusing online price lists give patients a headache’: Us, on CBS News

‘Hospitals’ confusing online price lists give patients a headache’: Us, on CBS News

We were featured on CBS Evening News on Jan. 21, 2019, talking about the new Medicare ruling that hospitals need to publicize their list prices starting Jan. 1, 2019. Here’s the CBS Evening News version, “Hospitals’ confusing online price lists give patients a headache,” with correspondent Anna Werner. Here’s the CBS This Morning version, “Are […]

Medicare head asks Twitter to help enforce price transparency policy

Medicare head asks Twitter to help enforce price transparency policy

Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, called on Twitter a few days ago to help her enforce a new rule on health price transparency. The rule requires hospitals to post their list prices online. It went into effect on Jan. 1, and there was scant information about how it […]