NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, WVUE-Fox 8, ClearHealthCosts named Peabody Award finalists

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, WVUE-Fox 8, ClearHealthCosts named Peabody Award finalists

“‘Cracking the Code: The Real Cost of Health Care,’ a joint project of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, WVUE-Fox 8 and ClearHealthCosts, was nominated Tuesday (April 10) for a 2018 Peabody Award, handed out annually to honor the best in TV, radio and digital media,” Mike Scott writes over at NOLA.com. “The series was one of […]

Can Doctors Choose Between Saving Lives and Saving a Fortune? The New York Times

Can Doctors Choose Between Saving Lives and Saving a Fortune? The New York Times

“To understand something about the spiraling cost of health care in the United States, we might begin with a typical conundrum: Imagine a 60-something man — a nonsmoker, overweight, with diabetes — who has just survived a heart attack,” Siddhartha Mukherjee writes over at The New York Times. “Perhaps he had an angioplasty, with the […]

TV’s ‘Roseanne’ can’t afford her prescription medication, either: Philly.com

TV’s ‘Roseanne’ can’t afford her prescription medication, either: Philly.com

“In its revival premiere Tuesday, ABC’s Roseanne tapped into a range of  issues that many American families are debating in their own households, including the high cost of prescription drugs,” Sarah Gantz writes over at partner Philly.com. “In a kitchen that hasn’t been updated since the Conner family ended their nine-season sitcom run in 1997, Dan […]

Electronic Health Records Were Supposed to Cut Medical Costs. They Haven’t: Harvard Business School blog

Electronic Health Records Were Supposed to Cut Medical Costs. They Haven’t: Harvard Business School blog

“Despite the promise that electronic health records would cut billing costs, savings have yet to materialize, according to a major new study by researchers at Harvard Business School and Duke University,” Roberta Holland writes on the Harvard Business School “Working Knowledge” blog. “’The theory was that part of having electronic records was to lower the […]

The case of the misleading anchor: How health care bills can deceive

The case of the misleading anchor: How health care bills can deceive

Medical bills and explanations of benefits seem to play on a human brain proclivity called anchoring. What is anchoring? It’s a bias in our brains that basically says “the first number you encounter will be an anchor to the truth, and all other information will be a reaction or adjustment up or down from that […]

Bait and switch, or how your employer passed health costs on to you: Peter Ubel

Bait and switch, or how your employer passed health costs on to you: Peter Ubel

“If you get health insurance through your job, beware: you might be picking up more of the cost of your medical care than you realize,” Peter Ubel of Duke writes over on Forbes. “With increasing frequency, employers are directing their workers to the kind of high deductible, high out-of-pocket insurance plans that leave workers financially responsible for […]

We’re live in Philadelphia with PriceCheck

We’re live in Philadelphia with PriceCheck

We’re launching a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News and philly.com, and their partner 6ABC News, bringing transparency to the Philadelphia health care marketplace by telling people what stuff costs. Here’s the first story from Sarah Gantz, the lead reporter at The Inquirer, about the difficulty of finding out pricing. Here’s the leadoff […]

“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 […]

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 […]