Massachusetts: Cost-cutting strategies aren’t working

Massachusetts: Cost-cutting strategies aren’t working

Massachusetts has been in the forefront of health reform. So it was dispiriting to learn in a Massachusetts health reform report issued June 22 that the state’s test of one of the most-hoped-for reforms changes has failed to cut costs. In fact, most of the news in the report was relatively gloomy: it suggested that […]

Shopping for insurance, Part 3: A range of choices

Shopping for insurance, Part 3: A range of choices

Welcome to Part 3 of our handbook for people who are shopping for insurance. We’re planning several articles in this series, much as we have started publishing our “Ways to Save” series, and we’ll then  archive them on the site. Here’s Part I of the series, and Part 2. (We started out calling it “If you’re […]

The Day: Insurance errors, premiums dropping

The Day: Insurance errors, premiums dropping

“The overall rate of inaccurate [insurance] claims payments increased since last year among leading commercial health insurers, according to American Medical Association’s (AMA) fourth annual National Health Insurer Report Card. Claims-processing errors by health insurance companies waste billions of dollars and frustrate patients and physicians.” The AMA is not a big fan of insurers, but […]

If you’re uninsured, Part 2: The options

If you’re uninsured, Part 2: The options

Welcome to Part 2 of our handbook for people who are uninsured. We’re planning several articles in this series, much as we have started publishing our “Ways to Save” series, and we’ll then  archive them on the site. Here’s Part I of the uninsured series. The best way to start shopping for insurance is to know […]

The Health Data Initiative: A gathering of wonks

The Health Data Initiative: A gathering of wonks

  ClearHealthCosts.com got a lot of love at the Health Data Initiative forum at the National Institutes of Health in Washington on Thursday, June 9. Todd Park, chief technology officer of the Department of Health and Human Services, was one of the people who praised the the newly launched site when I showed it to […]

The Day: Reform, Republican doctors, free medical school

The Day: Reform, Republican doctors, free medical school

  Dave Chase, a former Microsoft executive, wrote two treatises on huffingtonpost.com about health care were choice. Here’s one: Dave Chase: Do it Yourself Health Care Reform. and here’s the other: Dave Chase: Health Insurance’s Bunker Buster. P.S. He’s really smart, and he’s also working on a startup about health care called Avado. It’s sort of like a mint.com […]

Doctors, costs and the system

Doctors, costs and the system

Cost-effective health care is something everybody wants, but it’s also something that is opposed by a lot of parties to the conversation for different reasons, a topic explored in a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine by Victor R. Fuchs, Ph.D., and Arnold Milstein, M.D., M.P.H. Insurance companies don’t want to standardize […]

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 […]

Patients and doctors, all dissatisfied

Patients and doctors, all dissatisfied

Doctors and patients have wildly differing perspectives on the health-care marketplace,  and yet they share a feeling of dissatisfaction. Both constituencies were interviewed in a pair of newly released studies by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Talking About Health Care Payment Reform with U.S.Consumers and Talking with Physicians about Improving Payment and Reimbursement. The big […]