How much does Dupixent cost? How our information helps people appeal a denial

How much does Dupixent cost? How our information helps people appeal a denial

A friend writes: “I was fortunate to meet Jeanne at ClearHealthCosts, and with her assistance I was able to get Dupixent, an injected medication needed twice a month for my niece’s eczema. “Other medications did not treat this condition, and her doctor at Columbia Doctors Dermatology recommended this new medication. “We learned that the cost […]

Arthritis drugs show companies’ price policies: Kaiser Health News

Arthritis drugs show companies’ price policies: Kaiser Health News

“Renda Bower knows well the cost of drugs to treat rheumatoid arthritis – her husband, son and daughter all have the painful, disabling autoimmune disease,” Julie Appleby writes over at Kaiser Health News, explaining the behind-the-scenes actions of drug makers and pharmacy benefit companies. “And the family’s finances revolve around paying for them. Even with […]

Politics, lobying, hospital behavior and health care spending: NBER study

Politics, lobying, hospital behavior and health care spending: NBER study

“When trying to pass sweeping legislation, congressional leaders can attract votes by adding targeted provisions that steer money toward the districts of reluctant legislators,” Zack Cooper, Amanda E. Kowalski, Eleanor N. Powell and Jennifer Wu write in a National Bureau of Economic research paper in August 2017 examining the link between legislative politics, hospital behavior, […]

We’re ‘Wow-worthy changemakers,’ honored by ‘O, the Oprah magazine’

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

We’re ‘Wow-worthy changemakers,’ honored by ‘O, the Oprah magazine’

Our CEO, Jeanne Pinder, has been named a “Wow-Worthy Changemaker” and a “Health Hero” at “O, the Oprah Magazine” for her work at ClearHealthCosts. The piece is in the January 2018 issue of the Oprah Winfrey publication, where 14 people with health missions are featured —  an oncologist, a tween activist, a doctor who cares […]

Louisiana Legislature passes consumer protection bill in the wake of our ‘Cracking the Code’ work

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Louisiana Legislature passes consumer protection bill in the wake of our ‘Cracking the Code’ work

A bill requiring that people be notified in advance of potential balance billing at a health care facility in Louisiana passed the Legislature in Baton Rouge and was signed into law by the governor. While we aren’t able to say that our work in New Orleans was the cause of the bill’s passage, we did […]

‘Cracking the Code’ wins an Emmy

Filed Under: Patients, Providers

‘Cracking the Code’ wins an Emmy

Our partner WVUE Fox 8 Live won several Suncoast regional Emmy awards for excellence on Saturday, including one for our “Cracking the Code” series  revealing health costs in New Orleans. WVUE’s chief investigative reporter, Lee Zurik, was cited as winner both for “Cracking the Code,” in the series contest, and for a single story on […]

MedPage Today’s ‘dinner table’ stories: Do readers really know what they’re being served? – HealthNewsReview.org

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

MedPage Today’s ‘dinner table’ stories: Do readers really know what they’re being served? – HealthNewsReview.org

“On November 8, MedPage Today, one of the nation’s most widely read physician news sites, published a scathing critique of insurance industry functionaries headlined ‘Who is actually reviewing all those pre-authorization requests?’” Mary Chris Jaklevic and Kevin Lomangino write over at Health News Review. “The post was the most popular article on the site for more […]

Who reviews those preauthorization requests: Medpage Today

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Who reviews those preauthorization requests: Medpage Today

“Several months ago, I was invited to give a presentation about heart failure to a group of physicians who meet every month for a lunch meeting,” Milton Packer writes over at MedPage Today. “Don’t worry. No company sponsored the talk, and I did not receive any payment. I accepted the invitation, because it seemed like […]

The only health insurance enrollment guide you’ll need

The only health insurance enrollment guide you’ll need

This post originally appeared on Forbes, where I am a contributor. It’s open enrollment season for health insurance. And this year there’s much more confusion than in past years, given the events in Washington. Don’t worry: I’ll break it all down for you in this, the only guide to buying health insurance you’ll need this year, […]