“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 […]

We’re featured in a national TV investigation by Raycomm Media

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

We’re featured in a national TV investigation by Raycomm Media

We were just featured in a national investigation by Raycomm Media’s investigations chief, Lee Zurik, who is also our partner in the “Cracking the Code” investigation in New Orleans. Zurik’s piece ran on a number of Raycomm stations nationwide. We had a lot of response, including this email from Jackson, Miss.: “I just saw a […]

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 […]

Why most health plans strive to make healthcare cost more: Employee Benefit News

Why most health plans strive to make healthcare cost more: Employee Benefit News

“Health plan representatives are always saying that their plans are doing everything they can to control costs and deliver greater value,” Brian Klepper writes over at Employee Benefit News. “But then nothing ever seems to change. The truth is that group health plans typically earn a percentage of total claims, and it is in their […]

Variability in diagnostic error rates of 10 MRI centers: The Spine Journal

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Variability in diagnostic error rates of 10 MRI centers: The Spine Journal

“In today’s health-care climate, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is often perceived as a commodity — a service where there are no meaningful differences in quality and thus an area in which patients can be advised to select a provider based on price and convenience alone,” write Richard Herzog M.D., Daniel R. Elgort, PhD, Adam E. […]

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, […]

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

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‘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 […]