Our CEO’s TED talk is live at TED.com

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Our CEO’s TED talk is live at TED.com

Our CEO, Jeanne Pinder, gave a TED talk at the TED residency in the autumn of 2019 that is a hit on TED.com Pinder was part of a residency class of 21 changemakers who all gave talks in December. Pinder’s talk was featured on the front page of TED.com from Feb. 20 to Feb. 22. […]

Houston TV station features ClearHealthCosts

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Houston TV station features ClearHealthCosts

We were featured in a TV news spot by Amy Davis at KPRC-TV, Click2Houston, this morning. Davis did  a mini-demo of the site, as part of the series “Wake Up to Savings.” She talked about how health care pricing is like a black box, but we’re here to help. Watch here. Comments on Davis’s Facebook […]

How much does kidney stone removal (lithotripsy) cost? One man’s surgery shopping experience

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How much does kidney stone removal (lithotripsy) cost? One man’s surgery shopping experience

A community member shared several prices for kidney stone treatment via our site. I asked him what was up, and we started a conversation. This is what resulted. Let’s call him Michael from the Louisville, Ky., area. Before we start, though, I want to note that a system requiring someone like Michael to go to […]

‘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 […]

Her insurer’s price tool estimated less than $1,375 for a breast MRI. Then she got a bill for $3,200: The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Her insurer’s price tool estimated less than $1,375 for a breast MRI. Then she got a bill for $3,200: The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Michelle Smith knew the breast MRI her doctor ordered wouldn’t be covered in full by her insurance, so she turned to an online tool that her insurance company developed to help patients estimate prices,” Sarah Gantz writes over at The Philadelphia Inquirer. “UnitedHealthcare’s price estimator told the 51-year-old Delaware County resident that the cost for […]

The transparency conversation over hospital price lists: Scorn and more scorn

The transparency conversation over hospital price lists: Scorn and more scorn

The newly released hospital price lists have been kicking up a lot of commentary on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The lists, as we’ve been discussing, are being made public in compliance with a new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule that hospitals have to post all their list prices online as of Jan. 1. […]

Imagine if we paid for food like we do for healthcare: Dr. Ryan Neuhofel on fee.org

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Imagine if we paid for food like we do for healthcare: Dr. Ryan Neuhofel on fee.org

“Imagine if you purchased food like most Americans obtained healthcare. No, I really want you to try to envision it… ” Dr. Ryan Neuhofel writes over at fee.org. “Struggling? I am a family physician whose father worked in a grocery store, and I enjoy eating at Mexican restaurants immensely, so maybe I can help. An […]

How much does a lipoma excision cost? He saved $1,660. How people shop for health care.

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How much does a lipoma excision cost? He saved $1,660. How people shop for health care.

A report came from a community member about a CT scan: 70490 Ct soft tissue neck w/o dye, charged $440.92, insurance paid nothing, he paid $440.92 at Queens Medical Imaging. He noted, “Performed at NYU imaging center on Austin Street. Seemed a bit too expensive. ” The bill had a different charge, so I asked […]

Hospitals now have to post price lists. Does that mean instant transparency? Uh, no.

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Hospitals now have to post price lists. Does that mean instant transparency? Uh, no.

(Updated Feb. 9) Of course we support price transparency in health costs. We think all prices should be public all the time. So let’s examine the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule that hospitals should post their charges online in “machine-readable format” as of Jan. 1. This policy is a tiny step […]