Rural hospital closures leave gaps In emergency care: NPR

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Rural hospital closures leave gaps In emergency care: NPR

“For more than 30 minutes on a frigid February morning, Robert Findley lay unconscious in the back of an ambulance as paramedics hand-pumped oxygen into his lungs,” Sarah Jane Tribble wrote for Kaiser Health News. “They were waiting for a helicopter to land at a helipad just across the icy parking lot next to Mercy […]

Employer health insurance keeps getting more expensive: Axios

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Employer health insurance keeps getting more expensive: Axios

“The past decade has seen enormous growth in health care costs paid by both employees and employers, creating the context for some of today’s biggest political debates as well as teeing up more problems for the future,” Caitlin Owens writes for Axios. “Yes, but: There are some signs that employers have maxed out their ability […]

Price estimates at the doctor’s office: Yes, it can be true

Price estimates at the doctor’s office: Yes, it can be true

Epic, the giant electronic medical records company, is offering a price estimate button that doctors can use in the office. Kristin Cain, a reproductive endocrinologist in North Dakota, posted this on Twitter: “EPIC has a button I just discovered: Patient Estimate. After you place an order, it estimates the out of pocket cost. Except if […]

Georgia has among highest hospital prices, new review suggests: Georgia Health News

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Georgia has among highest hospital prices, new review suggests: Georgia Health News

“A recently published analysis of hospital prices shows Georgia in the top third among 25 states studied,” Andy Miller writes over at Georgia Health News about a Rand study that dives deep into high hospital prices nationwide. The original study is here. “The Rand Corp. data uses prices paid by health insurers under employer-based coverage, […]

Top kidney charity directed aid to patients at DaVita and Fresenius clinics, lawsuit claims: The New York Times

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Top kidney charity directed aid to patients at DaVita and Fresenius clinics, lawsuit claims: The New York Times

“One of the nation’s largest public charities steered financial aid to patients of its two biggest corporate donors — the dialysis chains DaVita and Fresenius — while denying help to people who used smaller, unrelated clinics, in violation of anti-kickback laws, according to a federal whistle-blower lawsuit unsealed this week in Boston,” Reed Abelson and […]

How much does childbirth and delivery cost? For her, it was $3,318.18. And the baby paid $2,780.56.

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How much does childbirth and delivery cost? For her, it was $3,318.18. And the baby paid $2,780.56.

How much does childbirth and delivery cost? One community member reported paying $2,418.38 for antepartum care, vaginal delivery and postpartum care, and $899.80 for the hospital part of the experience. I asked for more details 1. This was the entire bill for antepartum, delivery and postpartum care? Also, did they ask for installments before, or […]

Politicians tackle surprise bills, but not the biggest source, ambulances: The New York Times

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Politicians tackle surprise bills, but not the biggest source, ambulances: The New York Times

“After his son was hit by a car in San Francisco and taken away by ambulance, Karl Sporer was surprised to get a bill for $800,” Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz write for The New York Times. “Mr. Sporer had health insurance, which paid for part of the ride. But the ambulance provider felt that […]

Even researchers don’t know which doctors Medicare Advantage covers: The New York Times

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Even researchers don’t know which doctors Medicare Advantage covers: The New York Times

“If you try to use Medicare Advantage, figuring out which doctors are available (and where) can be exceedingly difficult, if not impossible,” Austin Frakt writes over at The New York Times. “Medicare Advantage is the government-subsidized, private alternative to the traditional public Medicare program. It has had strong enrollment growth for years. That growth has […]

So, Trump says he wants health cost transparency. What’s up with that?

So, Trump says he wants health cost transparency. What’s up with that?

So the Trump Administration issued an executive order on June 24, 2019, saying that it would set in place a process to make health prices available to consumers. Historically, of course, the prices people will pay to the doctor or hospital have been shrouded in secrecy — characterized as “trade secrets” by the hospitals, insurers […]

How much U.S. households with employer insurance spend on premiums and out-of-pocket costs: Commonwealth Fund

How much U.S. households with employer insurance spend on premiums and out-of-pocket costs: Commonwealth Fund

“In the years since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect, public debate over the cost and quality of insurance has focused primarily on health plans sold through the marketplaces established by the law,” Susan L. Hayes, Sara R. Collins, and David C. Radley write for the Commonwealth Fund. “There has been less attention on […]