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 […]

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

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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

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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 sky-high pay of health care CEOs: Axios

The sky-high pay of health care CEOs: Axios

“The CEOs of 70 of the largest U.S. health care companies cumulatively have earned $9.8 billion in the seven years since the Affordable Care Act was passed, and their earnings have grown faster than most Americans’ during that time, according to an Axios analysis of federal financial documents,” Bob Herman writes over at Axios, in […]

Health Giant Sutter Destroys Evidence In Crucial Antitrust Case Over High Prices | Kaiser Health News

Health Giant Sutter Destroys Evidence In Crucial Antitrust Case Over High Prices | Kaiser Health News

“Sutter Health intentionally destroyed 192 boxes of documents that employers and labor unions were seeking in a lawsuit that accuses the giant Northern California health system of abusing its market power and charging inflated prices, according to a state judge,” Chad Terhune writes over at Kaiser Health News. “In a ruling this week, San Francisco […]

Why prescription prices stay high: Pharma recycles old medications

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Why prescription prices stay high: Pharma recycles old medications

Oatent extensions let drug makers keep prices high and prevent competition, as described in a recent study from the University of California at Hastings College of the Law tracks. “Rather than creating new medicines, pharmaceutical companies are recycling and repurposing old ones,” write the authors, Robin Feldman and Connie Wang. “Every year, at least 74% […]

The average American spends around $1,000 a year on health care. And then there are the platinum patients. The Atlantic

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The average American spends around $1,000 a year on health care. And then there are the platinum patients. The Atlantic

“Each year, 1 in every 20 Americans racks up just as much in medical bills as another 19 combined,” Andrew McGill writes in The Atlantic, in a piece that documents health spending patterns among Americans. “This critical 5 percent of the U.S. population is key to solving the nation’s health care spending crisis. If you’re […]

Because patient advocacy groups aren’t always what they seem: A quick guide to nonprofit sleuthing from HealthNewsReview.org

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Because patient advocacy groups aren’t always what they seem: A quick guide to nonprofit sleuthing from HealthNewsReview.org

“Journalists shouldn’t take organizations they report on at face value,” Mary Chris Jaklevic writes over at Health News Review, the watchdog organization. “Rather, they should ask who calls the shots and who provides the funding. And they should report findings that call into question a group’s credibility. But as HealthNewsReview.org has repeatedly found, that essential […]