For this family, the flu’s final gut punch was an $887 testing charge: Philly.com

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For this family, the flu’s final gut punch was an $887 testing charge: Philly.com

“Vince Amalfitano isn’t one to rush to the doctor’s office every time his kid sniffles,” Sarah Gantz writes over at our partner philly.com. “But when 12-year-old Christopher’s fever climbed past 102 and with nightly news horror stories of flu deaths swirling in his mind, the Montgomery County father decided it was time for a trip […]

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, WVUE-Fox 8, ClearHealthCosts named Peabody Award finalists

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, WVUE-Fox 8, ClearHealthCosts named Peabody Award finalists

“‘Cracking the Code: The Real Cost of Health Care,’ a joint project of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, WVUE-Fox 8 and ClearHealthCosts, was nominated Tuesday (April 10) for a 2018 Peabody Award, handed out annually to honor the best in TV, radio and digital media,” Mike Scott writes over at NOLA.com. “The series was one of […]

Can Doctors Choose Between Saving Lives and Saving a Fortune? The New York Times

Can Doctors Choose Between Saving Lives and Saving a Fortune? The New York Times

“To understand something about the spiraling cost of health care in the United States, we might begin with a typical conundrum: Imagine a 60-something man — a nonsmoker, overweight, with diabetes — who has just survived a heart attack,” Siddhartha Mukherjee writes over at The New York Times. “Perhaps he had an angioplasty, with the […]

California sues hospital network over high health costs: The Hill

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California sues hospital network over high health costs: The Hill

“California on Friday sued one of the largest hospitals in the state for ‘anticompetitive practices’ that increase health care costs,” Jessie Hellmann writes at The Hill.  “California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) alleges Sutter Health has used its power to exclude competition and increase prices for patients substantially.  ‘Sutter Health is throwing its weight around in the […]

TV’s ‘Roseanne’ can’t afford her prescription medication, either: Philly.com

TV’s ‘Roseanne’ can’t afford her prescription medication, either: Philly.com

“In its revival premiere Tuesday, ABC’s Roseanne tapped into a range of  issues that many American families are debating in their own households, including the high cost of prescription drugs,” Sarah Gantz writes over at partner Philly.com. “In a kitchen that hasn’t been updated since the Conner family ended their nine-season sitcom run in 1997, Dan […]

N.Y. consumer hotline recovers nearly $2 million in restitution and savings: LongIsland.com

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N.Y. consumer hotline recovers nearly $2 million in restitution and savings: LongIsland.com

“Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today released a report detailing the work of his Health Care Bureau’s Helpline, a free service offered by the Office of the Attorney General that has investigated and resolved over 2,500 consumer complaints during the past year – saving or returning almost $2 million in health care expenses to consumers,” […]

CORRECTION: Drive from Pennsylvania to New Jersey; save thousands on health care

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CORRECTION:  Drive from Pennsylvania to New Jersey; save thousands on health care

[Editor’s note: We originally titled this “Drive from Pennsylvania to New Jersey; save thousands on health care.” After we posted, we were told that the law noted here applies only to New Jersey residents, so the headline and other parts of the post were wrong. We’ve edited the post to reflect the language in the […]

How much does a CT scan cost? He saved $2,010 on a UTI test. Here’s how to successfully argue a bill.

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How much does a CT scan cost? He saved $2,010 on a UTI test. Here’s how to successfully argue a bill.

Three people shared CT scan prices here recently — one in Montana, for a  CT scan of abdomen and pelvis  that was charged at $2,956, when insurance paid $295.60 and the person paid $2,660.40. One-word comment: “Robbery.” (The Current Procedural Terminology or CPT code was 74176, scan without dye.) A second person shared the same thing […]

Electronic Health Records Were Supposed to Cut Medical Costs. They Haven’t: Harvard Business School blog

Electronic Health Records Were Supposed to Cut Medical Costs. They Haven’t: Harvard Business School blog

“Despite the promise that electronic health records would cut billing costs, savings have yet to materialize, according to a major new study by researchers at Harvard Business School and Duke University,” Roberta Holland writes on the Harvard Business School “Working Knowledge” blog. “’The theory was that part of having electronic records was to lower the […]