The case of the misleading anchor: How health care bills can deceive

The case of the misleading anchor: How health care bills can deceive

Medical bills and explanations of benefits seem to play on a human brain proclivity called anchoring. What is anchoring? It’s a bias in our brains that basically says “the first number you encounter will be an anchor to the truth, and all other information will be a reaction or adjustment up or down from that […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

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% […]

Buying health insurance: An invaluable resource from Charles Gaba at acasignups.net

Buying health insurance: An invaluable resource from Charles Gaba at acasignups.net

An excellent source for how to think about buying health insurance if you’re not employer- or government-covered is this one, from Charles Gaba, a Web developer who has meticulously kept track of the Affordable Care Act for several years now. The effects of the events in Washington on different people with different income levels and […]