Philadelphia, here we come: New journalism initiative

Filed Under: Costs

Philadelphia, here we come: New journalism initiative

We’re elated to announce that ClearHealthCosts will be working with the Philadelphia Media Network under the Lenfest Institute’s first funding round for innovation in journalism, to spread health cost transparency  to the Philadelphia metro area. We’ll use shoe-leather reporting, crowdsourcing, data journalism and other tools to tell people what stuff costs with the Philadelphia Media Network — The Philadelphia […]

How much do allergy tests cost? One woman’s reporting

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

How much do allergy tests cost? One woman’s reporting

A friend said recently that she needed to get allergy tests in the New York area, but she wasn’t certain they would be covered under her insurance. She was planning to make inquiries, and I asked her to keep notes. I told her I’d post them without using her name. She writes: I’ve gotten around to culling […]

Don’t yelp your doctor. Study finds quality ratings are all wrong: Bloomberg

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Don’t yelp your doctor. Study finds quality ratings are all wrong: Bloomberg

“If you’re looking for the best doctor, online ratings are unlikely to be much help,” Zachary Tracer writes over at Bloomberg. “That’s the determination of researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, who compared reviews of 78 of the medical center’s specialists on five popular ratings sites with a set of internal quality measures […]

Appealing a denial, or how to turn ‘no’ into ‘yes’: Part 3 of our series on billing

Appealing a denial, or how to turn ‘no’ into ‘yes’: Part 3 of our series on billing

So your insurance company denied a treatment or a medication, in advance, and you want help. This is part of our series on billing advice (see below for other entries.) Here are a few steps. Understand the reason for the denial. Ask that it be clearly stated, in writing, and that the appeal process for […]

Hey, Humana! Can we help you figure out how much an X-ray costs?

Hey, Humana! Can we help you figure out how much an X-ray costs?

Humana, the big health insurer, came visiting the other day to ask ClearHealthCosts how much an X-ray costs. They spent 8 minutes and 46 seconds reading this blog post. You can see on the screenshot here of our analytics program. Interestingly, they came to us via the sketchy informationvine.com search. They came lots of other […]

A behind-the-scenes look at how contracts are made in health care

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

A behind-the-scenes look at how contracts are made in health care

“An Open Letter to My Patients Who Have Insurance Coverage Through EMI” is the headline of the blog post, by Randy G. Delcore, M.D., medical director, Cedar Orthopaedic Surgery Specialty Clinic, on the  Cedar Orthopaedic Surgery Center web site, describing to patients the end of a contract with an insurer. The blog post ends with […]

How ClearHealthCosts Helped New Orleans Newsrooms Save Money for Readers

How ClearHealthCosts Helped New Orleans Newsrooms Save Money for Readers

“During a 2013 Morning Edition broadcast, Brian Lehrer and Soterios Johnson asked female listeners to complete a survey on the WNYC website on the cost of routine mammograms,” Bianca Fortis writes about us over at MediaShift, the destination site for insight and analysis at the intersection of media and technology.  “The appeal was part of a collaboration with […]

Our partner on Harry Shearer’s popular ‘Le Show’

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Our partner on Harry Shearer’s popular ‘Le Show’

Our partner Lee Zurik gave a great interview on Harry Shearer’s popular nationwide radio show/podcast, “Le Show,” on Aug. 27. Listen here, as Zurik and Shearer discuss the significance of our “Cracking the Code” investigative work in New Orleans and nationwide. Vogue magazine describes Le Show as a “wildly clever, iconoclastic stew of talk, music, […]

We take your questions on Reddit: The ‘Cracking the Code’ AMA (Ask Me Anything)

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We take your questions on Reddit: The ‘Cracking the Code’ AMA (Ask Me Anything)

I went on Reddit on Aug. 24 with our partners, investigative reporter and anchor Lee Zurik at WVUE FOX 8 Live and  Jed Lipinski  at NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune, to do an “AMA” or “Ask Me Anything” open forum. To read the whole AMA, go here.  Here’s one exchange: [–]B4UGOTHERE 1 point 20 hours ago Where did you get the big […]