How to handle the costs of depression: Money magazine

How to handle the costs of depression: Money magazine

“For five years, Christine Byrd figured her teenage daughter was going through a phase when she became withdrawn from friends and family and brushed off meals at home. It was only when Pepper Snider turned 17 that she was diagnosed with anorexia, triggering five years of intensive treatment, including thrice-weekly therapy, residential care, and hospital […]

Providers are newly willing to post cash medical prices: Some things we learned in our New Orleans launch

Providers are newly willing to post cash medical prices: Some things we learned in our New Orleans launch

We’ve learned some interesting things about providers publicizing cash or self-pay prices in our New Orleans partnership, “Cracking the Code.” Perhaps not surprisingly, when the people we’re talking with understand how this can benefit them, they give up the prices — information that for years has been a closely kept secret. We start out, as […]

Two generic medications become one expensive drug: The Atlantic

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Two generic medications become one expensive drug: The Atlantic

“Everything happened so fast as I walked out of the doctor’s exam room. I was tucking in my shirt and wondering if I’d asked all my questions about my injured shoulder when one of the doctor’s assistants handed me two small boxes of pills. ‘These will hold you over until your prescription arrives in the […]

The big business of dialysis care: NEJM Catalyst

Filed Under: Costs

The big business of dialysis care: NEJM Catalyst

“As dialysis has expanded, its delivery model has changed. It was once performed almost exclusively in hospitals. But now hundreds of thousands of Americans have their blood cleansed in anonymous storefronts, industrial parks, and strip malls. And a large majority of the dialysis services delivered in the U.S. are expected to turn a profit,” Ron […]

Even with insurance, Americans can’t afford their medical bills: The Atlantic

Even with insurance, Americans can’t afford their medical bills: The Atlantic

“The current debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act is obscuring a more pedestrian reality. Just because a person is insured, it doesn’t mean he or she can actually afford their doctor, hospital, pharmaceutical, and other medical bills,” Helaine Olen writes over at The Atlantic, in a piece examining charity care and crowdfunding […]

A Health Economist’s Take on Medicaid: Medpage Today

A Health Economist’s Take on Medicaid: Medpage Today

“Medicaid’s original objective was to provide medical care coverage to the poor. The poor, like the elderly (whose medical care would be covered by Medicare), had been largely left out of the U.S.’s growing employer-based insurance market because, starting in the 1950s, insurers began the practice of risk-rating (i.e., basing insurance premiums more on the […]

18-Year-Old Launches Database of Abortion Clinic Information: Teen Vogue

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

18-Year-Old Launches Database of Abortion Clinic Information: Teen Vogue

“It seems as though the dialogue surrounding abortion is constantly changing, with some politicians fighting to roll back reproductive rights while activists are at the forefront of the battle for healthcare and access to abortion services. With all of the noise in the news, the topic can easily get confusing — and overwhelming,” writes De […]

GOP Obamacare sabotage continues: The Washington Post

GOP Obamacare sabotage continues: The Washington Post

Another week, another insurance company deserting patients in a wide swath of the country. Last Tuesday, Anthem announced it would pull out of the Obamacare marketplace in Ohio, potentially leaving individual insurance-buyers in about a fifth of the state’s counties without Affordable Care Act coverage to purchase,” the editorial board of The Washington Post writes. […]

Joining Health Rosetta’s collaborators board

Filed Under: Costs, Editor Picks

Joining Health Rosetta’s collaborators board

Check out our neighbors at HealthRosetta! I’ve just joined the collaborators board — which also includes Bill Gates, Esther Dyson, Susannah Fox, Danny Sands, Rushika Fernandopulle, Dan Kraft and Eric Topol, Jonathan Bush, Bryan Vartabedian, Gilles Frydman, Rob Lamberts, John Grohol, Tom Ferguson, Lygeia Ricchiardi, Adrian Gropper, Hugo Campos, OpenNotes, Leonard Kish, Shannon Brownlee and many […]

Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers making money on the ACA: Axios

Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers making money on the ACA: Axios

“We reported earlier this month that the large publicly traded health insurance companies have reaped enormous profits so far in 2017. But the not-for-profit Blue Cross Blue Shield plans — the ones that have been the linchpins of the volatile Affordable Care Act marketplaces — have been doing a lot better than last year, too,” […]