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

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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 […]

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 […]

Bait and switch, or how your employer passed health costs on to you: Peter Ubel

Bait and switch, or how your employer passed health costs on to you: Peter Ubel

“If you get health insurance through your job, beware: you might be picking up more of the cost of your medical care than you realize,” Peter Ubel of Duke writes over on Forbes. “With increasing frequency, employers are directing their workers to the kind of high deductible, high out-of-pocket insurance plans that leave workers financially responsible for […]

Don’t get trapped by PBMs’ rebate labeling games: Managed Care magazine

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Don’t get trapped by PBMs’ rebate labeling games: Managed Care magazine

“’What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,’” Linda Cahn writes over at Managed Care magazine, explaining the many ways pharmacy benefit managers collect money in their contracts. “Juliet was speaking of Romeo, and expressing a universal truth. Unfortunately, pharmacy benefit management companies (PBMs) would […]

We’re live in Philadelphia with PriceCheck

We’re live in Philadelphia with PriceCheck

We’re launching a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News and philly.com, and their partner 6ABC News, bringing transparency to the Philadelphia health care marketplace by telling people what stuff costs. Here’s the first story from Sarah Gantz, the lead reporter at The Inquirer, about the difficulty of finding out pricing. Here’s the leadoff […]

“Insulin is too expensive for many of my patients. It doesn’t have to be”: The Washington Post

“Insulin is too expensive for many of my patients. It doesn’t have to be”: The Washington Post

“At age 15, I suddenly felt an unquenchable thirst and began urinating frequently. I lost 20 pounds. I had developed Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that destroyed my body’s ability to produce insulin,” Dr. David M. Tridgell wrote at The Washington Post not long ago. “Without insulin, I would have eventually developed a condition […]

Our partnership with WVUE Fox 8 Live and NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune

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Our partnership with WVUE Fox 8 Live and NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune

We’re changing the conversation about health care by using the tools of journalism to bring transparency to health care, and tell people what stuff costs. We launched our New Orleans PriceCheck partnership in April 2017, reporting on and crowdsourcing health prices with our award-winning journalist partners, investigative reporter and anchor Lee Zurik at WVUE FOX 8 […]

How much does Plan B cost? From $0 to $49.99

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How much does Plan B cost? From $0 to $49.99

If you need emergency contraception, often called the “morning-after pill,” you probably don’t have a lot of time to shop around. So here’s some info about costs to make it easy for you. Emergency contraceptive pills may still prevent pregnancy if you take them up to five days or 120 hours after unprotected sex. But […]