A $9,000 surgery, and her dog died: A different take on health costs, this time for pets

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

A $9,000 surgery, and her dog died: A different take on health costs, this time for pets

My friend Lisa Collier Cool had a young dog who died a few months ago after surgery at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan. She was charged $9,000, and was irate. Cool, an author and journalist, wrote this letter. Her web site is here. Why am I’m posting here? We hear a lot about people […]

A missed opportunity for the malpractice system to improve health care: The New York Times

A missed opportunity for the malpractice system to improve health care: The New York Times

“The American medical malpractice system is doing almost nothing to improve the quality of health care, research suggests,” Aaron E. Carroll writes over at The New York Times. “What may be more concerning is that there is very little discussion, much less action, about changing this. Despite worries among doctors that they are at financial […]

Medical coding and billing: The inside story of how the sausage is made

Medical coding and billing: The inside story of how the sausage is made

Medical coding and billing seems impenetrable — those strings of numbers on  a bill that purport to show what was done, and what was spent. Sometimes it looks as if chimpanzees are typing in random strings of numbers. The bills and explanations arrive months if not years after the event. The numbers are unfamiliar. Memories […]

Strategies for Effective Cost-of-Care Conversations with Patients: Revcycle Intelligence

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Strategies for Effective Cost-of-Care Conversations with Patients: Revcycle Intelligence

“Patients are paying more and more for their healthcare services, making effective cost-of-care conversations a skill that providers need to successfully treat patients,” Jacqueline LaPointe writes over at RevCycle Intelligence. “Health plans with deductibles are becoming commonplace. A new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) shows that about 85 percent of covered workers had […]

How much does a hip replacement cost, $95,459 or $77,967? Or, why does the insurance company pay more than the bill?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

How much does a hip replacement cost, $95,459 or $77,967? Or, why does the insurance company pay more than the bill?

How much does a hip replacement cost, $95,459.83 or $77,967? Or $63,604? A friend had a hip replacement recently, and she sent over her bill. What’s interesting to us is, among other things, the Hospital for Special Surgery bill and the Cigna bill don’t add up. Cigna reports that it was billed $95,459.83; HSS reports […]

Health shares in 10 Lessons: Christian Healthcare Ministries, or how to argue a bill

Health shares in 10 Lessons: Christian Healthcare Ministries, or how to argue a bill

A community member shared some prices on our interactive software. We started a conversation, and learned that he is a health sharing ministry customer, and that he’d posted about his experience on his blog. I asked if I could re-post, and he said yes. Here’s his post, with an addendum below. Health Shares in 10 […]

Why Drug Costs Are Skyrocketing for Conditions Like MS, Parkinson’s: Healthline

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Why Drug Costs Are Skyrocketing for Conditions Like MS, Parkinson’s: Healthline

“The financial cost of having a neurological disease such as Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis is growing,” according to Healthline. “Those are the findings of a new study funded by the American Academy of Neurology and published in the organization’s journal Neurology. In it, researchers say they found the average out-of-pocket costs for a number of […]