Morning Meds

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Morning Meds

I’m new here to ClearHealthCosts, and jumping right into the pharmacy beat. I’m looking forward to it–even for those of us who rarely darken the door of a local hospital may have longtime prescriptions that need to be filled. And like nearly everything in the health care world, figuring out how to get the most […]

Remember the uninsured?

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Remember the uninsured?

The continued stream of dispiriting news about rising health costs sometimes threatens to overwhelm us. Uninsured people are able to pay for about 12 percent of their hospitalization bills, according to a report released yesterday by the Department of Health and Human Services. The bills that go unpaid are then passed on to people who […]

The day: Insurance denials, cost variations, comparing plans

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The day: Insurance denials, cost variations, comparing plans

Top links of the day (and week) in health-care news: Investigative journalism interview on insurance company’s denials of health claims William Heisel, reportingonhealth.org. Part 2 of investigative journalism interview on insurance company’s denials of health claims William Heisel, reportingonhealth.org. The cost variations in health care: what causes them? changehealthcare.com. New Labels Will Soon Help Consumers […]

Those expensive stitches, Part 2

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Those expensive stitches, Part 2

Truths: American health-care pr0viders charge more because they can. Administrative costs for our enormously complex health-care system take a big bite out of the health-care dollar. Administrative efforts are not great at catching waste and fraud. Myths: Our sytstem is fraught with waste over things like malpractice and obesity. Our health costs are high because […]

Women and health insurance

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Women and health insurance

The Kaiser Family Foundation has a new study out, and I find it incredibly unsettling. Called “The Women’s Health Care Chartbook,” it gives key findings from a survey Kaiser did in 2008 of women’s health issues. Of course, the economy has gotten worse since then, with more people out of work for longer periods, and […]

The Day: Billing Errors, Dollars to Docs, Legislative Update

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The Day: Billing Errors, Dollars to Docs, Legislative Update

News of the day: Ways to save money, a pair of stories from ProPublica (with graphics and charts) about where the money goes in medicine, and more! How to Spot and Fight  Medical Billing Errors mint.com Financial Ties Bind Medical Societies To Drug and Device Makers – ProPublica. With USA Today Medical Groups Shy About […]

Why do hospital costs vary so much?

Why do hospital costs vary so much?

Hospital costs vary widely. The reasons are often in dispute. The value of analysis, though, is clear. “[N]early 30 percent of Medicare‟s costs could be saved without negatively affecting health outcomes if spending in high- and medium-cost areas could be reduced to the level in low-cost areas—and those estimates could probably be extrapolated to the […]

The roundup: Health reform, journalism, costs and hospital safety

The roundup: Health reform, journalism, costs and hospital safety

A British View of the US Health Reform and US Health Journalism | Reporting on Health. The Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Southern California Harvard School of Public Health analysis (in slides) of the health-care crisis HSPH Hundreds of thousands of 20-somethings join parents’ health-care plans under new health law Kaiser Health […]