The Health Data Initiative: A gathering of wonks

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The Health Data Initiative: A gathering of wonks

  ClearHealthCosts.com got a lot of love at the Health Data Initiative forum at the National Institutes of Health in Washington on Thursday, June 9. Todd Park, chief technology officer of the Department of Health and Human Services, was one of the people who praised the the newly launched site when I showed it to […]

Making health-care data useful

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Making health-care data useful

Finding good pricing data in the health-care marketplace and making it useful are among our primary goals here at ClearHealthCosts.com. So we were excited when the folks at Lucky Sort made the PriceMap for us. Many people don’t know that medical prices vary greatly. This is one way of looking at that, with an interactive […]

Meet my friend in the medical billing office, Part 1

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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Meet my friend in the medical billing office, Part 1

“I spend all my time arguing with insurance companies and telling doctors they’re pansies,” said my friend S. She works in the business office of a self-standing New York radiology center, and she agreed to give me her  view of rising health-care costs and the health-care marketplace if I granted her anonymity. Because she is […]

The day: Costs of treatment and surgery, Canada, Medicare

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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The day: Costs of treatment and surgery, Canada, Medicare

“Physicians don’t see the price tags and they never get the bill. Doctors are the true consumers of health care dollars, but the rules of economics falter when the consumers aren’t the ones that pay up. This disconnect is a fundamental cause of the uncontrollable inflation of health care costs in the US. Ignorance about […]

The day: Fraud, lower premiums, the uninsured, rising costs

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

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The day: Fraud, lower premiums, the uninsured, rising costs

Fraud in health-care billing is the topic of Professor Terry Leap’s new book, “Phantom Billing, Fake Prescriptions and the High Cost of Medicine: Health Care Fraud and What to Do About It.” A conversation over at thecrimereport.org. HHS to Reduce Premiums, Make it Easier for Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions to Get Health Insurance. New regulations. […]

Gaming the on-line doctor ratings

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

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Gaming the on-line doctor ratings

Suspicions of gaming the ratings leap to mind when one reads reviews of providers in places like yelp.com and Angie’s List. So it wasn’t surprising to read the other day on arstechnica.com that Timothy B. Lee had written a long sort-of expose of the ways in which doctors and dentists may try to affect their […]

The Day: Reform, Republican doctors, free medical school

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The Day: Reform, Republican doctors, free medical school

  Dave Chase, a former Microsoft executive, wrote two treatises on huffingtonpost.com about health care were choice. Here’s one: Dave Chase: Do it Yourself Health Care Reform. and here’s the other: Dave Chase: Health Insurance’s Bunker Buster. P.S. He’s really smart, and he’s also working on a startup about health care called Avado. It’s sort of like a mint.com […]

Doctors, costs and the system

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Doctors, costs and the system

Cost-effective health care is something everybody wants, but it’s also something that is opposed by a lot of parties to the conversation for different reasons, a topic explored in a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine by Victor R. Fuchs, Ph.D., and Arnold Milstein, M.D., M.P.H. Insurance companies don’t want to standardize […]