Blue Cross reports it pays varying prices for common surgeries

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Summary: Prices paid by insurers for common procedures vary wildly. Two recent reports from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, which insures one of three Americans, point to the discrepancies.     Jeanne PinderJeanne Pinder¬† is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as […]

A genuinely useful report on quality: Angioplasty in New York

Filed Under: Patients, Providers

It’s not just the cost information that’s unavailable in the health-care marketplace — it’s also quality information. So I was excited to see this wonky paper about cardiology outcomes. Called “Percutaneous Coronary Interventions in New York State 2008-2010,” it measures and catalogs frequency of angioplasty in New York hospitals, not just by hospital but also […]