Are insurance companies playing hard to get with Obamacare?

Summary: “We’ve been hearing stories about problems with the ACA (Obamacare) insurance exchanges lately,” Dr. David Belk writes over at The Huffington Post, in a piece that should be read with the words “narrow network” in mind. “Now patients are buying the insurance, only to find that doctors refuse to see them. Why should these […]

Having Insurance Doesn’t Always Pay: The case of the $1,700 mammogram

This post appeared originally in MedPage Today, where I wrote it as part of our pricing transparency partnership with MedPage Today. Re-posted with permission.   Summary: “I live in metro NY and received a bill for $2200 (approx) for a mammo/Ultrasound, of which approximately $767 was covered by insurance. I was balance billed $1,712,” the email […]

Stanford ends Anthem pact; Anthem fires back, using PriceCheck data

  Summary: Price transparency has some unexpected consequences. Stanford, the big university-centered health system, cut off its contract with Anthem Blue Cross, the big California insurer, yesterday. Anthem struck back at Stanford, announcing publicly that Stanford had ended the contract, and citing our PriceCheck information in its press release.