‘Cracking the Code’ wins a national Edward R. Murrow Award

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‘Cracking the Code’ wins a national Edward R. Murrow Award

More great news! Our “Cracking the Code” health cost investigation with NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune and WVUE Fox 8 Live in New Orleans won a national Edward R. Murrow award for continuing coverage. “Winning an RTDNA National Edward R. Murrow Award means that a news organization has provided exemplary public service to its viewers, listeners […]

We’re featured in a national TV investigation by Raycomm Media

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We’re featured in a national TV investigation by Raycomm Media

We were just featured in a national investigation by Raycomm Media’s investigations chief, Lee Zurik, who is also our partner in the “Cracking the Code” investigation in New Orleans. Zurik’s piece ran on a number of Raycomm stations nationwide. We had a lot of response, including this email from Jackson, Miss.: “I just saw a […]

‘Cracking the Code’ wins an Emmy

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‘Cracking the Code’ wins an Emmy

Our partner WVUE Fox 8 Live won several Suncoast regional Emmy awards for excellence on Saturday, including one for our “Cracking the Code” series  revealing health costs in New Orleans. WVUE’s chief investigative reporter, Lee Zurik, was cited as winner both for “Cracking the Code,” in the series contest, and for a single story on […]

‘The Internet hates secrets’: ClearHealthCosts works with newsrooms to bring health costs out of hiding: Nieman Journalism Lab

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‘The Internet hates secrets’: ClearHealthCosts works with newsrooms to bring health costs out of hiding: Nieman Journalism Lab

“’The voicemails would make you want to cry,’” Laura Hazard Owen writes about us over at NiemanLab, the future-of-journalism site at Harvard University. “When New Orleans’ WVUE Fox 8 News invited viewers to get in touch and share their healthcare costs, they weren’t sure what kind of response they’d receive. Would people be willing to […]

How ClearHealthCosts Helped New Orleans Newsrooms Save Money for Readers

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How ClearHealthCosts Helped New Orleans Newsrooms Save Money for Readers

“During a 2013 Morning Edition broadcast, Brian Lehrer and Soterios Johnson asked female listeners to complete a survey on the WNYC website on the cost of routine mammograms,” Bianca Fortis writes about us over at MediaShift, the destination site for insight and analysis at the intersection of media and technology.  “The appeal was part of a collaboration with […]

Our partner on Harry Shearer’s popular ‘Le Show’

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Our partner on Harry Shearer’s popular ‘Le Show’

Our partner Lee Zurik gave a great interview on Harry Shearer’s popular nationwide radio show/podcast, “Le Show,” on Aug. 27. Listen here, as Zurik and Shearer discuss the significance of our “Cracking the Code” investigative work in New Orleans and nationwide. Vogue magazine describes Le Show as a “wildly clever, iconoclastic stew of talk, music, […]

We take your questions on Reddit: The ‘Cracking the Code’ AMA (Ask Me Anything)

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We take your questions on Reddit: The ‘Cracking the Code’ AMA (Ask Me Anything)

I went on Reddit on Aug. 24 with our partners, investigative reporter and anchor Lee Zurik at WVUE FOX 8 Live and  Jed Lipinski  at NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune, to do an “AMA” or “Ask Me Anything” open forum. To read the whole AMA, go here.  Here’s one exchange: [–]B4UGOTHERE 1 point 20 hours ago Where did you get the big […]

Watching change happen in real time: How people use our data

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Watching change happen in real time: How people use our data

We got to watch a community member learn how to shop for health care in real time the other day, when our partners over at NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune were doing a Facebook Live. She came in in the comments, saying, “I pay my insurance over $500 a month. My out of pocket after my […]

Top secret no longer: What insurers pay, and what it means for you

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Top secret no longer: What insurers pay, and what it means for you

One of the biggest secrets in health care is the rates that insurance companies pay providers. One insurer might pay one provider $2,400 for an MRI and a different provider $400 — in the same locale and for the same MRI. But we rarely see documentation of that, because the rates are kept secret. So […]

Lab charges gone wrong: We saved her $247

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Lab charges gone wrong: We saved her $247

It’s a medical billing story with a happy ending. The share on our software for a Pap smear associated with a woman’s annual exam said the New Orleans area woman was charged $247, and she had to pay. She said this: “The yearly exam was covered. I choose the doctor because she was in my […]