What we learned: ‘Cracking the Code,’ a TV special by FOX 8 Live

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What we learned: ‘Cracking the Code,’ a TV special by FOX 8 Live

Weekend watching: Here’s a special TV wrapup of our work so farwith our award-winning journalist partners, investigative reporter and anchor Lee Zurik at WVUE FOX 8 Live and  Jed Lipinski and Manuel Torres at NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune,  and their teams. We launched our New Orleans PriceCheck partnership in April 2017, using shoe-leather journalism, data journalism and crowdsourcing […]

Crowd-sourcing may bring transparency to medical charges: Trudy Lieberman

Crowd-sourcing may bring transparency to medical charges: Trudy Lieberman

“In a recent column I reported on an effort in Ohio to bring price transparency to medical services,” Trudy Lieberman writes for the Rural Health News Service, in a syndicated piece used by The Journal Advocate in Sterling, Colo., and elsewhere. Lieberman is a longtime health journalist, chair of the Association of Health Care Journalists New […]

Hints and tips for crowdsourcing: A handbook from PriceCheck

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Hints and tips for crowdsourcing: A handbook from PriceCheck

Summary: We are often invited to share our expertise in crowdsourcing, as I did as a co-author of a recent “How-To Guide to Crowdsourcing” for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. While there is, strictly speaking, no rulebook for how to do this, there is an evolving community of practice and some […]

Our ‘Guide to Crowdsourcing’ for Tow Center at Columbia University

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Our ‘Guide to Crowdsourcing’ for Tow Center at Columbia University

Summary: Crowdsourcing is a growing practice in journalism, one of the conclusions we drew in our recent “How-To Guide to Crowdsourcing” for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of the Tow  Center’s ongoing research on the cutting edge of […]

Crowdsourcing our coverage: Tell us what we should be writing about

Crowdsourcing our coverage: Tell us what we should be writing about

  Summary:   Crowdsourcing is engaging a lot of news organizations today. While some journalists are nervous about crowdsourcing — “Yikes, we’d rather talk than listen, and what if they tell us something we don’t want to hear? Or something that we know isn’t true?” — we here at clearhealthcosts.com love crowdsourcing. We find, as […]

We won! We’re going to crowdsource prices with two California partners, via a Knight Foundation grant

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We won! We’re going to crowdsource prices with two California partners, via a Knight Foundation grant

Summary: We are thrilled to announce that we are joining KQED in San Francisco and KPCC/Southern California Public Radio in Los Angeles in a project to crowdsource health-care prices in California, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation via its Prototype Fund. The plan is to leverage the power of the three […]

Wahoo! We’re semifinalists in the Knight News Challenge for health!

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Wahoo! We’re semifinalists in the Knight News Challenge for health!

We’re excited to announce that our  partnership with eight news organizations has been chosen as one of 40  semifinalists in the Knight Foundation Health News Challenge. Knight  speeds media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. In this challenge, they’re aided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, California HealthCare Foundation, Clinton Foundation and the Health […]

How much does a mammogram cost? Your tales of bills: $0 to $2,786.95.

How much does a mammogram cost? Your tales of bills: $0 to $2,786.95.

  SUMMARY: We asked what you paid and what your insurance company paid for a routine mammogram. Sometimes it was straightforward: “Provider cost, including technician was $175. My insurance company paid $56.95. My cost zero.” Or this: “So [insurer]  paid $112.46 and I paid $25, totaling $137.46.” But then it started to get complicated: “Cost […]