Yes, of course, people ARE shopping for health care. And they are saving money.

Yes, of course, people ARE shopping for health care. And they are saving money.

Every time people try to tell us that no one is shopping for health care, we object. People are shopping for health care. It’s surprising that  so many people cannot see this. A pair of recent studies concluded that little or no active or effective shopping around is getting done. Both are described on the blog of the […]

Mental disorders top list of most costly conditions: Health Affairs

Mental disorders top list of most costly conditions: Health Affairs

Summary: “Estimates of annual health spending for a comprehensive set of medical conditions are presented for the entire US population and with totals benchmarked to the National Health Expenditure Accounts,” Charles Roehrig writes in Health Affairs. “In 2013 mental disorders topped the list of most costly conditions, with spending at $201 billion. Cost of Health Care […]

Massachusetts study shows pricier isn’t better: Health Affairs

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Massachusetts study shows pricier isn’t better: Health Affairs

Summary: Massachusetts continues to be interesting, not only in prices of health care, but also in other regards. High-price providers still compel attention from regulators, but nothing ever seems to change, as we see in a Health Affairs blog post by David Seltz, David Auerbach, Kate Mills, Marian Wrobel, and Aaron Pervin. “The two highest-priced […]

Hospital Ratings Systems Share Few Common Scores And May Generate Confusion Instead Of Clarity

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Hospital Ratings Systems Share Few Common Scores And May Generate Confusion Instead Of Clarity

Summary: Quality measurement is a hot topic in health care these days. There are many systems, and they tend to disagree. Now seven experts have published a paper in the influential “Health Affairs” journal’s March 2015 issue, titled: “National Hospital Ratings Systems Share Few Common Scores And May Generate Confusion Instead Of Clarity.” Click here […]

Washington state cancer patients at risk for bankruptcy: Health Affairs

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Washington state cancer patients at risk for bankruptcy: Health Affairs

“Much has been written about the relationship between high medical expenses and the likelihood of filing for bankruptcy, but the relationship between receiving a cancer diagnosis and filing for bankruptcy is less well understood. “We estimated the incidence and relative risk of bankruptcy for people age twenty-one or older diagnosed with cancer compared to people […]

Power in the marketplace, examined in Health Affairs

Power in the marketplace, examined in Health Affairs

“In the constant attention paid to what drives health care costs, only recently has scrutiny been applied to the power that some health care providers, particularly dominant hospital systems, wield to negotiate higher payment rates from insurers. Interviews in twelve US communities indicated that so-called must-have hospital systems and large physician groups—providers that health plans […]