Quality ratings: The Problem With Satisfied Patients, via The Atlantic

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Summary: Quality measurements for health care providers, hospitals, surgical centers and so on are a hot topic. Everybody’s got a favorite source (Yelp? healthgrades.com? AHRQ? Leapfrog? Consumer Reports? U.S. News and World Report? Your Facebook friends?) but the bottom line seems to be this: There’s a cacophony of competing sources of measurement, none of them […]

Checkup: The price of the pill, and the ongoing debate

Checkup: The price of the pill, and the ongoing debate

A roundup of opinions from the Web on the HHS ruling that insurers must cover birth control:   Planned Parenthood’s Bollywood video: The Planned Parenthood video supporting the HHS decision has gone viral.   Steven Colbert objects to objections: The birth-control decision is the end to humanity as we know it.  And what does a […]

The price of birth control: How much do those pills cost?

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

The price of birth control: How much do those pills cost?

Here at ClearHealthCosts.com, we do a lot of thinking about the price tag that comes along with health care. For women, birth control is a big part of that. About 37.2 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 practice some kind of contraception, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Around 28 percent them, or 10.7 […]

The Health Data Initiative: A gathering of wonks

The Health Data Initiative: A gathering of wonks

  ClearHealthCosts.com got a lot of love at the Health Data Initiative forum at the National Institutes of Health in Washington on Thursday, June 9. Todd Park, chief technology officer of the Department of Health and Human Services, was one of the people who praised the the newly launched site when I showed it to […]

Remember the uninsured?

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Remember the uninsured?

The continued stream of dispiriting news about rising health costs sometimes threatens to overwhelm us. Uninsured people are able to pay for about 12 percent of their hospitalization bills, according to a report released yesterday by the Department of Health and Human Services. The bills that go unpaid are then passed on to people who […]

Health cost fraud: The Most Wanted

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans

Health cost fraud: The Most Wanted

This is for real: a Web site from the Health and Human Services Department showing the most wanted fugitives committing Medicare and Medicaid fraud. For example: “Carlos, Luis, and Jose Benitez, commonly referred to as the Benitez brothers, allegedly schemed to submit false and fraudulent claims to Medicare, pocketing approximately $110 million from Medicare, according […]