Another driver for cash payments: No-pay and slow-pay patients

Summary: A shift in the way hospitals collect bills has been taking place for some time, and is picking up speed. “Hospitals and providers, historically, received 90% of the reimbursement from insurers, according to The Advisory Board. The patient portion was more of an afterthought,” writes Holly Fletcher at The Tennessean. “That dynamic is shifting […]

Hospitals struggle to get patients to pay debts: Bloomberg Business

Filed Under: Costs, Providers

Summary: “A type of pain that hospitals thought they had relieved has come back with a vengeance: it’s called bad debt. Hospitals have long struggled to collect bills when patients aren’t covered by insurance — creating delinquent accounts,” John Lauerman writes over at Bloomberg Business. “The Affordable Care Act was supposed to relieve some of that […]

Wisconsin hospital prices: Perhaps useful for some things

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Summary: Cost transparency takes many forms. This Wisconsin Hospital Association pricing page has what appear to be low, medium and high prices for a range of services, for hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers. What’s missing: Standalone places like independent radiology centers or testing labs. What’s also missing: The averages don’t tell you much about what […]

How the United States spends $2.9 trillion on health care: The Washington Post

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

Summary: Where do the dollars go? This collection of facts and figures from Jason Millman, who just left The Washington Post for Politico, shows that hospital care eats up 32 percent of the total annual health care spend in the U.S., according to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CLICK HERE FOR PRICES   […]

Quality rankings in New York State: Hospital-acquired infections, 2013

Filed Under: Costs, Providers

Summary: Quality rankings are hard to find in health care. Here’s a good resource for New York State, documenting infection rates for various procedures in 2013, hospital by hospital — though it’s hardly user-friendly: “Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) result in prolonged hospital stays, unnecessary deaths, increased antimicrobial resistance, greater healthcare costs, and added emotional and personal […]

How much will that cost? Finding out medical prices in advance

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

SUMMARY: How much will that cost? It’s a question consumers aren’t used to asking in the health care marketplace. Many of us grew up with the $10 co-pay, but that’s rapidly becoming a thing of the past. With rising deductibles, more out-of-network providers, more uninsured people and more out-of-pocket spending, it’s increasingly a question we […]

That mammogram we wanted you to pay for? You can’t pay for it.

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Our friend who was  ordered to get a second mammogram, which was not covered by insurance, wrote to us again (if you missed it, here’s her first post.)  The day of my second mammogram coincided with news of Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy.  I was convinced I had breast cancer. I had been told that I needed […]

How much does a sleep study cost? One woman’s story

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

SUMMARY: About an hour before Karin S.’s bedtime, two people in lab coats knocked on her door in Queens, New York. They were there to put her to bed. They followed her to the bedroom and attached sensors and electrodes to her scalp, face, hands and chest. They hooked her up to a  polysomnography machine. […]

How much does a sleep study cost? Well, $600 or $5,070

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How much does a sleep study cost? Well, $600 or $5,070

(Updated, Oct. 2019) Daytime dozing, excessively loud snoring and fitful sleep are all reasons to have a sleep study. So how much does a sleep study cost? The answer: it depends. Keep reading for more information and advice. There are several different types of sleep studies.  ClearHealthCosts researched the most common ones. A polysomnography (medical […]