PriceCheck: We’re creating health cost guides with our partners and our communities across the nation

PriceCheck: We’re creating health cost guides with our partners and our communities across the nation

(Updated, April 2019) Our work with PriceCheck, our health cost transparency partnerships with media and other organizations, has stretched across the nation, bringing thousands of people to our partner web sites to share and search prices — from databases, from our reporting, and from our communities. We build interactive software and place it on our partners’ […]

How much is a facility fee? Facility Fees 101, or what you need to know

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

How much is a facility fee? Facility Fees 101, or what you need to know

We have heard a lot of questions and a lot of anguish lately about facility fees, which are charged by hospitals and other institutions for the use of their, well, facilities. Here’s a roundup of what we know about this topic. What is a facility fee? Hospitals often charge a facility fee on top of […]

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

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

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 […]

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 […]

Tulane Health CEO slams ‘Cracking the Code’ work; meanwhile, New Orleans woman saves $3,786 with our data

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Tulane Health CEO slams ‘Cracking the Code’ work; meanwhile, New Orleans woman saves $3,786 with our data

As we wrap up our first three weeks of reporting on health care pricing in the New Orleans metro area, we’ve learned a lot. We’ve been able to save some people large amounts of money — and the medical establishment in the area is not universally happy with our work. “Tulane Medical Center president and […]

Blood test costs — $284 or $34 a few blocks away? Cracking the Code

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Blood test costs — $284 or $34 a few blocks away? Cracking the Code

“When UnitedHealthcare exited the Affordable Care Act exchange in Louisiana last year, Kim Spencer was one of around 29,000 people forced to find a new insurance plan under the federal health care law. She chose Humana, then found a new primary care physician at Tulane University Medical Center, based on recommendations from friends,” our partner […]

Facility fees startle patients who think they’re paid up: “Cracking the Code”

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Facility fees startle patients who think they’re paid up: “Cracking the Code”

“When Nancy DuBois began experiencing shoulder pain early last year, she worried she might need rotator cuff surgery. She saw a specialist at Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, near the Tulane football stadium, who diagnosed her instead with a frozen shoulder, a common condition caused by injury or over-use. The visit, including an x-ray and […]

In network and billed for $1,400: “Cracking the Code” looks at balance billing

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

In network and billed for $1,400: “Cracking the Code” looks at balance billing

“Steve Fair woke up at 2 a.m. in his room at the Sheraton New Orleans to find that his uvula – the tissue that hangs from the back of one’s palate – had swollen to the size of a Hershey’s Kiss. Worried it might block his airway, he and his wife rushed down to the […]

Cracking the Code: Voices from our New Orleans partnership

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Cracking the Code: Voices from our New Orleans partnership

How do people use our data? We’re often asked. Here are some snippets from real life: Selected emails, comments on stories and Facebook posts from our Cracking the Code partnership with partners WVUE FOX 8 Live and NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. “Less than 18 hours before her scheduled abdominal MRI at Tulane Medical Center, […]

When that ‘free’ colonoscopy costs $2,500: Cracking the Code in New Orleans

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When that ‘free’ colonoscopy costs $2,500: Cracking the Code in New Orleans

“At age 62, Cedric Valeary had yet to get a colonoscopy to screen for signs of colorectal cancer – the second deadliest type of cancer in the United States. During his annual check-up in December, his doctor told him it was time,” Jed Lipinski writes over at our partner, NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune in New […]