Philadelphia, here we come: New journalism initiative

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Philadelphia, here we come: New journalism initiative

We’re elated to announce that ClearHealthCosts will be working with the Philadelphia Media Network under the Lenfest Institute’s first funding round for innovation in journalism, to spread health cost transparency  to the Philadelphia metro area. We’ll use shoe-leather reporting, crowdsourcing, data journalism and other tools to tell people what stuff costs with the Philadelphia Media Network — The Philadelphia […]

A Health Economist’s Take on Medicaid: Medpage Today

A Health Economist’s Take on Medicaid: Medpage Today

“Medicaid’s original objective was to provide medical care coverage to the poor. The poor, like the elderly (whose medical care would be covered by Medicare), had been largely left out of the U.S.’s growing employer-based insurance market because, starting in the 1950s, insurers began the practice of risk-rating (i.e., basing insurance premiums more on the […]

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

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’ sites, using pricing […]

We’re live in Florida with PriceCheck, crowdsourcing with 3 partners

We’re live in Florida with PriceCheck, crowdsourcing with 3 partners

Summary: We launched our Florida PriceCheck partnership on Thursday, crowdsourcing health prices with new partners WLRN public radio in Miami and WUSF public radio in Tampa Bay, and their Health News Florida collaboration. In the first two days after launch, our web analytics show that we had visits from the Florida Legislature, the Florida Department […]

A sampling of our visitors

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A sampling of our visitors

Summary: Our MedPageToday post has brought us a lot of interesting visitors. Providers, payers, government officials, individuals, academic institutions — they’re all here. Also: Epic, AthenaHealth and others. Here’s a sampling from today. A lot of our visitors are apparently on their own devices, perhaps mobile, and therefore the analytics program (it’s called Clicky) can’t […]

A doctor writes: Price transparency, a Rosetta stone

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

A doctor writes: Price transparency, a Rosetta stone

Summary: This essay by Dr. Robert Fogerty, an assistant professor at Yale School of Medicine, appeared originally in MedPage Today, where it launched our pricing transparency partnership with MedPage Today. Re-posted with permission. By Robert Fogerty MD I tossed and turned during many sleepless nights as a cancer patient. Some nights from nausea, some from […]

Blues’ Quality Contract Raising Hackles in Massachusetts: Medpage Today

Blues’ Quality Contract Raising Hackles in Massachusetts: Medpage Today

Summary: There’s a huge debate in this country about value-based medicine. Instead of paying for any old procedure, the argument goes, we should be paying for performance: for procedures and practices that generate success in health, in preventive medicine and generally better care. But it’s hard to define what “better” means in many cases. The […]