Low-cost hospitals can deliver better quality: Modern Healthcare

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

SUMMARY: We’re often asked about the relationship between cost and quality: If it’s more expensive, it must be better, right? A recent piece in Modern Healthcare tries to get to the bottom of what it calls the “disconnects between lower costs and better outcomes” by examining outcomes of angioplasty or coronary angioplasty — sending a balloon […]

Clout, not costs, drives higher charges from hospitals, study says

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

“Bargaining leverage, not the cost of providing complex care, is the main reason why some hospitals can demand prices twice as high as their competitors’ and still get contracts to treat privately insured patients, according to a new study. “The analysis by the Center for Studying Health System Change of actual payments to hospitals and […]

North Carolina to post prices of hospital services: Modern Healthcare

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Modern Healthcare on a new North Carolina law, which will require hospitals to “shine a light on the actual prices paid by Medicare, Medicaid and the uninsured, as well as the average and range of prices paid by the top five insurers.” “ ‘For too long, North Carolina patients have been in the dark on […]