MRI costs, or why this surgeon is challenging N.C.’s certificate of need law: Vox

MRI costs, or why this surgeon is challenging N.C.’s certificate of need law: Vox

“Dr. Gajendra Singh walked out of his local hospital’s outpatient department last year, having been told an ultrasound for some vague abdominal pain he was feeling would cost $1,200 or so, and decided enough was enough,” Dylan Scott writes over at Vox.com. “If he was balking at the price of a routine medical scan, what […]

Hey there, UnitedHealthCare! Can we help you figure out how much a sleep study costs?

Hey there, UnitedHealthCare! Can we help you figure out how much a sleep study costs?

We’re always interested in seeing who’s visiting. Today, someone from UnitedHealthCare in Plymouth, Minn., spent 6 minutes reading our post about how much a sleep study costs. Here’s a screenshot from our Clicky analytics panel. We’re happy to be providing such valuable services to the insurance industry! It’s also clear that they found us by […]

His insurer approved an MRI, then denied it. He forked out $2,340 in cash: Philly.com

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

His insurer approved an MRI, then denied it. He forked out $2,340 in cash: Philly.com

“Pelvic pain had dogged Keith Morgan for years, unresolved by stretching, hot baths, and other therapies recommended at various doctor visits over the last two decades,” Sarah Gantz writes over at our partner, Philly.com. “So when the issue flared up last August, the 56-year-old Montgomery County resident wanted to get to the bottom of it […]

Variability in diagnostic error rates of 10 MRI centers: The Spine Journal

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Variability in diagnostic error rates of 10 MRI centers: The Spine Journal

“In today’s health-care climate, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is often perceived as a commodity — a service where there are no meaningful differences in quality and thus an area in which patients can be advised to select a provider based on price and convenience alone,” write Richard Herzog M.D., Daniel R. Elgort, PhD, Adam E. […]

Watching change happen in real time: How people use our data

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Watching change happen in real time: How people use our data

We got to watch a community member learn how to shop for health care in real time the other day, when our partners over at NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune were doing a Facebook Live. She came in in the comments, saying, “I pay my insurance over $500 a month. My out of pocket after my […]

She saved $3,786 on an MRI: How people use our data

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

She saved $3,786 on an MRI: How people use our data

We received this email in connection with our Cracking the Code partnership in New Orleans: My doctor at Tulane University Medical Center had suggested an abdominal MRI as part of a portfolio of check-ups to better understand the possible trajectory of a hereditary condition that might affect me. I’m 27 years old, and wanted to […]

Blondie and the beast: Medical coding errors, Part 2

Blondie and the beast: Medical coding errors, Part 2

Summary: “Over the course of the past several weeks, I have been helping my friend investigate the root cause of a health insurance claim denial for her daughter’s orthopedic surgery — which has resulted in more than 50 subsequent claim denials and more than $50,000 in undue medical debt for the family — and prepare the external review appeal […]

How much does a brain MRI cost? Well, $250 or $1,850, or $8,000

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

How much does a brain MRI cost? Well, $250 or $1,850, or $8,000

Summary: How much does a brain MRI cost? Well, $250 or $1,850 — or $8,000. “Had a problem with high deductible insurance. I decided not to deal with the insurance and just pay out of my HSA. The bill said my balance was $1850.00, however it also had a handwritten amount of $250.00. Not sure […]

Shopping for health care: A few thoughts on how to do it

Shopping for health care: A few thoughts on how to do it

Summary: Yes, people are shopping for health care. Some are better at it than others, and some providers and payers (read: doctors/hospitals and insurers) are better than others about revealing information. We’re always interested to hear when people who haven’t encountered these truths come up against the real world. So when Sarah Kliff, the well-respected […]