We’re live in Philadelphia with PriceCheck

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We’re live in Philadelphia with PriceCheck

We’re launching a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News and philly.com, and their partner 6ABC News, bringing transparency to the Philadelphia health care marketplace by telling people what stuff costs. Here’s the first story from Sarah Gantz, the lead reporter at The Inquirer, about the difficulty of finding out pricing. Here’s the leadoff […]

How ClearHealthCosts Helped New Orleans Newsrooms Save Money for Readers

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How ClearHealthCosts Helped New Orleans Newsrooms Save Money for Readers

“During a 2013 Morning Edition broadcast, Brian Lehrer and Soterios Johnson asked female listeners to complete a survey on the WNYC website on the cost of routine mammograms,” Bianca Fortis writes about us over at MediaShift, the destination site for insight and analysis at the intersection of media and technology.  “The appeal was part of a collaboration with […]

Lab charges gone wrong: We saved her $247

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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Lab charges gone wrong: We saved her $247

It’s a medical billing story with a happy ending. The share on our software for a Pap smear associated with a woman’s annual exam said the New Orleans area woman was charged $247, and she had to pay. She said this: “The yearly exam was covered. I choose the doctor because she was in my […]

For some Louisiana health insurers, explanations of benefits are anything but: NOLA.com

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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“When people go to the supermarket, they expect prices to be clearly posted in the store and then listed in an itemized receipt at checkout. If shoppers notice they’ve been overcharged for a carton of milk, they assume the cashier will issue them a refund on the spot.” our partner Jed Lipinski writes over at […]

An off-the-charts launch: Our New Orleans partnership

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

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An off-the-charts launch: Our New Orleans partnership

Summary: Our New Orleans partnership has brought a response that is off the charts in every way. We are a little more than two weeks from our launch, and we are hearing from 10-60 people a day with data and questions on health care pricing. We’re also the topic of conversation in the community. In […]

“Cracking The Code,” with ClearHealthCosts: e-Patient Dave

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

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Summary: “Fox 8 NOLA’s “Cracking The Code,” with ClearHealthCosts Video of the first episode is below,” Dave deBronkart writes over at e-Patient Dave, in a post that refers to our newest partnership and also catalogs Dave’s writing about costs. “Regular readers know that among my various causes – patient-centered care, patient access to our medical […]

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

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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 […]

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

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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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 […]

Our new PriceCheck partnership: Florida, here we come

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Summary: We’re adding a Florida PriceCheck partnership soon. Our partners are WLRN public radio in Miami/south Florida; WUSF public radio in the Tampa Bay area; and their collaboration, Health News Florida. “Consumers skeptical about the real cost of health care will soon have a resource where they can ask and share with their neighbors the price of […]

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

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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 […]