Price estimates at the doctor’s office: Yes, it can be true

Price estimates at the doctor’s office: Yes, it can be true

Epic, the giant electronic medical records company, is offering a price estimate button that doctors can use in the office. Kristin Cain, a reproductive endocrinologist in North Dakota, posted this on Twitter: “EPIC has a button I just discovered: Patient Estimate. After you place an order, it estimates the out of pocket cost. Except if […]

How much does childbirth cost? Or an MRI? Our hospital data

How much does childbirth cost? Or an MRI? Our hospital data

How much does childbirth  cost? How much does an MRI cost? Gall bladder surgery, arthroscopy? Today we’re rolling out our database of cash or self-pay hospital prices. While we’ve been collecting pricing for modest “shoppable” procedures since our founding in early 2011, we are now launching a separate database of cash or self-pay prices for more expensive, […]

Hospital price transparency: Surgery Center of Oklahoma

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Hospital price transparency: Surgery Center of Oklahoma

(Updated, August 2019) One of the first surgical providers to post prices online in volume was the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, an ambulatory surgical center with 52 surgeons and anesthesiologists  in Oklahoma City. Dr. Keith Smith, a co-founder, is proud of the center’s record for transparency. We caught up with Dr. Smith for a phone interview […]

How much does arthroscopy cost? How much does gall bladder surgery cost? Part 2

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

SUMMARY: Hospitals and for-profit surgical centers are joining the stampede to  reveal their prices. But some kinds of transparency are more transparent than others. CLICK HERE FOR PRICES     Jeanne PinderJeanne Pinder  is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor […]

What does arthroscopy cost? What does gall bladder surgery cost? Prices from Texas, NYC and Oklahoma

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

SUMMARY: Here’s a rare double: a surgery center and a hospital that are posting online prices. To be sure, there is some small print, but they’re posting prices.   Jeanne PinderJeanne Pinder  is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and […]

New models of payment: Going direct, and cutting out the middleman

  This is the second part in our series of new models of payment in the health-care marketplace, touching employers and individuals. The first part is here. * * * * * Employers, patients and other health-care marketplace parties are increasingly cutting insurance companies out of the equation. We’ve written about cost-plus and Medicare-plus, which […]

An Ohio hospital reveals prices of some medical treatment in advance

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An Ohio hospital reveals prices of some medical treatment in advance

At Pomerene Hospital in Millersburg, Ohio, prices for procedures can be revealed in advance. The practice began because the hospital, halfway between Cleveland and Columbus, serves a large number of Amish patients. Amish prefer to do business on cash, and so having a price list became important, said Laura Schlabach, who has been the hospital’s […]