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 […]

Hello, Philadelphia! We’re here to inventory your health care prices.

Summary: We’re excited to be rolling out WHYY’s PriceCheck project in Philadelphia, with our great partners at WHYY The Pulse in Philadelphia. We’re kicking off a six-month project to build a community-created guide to health care prices in the Delaware Valley with the WHYY The Pulse journalists, on the model of our California PriceCheck project. […]

Wahoo! We’re semifinalists in the Knight News Challenge for health!

Filed Under: Costs

We’re excited to announce that our  partnership with eight news organizations has been chosen as one of 40  semifinalists in the Knight Foundation Health News Challenge. Knight  speeds media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. In this challenge, they’re aided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, California HealthCare Foundation, Clinton Foundation and the Health […]

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 […]

‘Looking through my eyes’ — a saga of lupus and health care

This piece is reposted with permission from Costs of Care, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Boston, which has as its misison expanding the national discourse on the role of doctors, nurses, and other care providers in health care spending, while empowering providers with the information they need to deflate medical bills on a grassroots level. * * […]

Healthcare quality metrics ’abysmal,’ Senate panel hears

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

“Providers, employers and health consumers are increasingly befuddled by more than 1,100 measures used for scoring and payment just in the Medicare program alone, with little understanding of which ones, if any, really drive better outcomes. … ‘When I asked our members last week how they would describe the value of our national quality measurement efforts […]

‘Chaos, behind a veil of secrecy’: Show me the cash flow

e-Patient Dave deBronkart is a patient advocate and author of the new book “Let Patients Help.” He has been a firm advocate of transparency in billing, and he recently posted this on his blog, epatientdave.com. We are cross-posting with his permission. * * * * * * * By e-Patient Dave deBronkart Latest in my series Let patients […]