We’re featured in a Wall Street Journal piece on paying cash

Summary: People are finding that they can sometimes save money — often a lot! — by paying cash for health care rather than paying the insured rate. Others are noticing too: we were quoted as experts in The Wall Street Journal when Melinda Beck wrote about this recently. Here’s the beginning of her piece: “As […]

The price of a mammogram: When journalism meets health care

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Summary: When journalism meets health care, the path is not always smooth. Here’s what happened when Melinda Beck, a Wall Street Journal reporter writing an article about health care pricing, got in touch with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center here in New York to check a price on the ClearHealthCosts.com web site.  

At small rural hospitals, paying more for worse treatment: WSJ

Summary: “Small rural hospitals called critical-access hospitals have in recent years been performing more and more inpatient orthopedic surgeries, even as their overall stays decline, a Journal analysis of Medicare billing records shows,” Christopher Weaver, Anna Wilde Mathews and Tom McGinty write in The Wall Street Journal. “Inpatient joint-replacement surgeries covered by Medicare rose 42.6% […]

Insurers Cut Doctors’ Fees in New Plans, Wall Street Journal reports

SUMMARY: Doctors and other providers will get paid less if they stay in new exchange insurance plans, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. “Insurers are slashing payments to medical practices in many of the plans they sell through the new health-law marketplaces—sparking worries that Americans signing up for coverage will have fewer doctors […]