Making health-care data useful

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Making health-care data useful

Finding good pricing data in the health-care marketplace and making it useful are among our primary goals here at ClearHealthCosts.com. So we were excited when the folks at Lucky Sort made the PriceMap for us. Many people don’t know that medical prices vary greatly. This is one way of looking at that, with an interactive […]

Meet the PriceMap

What is the PriceMap? This is a legacy project from 2011. Where did you get this information? Did you modify the data? Why are you showing me this? No, really, why are you showing me this? Why would I want to know what Medicare pays to get a myocardial infarction treated? So if I wanted […]

Waste and fraud in Medicare

Filed Under: Costs, Providers, Regulators

Waste and fraud in Medicare

It’s an article of faith that one of the biggest sources of  health-care cost abuses is Medicare. The government pays bills for the elderly under this system, and it’s widely regarded as fraud-ridden and inefficient. So it was no particular surprise to read the other day that Medicare recovery audit contractors have returned $237.8 million […]

An ultrasound: $74 or $59,490?

An ultrasound: $74 or $59,490?

Aetna is unhappy: it received high bills from providers and paid them, and now it’s suing. “Aetna Inc. (AET) is suing six New Jersey doctors over medical bills it calls ‘unconscionable,’ including $56,980 for a bedside consultation and $59,490 for an ultrasound that typically costs $74,” Peter Waldman wrote on Bloomberg News on March 24. […]

Prices and reality

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It seems sometimes that the medical system is a collection of people telling whoppers to each other. Health-care providers tell the insurance company that a procedure or a thing costs a bunch of money. The insurance company tells the consumer that the price is something completely different. The doctor tells the patient that she doesn’t […]

Comparison shopping, rationing, hospital bills and more

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Comparison shopping, rationing, hospital bills and more

There’s an app for that: “Picture it: Your doctor tells you that you need an MRI. Okeydoke, you say, pulling out your smartphone and typing in your zipcode. Up pop the 20 closest high-quality imaging centers, and you choose the most convenient. That’s my visualization based on a casual mention that Blue Cross Blue Shield chief Andrew Dreyfus made last week of a new app now in development. ‘We’re pretty close to delivering this,’ he told a health reform forum at Suffolk.” Carey Goldberg, CommonHealth blogger at WBUR. More.

FAQ

What is your goal? To bring transparency to the health care marketplace. The health-care market in the United States is opaque. People don’t typically know what procedures and items will cost before they take place.  Does everyone charge $400 for an MRI, or is it $6,000? Does one insurance company pay out more for a […]

Useful Links

ClearHealthCosts is joining a rapidly growing ecosystem of web-based resources concerned with the price and cost of health care. Here are some public and private sources. The public databases, especially the federal ones, can be daunting, but there’s a lot of information here. Price lists for medical treatment are just about our favorite thing over […]