Category: Health Care Costs

“Collectively, the 1,000 highest-paid Medicare doctors received $3.05 billion in payments.”

Yesterday, CMS released Medicare spending data that sheds new light on physicians’ billing practices. A Wall Street Journal article looks at the data, finding “The top 1% of 825,000 individual medical providers accounted for 14% of the $77 billion in billing recorded in the data.” Continue reading

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USA Today: Rise in Health Spending Driven by $8 Billion Rise in Hospital Revenue

An article in USA Today says that “Health care spending rose at the fastest pace in 10 years last quarter.” Continue reading

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Evidence from Massachusetts: Provider Prices the Primary Driver of Health Care Spending

A new analysis of state reports in Massachusetts shows that the driver of health care costs have been consistently identified as provider prices. Continue reading

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Connecticut’s “Unprecedented” Number of Hospital Mergers

The Connecticut Health Investigative Team has an article out looking at the “unprecedented” number of hospital mergers in the state – and what these changes mean for consumers. Continue reading

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Ignagni Op-Ed in New York Times: We Must Keep Coverage Affordable

AHIP CEO Karen Ignagni recently wrote an op-ed for the New York Times on keeping coverage affordable. Continue reading

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The Cost Challenge Presented by Out-of-Network Charges

One challenge of health care costs is that the cost of care is unknown to many stakeholders. Without knowing prices, consumers cannot make informed decisions about where to seek health care services. Continue reading

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Price Transparency: “Common in Most Industries But Rare in Health Care”

Recent news reports have highlighted consumers’ outrage over the skyrocketing cost of medical care. As a result, there is a growing call for greater price transparency. The Wall Street Journal looks at this lack of transparency, which “is common in most industries but rare in health care, where ‘charges,’ ‘prices,’ ‘rates’ and ‘payments’ all have different meanings and bear little relation to actual costs.” Continue reading

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New Issue Brief: Strategies and Policy Recommendations for Addressing Specialty Drug Costs While Assuring Access to Effective Treatments

As we noted in our blog post yesterday, experts project that “spending on specialty drugs is expected to skyrocket over the next decade and beyond.” A new issue brief from AHIP outlines how health plans are working to manage specialty drug spending while ensuring access to high quality care, and outlines specific policy options to promote high-quality, cost-effective drug coverage. Continue reading

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New AHIP Issue Brief: Specialty Drugs’ Growing Contribution to Higher Health Care Costs

When it comes to health care costs, the elephant in the room is the unsustainable rise in prescription drug prices. Continue reading

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Charlotte Observer: “How much should it cost to treat a snake bite?”

An article in the Charlotte Observer relates the story of a man who went to a local hospital to be treated for a snake bite. Continue reading

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