Tag: Medical Prices

When Providers Merge, Consumers Pay

When hospital and physician practices merge, consumers often pay the price. Continue reading

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What Do the Experts Say?

Everyone wants to know what premiums are going to look like for 2015 in the new health care marketplaces. The answer of course is not straightforward, but it deserves proper focus and explanation. So where do we turn? Continue reading

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Simply Skyrocketing

A new medical cost trend report from PricewaterhouseCoopers finds that “the rise of high-priced specialty drugs is sparking anxiety and fierce debate among purchasers over pricing strategies and whether the high cost will be worth it over the long term. One thing is certain: In 2015, several expensive specialty therapies will likely increase the healthcare spending growth rate.” Continue reading

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The Top Driver of Premiums? The Cost of Health Care Services.

To make health care coverage more affordable, the nation must address the soaring cost of medical care that continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. The simple truth is premiums track the underlying cost of care. Continue reading

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Sovaldi: Blowing up State Medicaid Budgets, Cont.

It’s common knowledge that drugmakers don’t like talking about their prices, or the crises created by such astronomically high prices. But when it comes down to “blow[ing] a hole in states’ Medicaid budgets,” it’s a problem we have to talk about. Continue reading

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Wow, this drug is really expens — Look! A squirrel!!

For years, the pharmaceutical industry has had a pretty simple strategy for discussing the prices it charges for its drugs: don’t. Continue reading

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A Single Drug: 8% Higher Premiums for Seniors on Medicare

We’ve discussed the astronomically priced hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi, the concern that this is the new normal, and the outrage its pricing has sparked. Continue reading

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Across the Board: Hospital Prices on the Rise

When CMS released hospital pricing data on Monday, much of the buzz was about the enormous disparity in prices from provider to provider. Indeed, hospital pricing can be best summed up as “anyone’s guess.” Continue reading

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Chart of the Day: Twelve of the Most Expensive Specialty Drugs

“Since 2007, the cost of many of the brand names associated with those drugs has skyrocketed, according to a recent Bloomberg News analysis, with prices in many cases doubling and tripling. ‘While the consumer price index rose just 12 percent in the period,’ Bloomberg reported, ‘one diabetes drug quadrupled in price and another rose by 160 percent.’” Continue reading

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The Hepatitis C Health and Pricing Crisis

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will cover hepatitis C screenings for Medicare beneficiaries who are at high risk of being infected or meet other criteria. Continue reading

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