Tag: Medical Prices

What really happens when hospitals consolidate

Provider consolidation is a continuing source of debate in health care. But the facts are clear: Hospital mergers can drive up health care costs for consumers. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert

Big hospital systems mean higher prices

With news of Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem forming the largest system in Illinois, it’s time to revisit the serious consequences of anticompetitive hospital consolidation: Research shows bigger hospital systems can lead to higher prices, not necessarily better health care. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert

Don’t ignore the true health care cost drivers

With the prices for four common surgical procedures growing by double digits, a new article from NBC News reveals an urgent need to put greater focus on this dynamic that is powering health care cost growth. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs

Solving health care’s biggest problems

Health plans have important roles to play in health care, guiding patients through the system, providing access to the best treatments, and protecting patients from medical bankruptcy. They’re also on the frontlines tackling challenges in an industry that is undergoing unprecedented change. Continue reading

Posted in: Fact Check

Health plans go big on coverage, payments

Health plans are a critical piece of the U.S. health care system: They provide affordable health and supplemental benefits to hundreds of millions of Americans and pay for a significant amount of care delivered throughout the country. Without them, patients and government payers would be on the hook for billions in health care costs. Continue reading

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Politico: Exposing Medicare misalignment

A new article from Politico Magazine calls more attention to misaligned incentives plaguing the health care system and driving up costs. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs

Chart of the day: The Hospital Price is Right … Or is It?

A chart from British Medical Journal illustrates an ongoing problematic issue: Hospital prices are anyone’s guess. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs

Adventures in Arbitrary Pricing – Hospital Edition

“One California hospital charged $10 for a blood cholesterol test, while another hospital that ran the same test charged $10,169 — over 1,000 times more.” Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs

High health care costs hit employer health benefits

A new annual report from the National Business Group on Health provides more proof that the high cost of health care services is putting a financial strain on the U.S. health care system. Today’s target—employer health benefits. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs

Shining a light on Conflicts of Interest in Care

Federal efforts to make provider payments from drug and medical device makers available to the public have stalled, as BusinessWeek pointed out yesterday. The holdup underscores how difficult it’s been to bring conflicts of interest to light—in hope of driving down health care costs. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs