Tag: Medical Prices

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

Chart of the day: Rx drug prices soar

A new chart from the Altarum Institute demonstrates the massive growth rate of prescription drug prices over the last year. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Stat of the Day

When Providers Merge, Consumers Pay

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

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert

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

Posted in: Health Care Costs