Tag: Medical Prices

Study strengthens support for price transparency

Health plans have been calling on providers to improve transparency in pricing, and a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association backs up those calls. Continue reading

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JAMA: Hospital ownership and higher prices

A new study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association highlights something we’ve been concerned about for years – that provider consolidation increases prices for services and costs for patients. Continue reading

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Chart of the day: Price increases are most important driver of spending growth

As you can see in the chart below, spending on cancer drugs far outpaces the increase in the number of units being used. This means increases in price for cancer drugs are largely driving increases in spending. Continue reading

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Medicare Conference Highlights, Day 2

At day two of AHIP’s Medicare Conference, the opening session focused on the midterm elections in the context of health reform. Avik Roy of the Manhattan Institute shared that both Republicans and Democrats consider health care as the second most important issue to them when deciding how to vote. Continue reading

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Consumer Reports: What’s to blame for soaring health care costs

Consumers are angry over outrageous sky-high health care costs, and rightfully so. But what’s to blame for this health care cost outrage? Consumer Reports gives us some answers. Continue reading

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Chart of the day: Anger at outrageous health care costs

Health care costs are increasing at unsustainable and unaffordable rates, and consumers are sounding the alarm. They’re fed up with the soaring prices for medical services, as evidenced by a recent Consumer Reports survey that’s aptly titled The Anger Index. Continue reading

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Charts of the day: Higher prices for the same product

An article in Business Insider has rounded up several charts that show what’s wrong with the U.S. health care system. Not surprisingly, a familiar issue made the list: the exceptionally high costs of lifesaving prescription drugs. Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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