Tag: Medical Tests

New York Times: Costly ‘Medical Procedures may be useless, or worse’

A recent post on the New York Times’ Well blog noted that many new and expensive medical treatments are “harmful or ineffective” and that the result is a “tremendous waste of resources,” according to one expert. Continue reading

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Washington Post Finds AMA Exaggerates Estimates of Procedure Times

According to a Washington Post article, a committee of the American Medical Association that determines the value of medical procedures may also be distorting the amount of time such procedures take. Continue reading

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Fiscal Times Column: “Doctors are Setting Their Own Prices”

A column in the Fiscal Times looks at the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee, a group of physicians that develops relative values for CPT codes, which are used to set prices for specific procedures in Medicare. Continue reading

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Chart of the Day: 2012 Scanning and Imaging: MRI

The International Federation of Health Plans has released its 2012 Comparative Price Report, which looks at the variation in medical and hospital prices by country. Continue reading

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Chart of the Day: 2012 Scanning and Imaging: CT Scan, Pelvis

The International Federation of Health Plans has released its 2012 Comparative Price Report, which looks at the variation in medical and hospital prices by country. Continue reading

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Chart of the Day: 2012 Scanning and Imaging: CT Scan, Head

The International Federation of Health Plans has released its 2012 Comparative Price Report, which looks at the variation in medical and hospital prices by country. Continue reading

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Chart of the Day: 2012 Scanning and Imaging: CT Scan, Abdomen

The International Federation of Health Plans has released its 2012 Comparative Price Report, which looks at the variation in medical and hospital prices by country. Continue reading

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New AHIP Report in AJMC Highlights Rising Prices for Hospital Services, 2008-2010

A new study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) provides new data on trends in hospital prices across the country. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP, AHIP Press Releases, AHIP Studies and Reports, Health Care Costs

WSJ: Provider Consolidation Leading to Higher Costs

An article in the Wall Street Journal, Same Doctor Visit, Double the Cost, focuses on the effect of provider consolidation on health care costs. Continue reading

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NYT Op-Ed: “For a Large Part of Medical Practice, We Don’t Know What Works But We Pay For It Anyway”

An op-ed in the New York Times argues that more research needs to be done on evaluating medical procedures that doctors currently provide. Continue reading

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