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Highmark’s Care Cost Estimator Looks Promising

September 19, 2013 by David E Williams

Health Costs

The site is similar in concept to a travel website like Orbitz. It allows users to select the type of care they need, and then see an array of provider choices and associated costs. The costs include total costs and out-of-pocket costs that are specific to the member. It claims to incorporate all aspects of the benefit design and benefit use to calculate the actual out-of-pocket costs.[read more]

Tell Your Story: 2013 Costs of Care Essay Contest Is Open!

September 13, 2013 by Neel Shah

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Do you have a story about a medical bill that was higher than you expected it to be? Or a time when you wanted to know how much a medical test or treatment might cost? How about a time you figured out a way to deliver or receive better care at a lower cost? Now's your chance to share that story with others.[read more]

Business Intelligence and Health Analytics for the Rest of Us

August 23, 2013 by Bill Crounse

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Business intelligence and clinical analytics (especially predictive analytics) are hot topics in hospital and clinic executive suites these days. And yes, I know these are also topics that cause eyes to glaze over for many of us who work in healthcare, especially clinical staff.[read more]

Opportunity Knocks for Healthcare Delivery: Who Will Answer the Door?

August 21, 2013 by Bill Crounse

ACA: opportunity knocks

As the Affordable Care Act begins to actually provide people with health insurance, experts are predicting a barrage of newly insured individuals to hit the healthcare system. I believe this opens a terrific opportunity for alternative delivery models such as urgent care centers and especially for retail healthcare providers.[read more]

Leapfrog Exposes High Cost of Hospital Rework

July 28, 2013 by David E Williams

The Leapfrog Group is riling up hospitals with a hidden surcharge calculator designed to show employers how much of their health care premium is devoted to paying for medical errors at the hospitals where their employees obtain care.[read more]

Patientnado: The Healthcare Storm Is About to Hit

July 16, 2013 by Bill Crounse

Sharknado or bad healthcare: tough choices

There’s a whole lot of care that could be delivered more widely and economically than in the traditional models. It’s time for insurance companies, government, employers, clinicians and citizens everywhere to demand more innovation in care delivery...before we all get eaten alive.[read more]

A “Bundle” of New Learning Resources for Health Care Providers

July 3, 2013 by Joanne Conroy

The 2013 definition of a bundle is a replacement for fee-for-service payments and a move toward full-risk contracting. Proponents see them as an opportunity to align incentives of physicians, hospitals, post acute providers, and health plans so that all parties are working to improve quality, eliminate variation, and reduce waste.[read more]

Medicare’s Problems Are Much Worse Than You Think

July 2, 2013 by John Goodman

The latest report of the Medicare trustees report is out and even before the public saw it, the White House spin masters had already crafted a carefully orchestrated story. Medicare’s finances have improved, we are told. The trust fund will last longer. The unfunded liability is lower. One of the reasons is ObamaCare. The core of the new health reform law doesn’t kick in until next year, but already it’s improving things for seniors. The president’s new budget carries much the same message. But is any of this really true?[read more]

Choosing Wisely and Delivering Value in Women's Health

June 26, 2013 by Neel Shah

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The pressure on physicians to provide better care at lower costs is coming from all directions — top down from policymakers who want more accountability in how healthcare resources are being used; and bottom up from patients who want more transparency in how their money is being spent.[read more]

The Cost of Treating Uninsured Patients

June 24, 2013 by Michael Kirsch

I treat uninsured patients and insured folks who face high deductibles who are under financial strain because of the sagging economy and other personal pressures.These folks need care that may be unaffordable.[read more]

Healthcare Pricing Transparency Gains Momentum

June 24, 2013 by Dan Munro

Two of the hottest topics in healthcare right now are pricing transparency and data interoperability. Both are squarely aimed at dramatically reducing healthcare costs and increasing patient safety/health outcomes. In a fairly rapid sequence of events (by healthcare standards), pricing transparency is gaining momentum on it’s new trajectory.[read more]

Stetho-Snopes: Time for Some Rigorous Myth-Busting in Healthcare?

June 24, 2013 by Casey Quinlan

Certainly lives are at stake when the success or failure of large economies are at risk, but not nearly as many lives as are at stake every day given the lack of transparency (and even, in some cases, plain truth) in bioscience research and medical outcomes reporting.[read more]