Paying More Because You Have Insurance: Is Cash Cheaper?
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Paying More Because You Have Insurance: Is Cash Cheaper?

Jeanne Pinder - December 25, 2014

Summary: Paying more because you have health insurance? It’s definitely happening for some people. Summary: Paying more because you have health insurance? It’s definitely happening for some…

Doctor Discipline: Resources for Judging Quality in Health Care
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Doctor Discipline: Resources for Judging Quality in Health Care

Jeanne Pinder - November 21, 2014

Summary: When we display prices for medical treatments, inevitably the question of quality comes up. Since price and quality are both hidden from public view in health…

Health Startups: Rockies Venture Club Nurtures Denver’s Ecosystem
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Health Startups: Rockies Venture Club Nurtures Denver’s Ecosystem

Jeanne Pinder - November 19, 2014

Summary: There’s an active health startup ecosystem in the Denver area, where investors are looking at transparency issues, self-tracking devices like the Fitbit, and other ways to…

Insurance Shopping Tools Online: Open Enrollment Nears
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Insurance Shopping Tools Online: Open Enrollment Nears

Jeanne Pinder - October 31, 2014

Summary: As open enrollment nears, there’s an increase in the number of tools available to help you shop for insurance. I will be using the New York…

Massachusetts Insurance Companies Reveal Health-Cost Calculators
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Massachusetts Insurance Companies Reveal Health-Cost Calculators

Jeanne Pinder - October 30, 2014

Summary: Massachusetts is live with its effort to reveal health care prices. As of Oct. 1, insurance companies were bound to reveal what insured people will pay…

Who’s Paying the Chargemaster Rate? Not Just the Uninsured
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Who’s Paying the Chargemaster Rate? Not Just the Uninsured

Jeanne Pinder - October 10, 2014

You might have thought your insurance policy gave you access to the best prices for a procedure for an in-network provider. Well, think again. You might have…

Stanford Ends Anthem Contract, Cites PriceCheck Data
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Stanford Ends Anthem Contract, Cites PriceCheck Data

Jeanne Pinder - September 13, 2014

   Summary: Price transparency has some unexpected consequences. Stanford, the big university-centered health system, cut off its contract with Anthem Blue Cross, the big California insurer, on…

Saving Money: Paying Cash for Health Care Even If You’re Insured
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Saving Money: Paying Cash for Health Care Even If You’re Insured

Jeanne Pinder - September 9, 2014

Summary: People are telling us they are paying cash for common medical procedures, even if they’re insured — and getting lower prices. Is this common? Is it…

The Disturbing Confessions of a Medical Scribe: Adding to the Bill
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The Disturbing Confessions of a Medical Scribe: Adding to the Bill

Jeanne Pinder - August 13, 2014

Summary: How a little bit of money can become a lot of money is described here in an anonymous blog post by a “scribe,” a person occupying…

Price Transparency Brought Lower Costs, More Competition, Study Says
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Price Transparency Brought Lower Costs, More Competition, Study Says

Jeanne Pinder - August 8, 2014

Summary: What happens when prices are visible? Well, prices go down, and providers compete. So: health-care marketplace, are you listening? Here’s a brand-new study about price transparency…