RWJF: The Hospital Price Transparency Challenge, 11/18/2014

November 18, 2014

The Hospital Price Transparency Challenge

With the world of health care ever-growing, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored a challenge to educate consumers in making more informed decisions as hospital patients receiving care. The Hospital Price Transparency Challenge, or, Health 2.0, brought a challenge to developers to create tools and apps that allowed its users to analyze data from hospital charges; the data was received from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning common procedures such as hip and knee replacement surgeries. As a …

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AARP: Haggle on Your Health Insurance, 9/30/2014

September 30, 2014

AARP: Haggle on Your Health Insurance

 

For many, “health” equates “expensive.”  This does not have to be the case.  There are many ways you can cut down on your health costs, not only with choices of food and activity, but with interactions at the doctor’s office, as well.  For starters, planning goes a long way, and being prepared for your health can save you from sickness and unnecessary expenses. Some ways to avoid high costs are to ensure you are seeing an in-network provider, or at …

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WASHINGTON POST: Hospitals Will Tell You the Cost of Parking but Not of Health Care, 2/10

February 10, 2014

Nearly all hospitals will give you the price of parking. Barely any will give you the price of health care.

A recent study in the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal expressed concern, as researchers in Philadelphia aimed to identify whether or not hospitals would provide clear and honest costs for simple medical procedures. As part of the study, researchers called 20 local hospitals, and communicated to the operator that they were uninsured individuals planning to personally pay for a test. During …

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