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Arming the informed consumer

In most sectors of the economy, the more you pay, the higher quality you get. Medical diagnostics and imaging are an exception to this rule, with some tests priced at 10 times the cost of other facilities in the same region with no difference in [...]

November 3, 2014 // 1 Comment

To switch or not to switch?

Very few Medicare Part D enrollees switch plans each year even though doing so could save them money. The Kaiser Family Foundation recently released an issue brief discussing the occurrence of prescription drug plan switching among Medicare Part D [...]

December 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

Variation in Private Insurance Payments

Health insurers pay vastly different sums for the care they purchase based largely on geography. Understanding payment variation in health care services is essential to improving quality and reducing costs. Yet, few studies have examined price [...]

September 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

Hospitals Immune to Recession

Hospital prices continued to climb during the Great Recession. The unanswered question, however, is why? As the stock market fell to begin the Great Recession, hospital charges to patients and insurance companies rose.  A recent article in the [...]

April 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

2012 Year in Review (Part 2 of 4)

Alternative Healthcare Delivery Systems   The concept of the medical home is an old one, developed in the 1960s for the pediatric population, but lately has grown in popularity. It hopes to provide for patients comprehensive, coordinated care [...]

December 29, 2012 // 0 Comments

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