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4 ways to cut spending on inappropriate health care

There’s a long list of causes perpetuating the prevalence of inappropriate care, including fee-for-service payment models, defensive medical …

Health Care

Evidence-based medicine: employers also have a role to play

“The employment setting remains an undervalued investment opportunity for employee health improvement.,” says one expert. (Photo: Shutterstock)<p>The …

Evidence-Based Medicine

Premiums rise when hospitals buy doctor practices, study finds

The study in Health Affairs also found prices were likely to rise for outpatient visits as private practices were acquired or vertically integrated …

Health Care

Some patients fight back against surprise medical bills

"People that come to us are often quite distraught," says Akshay Gupta, co-founder of CoPatient, a firm that helps patients resolve their medical …

Health Care

Amazon-Berkshire-JPM healthcare venture picks COO

Jack Stoddard, previously of Comcast and UnitedHealth, is CEO Atul Gawande's first publicized hire as the company works to fill the highly hyped …

UnitedHealth

What Diabetes Costs You, Even If You Don't Have The Disease

Diabetes is an expensive disease to treat, costing the United States $244 billion in 2012, according to an analysis of the disease's economic burden.<p>When the loss of productivity due to illness and disability is added in, the bill comes to $322 billion, or $1,000 a year for each American, including …

Why Is Insulin So Expensive In The U.S.?

Dr. Jeremy Greene sees a lot of patients with diabetes that's out of control.<p>In fact, he says, sometimes their blood sugar is "so high that you can't even record the number on their glucometer."<p>Greene, a professor of medicine and history of medicine at Johns Hopkins University, started asking …

Diabetes

Insulin's High Cost Leads To Lethal Rationing

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a terrible way to die. It's what happens when you don't have enough insulin. Your blood sugar gets so high that your blood becomes highly acidic, your cells dehydrate, and your body stops functioning.<p>Diabetic ketoacidosis is how Nicole Smith-Holt lost her son. Three days …

Bioethics

How to Tame Health Care Spending? Here’s a One-Percent Solution

The health care system in the United States costs nearly double that of its peer countries, without much better outcomes. Many scholars and policymakers have looked at this state of affairs and dreamed big. Maybe there’s some broad fix — high deductibles, improvements in end-of-life care, a …

Health Care

Private investment in primary care, onsite clinics surging

Investors see an opportunity to help companies gain control over their health-insurance costs while providing better, more convenient care for their …

Investing

3 ways to know if you’re overpaying for health care

By choosing providers who focus on value instead of cost, you can offer better care to your employees and shield them from risks such as opioid …

Health Care

Editorial: Antitrust enforcement won't fix high healthcare costs

Community opponents of two pending healthcare mergers need to ask themselves whether antitrust enforcement is really the best approach for lowering …

Mergers & Acquisitions

Physician referral issues causing more out-of-network care

Slightly more than half of doctors surveyed said they always know whether their patient referral is appropriate.

Health Care

My wife's story: Anatomy of an insane health care billing system

The purchase of medical goods and services by employer health plans resembles no other business transaction in American commerce.<p><b></b>Recently, my wife …

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Costs Associated With Physician Billing and Insurance-Related Activities

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Health care plans good, health care system bad, employees say

Health care costs are taking a heavy toll on U.S. workers--more than a quarter say they’ve had a tough time paying for basic necessities, such as …

Cost to create a medical bill? $99k per year per doctor

Researchers from Duke University and Harvard Business School, reconstructed the whole life cycle of a medical bill to calculate exactly how much the …

This is how a health care premium dollar is spent

Chart<p>Research from AHIP breaks down how much of a premium dollar goes toward prescription drugs, doctor services, hospital expenses, and finally, the …

Health Care

Health care data analytics: true meaning, actionability and value

In order to better understand bringing meaningful use to data, it all begins with the question “What is driving costs or risk?” And the second …

A tech takeover comes for the health care industry

Health care providers have been slowly loosening the grips on their wealth of data, softening up to the likes of health analytics startups. (Photo: …

2017 Alegeus Healthcare Consumerism Index Reveals Increased Consumer Engagement in Healthcare Finances

<b>Index of healthcare spending and saving behavior affirms that although progress is slow, consumers are becoming more disciplined and value-conscious</b> …

5 predictions for consumer-driven health care in 2018

We have identified five trends for consumer-driven healthcare (CDH) that are sure to be at the forefront of the conversation in 2018.

Defensive Medicine: Evidence from Military Immunity

<b>NBER Working Paper No. 24846</b> <b><br>Issued in July 2018</b> <b><br>NBER Program(s):Aging, Health Care, Health Economics, Labor Studies, Public Economics</b><p>We estimate the …

A Fear of Lawsuits Really Does Seem to Result in Extra Medical Tests

Back in 2010, Tom Price, then a congressman, said he knew the chief reason health care cost so much: “Defensive medicine” was costing the United States $650 billion per year — about 26 percent of every dollar spent.<p>The widely dismissed estimate from Dr. Price, an orthopedic surgeon who went on to …

Health Care

Fear of lawsuits drives unnecessary medical tests

Doctors have been complaining for years that the need to defend against medical malpractice compels them to order unnecessary tests and procedures. …

Rising health care costs threatening employees’ financial goals

Those rising health care costs are taking a bite out of most employees’ other financial goals. (Photo: Shutterstock)<p>Employees are under financial …

Americans' health care costs rise again, now $28k per family

Analysis<p>The cost of health care for a typical American family of four receiving coverage from an employer-sponsored preferred provider plan will rise …

To cut health care costs, focus on the doctor

If the key to the health care delivered is what the doctor orders, how do we influence those recommendations while respecting the professional …

Free-market health care solutions

Brokers may agree or disagree with free-market approaches, but the one thing they can’t do is ignore them.<p>Federal and state regulators find it hard …