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Workers shoulder a growing share of healthcare costs

Workers shoulder a growing share of healthcare costs

By Shelby Livingston  |  October 03, 2018

Job-based insurance premiums rose modestly this year, continuing a yearslong stretch of relatively low premium increases. But there's a trade-off: Average annual deductibles have risen.

Congress questions its role in healthcare price transparency

Congress questions its role in healthcare price transparency

By Susannah Luthi  |  September 18, 2018

The Senate's health committee is questioning the government's role in helping patients understand what they should pay for their healthcare—and whether Congress can change the incentives in a complex system that doesn't encourage shopping.

Senator proposes federal curbs on balance billing

Senator proposes federal curbs on balance billing

By Susannah Luthi  |  September 17, 2018

A Senate proposal would take aim at hospital balance billing—a practice that has caused sticker-shock reverberations across the country and sparked increasing public outcry.

Some startup insurers are ditching the deductible

Some startup insurers are ditching the deductible

By Shelby Livingston  |  September 15, 2018

Two health insurance startups that are ditching high-deductible plans in favor of straightforward copays illustrate a growing sentiment that having patients pay more out of pocket won't tame rising healthcare costs and could harm patients' health.

All-payer claims databases: a work in progress

All-payer claims databases: a work in progress

By Tara Bannow  |  September 15, 2018

Although 16 states have all-payer claims databases, there's no evidence they have helped lower healthcare costs. Advocates say the databases should empower lawmakers and consumers by providing reliable data.

Health systems' scale not linked to higher revenue

Health systems' scale not linked to higher revenue

By Alex Kacik  |  September 12, 2018

Two-thirds of the health systems analyzed in a new report saw operating income fall as revenue reduction outpaced cost-cutting. The largest for-profit systems experienced the steepest declines.

Insulin's steep price leads to deadly rationing

Insulin's steep price leads to deadly rationing

By Bram Sable-Smith, Side Effects Public Media  |  September 10, 2018

The price of insulin in the U.S. has more than doubled since 2012 alone. That's put the life-saving hormone out of reach for some people with diabetes. It has left others scrambling for solutions to afford the one thing they need to live.

Health insurers look for ways to cut costs for back surgery

Health insurers look for ways to cut costs for back surgery

By Jay Greene  |  August 27, 2018

Back surgery is one of the most overused types of surgery and back pain is the most common ailment that sends patients to doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists. More than $90 billion a year is spent on low-back pain alone.

Value-based purchasing programs tougher for academic hospitals

Value-based purchasing programs tougher for academic hospitals

By Maria Castellucci  |  August 08, 2018

A Navigant study found 24% of academic medical centers received penalties for their performance on three of the CMS' value-based payment programs in fiscal 2018 while 13.7% of community hospitals received penalties.

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