Category Archives: Transparency on Prices, Quality

Major disruption seen in U.S. health care

Some of the best minds in Wisconsin on health care economics “summited” last week at Concordia University, armed with ideas for improving the delivery of care, but less than clear or optimistic about the way forward for disrupting a broken… Read more

At last, a silver bullet for health care costs

Bullet flying

Have we finally found a silver bullet for cutting through the fog of health care pricing? One of the best tools to come down the pike in the last few years for driving the U.S. health care industry to better economic value is a bundled… Read more

Hidden prices on health care should be illegal

Two major events, one in the private sector, one in the public, demonstrate that the health care industry is being dragged kicking and screaming into a new world where consumers can finally determine the prices and quality of care. The Centers… Read more

Days numbered for middle men in health care

Health care insurance executives have their hands full as they deal with the implementation of Obamacare, but they face even bigger challenges from more fundamental reforms driven by payers in the private sector. They are dealing with what is… Read more

Red dots, black dots for hospital quality

The camouflage on the cost and quality of heath care in America is blessedly being stripped away by entrepreneurial initiatives. Payers can finally get a glimpse at what they are buying and for how much. Several of the initiatives are… Read more

Exchanges won’t solve real health care issues

The latest flap over ObamaCare, whether state or local government will run the exchanges, has once again created a major distraction from real reform of the health care delivery system. All manner of politics and some sketchy financial… Read more

Employees buy drugs for zero

As America agonizes about how to adapt to the unending complexities of Obamacare, a startup company from Oshkosh, Wisconsin has cracked through with elegant simplicity on another piece of real reform, transparency for ordering drugs. BidRx has… Read more

Missing link in medical pricing: cost accounting

Suspicions confirmed. Cost accounting is a foreign concept in most big health care corporations. You have to suspect that is so, because prices vary wildly. A knee replacement can vary in a regional market from $19,377 to $47,504. It’s… Read more

Why not publish Medicare prices?

Could someone explain to me why health costs are not transparent in this country when public payers are picking up nearly half the tab? I just read a nice little booklet called “Why Health Care Costs So Much” and it jogged me to ask the… Read more

Transparency train rolling in health care

What took so long? Finally, the gnomes in charge of the Medicare claims information announced that they will allow access to its huge database of claims, meaning that insurers, employers and consumer groups will be able to obtain and then… Read more