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Health Care Costs

Why Hospital Prices Are So Out Of Control

Diane Archer | Posted 07.10.2015 | Fifty
Diane Archer

Hospital prices are rising way faster than inflation, particularly among the for-profit hospitals. The 50 hospitals with the highest markups have list prices for their services that are easily 10 times more than what Medicare pays.

A Hidden Solution to America's Health-Care Crisis

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

We all need to accept and build a future where prevention becomes a dominant force. Waiting to get sick before going to the doctor makes no economic sense.

Insurers' High-Deductible Plans Leave Growing Numbers of Americans Without Needed Care

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Some critics of high deductible plans have characterized them as "blunt instruments" because they typically are not adjusted to take an individual's or family's income into consideration. Someone making $50,000 a year has to pay the same amount out of his or her own pocket, before insurance kicks in, as someone making $250,000.

Jonathan Cohn

One More Reason To Feel (Pretty) Good About Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics

Millions of additional people now have health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act and the historic expansion of coverage it has made possible....

Jonathan Cohn

Obamacare Is Turning 5 Years Old, And The Debate Has Barely Changed

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics

A big f***ing deal happened five years ago Monday. On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act -- a law designed to m...

Hospital Systems Should Be Insurers, Too

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Robert Whitcomb

Let's hope that state and federal regulators don't put too many roadblocks in the way of many more hospital systems becoming insurers. Extending Medicare to everyone might be the most cost-effective reform but Washington will prevent that, at least for the foreseeable future.

The Low Cost of Good Health

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

With a few bumps along the way, we're moving toward a better healthcare system for everyone. As we move toward universal health care, we've become increasingly conscious of the terrible financial cost of treating the ill and the unfit.

What Is Balance Billing?

Christina LaMontagne | Posted 03.31.2015 | Business
Christina LaMontagne

When a medical provider is part of an insurance network, he agrees to offer discounted rates on services. Out-of-network providers are not bound by this agreement.

Using Health Care to Fuel Your Company's Growth

John Bowen | Posted 03.08.2015 | Small Business
John Bowen

As entrepreneurs, we have the power to fundamentally redesign health care within our companies -- and turn what's traditionally been an expensive burden into a tool to generate stronger growth and healthier, happier employees. But to get there, we have to rethink our approach.

Health Reform: Foolish, Courageous, or Both

David Blumenthal | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
David Blumenthal

Some supporters of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are worried they're paying a political price for health care reform. The political fallout should come as no surprise.

Jeffrey Young

U.S. Experiences Unprecedented Slowdown In Health Care Spending

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business

The amount the United States spent on health care went up last year by the smallest amount since federal scorekeepers started tracking these dollars h...

Child Care And Education Costs Are Off The Charts. Literally.

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business

The costs of educating and caring for children just keep soaring. Just check out this chart from a recent Brookings Institution analysis of consume...

3 Health Insurance Red Flags That Could Raise Your Premiums

Miranda Marquit | Posted 02.01.2015 | Money
Miranda Marquit

While you can't always avoid the baseline premium increases that are part of the market, you can keep from red flagging your insurance plan so that you see even bigger premium increases.

New Data Settles the Debate: Obamacare Is Making Health Insurance More Affordable, Not Less

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

In the second year of our new annual tradition, the exchanges are open for enrollment, which begs the question: What have we learned since last time? Were the naysayers proven right, or did Obamacare really make health insurance more affordable, as was intended?

Giving Thanks for What's Right With Our Health System

James R. Knickman | Posted 01.26.2015 | New York
James R. Knickman

Those of us working to improve the health system sometimes joke that at least we'll never be out of a job, because there's always so much more that needs to be done.

Customer Service Trumps Health at a Top-Rated Hospital

Ilene Fischer | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Ilene Fischer

I too sacrificed my health by devoting most of my waking hours to my company. But I am now returning to the things that have nurtured me in the past, including exercise, meditation, and nutritional food.

Chronicles of Health Creation: 'Never Only Opioids" Urges Imperative for Integrative Medicine in Pain Care'

John Weeks | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

A new eight-page, policy brief, "Never Only Opioids: The Imperative for Early Integration of Non-Pharmacological Approaches and Practitioners in the Treatment of Patients with Pain" argues that it is long past time for the last to be first -- to reverse this order and always bring integrative care options up front, as least as complements.

Re-Engineering Health Care to Eliminate Preventable Deaths

Robert J. Szczerba | Posted 12.20.2014 | Business
Robert J. Szczerba

With an engineering education, Kiani brings a slightly different, and refreshing, perspective to the complex challenges facing the health care industry.

Obamacare Is Making a Difference, But Here's What We Must Tackle Next

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

We still spend more per capita on health care than any other country. In that sense, the law doesn't do enough to address the "real cost drivers" of medical inflation.

Jeffrey Young

It's Not Your Imagination, Your Health Insurance Has Gotten Worse

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business

A quiet revolution happened to your job-based health benefits and you may not have noticed. It's happened gradually, but insurance looks a lot differe...

Do Health Care Costs Fuel Economic Inequality in the United States?

David Blumenthal | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
David Blumenthal

From the perspective of the more than 150 million Americans, health care costs may, in fact, be widening inequality. When health insurance premiums go up, employers may reduce take-home pay to keep overall compensation in check.

Are Those Responsible for Employee Health Appropriately Trained to Make the Right Decisions?

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
Dr. Derek Yach

The cost of health insurance in the U.S. is clearly a concern for employers. In 2010, American employers spent a total of $560.9 billion for group health insurance, an increase of approximately 67 percent over the past 10 years.

Democrats Borrow A GOP Idea On Health Care Costs

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Borrowing a Republican idea, a group including former senior Obama and Clinton advisers is unveiling a novel proposal to let state...

Insurers Using Familiar Playbook to Protect Profits in California

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

For the next two months, Californians will to be subjected to a barrage of TV, radio and online ads, which, ironically, they unknowingly will be paying for with their health insurance premiums.

Jeffrey Young

Companies Predict Small 2015 Health Cost Rise -- With A Catch

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business

Large employers expect their health care expenses to rise a modest amount next year, but they plan to continue requiring workers to pay a growing shar...