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Jul
01

Bloomberg Law: Minnesota Sued Over New Law Providing Free Insulin to the Poor

HCCI's research on insulin prices was featured in a Bloomberg Law article.  From the article: "The inventor who discovered insulin in the 1920s famously sold the patent to the University of Toronto for $1 in the hope that anyone who needed it could afford it.In the years since, the four most common types of insulin have seen their prices soar, with the average price per month rising to $...
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Dec
23

HCCI Announces Major New Funding Commitment from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

$2 million grant will support HCCI's ongoing work to study drivers of health care spending WASHINGTON (December 23, 2019) — The The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) today announced a $2 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that will support a significant expansion of HCCI's commercial claims data. With new data sources, and enabled by this grant, HCCI's commercial claims d...
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Nov
11

HCCI and Blue Health Intelligence® Announce Major New Data Sharing Partnership

Addition of Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies' data will expand nation's leading resource for understanding health care cost trends.  CHICAGO (November 12, 2019) – The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) and Blue Health Intelligence® (BHI®) announced today a multi-year data partnership, significantly expanding HCCI's data resources and bolstering its ability to provide research insights to a...
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May
31

HCCI will be presenting at AcademyHealth's 2019 Annual Research Meeting

The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) is proud to present five posters at the AcademyHealth 2019 Annual Research Meeting in Washington, D.C. These posters, which cover HCCI research on a wide variety of topics, focus on health care spending and utilization trends among the commercially insured population. If you are attending the conference, please check out the schedule below to meet our staff an...
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Oct
03

Wall Street Journal: Employer-Provided Health Insurance Approaches $20,000 a Year

HCCI's 2016 Annual Report was cited in the WSJ: The HCCI findings are "pretty compelling," said Paul Ginsburg, a professor at the University of Southern California. "Higher prices from providers is the most important element in rising premiums in the past few years."  Employer-Provided Health Insurance Approaches $20,000 a Year - WSJ The average cost of health coverage offered by employers ro...
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Sep
18

Wall Street Journal: Behind Your Rising Health-Care Bills: Secret Hospital Deals that Squelch Competition

​HCCI data was featured in The Wall Street Journal showing that insurers pay higher prices for some services performed on an outpatient basis that could also be performed in doctors offices. Read the Article
Jun
20

Vox: The absurdity of American health care pricing, in one chart

​Research using HCCI data shows the different prices patients face for the same procedures performed in the same hospitals. "a new paper from economists Zack Cooper, Stuart Craig, Martin Gaynor, and John Van Reenen sheds light on another fascinating type of variation: price differences within a single hospital. Their research is the first I've seen that shows insurers pay different prices for...
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Jun
20

POLITICO: Insurers spark blowback by reducing emergency room coverage

HCCI's emergency room analysis has been highlighted by Politico! "Emergency room spending essentially doubled between 2009 and 2016, even though the number of patients treated remained flat, according to an analysis of insurer claims data recently published by the Health Care Cost Institute. The growth is being driven entirely by the most expensive claims. Costs stemming from the two most expensiv...
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Feb
14

A Valentine’s Day-Themed Health Care Spending Map

Valentine's Day is the second-most popular day to pop the question, and millions of couples are expected to get engaged today. According to The Knot's 2017 Jewelry and Engagement Study, the average national cost for an engagement ring in the U.S. is $6,351, just under $1,000 more than average national health care spending per person ($5,407 in 2016). And just like average health care costs, the av...
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