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May
05

May 2022 HCCI Research Highlights

HCCI's data users and staff use our multi-payer, longitudinal commercial claims dataset to study some of the most pressing issues in the U.S. health care system. Here we highlight some recent research using HCCI data: COVID Tests Cost $0 for Most People in 2020 | HCCI We used HCCI's unique commercial claims dataset to analyze claims from over 19 million COVID-19 tests across 50 states and Was...
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Apr
20

NY Mag: The Air-Ambulance Vultures

HCCI's research on air ambulance prices was featured in a New York Magazine article on the role of private equity in air ambulance pricing.  From the article:  "Between 2008 and 2017, the median price charged by providers for helicopter air ambulances nearly tripled, jumping from $12,500 to $35,900 per flight, according to a study by the Health Care Cost Institute." How Private Equi...
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Mar
16

GBH News: State health policymakers begin their annual battle with high costs

HCCI's Director of Research and Policy Dr. Aditi Sen was featured in a meeting with Massachusetts State policymakers. From the article:  "There's very close connections between higher cost-sharing amounts, higher prices and the ability of people to get the care that they need, the drugs that they need," Sen said. "High prices translate into higher premiums, less generous insurance a...
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Mar
15

Modern Healthcare: Insurer-provider wrangling limits bundled maternity growth

HCCI's research on childbirth spending among the commercially-insured was featured in Modern Healthcare.  From the article: "Childbirth admissions averaged $13,811 for people with employer-sponsored insurance in 2016 and 2017, ranging from $8,361 in Arkansas up to $20,000 in New York, according to the Health Care Cost Institute."  Insurer-provider wrangling limits bundled maternity growt...
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Mar
01

March 2022 HCCI Research Highlights

HCCI's data users and staff use our multi-payer, longitudinal commercial claims dataset to study some of the most pressing issues in the U.S. health care system. Here we highlight some recent research using HCCI data:  The Prices That Commercial Health Insurers and Medicare Pay for Hospitals’ and Physicians’ Services | Congressional Budget Office New CBO research using HCCI data: CBO exa...
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Jan
25

Kansas News Service: Yes, more and more of your paycheck goes to health care in Kansas and Missouri. Here's why

HCCI's 2019 HCCUR and other researcher were featured in an article about spending on employer-sponsored health insurance in Kansas and Missouri. From the article: "A recent study by the Health Care Cost Institute found spending per person with employer health insurance grew more than 20% over five years. That's nearly three times the pace of broader economic inflation." Yes, more and more of ...
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Jan
10

Katie Martin Named New President and Chief Executive Officer of HCCI

January 10, 2022 08:30 AM Eastern Standard Time  WASHINGTON-- Today, the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) Governing Board announced it had selected Katie Martin as its next President and Chief Executive Officer. Martin is a nationally recognized leader in health policy, with a career-long commitment to public service; she brings evidence and analytics to the most critical health po...
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Jan
07

January 2022 HCCI Research Highlights

HCCI's data users and staff use our multi-payer, longitudinal commercial claims dataset to study some of the most pressing issues in the U.S. health care system.  Here we highlight some recent research using HCCI data: HCCI 2019 Healthy Marketplace Index Using nearly 4.2 billion commercial claims from 2015 to 2019, HCCI tracks drivers of health care spending across 185 U.S. cities throug...
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Jan
06

Consumer Reports: How Much Should It Cost to Get Tested for COVID-19?

 HCCI's President and CEO Niall Brennan was featured in a Consumer Reports article on the price of coronavirus testing.  From the article: "Outside analysts say that it is hard to name a standard fair price for a COVID-19 test when factoring in rent, staff, insurance, utilities, and other operational expenses. It is 'difficult to answer because people will claim to have lots of sunk cost...
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Dec
21

Modern Healthcare: Commercial prices for common hospital procedures often exceed cash prices

HCCI's research on hospital price transparency was cited in a Modern Healthcare article on cash prices for hospital procedures.  From the article: "C-section prices across one large California health system's hospital network ranged from $7,634 to $70,553, data from the Health Care Cost Institute shows." Commercial prices for common hospital procedures often exceed cash prices | Modern Health...
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Dec
07

Modern Healthcare: Implants get ‘smart’ in orthopedics

Data from HCCI's Guroo website was featured in a Modern Healthcare article about new kinds of knee replacement implants.  From the article: "The cost of a total knee replacement varies, but the average cost in the U.S. is more than $37,000, according to an analysis of claims data from Guroo, a service of the Health Care Cost Institute. In addition to the procedure itself, there are costs...
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Nov
12

WLRN: 'InHospitable' documentary follows the rising cost of healthcare at hospitals after mergers

HCCI's research on market consolidation was mentioned in an interview with the director of a documentary about hospital mergers.   From the article: "There's this great website called the Health Care Cost Institute, and they have a great interactive tool where you can go and see how consolidated each health care region is all around the country." Delray Beach, Florida filmmaker...
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Nov
03

USA TODAY: Woman waited in Atlanta ER for seven hours and wasn't seen. She was later charged $700.

HCCI's research into ER "facility fees" was featured in a USA TODAY article about fees for visiting an emergency room. From the article: "In 2019, the nonprofit Health Care Cost Institute found that the average emergency room visit cost $1,389, up 176% over the decade. This number only includes the cost of entry for emergency care, not include extra charges such as blood tests, IVs, drugs or other...
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Sep
30

NPR: The Bill For His COVID Test In Texas Was A Whopping $54,000

HCCI's President and CEO Niall Brennan was quoted in an NPR report on a shockingly high bill for a COVID-19 test. From the article: ' "People are going to charge what they think they can get away with," says Niall Brennan, president and CEO of the Health Care Cost Institute, a nonprofit that studies health care prices. "Even a perfectly well-intentioned provision like this can be hijacke...
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Jul
23

Crain's New York Business: Hospitals call for clarity as feds mull higher fines for flouting price-transparency rules

HCCI research Kevin Kennedy was quoted in a Crain's New York Business story on hospital price transparency rules.   From the article: "It was pretty clear that the $300 a day wasn't going to be that much of an incentive for hospitals to comply when you're talking about multi-million- or -billion-dollar businesses," said Kevin Kennedy, a researcher at the Health Care Cost Institute, ...
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Jul
20

USA Today: Fact check: False claim that COVID-19 vaccine isn't effective because you're not charged for it

HCCI's research on insulin prices was featured in a USA Today article on COVID-19 vaccine misinformation.  From the article: "Insulin prices nearly doubled in the U.S from 2012 to 2016, a 2019 report by the nonprofit Health Care Cost Institute found." Fact check: False claim links COVID-19 vaccine's price, effectiveness Even though almost all COVID-19 deaths are occurring among unvaccinated p...
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Jul
09

News Nation USA: Effort to Decipher Hospital Prices Yields Key Finding: Don't Try It at Home

HCCI's created a list of most common outpatient procedures used in an article on the difficulty of using hospital price transparency data.  Effort to Decipher Hospital Prices Yields Key Finding: Don’t Try It at Home - News Nation USA A federal price transparency rule that took effect this year was supposed to give patients, employers and insurers a clearer picture of the true cost of https://...
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Jun
29

USA Today: Walmart launching its own low-cost insulin to 'revolutionize' affordability for diabetics

HCCI's research on insulin prices was featured in USA Today. From the article: "The lower-cost insulin is being released by Walmart in response to surging costs for the treatment used for patients with diabetes. According to the Health Care Cost Institute, a non-profit organization which sheds light on health care spending, the average price for an insulin prescription nearly doubled from 2012 ($3...
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Jun
29

CNBC: Walmart unveils low-price insulin as more patients with diabetes struggle to pay for drug

HCCI's research on the price of insulin was featured in CNBC.  From the article: "As the number of people with diabetes climbs, the cost of the 100-year-old drug has soared rather than fallen and drawn scrutiny from lawmakers. The annual cost of insulin for people with Type 1 diabetes in the U.S. nearly doubled from $2,900 in 2012 to $5,700 in 2016, according to the most recent data available...
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Jun
17

Winners of COVID-19 Research Accelerator Grants Announced

SAN FRANCISCO and WASHINGTON, June 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, the COVID-19 Research Consortium, the Health Care Cost Institute, and Datavant announced 15 winners of the first Research Accelerator grants, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant program's mission is to ensure that researchers have the resources they need to leverage the COVID-19 Research Database to stu...
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Jun
08

Our American States Podcast: Price Transparency in Health Care

HCCI's President and CEO Niall Brennan was featured in an episode of a podcast produced by the National Conference of State Legislatures. From the podcast description: "The guest on the podcast is an expert in the area of health data and analytics. Niall Brennan is the president and CEO of the Health Care Cost Institute, a nonprofit that focuses on data to analyze key issues affecting th...
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Jun
01

Real Clear Health: Real Healthcare Prices Remain Elusive

HCCI's research into recent HHS hospital price transparency regulations was featured in Real Clear Health.  From the article: "Our findings demonstrating widespread noncompliance align with those in recent studies published by Health Affairs, The Health Care Cost Institute, and the Kaiser Family Foundation." Real Healthcare Prices Remain Elusive | RealClearHealth A slew of recent healthc...
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May
21

Washington Monthly: The Hospital Industry’s No Good, Very Bad Day

HCCI's Healthy Marketplace Index report was cited in Washington Monthly's article on congressional hearings related to hospital consolidation.  From the article: "While the legislation Klobuchar and others are championing may well slow the pace of future merger activity, it won't do much to unwind the already deep and damaging level of concentration in the health care sector. Indeed, nearly 7...
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May
14

Modern Healthcare: Meet the new dominant player in one hot healthcare market

HCCI's HMI Concentration Index was cited in Modern Healthcare's article on Atlanta's health care market.  From the article: "The Health Care Cost Institute ranked Atlanta as one of the most competitive markets in the country, coming in as the 108th least concentrated out of 124 U.S. markets." Piedmont Healthcare grabs market share in back-to-back hospital deals A string of recent hospital dea...
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May
05

COVID Research Accelerator Launched: 1M dollars for research teams leveraging the COVID-19 Research Database

The COVID-19 Research Database Consortium announces new funding opportunity for research teams leveraging Real World Data available to inform medical interventions and targeted mitigation policies. [San Francisco, California] May 4, 2021 – Datavant, the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), and the COVID-19 Research Database Consortium announced the launch of a grant program today, in collaboration w...
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