Topics
All Topics

Aug
04

Daily Deaths During Coronavirus Pandemic by State

The staggering death toll of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the United States has been widely reported, surpassing 154,000 as of August 3rd, 2020. Over the course of the current pandemic a common method for measuring the probable number of deaths caused by COVID-19 has been comparing actual deaths in 2020 to the expected number of deaths in 2020 based on deaths in previous years. To add to the ...
Continue reading
Aug
03

Health Affairs: COVID-19, Market Consolidation, And Price Growth

HCCI's work on the growth in private health insurance spending was recently cited in an article by Health Affairs.  From the article: "The supremacy of price is also supported by the work of the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), which found that between 2014 and 2018, US private insurer health spending per person increased by 18.4 percent, while per person use increased by only 3.1 perc...
Continue reading
Aug
01

ProPublica: How a $175 COVID-19 Test Led to $2,479 in Charges

HCCI's President and CEO Niall Brennan was recently quoted in a ProPublica article on extremely high coronavirus test billing rates by out-of-network providers.  From the article: "The SignatureCare charges shocked experts who study health care costs. Charging $2,479 for a drive-thru COVID-19 test is a 'nauseating' example of profiteering during a pandemic, said Niall Bren...
Continue reading
Jul
27

Analysis of Electronic Medical Record Data Shows Significantly Higher Rates of COVID-19 Infection among Hispanic and Black Patients

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a previously unimaginable impact both in the United States and globally. It is increasingly clear as we enter the fifth month of the pandemic, with rising caseloads and deaths, that the United States will need to continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic for the foreseeable future. Each day, we learn more – about the virus clinically, about the people and...
Continue reading
Jul
23

Carolina Journal: N.C.’s obsolete death reporting system keeps public in a fog

HCCI's research on daily deaths during the coronavirus pandemic was featured in the Carolina Journal. From the article: "Any estimates come from the private sector and from unusual data-gathering methods. One such estimate says the state's deaths were 13% higher than normal levels on April 23, according to the private nonprofit Health Care Cost Institute, which uses obituaries to track deaths acro...
Continue reading
Tags:
Jun
22

Time: The Difficulty Of Counting the COVID-19 Pandemic’s Full Death Toll

HCCI's research on daily deaths during the coronavirus pandemic was featured in a Time article. From the article:  "City health officials reported about 200 at-home deaths per day during the height of the pandemic, compared with a daily average of 35 between 2013 and 2017. Again, experts believe that excess is presumably caused either directly or indirectly by the pandemic. And nationally, a ...
Continue reading
Tags:
May
27

CNN: Daily deaths in US now more than 10% higher than in previous years

HCCI's research on daily deaths during the coronavirus pandemic was featured on CNN.  From the article:  "The number of people dying each day in the United States since early April has been consistently more than 10% higher than in previous years, according to a new report from the Health Care Cost Institute in Washington. The institute connects this rise in daily deaths to the coronavir...
Continue reading
Tags:
Apr
17

Health Affairs: Despite The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, COVID-19 Evaluation Is Not Necessarily Free

HCCI's 2018 Annual Report was cited in a Health Affairs article on coverage of COVID-19 testing.  From the article:  "Consider cost sharing for a privately insured patient under seven possible evaluation scenarios, shown in exhibit 1. First, if the patient is evaluated in person but does not receive any testing, cost sharing could be imposed for the visit. According to an analysis of nat...
Continue reading
Mar
07

MarketWatch: How much does it cost to get tested for the coronavirus? Unfortunately the answer could depend on how good your insurance is

HCCI's research on emergency room billing was cited in a MarketWatch article on coronavirus testing.  From the article:  "It's also important to get checked out by a doctor first because if you skip the doctor and go straight to the emergency room, you run the risk of your insurer refusing to cover the ER visit, Donovan said. Insurers have been known to reject claims for emergency depart...
Continue reading