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Mar
08

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 523,000 as of March 8, 2021. 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 gro...
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Feb
11

Wall Street Journal: How Much Does a C-Section Cost? At One Hospital, Anywhere From $6,241 to $60,584.

HCCI's President and CEO Niall Brennan was featured in a Wall Street Journal Article on hospital price transparency disclosures at Sutter Health.  From the article: "'It is shining a light on the insanity of U.S. healthcare pricing,' said Niall Brennan, chief executive of the Health Care Cost Institute, a nonprofit that analyzes medical costs. 'It's at the center of the affordability cri...
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Jan
19

Modern Healthcare: A Peek Behind the Curtain on Hospital Prices

HCCI's research on the prices private insurers pay versus Medicare was featured in Modern Healthcare on the recent CMS price transparency rule.  From the article: "That bright light illuminates hospitals' most lucrative revenue streams. Private insurers pay an estimated 51 percent to 200 percent more than the federal Medicare program, according to a recent Health Care Cost Institute...
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Jan
11

Modern Healthcare: Hospitals Slow to Disclose Their Payer-Negotiated Rates

HCCI's President and CEO Niall Brennan was featured in a Modern Healthcare article on hospital compliance with CMS's price transparency rule.  From the article: " 'Hospitals have opposed this from the get-go. I don't think they should be facing implementation challenges,' Health Care Cost Institute CEO Niall Brennan said. 'These are large, multimillion, and, in many cases, multibillion-dollar...
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Jan
11

Healthcare Dive: CMS Audits Small Slice of Hospitals for Price Transparency, Probes Complaints

HCCI's President and CEO Niall Brennan was featured in a an article on CMS's price transparency rule. From the article:  "It's 'frustratingly incomplete,' said Niall Brennan, president and CEO of the Health Care Cost Institute, which compiles claims data from big payers including Aetna and Kaiser Permanente. 'There is no real mechanism to figure out how many hospitals complied with the r...
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Jan
04

Forbes: Price Transparency: A Gift To Americans In The New Year

HCCI's research on shoppable services and the prices of vaginal and Cesarean births were featured in a Forbes article on a new CMS price transparency rule. From the article: "New parents in the San Francisco area can expect to pay anywhere from around $11,000 to over $23,000 for a vaginal birth and between roughly $15,000 and $40,000 for a Cesarean section, according to research from the Health Ca...
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Oct
14

The Impact of COVID-19 on Years of Life Lost

Summary: Since April, 1.9 million excess years of life have been lost, 13% above historical average. Over the course of the pandemic, we found age and sex contributions to excess YLL have shifted. Deaths among adults 65 and older accounted for 80% of excess YLL in April but only 36% of excess YLL in June. Since April, working age adults 20-64 have accounted for 47% of excess YLL, and males 20...
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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...
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Jan
29

What if Price Transparency Reduced Commercial Price Variation?

As previous reports have indicated, there is widespread price variation in the U.S. commercial health care system. Many studies have shown that prices are dramatically different not only across geographies, but they vary substantially even within the same market for the same service. For example, we found that prices for the same blood tests could vary 39-fold within Tampa, Florida and the cost of...
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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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Dec
04

ER spending increased 85%, driven by price increases for the most severe cases (2009-2015)

Medical bills from the Emergency Room (ER) are a mystery to many patients in the US health system. From incredibly high, varying charges to surprise bills resulting from in/out of network confusion, many Americans have no idea what to expect when it comes to the cost of this necessary service. Recently, Vox reporter, Sarah Kliff, has begun collecting ER bills in an attempt to "bring transparency t...
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Nov
29

Welcome to the HCCI blog – HealthyBytes!

We've launched a blog to expand the way in which we share findings and insights based on our data with the wider world. While we remain committed to our signature publications such as our annual Health Care Cost and Utilization Report  and our Issue and Data Briefs, sometimes a finding is just too interesting to wait for a more formal publication. We would love feedback from readers on the nu...
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Jul
01

Necessary versus Sufficient Claims Data

This data brief compares membership characteristics and health care service prices in non-ERISA and ERISA populations. The results suggest that non-ERISA data may be sufficient for policy relevant analyses, even when ERISA data is not available.    Download PDF File Here
Mar
01

Spending on Shoppable Services in Health Care

This issue brief examines health care spending on shoppable services in 2011. Contrary to expectations, giving consumers prices so they can shop for health care services may only have a modest effect on reducing health spending.   Key Findings: ​In 2011, about 43% of the $524.2 billion spent on health care services for commercially insured people was considered shoppable.About 15%—nearly...
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Nov
20

American Journal of Managed Care: Overcoming barriers to a research-ready national commercial claims database

ABSTRACT Objectives: Billions of dollars have been spent on the goal of making healthcare data available to clinicians and researchers in the hopes of improving healthcare and lowering costs. However, the problems of data governance, distribution, and accessibility remain challenges for the healthcare system to overcome. Study Design: In this study, we discuss some of the issues around holdin...
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