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KHN: UVA Health Still Squeezing Money From Patients — By Seizing Their Home Equity

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Axios Vitals: Private equity-owned air ambulances charge more

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New York Times: A $52,112 Air Ambulance Ride: Coronavirus Patients Battle Surprise Bills

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Modern Healthcare: Fresenius operates half of Medicare’s lowest-rated dialysis facilities

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Health System Tracker: What drives health spending in the U.S. compared to other countries

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Bloomberg: A Wall Street Giant Tapped $1.5 Billion in Federal Aid for Its Hospitals

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WTVR: Richmond couple finds bat in bed, but the real shock comes later when hospital bill arrives

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USA Today: ‘Really astonishing’: Average cost of hospital ER visit surges 176% in a decade, report says

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WABE: Hospitals In Georgia, U.S. Charging Insurers More Than Twice Medicare Rates, Study Finds

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WFYI: Hoosier Hospitals Charge More For Same Procedures Than Surrounding States, Study Finds

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Vox: I read 1,182 emergency room bills this year. Here’s what I learned.

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Healthcare Dive: Higher ER prices, case severity boosting spending

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The Charlotte Observer: Prices soar as hospitals dominate cancer market

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Modern Healthcare: Gap between what private insurers and Medicare pay hospitals is growing

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RAND: Nationwide Evaluation of Health Care Prices Paid by Private Health Plans

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Axios: 1 Big Thing: Hospitals Prices’ Steady Rise

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NYT: Many Hospitals Charge More Than Twice What Medicare Pays for the Same Care

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AJMC: Policies to Address Surprise Billing Can Affect Health Insurance Premiums

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Modern Healthcare: COVID-19 test charges range from one cent to $14,750, study finds

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USA Today: ‘I was floored’: Coronavirus test prices charged by some hospitals and labs stun consumers, spur questions

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

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ProPublica: A Doctor Went to His Own Employer for a COVID-19 Antibody Test. It Cost $10,984.

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The Charlotte Observer: Prices soar as hospitals dominate cancer market

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Health Leaders Media: 340B Ruling Helps Hospitals’ Bottom Lines

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Real Clear Health: Hospitals Are Gaming the 340B Drug Program

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AJC Report: Many Atlanta area hospital prices more than double Medicare’s

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RAND Report: Hospital Prices in Indiana

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Axios: Half of Americans fear health-related bankruptcy

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Axios: Hospitals charge a lot more when Wall Street owns them

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JAMA: Changes in Hospital Income, Use, and Quality Associated With Private Equity Acquisition

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Axios Vitals: Hospitals still suing patients in coronavirus hotspots

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Fierce Healthcare: Larger hospital, physician systems didn’t lead to better quality, study found

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ProPublica: How Rich Investors, Not Doctors, Profit From Marking Up ER Bills

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AJC: Piedmont Healthcare pays $16 million to settle kickback complaint

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Wall Street Journal: The $1.9 Million Covid Patient

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New York Times: A Hospital Forgot to Bill Her Coronavirus Test. It Cost Her $1,980.

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Kaiser Health News: Ever Heard of a Surgical Assistant? Meet a New Boost to Your Medical Bills

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Healthcare Dive: Nonprofit health systems – despite huge cash reserves – get billions in CARES funding

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Top 5 Reasons Why People go Bankrupt

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Peterson-KFF: COVID-19 Test Prices and Payment Policy

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USA Today: Next COVID relief package should require health price transparency. Everyone would benefit.

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New York Times: Most Coronavirus Tests Cost About $100. Why Did One Cost $2,315?

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Axios: Hospitals, doctors are major recipients of PPP loans

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The Seattle Times: Coronavirus survival comes with a $1.1 million, 181-page price tag

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Axios Vitals: The pandemic hasn’t stopped hospital mergers

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E&C Republicans: Working to end surprise medical billing: one year later

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ASC Review: ‘Half the cost, half the risk’ at ASCs versus hospitals — Dr. Shakeel Ahmed makes the case for upheaving referral patterns

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Reuters: Billions in COVID relief go to biggest hospital chains as smaller rivals await aid

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Houston Chronicle: Texas hospitals that received bailouts are suing poor patients for failing to pay medical bills

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NYT: Hospitals Got Bailouts and Furloughed Thousands While Paying C.E.O.s Millions

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CBS: After battling COVID-19, survivors may have to fight big medical bills

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Health Lab: Many Could Face Sky-High Surprise Bills from Air Ambulance Flights

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Bloomberg: Private Equity Lands Billion-Dollar Backdoor Hospital Bailout

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NPR: ER Visit For COVID-19 Symptoms Stuck Man With A $3,278 Bill

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New York Times: Wealthiest Hospitals Got Billions in Bailout for Struggling Health Providers

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AXIOS: 1 big thing: The coronavirus is dividing rich and poor hospitals

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New National Poll: Voters Want Permanent Surprise Billing Ban

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Medical Times Today: COVID-19: Cost of care deters 1 in 7 people from seeking treatment

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NY Times: He Got Tested for Coronavirus. Then Came the Flood of Medical Bills.

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NY Times: Kept at the Hospital on Coronavirus Fears, Now Facing Large Medical Bills

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WTOP News: A surprise medical bill after that Covid-19 ambulance ride

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PROPUBLICA: One Thing the Pandemic Hasn’t Stopped: Aggressive Medical-Debt Collection

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The Washington Post: As Coronavirus Cases Climbed, Private-Equity-Owned Hospital Demanded Bailout

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The Washington Post: Amid coronavirus distress, wealthy hospitals hoard millions

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COVID-19 care could cost billions, new estimates show

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Axios Vitals: Health care bailout fund reaches $175 billion

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NYT: Dialysis Patients Face Close-Up Risk From Coronavirus

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Congress Passes CARES Act Giving $100B in Hospital Funds for COVID-19

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TIME: Total Cost of Her COVID-19 Treatment: $34,927.43

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Axios Vitals: Ambulance surprise bills common and large

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PROPUBLICA: Overwhelmed Hospitals Face a New Crisis: Staffing Firms Are Cutting Their Doctors’ Hours and Pay

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KHN: Summer Bummer: A Young Camper’s $142,938 Snakebite

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NYT Opinion: He Got Tested for Coronavirus. Then Came the Flood of Medical Bills.

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NPR: A Genetic Test For A Microscopic Problem Came With A Jumbo Price Tag

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VOX: The case of the $629 Band-Aid — and what it reveals about American health care

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WSJ: Jeanette White Is Long Dead But Her Hospital Bill Lives On

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NIHCM: Hospital Mergers and the Unrealized Promise of Better Quality

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AXIOS: ER doctors’ pay raises outpace other specialists

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KFF: How has U.S. spending on healthcare changed over time?

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WSJ: The Hidden System That Explains How Your Doctor Makes Referrals

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BDN: Hospital mergers across US have raised health care prices. Now, another is pending in Maine.

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WSJ: Hospitals Merged. Quality Didn’t Improve.

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NPR: For Her Head Cold, Insurer Coughed Up $25,865

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ProPublica: When Medical Debt Collectors Decide Who Gets Arrested

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The Hill: U.S. spent $1 trillion on hospitals in 2018, report finds

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Reuters: Hospital sticker prices can rise faster than inflation

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NPR: The Air Ambulance Billed More Than The Lung Transplant Surgeon

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KHN: As UVA Scales Back Lawsuits, Pain For Past Patients Persists

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Crain’s Chicago Business: Nonprofit hospitals forced to defend hundreds of millions in property tax breaks

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Axios: The corporatization of hospital systems

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KHN: Patients Eligible For Charity Care Instead Get Big Bills

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NPR: How Non-Profit Hospitals Are Driving Up The Cost of Healthcare

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Axios: A reality check on hospital mergers

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The New York Times: The Astonishingly High Administrative Costs of U.S. Health Care

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The New York Times: The Huge Waste in the U.S. Health System

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Healthcare Finance: Hospitals keep 91 percent of profit from physician-administered drugs

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Kaiser Health News: Her Biopsy Report Was Benign. But The Bill Is A Spot Of Contention.

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NPR: The Real Bachelor Party Hangover: A $12,460 ER Bill

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Fierce Healthcare: Report: 3 in 4 hospital markets are now ‘highly concentrated’

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Kaiser Health News: ‘UVA Has Ruined Us’: Health System Sues Thousands Of Patients, Seizing Paychecks And Claiming Homes

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Kaiser Health News: ‘Facility Fees’ Are Surprise Cost For Many Patients

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Axios: How air ambulances got so expensive

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The New York Times: As Patients Struggle With Bills, Hospital Sues Thousands

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NPR: When Hospitals Sue For Unpaid Bills, It Can Be ‘Ruinous’ For Patients

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NPR: Fancy Hospital Flourishes Often Fail To Impress Patients

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Urban Institute: Debt in America – Interactive Map

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The Atlantic: What Happens When You Don’t Pay a Hospital Bill

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The New York Times: That Beloved Hospital? It’s Driving Up Health Care Costs

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KHN: They Got Estimates Before Surgery — And A Bill After That Was 50% More

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Modern Healthcare: Highest-paid not-for-profit health system executives earn 33% raise in 2017

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ABC Cleveland: It can happen to anyone of us, an air ambulance ride costing $53,000

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Forbes: Hospitals Charging The Privately Insured 2.4 Times What They Charge Medicare Patients

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United Health Group: Confronting the High Cost of Hospital Prices

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Axios: Hospitals’ care is getting more expensive

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Axios: Hospitals’ drug bills are likely going up

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‘It’s borderline criminal’: Spokane couple gets $2.2K surprise medical bill

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Daily Beast: Are Fat Hospital Salaries for Doctors Really Kickbacks?

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Center for American Progress: Provider Consolidation Drives Up Health Care Costs

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Chicago Business: Why you’ll have to go farther for some hospital care

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YakTriNews: Kadlec charged thousands of ER patients “hidden fees”

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Top 82 U.S. Non-Profit Hospitals: Quantifying Government Payments and Financial Assets

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New York Times: Politicians Tackle Surprise Bills, but Not the Biggest Source of Them: Ambulances

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Axios: The cost of unnecessary ER visits

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Mission Local: Hospitals mobilizing to kill legislation that would prevent hospitals from gouging you

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ProPublica: The Nonprofit Hospital That Makes Millions, Owns a Collection Agency and Relentlessly Sues the Poor

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NPR: Why Air Ambulance Bills Are Still Sky-High

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Modern Healthcare: Revenue growth overtakes cost-cutting as hospital executives’ top priority

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Academic Emergency Medicine: Emergency Physician Perceptions of Medically Unnecessary Advanced Diagnostic Imaging

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The Post and Courier: A loophole lets SC hospitals take millions from residents’ tax refunds for unpaid bills

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Axios: 1 big thing: ER bills are skyrocketing

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USA Today: ‘Really astonishing’: Average cost of hospital ER visit surges 176% in a decade, report says

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KHN: Hospitals Accused Of Paying Doctors Large Kickbacks In Quest For Patients

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American Medical Association: For the First Time, Fewer Physicians are Owners Than Employees

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Axios: Hospitals are swimming in cash

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Medium: Surprise Medical Bills — A Rare Moment Of Bipartisanship May Put An End To Unfair Balance Billing

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Healthcare Dive: Physician revenues have jumped 52% since 2016

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E21: End Hospitals’ Right to a Blank Check for Emergency Care

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NYT: They Want It to Be Secret: How a Common Blood Test Can Cost $11 or Almost $1,000

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Axios: The silent affordability crisis facing sick people

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Vox: After Vox reporting, California moves forward on plan to end surprise ER bills

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NBC: Feds take down $1 billion Medicare fraud scheme in ‘Operation Brace Yourself’

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Modern Healthcare: Industry leaders share ideas, point fingers on limiting hospital prices

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Axios: Doctor pay on the rise

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Gallup: The U.S. Healthcare Cost Crisis

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Forbes: Hospital Pricing Practices, Transparency And Clarity Are Lacking

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Axios: Holy crap, air ambulances are expensive

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NIHCM: How Much Diagnostic Imaging Is Inappropriate and What Does It Cost?

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Becker’s Hospital Review: Most health systems don’t offer upfront cost information to patients, survey finds

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NPR: Cat Bites The Hand That Feeds; Hospital Bills $48,512

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Bloomberg: Nonprofit Hospitals Face Senate Probe of Tax-Exempt Status

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NIHCM: What Is Driving the Growth in Private Insurers’ Payments for Hospital-Based Care?

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Axios: Hospitals make bank on drug markups

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The Hill: Record healthcare spending driven by rising prices, not increased services: study

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NYT: Hospital Mergers Improve Health? Evidence Shows the Opposite

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Modern Healthcare: Hospital price growth driving healthcare spending

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FREOPP – Improving Hospital Competition: A Key to Affordable Health Care

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Axios: We all pay for surprise medical bills

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New York Times: Hospitals Must Now Post Prices. But It May Take a Brain Surgeon to Decipher Them.

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Health Day: U.S. Leads Healthcare Spending Among Richer Nations, But Gets Less

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Vox: A $20,243 bike crash: Zuckerberg hospital’s aggressive tactics leave patients with big bills

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Wall Street Journal: The Hidden System That Explains How Your Doctor Makes Referrals

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Wall Street Journal: John Stockman’s Medical Bills Topped $1 Million. What Happened?

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Newsweek – Hospital Prices: Full Cost Lists Must be Published from Jan. 1, New Federal Rule Says

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Axios: U.S. spends more than other countries on hospitals

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CNN: Sky-high prices for air ambulances hurt those they are helping

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ALTARUM: Nov. 2018 Health Sector Economic Indicators Briefs

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Wall Street Journal: To Curb Wasteful Health Spending, Walmart to Send Employees Traveling for Spine Surgery

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New York Times: When Hospitals Merge to Save Money, Patients Often Pay More

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The Denver Post: Colorado hospitals charge insured patients significantly more than five other jurisdictions, survey finds

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Kaiser Health News: That’s A Lot Of Scratch – The $48,329 Allergy Test

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Modern Healthcare: Healthcare price growth significantly outpaces inflation

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Columbia Journalism Review: Sarah Kliff brings transparency to ER prices, one hospital bill at a time

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The Fiscal Times: Here’s How Much Soaring Healthcare Prices Have Cost American Workers

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Modern Healthcare: Hospital execs fail to reduce costs where needed, report says

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Health Leaders: Patients blame hospitals for high medical bills

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California Healthline: As California Hospitals Sweep Up Physician Practices, Patients See Higher Bills

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Modern Healthcare: Mergers yield minimal supply chain savings

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Becker’s Hospital Review: Healthcare spending up 44% among employer health plans, study reveals

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NPR: Taken For A Ride: M.D. Injured In ATV Crash Gets $53,603 Bill For Air Ambulance Trip

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Axios: Surprise medical bills could be a powerful campaign issue

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Axios: 1 big thing: Health spending keeps climbing

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NYT: Blame Emergency Rooms for the Out-of-Control Cost of Healthcare

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Axios – Report: Hospitals mark up drugs by 500%

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PwC Health Research Institute: One inflator of medical cost trend in 2019: Provider megamergers

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KHN: A Jolt To The Jugular! You’re Insured But Still Owe $109k For Your Heart Attack

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Axios: Hospital prices are all over the board

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Wall Street Journal: What Does Knee Surgery Cost? Few Know, and That’s a Problem

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The Joplin Globe: Broader look needed to lower medical costs

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Axios: It’s not just the uninsured – it’s also the cost of healthcare

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The Washington Post: The sprawling, intrusive administrative state is keeping you unwell

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Pioneer Press: One patient paid $12,326 for a spinal fusion surgery, another $80,518 – at the same hosptial

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Bloomberg: To Save on Healthcare, Change What the Doctor Orders

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Star Tribune: A tale of 2 splinters (and one $751 medical bill)

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Modern Healthcare: Employers curb high-deductible plans, even as insurance costs rise

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CVS Health: Delivering the Right Care at the Right Time

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Politico: CMS wants hospital prices posted online

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Vox: This surgeon wants to offer cheap MRIs. A state law is getting in his way.

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The Wall Street Journal: Why Americans Spend So Much on Healthcare – In 12 Charts

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The New York Times: Shopping for Healthcare Simply Doesn’t Work. So What Might?

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Denver Business Journal: Cost-shift crisis: Colorado businesses, private payers disproportionately hit with rising hospital charges

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Denver Business Journal: Finally, transparency in Colorado healthcare pricing takes major step forward

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NIHCM: How Can We Increase Patient Shopping for High-Value Providers?

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USC Center for Health Journalism: ‘It’s the Prices, Stupid’: How sky-high prices are crippling our healthcare system

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Axios: Think drug costs are bad? Try hospital prices

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Boston Globe: Beth Israel-Lahey merger raises a Medicaid issue

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Pew Research Center: Americans are closely divided over value of medical treatments, but most agree costs are a big problem

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Modern Healthcare: Cost containment is a top priority among health system executives

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Southeast Missourian: We need to examine broader reasons for healthcare costs

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HealthLeaders – Consumerism is Here: Don’t Let Your Revenue Cycle Get Left Behind

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HealthExec: Healthcare price growth hits 6-year high

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Vox: A baby was treated with a nap and a bottle of formula. His parents received an $18,000 bill.

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Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker: How do healthcare prices and use in the U.S. compare to other countries?

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AHIP: Where Does Your Health Care Dollar Go?

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American Academy of Actuaries: Drivers of 2019 Health Insurance Premium Changes

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Health Care Cost Institute: ER spending among the commercially insured continued to rise in 2016, driven by the price and use of high severity cases (2009-2016)

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Healthcare Finance: AHIP follows the money: Here are the factors driving insurance premiums higher

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NPR: Sticker Shock Jolts Oklahoma Patient: $15,076 For 4 Tiny Screws

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Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker: How have healthcare prices grown in the U.S. over time?

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Inside Sources: America’s Health Care Challenge: We’re All in This Together

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The Washington Post: There’s a genuine solution to our health-care problem

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The Washington Post: HHS proposes Medicare payment rules to encourage hospitals to be clearer about prices

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CNN Money: $12,000 for a bee sting? Emergency room visits get even pricier

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JAMA Network: Health Care Spending in the United States and Other High-Income Countries

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Reuters: U.S. health spending twice other countries’ with worse results

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The Hill: US spends twice as much as other wealthy countries on health care

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Kaiser Health News: Bill Of The Month: For Toenail Fungus, A $1,500 Prescription

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Axios: Azar’s warning on hospital prices

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Axios: Why We Spend So Much on Health Care

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NBC News: High ambulance costs surprise families in times of need

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Buzzfeed: People Are Using Ubers As Ambulances — And Drivers Hate It

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NYT: Are Hospitals Becoming Obsolete?

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CNN: A $17,850 urine test: Industry boom amid opioid epidemic

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Washington Examiner: Greg Walden pursues giving consumers more information on health prices

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Bloomberg: A Long Era of Low Health Care Inflation May Be Coming to End

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Vox: Why a simple, lifesaving rabies shot can cost $10,000 in America

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AEIdeas: Chart of the day (century?): Price changes 1997 to 2017

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Healthcare Finance: Colorado signs law mandating that hospitals post self-pay prices

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CNBC: Big price differences for common surgeries: How to pay eight times more for new knees

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Twin Cities Pioneer Press: Need a knee replacement? It costs $46,974 at one Minnesota hospital and $6,186 at another

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NEJM Catalyst: Do Hospitals Still Make Sense? The Case for Decentralization of Health Care

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Bloomberg: Hospitals Are Merging to Face Off With Insurers

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NIHCM Foundation: ‘It’s the Prices, Stupid’: How Sky-high Prices Are Crippling Our Health Care System

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UPI: Report: Half of hospital-delivered medical care delivered at the ER

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Vox: Emergency rooms are monopolies. Patients pay the price.

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Reuters: Healthcare prices hard to find online

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HealthcareDIVE: 5 payer trends to watch in 2018

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ProPublica: A Hospital Charged $1,877 to Pierce a 5-Year-Old’s Ears. This Is Why Health Care Costs So Much.

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Axios: The concerns behind pricey hospital projects

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Politico: A nation of McHospitals?

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Chicago Tribune: Chicago-area hospitals have merger fever. Is it good for patients?

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NYT: The Company Behind Many Surprise Emergency Room Bills

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Vox: The case of the $629 Band-Aid — and what it reveals about American health care

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