Tag Archives: Medical Costs

Legislation Aims To Reduce Barriers, Delays In Treatment

This session, Oregon lawmakers are looking at ways to ensure that patients do not face delays or denial of treatment because of restrictive insurance company policies. One such policy is prior authorization, a practice used by insurers to stem costs and prevent unnecessary treatments. Insurance companies often require pre-approval before allowing patients to access drugs […]
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ER doctors agree it’s time to tackle surprise emergency room bills

They’re rolling out a plan similar to a proposal in Congress. There is a growing outcry on Capitol Hill over surprise emergency room bills — and now emergency room doctors themselves are rolling out a plan to do something about it. Here’s the basic problem: As Vox and others have reported, in-network emergency rooms are often staffed by out-of-network doctors. This can lead […]
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Air ambulance flights can leave patients with major bills that insurance won’t pay

Federal laws prevent states from regulating medical air providers. Last August, just before his third birthday, Grant Williamson went on a $42,000 airplane ride. It was anything but a pleasure trip. What his parents initially thought was a cold turned out to be a cancerous tumor pressing on this trachea. Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic lymphoma, […]
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Trump rollbacks for fossil fuel industries carry steep cost

As the Trump administration rolls back environmental and safety rules for the energy sector, government projections show billions of dollars in savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost: more premature deaths and illnesses from air pollution, a jump in climate-warming emissions and more severe derailments of trains carrying explosive fuels. The Associated […]
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Patients Turn To GoFundMe When Money And Hope Run Out

Medical fundraisers account for 1 in 3 of the website’s campaigns and bring in more money than any other GoFundMe category. Americans’ confidence they can afford health care is slipping. Tammy Fox wanted to help after a friend took ill with a rare and difficult-to-diagnose autoimmune disorder that required many trips to the Mayo Clinic. […]
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Hospitals Must Now Post Prices. But It May Take a Brain Surgeon to Decipher Them.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, responding to a new Trump administration order to begin posting all hospital prices, listed a charge of $42,569 for a cardiology procedure described as “HC PTC CLOS PAT DUCT ART.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom throws California into battle against health care costs

Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a broad overhaul of health care on his first day in office Monday, promising to throw the state’s financial power into an effort to lower prescription drug costs, expand Obamacare so middle-class families can receive subsidies to buy insurance, and offer Medi-Cal coverage to undocumented immigrants up to age 26. Newsom […]
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Hospitals now required to reveal price lists

Hospitals across the country rang in the New Year with a federal mandate to reveal their once-secret master price lists, although it’s unclear whether the new requirement will assist patients or contain ever-rising health care costs. Starting Jan. 1, hospitals must publish online the starting price tags for every service or procedure. These detailed lists, […]
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CMS Breaks Down Key Drivers of Health Care Costs in the US

Rx Drug Spending Slowest Growing Component of 2017 Health Care Expenses. Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2017 National Health Expenditure (NHE) data, detailing the official estimates of total health care spending in the United States, and the results may not be what you would expect. The annual report, which […]
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The Loneliest Generation: Americans, More Than Ever, Are Aging Alone

State employees can access this Wall Street Journal story via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access.  library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. Loneliness undermines health and is linked to early mortality. Baby boomers, who generally had fewer children and divorced more than previous generations, are especially feeling the effects in retirement. […]
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