Tag Archives: Medical Costs

Obamacare under Trump: hospital bundled payments seem to be working

The least-sexy news in health care these days — bundled payments — might also be the most important. A few years ago, under the authority of the Affordable Care Act, the federal government started an experiment: It would pay hospitals a single amount for surgeries to replace joints like knees and hips instead of paying them […]
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Data Show Huge Range in Hospital Prices Across Oregon

The same procedures often cost five times more in rural areas as they do in Portland metro hospitals, according to a Lund Report analysis of insurance claims data. A hospital billing database that’s been in development for years is beginning to shed light on the huge variation in the cost of medical care across Oregon. […]
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Sniffles? Cancer? Under Medicare plan, payments for office visits would be same for both

Administration officials said the proposal would radically reduce paperwork burdens, freeing doctors to spend more time with patients. The government would pay one rate for new patients and another, lower rate for visits with established patients. The Trump administration is proposing huge changes in the way Medicare pays doctors for the most common of all […]
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The Astonishingly High Administrative Costs of U.S. Health Care

It takes only a glance at a hospital bill or at the myriad choices you may have for health care coverage to get a sense of the bewildering complexity of health care financing in the United States. That complexity doesn’t just exact a cognitive cost. It also comes with administrative costs that are largely hidden […]
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Video conferencing gives doctors a vital link to patient care

The practice can save patients thousands of dollars in transportation costs. Telemedicine has long been touted as a cost-efficient way to provide care to people in rural areas with limited access to health professionals. But an unsung benefit of providing medical advice over a video feed is the tremendous cost-savings achieved by avoiding unnecessary air […]
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Guest column: Oregonians need protection from drug costs

My name is Ann Neilson, and I’m from Madras. I’ve lived in Madras for almost 45 years and have worked as a registered nurse here for most of that time. I also have severe chronic dry eye syndrome and need a medication called Restasis to treat it, a drug for which there is no generic […]
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Medical Mystery: Something Happened to U.S. Health Spending After 1980

The spending began soaring beyond that of other advanced nations, but without the same benefits in life expectancy. The United States devotes a lot more of its economic resources to health care than any other nation, and yet its health care outcomes aren’t better for it. That hasn’t always been the case. America was in the realm of […]
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PEBB Keeps Inflation Below Peers, but Legislature Demands Lower Costs

As medical inflation spikes back up to 6 to 7 percent a year after a lull linked to the recession, PEBB is having trouble keeping inflation at 3.4 percent, forcing benefit cuts, and calling into question the state’s ability to keep costs down purely through better coordination of care. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons […]
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As Cancer Treatment Costs Soar, Young People Pay the Most

Led by a Portland-based researcher, a new study digs into the cost of care across different cancers and populations. The rising cost of cancer care, with new drugs priced at $100,000 or more a year, worries policymakers and analysts concerned about the high healthcare bill in the United States. And here’s something else for them […]
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Healthcare and Business: International Lessons for Oregon

Join Oregon Health Forum on May 23 for a deep look into global lessons that our state can apply to healthcare. Oregon’s healthcare costs, like those in other states, are the highest in the world. Oregon’s employers, like those in other states, struggle to keep their workforces healthy and their business costs down. No state […]
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