Early results from federal price transparency rule show difficulty in estimating the cost of care
As of January 1, under federal rules issued by the Trump Administration, hospitals are required to publish the price of health services by payer. The federal rule aims to improve price competition by requiring hospitals to publicly list the hospital gross charge, discounted rate, and payer-specific negotiated rates for all available health services and items. […]

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How Lowering the Medicare Eligibility Age Might Affect Employer-Sponsored Insurance Costs

How Lowering the Medicare Eligibility Age Might Affect Employer-Sponsored Insurance Costs

One of President Biden’s campaign proposals was to lower the eligibility age for Medicare from 65 to 60, with the goal of offering lower-cost public insurance to a group that often faces high out-of-pocket costs with private coverage. More recently, …

COVID-19 Pandemic-Related Excess Mortality and Potential Years of Life Lost in the U.S. and Peer Countries

COVID-19 Pandemic-Related Excess Mortality and Potential Years of Life Lost in the U.S. and Peer Countries

Researchers have used a variety of measures to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including deaths directly attributed to COVID-19 infection and deaths in excess of prior years’ death rates. However, these measures do not incorporate the prematurity of …

How does cost affect access to care?

How does cost affect access to care?

The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated social distancing to mitigate community spread of the coronavirus. Social distancing recommendations have increased the number of people that report delaying or missing health care visits in 2020, including for preventive services. We do not …