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[Reblog] Health costs, journalism and transparency: One site opening door to price data

From  the 19 August 2014 blog item BY JOANNE KENEN at Covering Health: Monitoring the Pulse of Healthcare Journalism

Here’s a resource for health care costs – and a creative journalistic model of crowdsourcing, data collection, mapping, reporting and blogging.

ClearHealthCosts.com was started by formerNew York Times reporter and editor Jeanne Pinder. She received start-up funding from foundations (Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at CUNY and others listed on the website) and ClearHealthCosts now has a team of reporters and data wranglers chipping away at some of the difficult questions that patients need answered: How much is this treatment going to cost me? Can I find a better price?

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It’s about shedding light on a health care cost and payment system that, to use Pinder’s word, is “opaque.” Some of what they are doing is specific to a half-dozen cities; other projects are building out nationally.

The data collected by ClearHealthCosts focuses on elective or at least nonemergency procedures such as imaging, dental work, vasectomy, walk-in clinics, screening (mammograms and colonoscopy) and blood tests. Much of the data is crowdsourced, and focused on New York area, including northern New Jersey and other suburbs; the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas; and Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio in Texas.
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Related resources

  • Hospital Compare  US government website managed by Medicare and Medicaid services. Links include, Quality payment, Medicare’s Hospital value-based purchasing programs, Hospital readmission reduction programs, voluntary reporting from American College of Surgeons, American College of Cardiology readmission measure etc.
    Allows one to compare the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals in the country
  • Joint Commission Quality Check The Joint Commission is an accredition/certification program based on performance standards. Quality Check® includes information on US health care organizations.

 

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August 26, 2014 - Posted by | health care | ,

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