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HCCI’s Response to Senate Request for Feedback on Price Transparency
On February 28, 2018, HCCI, among other key stakeholders, was asked to provide feedback to several questions posed by six U.S. Senators on the issue of health care price transparency. The Senators are launching a bipartisan effort to increase health care price and information transparency to empower patients, improve the quality of health care, and… Read more »
Health Care Spending on Multiple Sclerosis Nearly Doubled from 2009 to 2015
Drugs account for more than 80 percent of spending increase WASHINGTON (April 12, 2018) — Spending on health care for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) nearly doubled from 2009 to 2015. This increase was primarily due to spending on disease modifying therapies (DMTs) – the medications used to treat the often-disabling central nervous system… Read more »
Health Care Cost Institute Welcomes Three New Board Members
New appointees add expertise in research, technology, innovation and business WASHINGTON (March 14, 2018) — The Health Care Cost Institute has named a former Chief Technology Officer of the United States, a multiple award winning academic, and a successful health data entrepreneur to its Governing Board. The three new members will help shape the organization’s… Read more »
Working Adults with Hypertension are Spending More on Health Care
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HCCI article in August issue of Health Affairs: Medicare Competitive Bidding and DME’s
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