October 25, 2017

HCCI article in August issue of Health Affairs: Medicare Competitive Bidding and DME’s

Medicare Competitive Bidding Program Realized Price Savings For Durable Medical Equipment Purchases David Newman, Eric Barrette, and Katharine McGraves-Lloyd  Abstract: From the inception of the Medicare program there have been questions regarding whether and how to pay for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies. In 2011 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)… Read more »

October 11, 2017

Barrette and Brennan published in New England Journal of Medicine – Catalyst

The Value of Health Insurance through Price Discounts October 11, 2017 • Eric Barrette, PhD & Niall Brennan, MPP The polarizing debate over health care reform in the United States, amid countless attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, has obscured the core purpose of having access to health insurance coverage — especially affordable coverage…. Read more »

August 31, 2017

HCCI Data Featured in the Wall Street Journal

The Math Behind Higher Health-Care Deductibles More U.S. workers are taking a bigger out-of-pocket hit from their employer-provided health plans. Blame high deductibles. By Melanie Evans, Yaryna Serkez, and Merrill Sherman Published August 31, 2017 at 5:41pm HIGH-DEDUCTIBLE SURGE: High-deductible plans required patients to spend $2,200 to $4,300, on average, in 2016 before insurance kicked… Read more »

June 7, 2017

Niall Brennan Named New President and Executive Director of HCCI

Washington, DC, June 7, 2017 – Today, the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) Governing Board announced it had selected Niall Brennan, former Chief Data Officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as its next President and Executive Director. Brennan is a nationally recognized expert in health care policy, the use of health care… Read more »

April 26, 2017

HCCI Releases Price Data on Local Health Care Markets Across the Country

New Tool Allows for Local and National Comparisons of Price to Assess Market “Health” Washington, D.C., April 26,2017 – A new interactive mapping tool and accompanying issue brief, released today by the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, illuminates the dramatic variation in prices for different categories of medical services… Read more »

April 14, 2017

HCCI Announces Inaugural Health Economics Research Scholars Program: Pfizer Inc. Signs on as First Corporate Sponsor

Washington, DC, April 14, 2017 – The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) today announced the launch of its Health Economics Research Scholars Program and its first sponsor – Pfizer Inc. The program, which allows HCCI to expand its research activities, is designed to accelerate HCCI’s independent research agenda and will focus on four key areas: the… Read more »

November 22, 2016

Growing Prices Push Health Care Spending Up 4.6 Percent in 2015

Bump in use of outpatient care and professional services contributed to quicker growth in spending in 2015 for the privately insured over previous years Washington D.C., November 22, 2016 – Spending on health care for the privately insured in the United States increased 4.6 percent in 2015, outpacing previous years’ growth, finds a new report… Read more »

October 25, 2016

HCCI To Make “Care Bundle” Methodology More Widely Available To Promote Price Transparency

Setting the stage for new public reporting standard for calculating health care prices Washington D.C., October 25, 2016 – In support of the Health Care Cost Institute’s (HCCI) expanding healthcare transparency initiatives, HCCI today announced that it is prepared to license the care bundling methodology used in Guroo.com to public and private organizations that partner… Read more »

September 12, 2016

Study Finds Consumer-Driven Health Plan Enrollees Spend 1.5 Times More Out of Pocket Than Those with Traditional Coverage

HCCI’s First Look at Health Care Spending For People Enrolled In Consumer-Driven Health Plans Illuminates Spending and Use of Health Care Service Trends September 13, 2016 — People with consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs) had lower total per capita spending on health care driven in part by using less health care overall than people with traditional… Read more »

June 20, 2016

Rise in Health Care Spending for People With Diabetes In 2014, Increase in ER Visits and Use of Generic Prescriptions, Finds New Report

Spending for people with diabetes is over $10,000 higher per capita than for those without June 20, 2016 – In 2014, health care spending for people with diabetes covered by employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) grew at a much faster pace, rising nearly six percent compared to 3.2 percent for people without diabetes, according to a study… Read more »

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