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Stark price differences between hospitals and outpatient settings

There is an often significant price difference between common procedures performed at hospitals versus at a physician's office or in outpatient surgery centers, according to two new studies.

Hospital leaders must acknowledge they're losing the war over price transparency

Wars often take years to play out, and assessing their historical impact can take decades. One of the most important factors is determining a turning point. In World War II, it was the battle of...

New analysis reveals price transparency could save $100B

Several healthcare finance transparency measures could save the sector as much as $100 billion over the next decade, according to a new analysis.

Hospitalizations to decline under ACA; impact on outcomes murky

The Affordable Care act will reduce the number of Medicare patients being hospitalized, saving the federal government money, a study published in the October issue of Health Affairs concludes.

Hospitals offset Medicare price cuts with spending cuts

Hospitals offset lost revenue from cuts in Medicare hospital prices by spending less on operations, according to a new study in the journal Health Services Research.

More study of alternative tort reform needed to curb defensive medicine, researchers say

The presence of medical malpractice liability caps doesn't necessarily reduce physicians' practice of defensive medicine, according to a study published in the Aug. 5  Health Affairs.

Urgent care centers more convenient, cheaper than EDs

Urgent care centers are quickly emerging as a popular, cost-effective alternative to the emergency department, reports a new study by the Center for Studying Health System Change.

Varied Medicare costs due to patient health, not geography

Medicare cost variations across geographical regions have more to with health status than wasteful spending or inefficient care practices, according to study published in the journal Medical Care Research and Review.

Hospitals tied to regional price variations

Contrasts in health status and hospital prices account for much of the dramatic cost differences in healthcare among regions of the United States, according to a study by the Center for Studying...

Despite better Internet access, web searches for health information plateauing

The percentage of Americans seeking health information from sources other than their physician fell to 50 percent in 2010 from 56 percent in 2007, according to a new study by the Center for Studying