Newsweek: Family of Man Who Died of Coronavirus Hit With $1 Million Hospital Bill

Newsweek: Family of Man Who Died of Coronavirus Hit With $1 Million Hospital Bill. “Florida family received a claims summary from a hospital totaling more than $1 million over a relative who died from the novel coronavirus. A picture of the claims summary was posted to an Instagram account June 28. The account holder, workshoppgh, wrote a lengthy post about the $1,123,600 bill and said: ‘No one should have to face this virus alone and make it out to get bills like this.'”

Reuters: U.S. group raises pricing recommendation for Gilead’s remdesivir in COVID-19

Reuters: U.S. group raises pricing recommendation for Gilead’s remdesivir in COVID-19. “Gilead Sciences Inc’s (GILD.O) antiviral remdesivir could be priced up to $5,080 per course based on benefits shown in COVID-19 patients, a U.S. drug pricing research group suggested on Wednesday, above its prior recommendation of around $4,500.”

Fox 17: New website could help you save money on medical bills

Fox 17: New website could help you save money on medical bills. “It’s pretty straight forward and completely free to use, all you have to do is answer a few questions including your income, insurance status, and how much you owe at which hospital. In a couple minutes it will tell you if you qualify.” Applying for financial assistance is an additional step. You can do it on your own, or the site can help you for a fee of $29.

Politico: White House still scrambling to cover virus treatment for the uninsured

Politico: White House still scrambling to cover virus treatment for the uninsured. “The White House pledged over two weeks ago to cover coronavirus treatment for uninsured Americans — but the administration still doesn’t have a plan for how to do it. Trump officials are still grappling with key questions about how exactly to implement the treatment fund, including how to determine if a patient qualifies for the new federal dollars, an administration source said. Adding to the challenge, they’re still figuring out how to divvy up funding that hospitals and physicians say is desperately needed.”

Mashable: Relying on crowdfunding to pay health bills? It’s more common than you might think.

Mashable: Relying on crowdfunding to pay health bills? It’s more common than you might think.. “Researchers from NORC at the University of Chicago recently conducted a survey to learn about the prevalence of crowdfunding health campaigns. It turns out that a large swath of the American public — approximately 50 million, or 20 percent of Americans — have contributed to these sorts of campaigns. What’s more, eight million Americans have started a campaign to help pay for medical expenses for themselves or someone in their household, while 12 million had started a campaign for someone else. According to the researchers’ survey, that’s three percent and five percent, respectively.”

OneZero: A Black Market for Life-Saving Insulin Thrives on Social Media

OneZero: A Black Market for Life-Saving Insulin Thrives on Social Media. “Insulin is an essential and life-saving drug used by 7.4 million people in the United States. Over the last few years, it’s become increasingly expensive. Between 2012 and 2016, the price of insulin effectively doubled for people with type one diabetes, with costs jumping from $239 to $475 per month, on average. These controversial and dramatic price hikes, singled out by presidential candidates like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have become symbols of a failing American healthcare system. They have also created a thriving online black market for insulin.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: State launches more consumer-friendly website with inspection reports on healthcare facilities

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: State launches more consumer-friendly website with inspection reports on healthcare facilities. “A month after a glitch took the state’s healthcare facility website offline, the Georgia Department of Community Health on Thursday restored online access while launching a new version of the website with crucial licensing and inspection information for thousands of facilities.”

SF Gate: Wyoming lawmakers approve database showing high health costs

SF Gate: Wyoming lawmakers approve database showing high health costs. “Wyoming lawmakers have voted to approve the continued use of a database tracking insurance claims to provide insight into the cost of health care in the state. The Star-Tribune reported Wednesday that the Labor, Health and Social Services Committee approved a bill to continue the multi-payer claims database, despite not having a funding source.”

Bay News 9: Florida Launches New Tool to Make Health Care Prices Transparent

Bay News 9: Florida Launches New Tool to Make Health Care Prices Transparent. “Governor Ron DeSantis announced a new initiative Monday morning to make health care prices in Florida more transparent. The state has launched a new website called Florida Health Price Finder which shows you the price of medical procedures in the state.”

Hartford Courant: New tool aims to remove the mystery of health care costs at Connecticut hospitals

Hartford Courant: New tool aims to remove the mystery of health care costs at Connecticut hospitals. “A new cost estimator tool launched by the Office of Health Strategy reveals how much medical treatment costs vary across Connecticut’s health care facilities. Standard procedures, like knee replacements, can cost nearly three times as much at certain hospitals than they do at others.”

The State: Hospital bills can vary by tens of thousands. Now you can compare prices in SC

The State: Hospital bills can vary by tens of thousands. Now you can compare prices in SC. “New federal rules mean hospitals nationwide now have to make cost information available online, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Since the data went public on the first of the year, the South Carolina Hospital Association released a new website… that gives people the ability to compare hospital prices across the state. A bone marrow biopsy costs between an average $2,776 and $9,170, depending on what hospital you go to in South Carolina for the procedure, according the site.”

Columbia Journalism Review: Sarah Kliff brings transparency to ER prices, one hospital bill at a time

Columbia Journalism Review: Sarah Kliff brings transparency to ER prices, one hospital bill at a time . “IT STARTED WITH A BAND-AID. A $629 Band-Aid. A medical bill emailed to Vox senior policy correspondent Sarah Kliff got her interested in emergency room facility fees—a widely applied, highly variable, and little understood cost in the healthcare system. The fees, set between hospitals and insurers, are the charge from the hospital for coming in for treatment. Last October, Kliff set out to learn more about these fees through one of the only ways she could think of to get the information: by collecting hospital bills.”

Washington Governor: Washington launches online tool that lets patients compare prices for medical procedures

Washington Governor: Washington launches online tool that lets patients compare prices for medical procedures. “If you or a loved one needed knee replacement surgery, would you want to know which surgeon in your community has the highest rating for quality of care? Would you like to know how much a knee replacement costs, on average, at all of the medical offices close to your home? Those are the types of information easily accessed through Washington state’s new HealthCareCompare website, an online tool that launched today. The user-friendly website is part of the state’s larger effort to make health care costs more transparent, and gives the public access to health care price and quality information from the Washington All-Payer Claims Database.”

LocalSYR: NY Health Dept. launches interactive tool to find health info, costs

LocalSYR: NY Health Dept. launches interactive tool to find health info, costs. “The New York Department of Health announced a new tool that allows consumers and researchers to find various health information. The tool, called the NYS Health Connector, provides information such as the cost of medical procedures and the frequency of those procedures that are performed at hospitals.”