Prices charged by NYC area hospitals vary widely, new report says

In the New York City area, hospitals with the biggest market share tend to charge the highest prices, according to a new report from the New York State Health Foundation. The report, prepared by Marlborough, Mass.-based Gorman Actuarial, studied pricing in three regions of the state. In downstate New York, the highest-priced facilities negotiated prices […]

U.S. Health Care Spending Capped

U.S. health care spending grew 3.6% in 2013, capping a five-year stretch of historically low growth, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in December. That’s good news for health care payers, but is the slowdown — which was the smallest increase since 1960 — sustainable? What we’re seeing is “a slowing down of […]

Decrease in Health Care Spending Leads to Shrinking Deficit

Conventional wisdom in Washington surrounding health care spending has been doom and gloom — the solvency of federally mandated programs like Medicare and Medicaid has even been brought into question. The pace of growth in costs seemed unsustainable, with projected payouts threatening to strain an already worrisome federal budget deficit. But it appears there’s a […]