Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
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This webinar explored policy changes in Medicaid and outlined questions reporters should be asking.

This webinar, hosted by USC Annenberg's Center for Health Journalism with grant support from NIHCM Foundation, explored policy changes in Medicaid and outlined questions reporters should be asking.

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The study, which was supported by a NIHCM Foundation research grant, looked at provider selection for lower-limb MRIs specifically because this is a service that should be simple to comparison shop. Patients were given access to a tool that computes their out-of-pocket costs for visiting different providers. Still, on average, patients would bypass six lower-cost MRI providers while traveling to their provider of choice. If cost and convenience aren’t driving consumer choices, what is? Referrals. This Research Insights breaks down the findings from this new study by researchers Michael Chernew, Zack Cooper, Eugene Larsen-Hallock and Fiona Scott Morton.

This Research Insights breaks down new evidence that patients aren’t shopping for the best price for health care services—even for procedures like MRIs that should be simple to comparison shop.

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Evidence is mounting that high deductibles and price transparency tools are ineffective at encouraging patients to shop for lower-priced providers. In a study supported by a NIHCM research grant, Chris Whaley and colleagues show that when reference pricing incentives were added to a high deductible plan and price transparency tool, patients began price shopping for lab tests and diagnostic imaging services. This Research Insights summarizes the key takeaways from their published American Journal of Health Economics article.

This Research Insights summarizes a new study that found that reference pricing helped to reduce health spending by spurring consumers to shop around for the best value medical services.

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