Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
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This webinar offered an overview of our health system’s price problem and shared a reporter's toolkit for covering the issue in their communities — including strategies, data sources and crowdsourcing tips. 


Cost & Quality

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.


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.


During this webinar, panelists discussed opportunities and challenges in the generic and biosimilar market, how past administrations have approached this issue, and the impact on different stakeholders, including consumers.

Zack Cooper, Stuart Craig, Martin Gaynor & John Van Reenen

This comprehensive analysis of claims data from three national insurers documents the extensive variation in the prices that hospitals receive for the same procedure. Payment rates vary not only across and within hospital markets but also within individual hospitals, suggesting that the relative bargaining power of hospitals and insurers plays a role in price determination. The work also establishes that monopoly hospitals are paid higher prices and are more likely to obtain contracts that place them at lower financial risk, whereas hospital prices are lower and contracts are more likely to be based on prospectively determined rates when the insurer market is more concentrated. Finally, analysis of hospital mergers over a five-year period demonstrates post-merger hospital price increases, with the largest impact observed when merging facilities are in closer proximity to one another.  

This briefing in Washington, DC, featured forward-thinking leaders whose expertise spans the public and private sectors to share insights on how to foster innovation and build a brighter future for health care in America.


A NIHCM Foundation Journalism Grant is supporting the public engagement campaign for the To Err is Human documentary to raise awareness of medical errors—now the third leading cause of death in the U.S.—and efforts to improve patient safety.


This Research Insights summarizes findings from a study showing that a small percentage of nursing homes—particularly larger and for-profit facilities—are using self-reported scores to inflate their ratings in Medicare's five-star nursing home rating system.