Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
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This Health Matters webinar, hosted by USC Annenberg's Center for Health Journalism with support from NIHCM Foundation, looked at groundbreaking new research on what private insurance plans are paying for common procedures in markets across the country and how those prices are influenced by provider consolidation.

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This Research Insights pulls out the key findings and policy recommendation on unexpected medical bills as published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Gary Schwitzer interviews Vinay Prasad, MD, a hematologist-oncologist at the Oregon Health and Sciences University on his views on the problems in health care, including the cost of cancer drugs and over-promotion of screening tests.

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Allison Lipitz-Snyderman and colleagues have shed new light on why cancer patients receive non-recommended care. Their study, supported by a NIHCM research grant, finds that use of low-value services is driven by physician preference, with little influence from the particular characteristics of a given patient.

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The Boston Globe published a front-page story on the growing demand for biological samples used in drug development and other medical research—and the growing interest of patients in controlling their own genetic material. This ongoing NECIR investigation is supported by a NIHCM grant.

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This webinar, hosted by USC Annenberg's Center for Health Journalism with support from NIHCM Foundation, explored the potential of transparency to improve health care outcomes, while asking why such efforts haven't always met expectations.

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Dr. Laurence Baker and his colleagues, with support from NIHCM research grants, have produced a series of papers examining the relationship between provider market power and private prices in a variety of scenarios. This Research Insights highlights the key takeaways from four published papers.

Tiered physician networks are one potential strategy to control health care costs while maintaining patient choice. Here’s how they work: health plans sort physicians into tiers based on the quality and cost-efficiency of the care they provide. Patients are incentivized by lower copayments to choose higher tier physicians. A paper by Anna Sinaiko, supported by a NIHCM research grant, looks at whether tiers are actually influencing patient choice of physician.