Study: Shift from Highest-Priced Healthcare Providers Would Generate Tremendous Savings

Consumers in just one Massachusetts county could have saved nearly $22 million in a single year and $116.6 million adjusted for inflation over four years if they switched from using the most expensive providers for 16 shoppable healthcare services to those whose prices were closer to average, according to a new study published by Pioneer Institute.

Pioneer Urges Future COVID-19 Study and Recommendations Task Force to Consider Impact on Nursing Home Residents

After over 5,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Massachusetts nursing homes, Pioneer Institute is issuing an open letter to the state’s future COVID-19 health equity task force that outlines an extensive list of recommendations on infection control and preparedness in eldercare facilities.

Open Letter: COVID-19 Study and Recommendations Task Force Established Pursuant to Massachusetts Bill H.4672

Pioneer hopes the members of this important task force will be appointed as soon as possible and that they will look into recommendations to address Covid-19 among the aged and in the state’s nursing homes. Read our Open Letter.

National Study Finds Most States Lack Healthcare Price Transparency Laws

At a time when the coronavirus pandemic has caused massive shifts in state policies on telehealth and scope of practice in healthcare, a new Pioneer Institute study underscores that most of the 50 states continue to suffer from weak laws regarding price transparency.  The study identified states that have laws that require carriers, providers or both to provide personalized cost information to consumers before obtaining healthcare services.  Fully 33 states placed in the lowest of the three broad analytic tiers on the strength of their state healthcare transparency laws. 

New Study Calls for Re-thinking Massachusetts' COVID-19 Care Standards

Pioneer's new study raises concerns about the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (DPH’s) Crises Standards of Care (CSC) issued earlier this month, which bear the earmarks of a state bureaucratic effort and should be rethought under a process that includes a thorough vetting by Massachusetts citizens.

Pioneer Poll: MA Healthcare Consumers Overwhelmingly Want Price Information on Services, but Few Know How to Get It

A new Pioneer poll shows seven out of ten Massachusetts workers who get their health insurance through their employers want to know the price of a healthcare procedure before they obtain it, but most of them do not how to obtain such information, even though information is already available through their insurers’ cost estimator tools.

Pioneer Institute to Present Results of New Consumer Poll Monday at State House Healthcare Price Transparency Event

BOSTON – Pioneer Institute will present the results of a new…

Making Healthcare Prices Accessible

Today, Pioneer Institute filed a Public Comment with the federal…

Study Finds Patient Cost for MRI Largely Unrelated to Overall Price or Insurer Contribution at 14 MA Hospitals

Read coverage of this report in WCVB-TV, Boston Herald, the Boston…

Kudos To CHIA On Major Step Toward Greater Healthcare Price Transparency

Pioneer applauds the Center for Health Information and Analysis…

Report Recommends Alternatives to Drug Pricing Transparency Legislation

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Value-based reimbursement, focus on middlemen in drug distribution…

MA Health Insurers Have Made Good Progress in Price Transparency, But Significant Work Remains

Read press coverage of this report in the Boston Business Journal and…

Study Applauds State Decision To Let Healthcare Spending Benchmark Decrease

Calls on policy makers to continue pursuing efforts to trim healthcare…

Follow-Up Survey Finds Hospitals Still Fall Short On Price Transparency

Estimated price of routine procedure at 21 Massachusetts hospitals…

Public Statement on the Recommendations of the Legislature’s Healthcare Provider Price Variation Commission

Commission Misses Great Opportunity to Advance Healthcare Price…

Putting Healthcare Consumers First

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Last week, Massachusetts' Health Policy Commission convened for…

Survey Finds Prescription Drug Prices Easy To Access, But Not Always Accurate

Wide variation found in price of generics, less for brand-name…

Pioneer Forming Transparency Working Group to Help Curb Healthcare Costs

Contact Josh Archambault (617) 645-7679 (josh@pioneerinstitute.org)…

Study: Are Drug Prices Driving Healthcare Cost Growth?

Study: Requiring Drug Companies to Disclose Price Methodologies,…

Mass. Healthcare Price Transparency Law Still Not a Reality

State Healthcare Price Transparency Law Still Not a Reality for…

Survey: Price Information Difficult to Obtain From Massachusetts Hospitals

View media coverage of this report on WCVB-TV 5 Investigates:…

Barbara Anthony Joins Pioneer Institute as Senior Fellow in Healthcare

Former undersecretary of consumer affairs will work to enhance…

Baker’s Dozen: A Common Sense Healthcare Agenda for the Next Governor

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Pioneer Institute is pleased to present, “Baker’s Dozen:…

New Report: Medical Device Tax Will Cost MA Employers $422 Million+ Per Year

New Report Estimates Medical Device Tax Will Cost Massachusetts…

Consumer Driven Health Care a Proven Cost-Saving Strategy

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As part of a push to contain health care cost growth, business leaders, state administrators, and policymakers should focus on Consumer Driven Health Care (CDHC) plans that involve consumers in making health care decisions.