5 must-reads on healthcare prices

Several studies and analyses on healthcare prices have made headlines since the beginning of the year.

Here are five must-reads on healthcare prices for hospital executives:

1. Hospitals, not physicians, driving up healthcare costs for privately insured, study shows
Hospital prices are a bigger driver of healthcare spending growth for the privately insured than physician prices, a study published in Health Affairs suggests.

2. Saint Alphonsus Health CEO on price transparency: 'We do not view patients as consumers or shoppers'
Odette Bolano, president and CEO of Boise, Idaho-based Saint Alphonsus Health System, addressed CMS' new price transparency rule in an op-ed in the Idaho Statesman.

3. Elisabeth Rosenthal: Trump 'did something right' with hospital price rule
CMS' new price transparency rule could be a "game-changer for healthcare," according to a new op-ed by Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD, former New York Times correspondent and editor-in-chief at Kaiser Health News.

4. Hospital prices differ at facilities only miles apart, California analysis shows
Prices for basic procedures vary widely between hospitals, sometimes between facilities that are close in proximity, according to a California Healthline analysis.

5. 'It's still the prices, stupid': Researchers update study on what's escalating US healthcare costs
The primary reason the U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other country is still prices, according to an updated study published in Health Affairs.

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