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Starting in 1996 and each year since, HSC researchers have tracked changes in health insurance premiums and underlying health costs at the national level, analyzing the changes and exploring the implications for consumers. HSC researchers also draw on secondary data and the insights of Wall Street analysts and other experts to conduct these analyses.

AllHSC PublicationsJournal ArticlesMost Popular  
Title Date Document Info  
The Surge in Urgent Care Centers: Emergency Department Alternative or Costly Convenience?Tracy Yee, Amanda E. Lechner, Ellyn R. Boukus July 2013
HSC Research Brief No. 26
Understanding Differences Between High- and Low-Price Hospitals: Implications for Efforts to Rein In CostsChapin White, James D. Reschovsky, Amelia M. Bond Jan. 29, 2014
Journal Article
Health Affairs
High and Varying Prices for Privately Insured Patients Underscore Hospital Market PowerChapin White, Amelia M. Bond, James D. Reschovsky September 2013
HSC Research Brief No. 27
If the Price is Right, Most Uninsured—Even Young Invincibles—Likely to Consider New Health Insurance MarketplacesPeter J. Cunningham, Amelia M. Bond September 2013
HSC Research Brief No. 28
Achieving Health Care Cost Containment Through Provider Payment Reform that Engages Patients and ProvidersPaul B. Ginsburg May 2013
Journal Article
Health Affairs
Contrary to Cost-Shift Theory, Lower Medicare Hospital Payment Rates for Inpatient Care Lead to Lower Private Payment RatesChapin White May 2013
Journal Article
Health Affairs
Small Employers and Self-Insured Health Benefits: Too Small to Succeed?Tracy Yee, Jon B. Christianson, Paul B. Ginsburg July 2012
Issue Brief No. 138
Rising Hospital Employment of Physicians: Better Quality, Higher Costs?Ann S. O'Malley, Amelia M. Bond, Robert A. Berenson August 2011
Issue Brief No. 136
High-Intensity Primary Care: Lessons for Physician and Patient EngagementTracy Yee, Amanda E. Lechner, Emily Carrier October 2012
NIHCR Research Brief No. 9
High Prices, Low Transparency: The Bitter Pill of Health Care CostsPaul B. Ginsburg June 18, 2013
Senate Testimony
Medical Bill Problems Steady for U.S. Families, 2007-2010Anna Sommers, Peter J. Cunningham December 2011
Tracking Report No. 28
Slower Growth in Medicare Spending—Is This the New Normal?Chapin White, Paul B. Ginsburg March 7, 2012
Journal Article
New England Journal of Medicine
Wide Variation in Hospital and Physician Payment Rates Evidence of Provider Market PowerPaul B. Ginsburg November 2010
HSC Research Brief No. 16
Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance: Down but Not OutJon B. Christianson, Ha T. Tu, Divya R. Samuel October 2011
Issue Brief No. 137
Follow the Money: Factors Associated with the Cost of Treating High-Cost Medicare BeneficiariesJames D. Reschovsky, Jack Hadley, Cynthia B. Saiontz-Martinez, Ellyn R. Boukus Feb. 11, 2011
Journal Article
Health Services Research
Paying More for Primary Care: Can It Help Bend the Medicare Cost Curve?James D. Reschovsky, Arkadipta Ghosh, Kate A. Stewart, Deborah Chollet March 2012
Commonwealth Fund Issue Brief
Health Care's Role in Deficit Reduction—Guiding PrinciplesPaul B. Ginsburg, Chapin White Oct. 27, 2011
Journal Article
New England Journal of Medicine
Reforming Provider Payment—The Price Side of the EquationPaul B. Ginsburg Oct. 6, 2011
Journal Article
New England Journal of Medicine
Cost and Access Challenges: A Comparison of Experiences Between Uninsured and Privately Insured Adults Aged 55 to 64 with Seniors on MedicareTracy Yee, Peter J. Cunningham, Gretchen Jacobson, Tricia Neuman, Zachary Levinson May 2012
Kaiser Family Foundation Issue Brief
State Benefit Mandates and National Health ReformChapin White, Amanda E. Lechner February 2012
NIHCR Policy Analysis No. 8


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