Study reveals problematic price negotiations between hospitals and insurance providers

In Kansas, private health plans paid more than twice the rate of Medicare for hospital care in 2018, RAND found. Prices at the University of Kansas Hospital and Overland Park Regional Medical Center were among the highest RAND saw. Not just in Kansas, but across the country.

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September 30, 2020 - 9:48 AM

The cost of getting an appendectomy with private health insurance has soared since the early 2000s. So has the bill for a knee replacement.

But the secrecy of prices negotiated between health care providers and insurance companies makes it hard for employers to understand what they pay for a knee replacement and whether it’s a good price.

Researchers broadly agree workers suffer for it.

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