Cracking the Code

  Cracking the Code: Two blood tests, hundreds of dollars difference

A Louisiana woman is puzzled how a bill for basic blood tests can be hundreds of dollars more than a co-worker who had the same tests performed. Kim Christina, of Hammond, said her doctor sent her to North Oaks Hospital for a routine blood test and a month later she received an ‘exorbitant bill.’

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  Cracking the Code: Senator’s bill looks to stop surprise medical bills

A bill in the U.S. Senate could help stop the surprise medical bills that cost Americans thousands each year.Senator Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, helped write the Stop Surprise Bills Act of 2019. A bill that has 27 co-sponsors, more than a quarter of the U.S. Senate.

Zurik: Dramatic price disparities found when comparing insurers

The numbers in healthcare pricing documents typically are closely held secrets. But we've unmasked the costs some of your insurance companies pay for services - costs that directly impact the amount of money coming out of your pocket.

  Zurik: Tulane Health chief slams ‘Cracking the Code’

Our Cracking the Code investigative series saved one New Orleans woman $3,700. More and more consumers and even healthcare providers are contributing pricing information to our online interactive tool, giving our viewers information to save money.

  Zurik: Lawmakers consider requirement for 'balance billing' disclosure

A state lawmaker's bill would require healthcare providers to warn consumers about the prospects for "balance billing" in their medical charges.

  Zurik: One consumer’s lesson, from shoulder pain to facility fee

As more and more doctors work for large hospital groups, you need to be aware of an often hidden charge that may cost you extra money - sometimes, a lot of extra money.

  Zurik: ‘Absolutely ridiculous’ medical bills show critical need for transparency

The paperwork we get from our healthcare providers should easily outline the cost of our healthcare coverage. For many in the metro area, though, the answers remain hidden in a complex language of letters and numbers.

Zurik: Third-party medical bills a shocker? Welcome to 'balance billing'

Steve Fair sounds like a Sooner with a taste for Louisiana living. But a recent trip to a local hospital left him with a bad taste in his mouth, thanks to a practice that even Louisiana's insurance commissioner finds difficult to stop.

  Zurik: With colonoscopies, the worst pain comes with the bill

Imagine spending thousands of dollars on a procedure that your insurance company should have given you for free. It may be happening, as we find out in a new installment of Cracking the Code.

  Zurik: 10 questions to ask before your next pricey medical procedure

Two years ago, Glenn's doctor prescribed physical therapy at a North Shore clinic for a painful shoulder. With a follow-up visit to a different therapist, he learned a vital lesson about healthcare cost savings the hard way.

  Zurik: Nothing clear about health costs at some local hospitals

We found several local hospitals that try to hide information about how much it costs you for a visit. But one consumer sums up her feelings about that practice with a single word: "Angry."

Cracking the Code: How providers can add to our price database

The Cracking the Code Health Price Check Tool is compiled through crowdsourcing - hundreds of consumers already have added their pricing information to the database. We hope healthcare providers will take part, too, adding their own price lists to our searchable database.

  Zurik: 'Cracking the Code' gets big response - but we still need you

Hundreds of FOX 8 viewers have told us their stories, given us the cost of their healthcare, and the stories behind their high costs.

  Zurik: Transparency is key to ‘Cracking the Code’

FOX 8 News and our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune have launched a new investigative project - Cracking the Code: The Real Cost of Healthcare. Our goal: bring transparency to prices in the metro area.

ClearHealthCosts: Welcome to New Orleans - PriceCheck expands

We launched our New Orleans PriceCheck partnership in April 2017, crowdsourcing health prices with partners WVUE/FOX 8 Live and NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune.

  Zurik: 'Cracking the Code' of medical procedure pricing

FOX 8 News and our partners at NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune have launched a new investigative project - Cracking the Code: The Real Cost of Healthcare. Our goal: bring transparency to prices in the metro area. And we need your help.

ClearHealthCosts: People are shopping for health care. This is what it sounds like.

How much does childbirth cost? How much does an MRI cost? Gall bladder surgery, arthroscopy?

ClearHealthCosts: How much does childbirth cost? Or an MRI? Our new hospital data

How much does childbirth cost? How much does an MRI cost? Gall bladder surgery, arthroscopy?

ClearHealthCosts: How do people use our information? A few examples

We're often asked: "How do people use your information?" Here are some examples.

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