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Transparent Motives: Advocates Expand Their Efforts to Improve Access to Health Care Quality Data

November 13, 2015
Wiley Only Library, Bryn Nelson, PhD Trux Dole is fond of detailing how the health care services company he works for, HealthSparq Inc in Portland, Oregon, is aiming to dramatically improve the transparency of health care information available to insurance plan beneficiaries. However, the health plan spinoff, independent since 2012, is more than just a business venture. During his son...

Skin Cancer Concern Increases 60% in Summer Months, Data Shows

August 27, 2015
HealthSparq confirms summer is the peak season for often-expensive skin treatments

Cambia Subsidiary Study Reveals Widespread ‘Buyer’s Remorse’ Among Health Consumers

August 17, 2015
Portland Business Journal, Elizabeth Hayes A consumer survey commissioned by Portland-based HealthSparq showed widespread sticker shock and buyer’s remorse when it comes to health expenditures. Read more…

Severe Spring Allergies Drive People to Comparison Shop for Tests, Therapies to Save Money

July 1, 2015
HealthSparq data shows allergy shots and tests are among most frequently shopped medical treatments in Spring, nearly double 2014 figures

HealthSparq Named Portland Business Journal’s Third Fastest-Growing Private Company in Oregon and SW Washington

June 18, 2015
The health care startup saw 1,146 percent revenue growth from 2011 to 2014, plans to add 75 new employees in 2015

The Cities Where Health Care Costs Are Way Too High

May 22, 2015
CheatSheet, Chloe Della Costa From the perspective of the average patient, there doesn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason when it comes to health care pricing. Previously we looked at the medical procedures and prescription drugs that are way too expensive in the U.S. compared to other developed countries. Health care prices can vary greatly within the U.S. as...

The Affordable Care Act As New-Business Creator

May 19, 2015
Health Populi, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn While there’s little evidence that the short-term impact of the Affordable Care Act has limited job growth or driven most employers to drop health insurance plans, the ACA has spawned a “cottage industry” of health companies since 2010, according to PwC. Read more…

How to Survive This Awful Allergy Season

April 21, 2015
Time Money, Kara Brandeisky Lingering winter cold means pollen levels could rise quickly—and so could your medical costs. Read more…

Angelina Jolie Opens Up About Having Second Surgery

March 31, 2015
Tell Us News Digest, Cindy Jovanoski After undergoing a double mastectomy two years ago to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer, Angelina Jolie recently went through yet another surgery, this time to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. Read more… INDUSTRY BLOGS
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