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New hospital price lists are massive spreadsheets full of gibberish | Ars Technica
“At Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, an ‘HC BYP FEM-ANT TIBL PST TIBL PRONEAL ART/OTH DSTL’ will run you $35,014.00. If you go to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, an ‘HC ECMO/ECLS INIT VENO-VENOUS’ costs $51,384.00. And at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City, a ‘TRLUML PERIP ATHRC ILIAC ART’ goes for $22,689.83.

“These mysterious prices—and tens of thousands of others—are all on the hospitals’ respective new price lists, available in beastly spreadsheets downloadable from the hospitals’ websites. As of January 1, hospitals around the country are now federally required to list all standard charges for common treatments and care. The goal is to make hospital billing more transparent, allowing patients to comparison shop and anticipate medical expenses.”
healthcare  hospitals  prices  costs  arstechnica  2019 
7 days ago by handcoding
Software patents poised to make a comeback under new patent office rules | Ars Technica
The federal circuit has effectively interpreted one line in Alice as meaning that it doesn't REALLY overturn software patents and they can bring them back.
law  patent  ip-law  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
12 days ago by mcherm
A medieval woman’s work left blue pigment on her teeth | Ars Technica
The skeleton reveals the hidden role of women in producing medieval manuscripts.
art  history  people  arstechnica 
14 days ago by robward
The 20 most-popular stories of 2018 | Ars Technica
Server users will really like 18.04, but the newest Ubuntu works great for all Linux fans.
arstechnica  linux  software 
28 days ago by robward
iOS 12, thoroughly reviewed | Ars Technica
Apple's OS focuses on performance and laying the groundwork for future apps.
iphone  arstechnica  software 
28 days ago by robward
How to run your own e-mail server with your own domain, part 1 | Ars Technica
Gmail? Apple? The cloud? Forget 'em all—in this series, we take your e-mail back.
arstechnica  software  Computing 
28 days ago by robward

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