Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Russ Mitchell reports on state health care cost transparency laws: "Wonder why you can't get a straight answer on how much a health care procedure will cost you? One big reason: State laws which allow hospitals and other providers to keep costs hidden until they send you the bill. A report card on price transparency released today gives 29 states an 'F' and seven states a 'D' for policies that keep patients and their families in the dark on prices. The failing grade went to those with practically no transparency requirements (Mitchell, 3/18).
Also, Ankita Rao reports on medical students and their hope to find a perfect match: "Fourth-year medical students have been talking a lot about their perfect match these days: first impressions, the one who called right after they met, some that were too far away. For many, 'match week' – this week — is what they've been working toward over the past four years. It's the week that decides if, and where, they will complete the next step of their training and become a full-fledged doctor" (Rao, 3/15). Check out what else is on the blog.