Good charts != inteactive charts

I sometimes prefer spending my time on finding killer stats or sketching out possible ways to clarify data to making charts that look cool. Here are some examples of 'less cool' charts I've made for daily news stories.

Looking to lower healthcare spending, Anthem will no longer pay for MRIs and CT scans delivered on an outpatient basis at hospitals. Executives at hospitals worry how that will affect patient care and their own bottom lines.

The use of high-severity Level 5 codes for ED visits increased to 33.5% of commercial claims in the state in 2016 from 23.1% in 2009. Meanwhile, the use of Level 4, 3, 2, and 1 codes all decreased over the same time period.

As other insurance companies retreated from the Affordable Care Act exchanges, fearing financial losses and uncertainty in the market's future, Oscar swooped in to snap up market share, pairing up with well-known hospital systems along the way.

There is significant variation in cost drivers, which calls for different strategies based on individual market characteristics. How solutions to lower healthcare spending will not be one-size-fits-all but will likely need to vary by state.

The Congressional Budget Office projects that repealing the annual fee on health insurance premiums would reduce federal revenue by $144.7 billion over 10 years, delaying the Cadillac tax on employer plans would cost $66 billion, and wiping out the medical-device tax would cost $19.6 billion.

More Medicare ACOs will take on risk in 2018. About 18% of accountable-care organizations in the Medicare shared savings program will participate in a downside risk contract in 2018, a jump from the just 9% of ACOs who took on risk last year, new CMS data shows.

The number of ACOs overall in the program rose by 81 from 480 in 2017 to 561 this year. About 10.5 million Medicare beneficiaries now receive care from a clinician in a Medicare ACO, up from 9 million beneficiaries last year. Of the beneficiaries, 12.6% are disabled and 6.7% are dual eligibles, according to the CMS.

Winnebago tribe members are now gradually turning to what they see as the most viable solution—taking over hospital operations.

The learning curve that hospital-sponsored health plans have endured is drawn in red ink.

Hospitals in recent years have shifted toward referring patients to home healthcare services instead of SNFs, in an effort to promote value-based care over fee-for-service models as well as improve patient satisfaction. But the rise of home healthcare was not the main driver for the decline in SNF use between 2009 and 2016. It had to do more with hospitals increasingly placing patients in observation status over admitting them for inpatient services.

Senate repeal bill's fate may hinge on funding for addiction treatment.Two moderate Republican senators from states hit hard by the opioid addiction epidemic are pushing to add a reported $45 billion in 10-year funding for substance abuse services to the Senate bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Medicaid coverage of adult dental benefits, 2016 vs 2017

When Are Prescribers Required to Use Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs? Data show mandates vary across states

CMS star ratings disproportionately benefit specialty hospitals, data show.

A recent Pitt study finds that an influx of trauma centers could hurt patient care, not help. But some states still have limited number of higher-level trauma centers and residents don't have enough access to these facilities. Most big cities are well covered but rural areas are not.

New York City is home to nearly 150 school-based health centers that provide checkups, reproductive and mental health services and sometimes even dental care for low-income populations. Without these hospital- and foundation-sponsored programs, many children would forgo necessary medical assistance and increase their risk of teen pregnancy or dropping out of school.