Founder and CEO, ClearHealthCosts
Jeanne Pinder is founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts, which brings transparency to the health care marketplace by telling people what stuff costs. ClearHealthCosts partners with media and other groups to discover and reveal prices. The partners use shoe-leather journalism, database analysis and crowdsourcing to shed light on prices for people, relieving their pain over their medical bills, and also creating great news stories.
Pinder is a leading expert on pricing nationwide, and was recently called one of the “benevolent geniuses” trying to fix health care’s problems. She has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, NPR, JAMA Internal Medicine, The Los Angeles Times and elsewhere. She has spoken at Politico, the HHS Datapalooza, The Integrated Healthcare Association, TedMed Great Challenges, Grantmakers in Health and elsewhere. She has written extensively on the topic of pricing, not only for the CHC blog but also for The Harvard Business Review, The HealthCare Blog, MedPage Today and elsewhere.
She was an editor, reporter and human resources executive at The New York Times for almost 25 years before leaving The Times in 2009 by volunteering for a buyout.
She created ClearHealthCosts with funding from a group of devoted angels and with grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism; the Ford Foundation via the International Women’s Media Foundation, in the Women Entrepreneurs in the Digital News Frontier program; and the McCormick Foundation’s New Media Women Entrepreneurs Program via J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, at American University.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awarded a grant to a partnership of ClearHealthCosts, KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC/Southern California Public Radio in Los Angeles to crowdsource health care prices in a groundbreaking journalism project called PriceCheck.
That project launched in 2014, followed by a similar partnership with WHYY public radio in Philadelphia, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and one with MedPage Today, a source of news, opinion and continuing medical education for 670,000 providers worldwide.
In 2016, ClearHealthCosts launched PriceCheck with WLRN public radio in Miami and WUSF public radio in Tampa-St. Petersburg, and their collaboration, Health News Florida.
Pinder was named a fellow of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University in 2015, co-authoring a study of crowdsourcing for journalists, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Before The Times, she worked at The Des Moines (Ia.) Register, The Grinnell (Ia.) Herald-Register and The Associated Press. She majored in Russian and did graduate work in Slavic studies, spending almost two years in the former Soviet Union, a place as opaque as the health-care marketplace.