Fred Schulte

Senior Reporter  The Center for Public Integrity

Schulte is a four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, most recently in 2007 for a series on Baltimore’s arcane ground rent system. Schulte’s other Pulitzer-nominated projects exposed excessive heart surgery death rates in veterans’ hospitals, substandard care by health insurance plans treating low-income people and the hidden dangers of cosmetic surgery in medical offices. He spent much of his career at the Baltimore Sun and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Schulte has received the George Polk Award, two Investigative Reporters and Editors awards, three Gerald Loeb Awards for business writing and two Worth Bingham Prizes for investigative reporting. The University of Virginia graduate is also the author of Fleeced!, an exposé of telemarketing scams.

Coverage areas

Proposal seeks to counter alleged over-billing with standardized rate

Groups alarmed by proposed cuts for HHS inspector general.

Trims include ObamaCare oversight

Agency couldn't investigate 1,200 complaints, and more cuts coming.

Baltimore session looks at role of electronic health records in higher medical bills.

Report says $35 billion Obama administration stimulus program not working

Are feds doing all they can to ferret out waste from move to electronic records?

Agency's crippled oversight of the industry means troubled gun dealers can stay open for years.

Center story detailed how Baltimore woman lost home over a water bill

Legislators want to crack down, but NRA says history shows regulation is not effective

Medicare budget-cutters are targeting extra charges by hospitals

Feds increase scrutiny of how electronic systems affect billing

Medicare paid providers billions to adopt electronic records without checking to see they're meeting quality goals

Federal help sought to create billing guidelines and oversee electronic medical records

HHS inspector general announces focus on Medicare billing abuse involving electronic records

Administration official wants to know if electronic health records are causing Medicare over-billing

Top House Republicans want program suspended until government demands that systems communicate

Nevada woman claims she was fired after questioning hospital's bills

Sebelius, Holder signal new scrutiny in wake of Center series

Grassley says providers charging too much threaten program's shaky finances

Billing software helps medical professionals document higher fees.

Thousands now employed as professional coders, but oversight is lacking.

Authorities typically settle, and doctors often continue treating Medicare patients

Center investigation suggests cost from upcoding and other abuses likely tops $11 billion.

A prominent fundraiser for President Obama withdraws nomination for ambassadorship following drunk driving charge.

HHS IG report says thousand of doctors billing feds at rates beyond the norm

Well-connected wireless broadband firm suffers severe setback

President releases names of top fundraisers; some have received White House appointments

Public interest groups demand health center's client list

Gingrich's Center for Health Transformation was power player on host of issues