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Feds propose shakeup for emergency room billing

By Fred Schulte

Proposal seeks to counter alleged over-billing with standardized rate

The other Washington could hold the key to Medicare's cost crisis

By Joe Eaton

Washington state won't pay for medical procedures that don't work. Why can't Medicare do that?

Medicare fraud outrunning enforcement efforts

By Fred Schulte

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

Eyelid lifts skyrocket among Medicare patients, costing taxpayers millions

By Joe Eaton and David Donald

Medicare paying more and more as critics question rationale for procedure that's often cosmetic.

Feds 'listen' for sounds of Medicare billing abuse

By Fred Schulte

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

GOP senators call for overhaul of electronic health records program

By Fred Schulte

Report says $35 billion Obama administration stimulus program not working

Electronic medical records probed for over-billing

By Fred Schulte

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

Hospital 'facility fees' boosting medical bills, and not just for hospital care

By Fred Schulte

Medicare budget-cutters are targeting extra charges by hospitals

Feds tighten scrutiny of health records

By Fred Schulte

Feds increase scrutiny of how electronic systems affect billing

Medicare paid $3.6 billion for electronic health records but didn't verify quality goals were met

By Fred Schulte

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

Hospitals request government help in curbing possible billing abuses

By Fred Schulte

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

IMPACT: HHS IG pledges focus on Medicare billing abuse involving electronic records

By Fred Schulte

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

IMPACT: Administration official asks for Medicare billing review

By Fred Schulte

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

Top House Republicans demand suspension of electronic medical records program

By Fred Schulte

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

Suit alleges retaliation for exposure of upcoding

By Fred Schulte

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

IMPACT: Cabinet officials signal crackdown on Medicare billing abuse

By Fred Schulte and Joe Eaton

Sebelius, Holder signal new scrutiny in wake of Center series

Grassley says providers who overbill Medicare are draining its finances

By Fred Schulte

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

Billing complexity spawns new industry

By Fred Schulte

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

Hospitals grab at least $1 billion in extra fees for emergency room visits

By Joe Eaton and David Donald

Center probe suggests facilities have taken advantage of government’s failure to set billing standards.

Rush to higher-paying codes

Rush to higher-paying codes

Growth of electronic medical records eases path to inflated bills

By Fred Schulte

Billing software helps medical professionals document higher fees.

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What to do if you suspect Medicare fraud

Judgment calls on billing make 'upcoding' prosecutions rare

By Fred Schulte

Authorities typically settle, and doctors often continue treating Medicare patients

How doctors and hospitals have collected billions in questionable Medicare fees

By Fred Schulte and David Donald

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

About the 'Cracking the Codes' project

By The Center for Public Integrity

Behind the reporting

Methodology for 'Cracking the Codes'

By David Donald

A glimpse into the data analysis for this investigation.

Manipulating Medicare in the election season

By Gordon Witkin

With the Paul Ryan pick, Medicare has returned as a top election topic

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Joe Eaton

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Before he joined the Center’s staff in 2008, Joe Eaton was a staff writer at Washington City Paper and a reporter at&n... More about Joe Eaton