Manipulating Medicare in the election season

By Gordon Witkin

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

Federal panel advises against prostate cancer screen for men

By Gordon Witkin

Panel says prostate cancer screen that was subject of Center probe does more harm than good.

HHS IG report highlights docs' questionable billing of Medicare

By Fred Schulte

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

Options for cervical cancer check depend on age

By The Associated Press

Two U.S. medical groups calling again for less-frequent, more efficient cancer screenings, this time for cervical cancer

Michael Jackson's doctor, other convicted felons, still listed as Medicare providers

By Joe Eaton

Senators' criticize Medicare's inability to weed out troubled physicians

Digital mammography no better than film for most women, despite increased costs

By Joe Eaton

New report shows little difference despite increased costs for digital

Debate rages over cancer screening

By Joe Eaton

New recommendations on prostate screening raise wider issues on costs and benefits.

Forty percent of Medicare spending on common cancer screenings unnecessary, probe suggests

By Rochelle Sharpe and Elizabeth Lucas

Forty percent of Medicare spending on common cancer screenings may be unnecessary

Research methodology

By David Donald and Elizabeth Lucas

A look at how data was gathered for Medicare reporting

$100 million for artificial legs and feet in question

By Alexandra Duszak

Medicare IG report bares $100 million in questionable costs for artificial legs, feet

Doctors sue to end AMA's role in setting Medicare payments

By Joe Eaton

Doctors sue to end AMA committee’s role in setting Medicare payments

Medicare paid $47.9 billion for unneeded, miscoded or undocumented health care

By Alexandra Duszak

Medicare spent almost $50 billion on unneeded, undocumented or miscoded health care

After banned from Medicare, podiatrist bills $1M for fake care, including double-amputee's feet

By Ben Wieder

Maryland podiatrist banned from Medicare in 2007 admits to more fraud under Medicare Advantage

Probe finds hospital chain inaccurately diagnoses infections

By Christina Jewitt and Lance Williams

A California hospital chain under scrutiny over Medicare billing now faces questions about misdiagnoses of a blood infection

Family docs not ready to leave AMA group with influence over Medicare pay

By Joe Eaton

Family docs have declined to withdraw from a powerful AMA group with influence over Medicare payment rates — at least for now

IMPACT: Bills to open Medicare data pick up another supporter in Senate

By Joe Eaton

Sen. Durbin introduces third bill in Senate to open access to Medicare data

Have you seen a new doctor since enrolling in Medicare?

Have you seen a new doctor since enrolling in Medicare?

IMPACT: Little-known AMA committee that sets Medicare pay catches heat

By Joe Eaton

IMPACT: Congressman, physicians take on panel that sets Medicare values to determine payment

Grassley, Wyden introduce bill to make Medicare data public

By Joe Eaton

New bill on Medicare data responds to Center reporting

Senators Grassley, Wyden push to make Medicare billing data public

By Joe Eaton and David Donald

Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa introduced a bill today that would make available to the public data on Medicare billing by doctors

Budget deliberations silent on Medicare or other entitlements

By Gordon Witkin

True fiscal hawks likely won’t find much to celebrate in this week’s budget machinations, talk of spending cuts aside. That’s because neithe

Medicare can’t identify top prescribers of addictive drugs

By The Center for Public Integrity and Joe Eaton

Medicare doesn't know if all the prescriptions it is paying for are being written by real doctors, says a new inspector general's report....

Unproven for older women, digital mammography saps Medicare dollars

By Joe Eaton, Elizabeth Lucas and David Donald

High-tech, digital mammography may not be any better at detecting breast cancer in women over 65 than older film-based systems, but Medicare

Data analysis on digital mammography Medicare claims

By David Donald and Elizabeth Lucas

The Center analyzed Medicare claims data obtained from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). For the digital mammography ana

For federal deficit reduction commission, Medicare changes may be easier said than done

By Gordon Witkin

The salvo fired Wednesday by the co-chairs of a federal deficit reduction commission made clear that a host of budgetary sacred cows are in

Little-known AMA group has outsized influence on Medicare payments

By Joe Eaton and Joe Eaton

Early this month, a group of 29 doctors gathered in a modern conference room at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, a few blocks from Lake Shore Driv

Medicare: An entitlement out of control

By David Nather

If Congress had known in 1965 how expensive Medicare would become, it might not have approved the program in the first place. So Lyndon John

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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