Billing complexity spawns new industry

By Fred Schulte

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

Rush to higher-paying codes

Rush to higher-paying codes

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.

Growth of electronic medical records eases path to inflated bills

By Fred Schulte

Billing software helps medical professionals document higher fees.

In India, verdant terrain conceals clues to a fatal kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Report Medicare fraud

What to do if you suspect Medicare fraud

Stories from our partner

Our story on Chronic Kidney disease in Sri Lanka was reported in conjunction with PRI’s The World

In Sri Lanka, breakthroughs, setbacks and a spiritual touch

By Sasha Chavkin and Anna Barry-Jester

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Slideshow: Mystery in Sri Lanka

By Anna Barry-Jester

Mystery in Sri Lanka

As kidney disease kills thousands across continents, scientists scramble for answers

By Sasha Chavkin

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Do you know of other outbreaks of mystery CKD?

We believe that mystery CKD among rural workers may be a broad international epidemic - and we need your help to figure out how widely it is

About the 'Mystery in the Fields' project

By Ronnie Greene

About the Project: Mystery in the Fields

Slideshow: Mystery in the Fields

By Anna Barry-Jester

Mystery in the Fields

Map of mystery CKD cases

Cases of CDKu in Sri Lanka and India

OPINION: ObamaCare's crucial benefits

By Wendell Potter

Health care law will cap out-of-pocket spending

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.

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.

Live Chat: 'Mystery in the Fields' reporters Sasha Chavkin, Anna Barry-Jester and Rhitu Chatterjee

'Mystery in the Fields' Reporters Sasha Chavkin, Rhitu Chatterjee and Photographer Anna Barry-Jester will be taking questions.

OPINION: Maine's health care fantasy

By Wendell Potter

'Common sense' Maine law created more problems than solutions

OPINION: The illusory promise of free-market health care miracles

By Wendell Potter

Republicans keep touting free-market health care, but there's no evidence it works.

OPINION: Physicians' group will barnstorm conventions with truth-telling on ObamaCare

By Wendell Potter

Doctors for America will provide reality check, dispense free care.

Manipulating Medicare in the election season

By Gordon Witkin

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

OPINION: GOP Medicare plan means older Americans will pay more

By Wendell Potter

Paul Ryan's medicare plan shifts more costs to older Americans.

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