American-style health care system pushed in Canada

By Wendell Potter

Canada's conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to remake nation's health care system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil":

"… population growth.  Under this scenario, fast-growing provinces like oil-rich Alberta would fare much better than the relatively small, slow-growin …"

Massachusetts tackles next phase of health care reform: controlling costs

By Wendell Potter

Massachusetts leading the way in effort to control costs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… here the nation’s most sweeping reform bill was enacted in 2006 — when Mitt Romney was governor. But like the federal Affordable Care Act, the Bay State’s …"

A challenging two-step: cutting costs and covering the uninsured

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: the political challenges of both cutting costs and providing health care coverage.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… ce companies operate. That was the same focus of the bill former governor Mitt Romney signed into law in Massachusetts in 2006, which is why there are so many s …"

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?

Excerpts from this story referencing "pain":

"… lude popular and expensive treatments like arthroscopic knee surgery, back pain injections, CT heart scans, and lumbar fusion. By state estimates, the com …"

"… ewed three common, expensive and controversial treatments for chronic back pain: spinal injections, spinal stimulation, and transcutaneous electrical nerv …"

"… which are short outpatient procedures intended to reduce inflammation and pain. That saved more than $4.5 million a year, according to the state. It stop …"

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

By Fred Schulte

Medicare budget-cutters are targeting extra charges by hospitals

Daily Disclosure: Hospital PAC backs GOP House candidates

By Rachael Marcus

American Hospital Association spends big favoring opponents of Obama health care plan.

OPINION: Documentary captures what's wrong with U.S. health care

By Wendell Potter

Documentary 'Escape Fire' captures what's wrong with U.S. health care.

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.

ANALYSIS: Park City vantage point puts tragedy of American health care in vivid relief

By Wendell Potter

Death shows contrasts between Canadian, U.S. health care systems

Doctors skittish about health technology despite promise of big federal bucks

By Susan Jaffe

The federal government is paying physicians billions to adopt electronic health records, but doctors still aren't sure they want the cash

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal government":

"… ied bonus payments will thwart a competitive market.“This money that the federal government is waiving in front of everyone’s faces perverts the free market,” he …"

Proposed bill aims to expand health IT funds to mental health providers

By Kimberly Leonard and Josh Israel

Stimulus bill left many providers out, but costs of including them may doom the measure....

Excerpts from this story referencing "physician":

"… ll reduce medical errors, simplify administrative processes, and rebalance physician reimbursements to pay for the best quality care instead of the number of p …"

Stimulus to push electronic health records could widen 'digital divide'

By Fred Schulte

Federal plan may leave behind small hospitals and rural doctors

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Academy of Family Physicians":

"… Association in Kansas City.David Kibbe, a physician and consultant for the American Academy of Family Physicians, also said small medical offices “will be at a disadvantage” in gettin …"

Electronic health records probe expands to hospitals

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Sen. Grassley's inquiry seeks details on possible flaws with software

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kaiser Permanente":

"… ong the country’s leading users and pioneers of digital records, such as Kaiser Permanente, a California-based health system with more than 8 million members.Several …"

"… with the use of such products.”Spokespersons for two of the facilities, Kaiser Permanente and Massachusetts General Hospital, confirmed they had received the letter …"

Switch to electronic health records could miss federal targets

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Cut in stimulus spending suggests early estimates of the cost for the switch were too optimistic

Stimulus fuels gold rush for electronic health systems

By Fred Schulte

Competition among companies spawns bus tour, creative sales techniques

Excerpts from this story referencing "Siemens":

"… st companies, including General Electric, Microsoft, Dell and German-based Siemens Corp., already are working hard to sign up doctors and hospitals. [See lea …"

"… ladelphia between two of the industry’s biggest players. In the lawsuit, Siemens Medical Solutions accused rival Cerner Corporation of illegally trying to …"

"… y leader, about two months after President Obama signed the stimulus bill. Siemens alleged that Cerner sales teams told hospitals using Siemens equipment tha …"

"… timulus bill. Siemens alleged that Cerner sales teams told hospitals using Siemens equipment that Siemens would fail to qualify for the “maximum” stimulu …"

Fuzzy math? Rising costs in government's digital health stimulus

By Fred Schulte

Spending could be double the Obama Administration's public estimate of $19B

Excerpts from this story referencing "professor of law":

"… ite House. But it’s “totally hypothetical,” said Sharona Hoffman, a professor of law and ethic at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She said it co …"

Chamber of Commerce flowchart linked to former insurance industry lobbyist

By Joe Eaton

Free-market cheerleaders have long relied on the flowchart to push their notion that government intervention makes a hash of things. Republi