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 "Insurance":

"… e campaign behind the scenes was the trade association, America’s Health Insurance Plans. With help from a right-wing Canadian outfit called the Fraser Insti …"

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 "Health":

"… e Bay State’s “Act Providing Access to Affordable, Quality Accountable Health Care” sought primarily to change the way Health insurers do business and …"

"… name of that Romneycare follow-up law — An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs Through Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Inn …"

"… After a year of data collection and analysis, the state’s newly created Health Policy Commission estimated last month that between 21 percent and 39 perc …"

"… on already is being tested. A review of a proposed merger between Partners HealthCare, the state’s largest hospital and physician network, and a smaller B …"

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 "Health":

"… first, the bad news. A report released last week by the Massachusetts’ Health Policy Commission said Health care costs are higher in the Bay State than …"

"… onsider to reduce Health care spending. That work, by the bipartisan State Health Care Cost Containment Commission (organized by the University of Virginia …"

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 "spokesman":

"… ide care that is “reasonable and necessary,” said Donald McLeod, a CMS spokesman. “If it works, we pay for it without regard to cost.” In fact, Medicar …"

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

By Fred Schulte

Medicare budget-cutters are targeting extra charges by hospitals

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… cutting costs],” said Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, a retired physician who heads HealthWatch USA, a patient advocacy group based in Kentucky.Tom Nickels, the Amer …"

"… reported on the incident last year.Because the center was owned by Baptist Health South Florida, the hospital-based system  slapped a $275 facility fee …"

"… e in future.Some hospitals do so already.  New patients at the Senior Health Clinic at North Hills Hospital in North Richland, Texas, receive a letter …"

"… that would require more disclosure so that patients can compare prices.The Health Care Price Transparency Promotion Act of 2012 (HR 5800) introduced in May …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… d by a true story Dr. Don Berwick, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, tells to make the point that solutions to seemingly …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Insurance":

"… nt really needed to do was get out of the way and let the free market work.Insurance company spokesmen like me assured the public that our then-novel managed c …"

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 "Office of the National":

"… sion centers for technical help to apply for the bonuses, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information, which runs the program in the Departme …"

"… alth and Health Services. Even the most optimistic estimates show that the Office of the National Coordinator has a good deal of work ahead.And there’s little doubt that …"

"… systems can be used reliably, regardless of their “capabilities.” The Office of the National Coordinator is working with the National Institute of Standards and Techno …"

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....

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 "Kaiser Permanente":

"… s bill was enacted — could receive windfall payments under the plan. The Kaiser Permanente health plan system, for example, has invested billions of dollars in digit …"

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

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 "North Carolina":

"… ow. Jonathan Oberlander, a health care policy expert at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said he strongly supports using stimulus funds to spur ado …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "health insurance industry":

"… reform bill.But a quick look at the Chamber analysis reveals links to the health insurance industry. To develop its chart, the Council turned to Leading Edge Policy and Strat …"