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.

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 "Massachusetts":

"… being implemented as Congress intended, or how to make sure it isn’t — Massachusetts legislators have focused their attention on the next phase of reform: heal …"

"… e focused their attention on the next phase of reform: health care costs. Massachusetts is where the nation’s most sweeping reform bill was enacted in 2006 — …"

"… ER — neither Romneycare nor Obamacare went far enough. Now, once again, Massachusetts lawmakers are leading the nation, or at least trying to. And this year, we …"

"… ast month that between 21 percent and 39 percent of all health spending in Massachusetts in 2012 could be considered wasteful. The panel found, for example, that t …"

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 "Oregon":

"… ,” Berenson said. Washington saves, Washington spends Like Washington, Oregon and Minnesota also have public committees that use safety, effectiveness a …"

"… to, said Mark Gibson, director of the Center for Evidence-based Policy at Oregon Health & Science University, which staffs an evidence-based decision a …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… in political contributions and lobbying costs this year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.Nickels, the hospital association lobbyist, said Congress is looking for w …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… what those of us in the health insurance industry said when our friends in Congress were able to block passage of President Clinton’s health care reform leg …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… Dr. Don Berwick, who served until recently as head of the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.As fate would have it, I am staying in a hotel with …"

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 "Coordinator":

"… cal help to apply for the bonuses, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information, which runs the program in the Department of Health …"

"… s. 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 doctors in s …"

"… liably, regardless of their “capabilities.” The Office of the National Coordinator is working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to deve …"

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 "Congress":

"… rstone Research Institute.Implementing the technology without a boost from Congress will be difficult for mental health and addiction treatment providers beca …"

"… . Neither bill made it past committee or even received a committee vote as Congress wrestled with financial-sector reform, an arms treaty, the repeal of “Do …"

"… y, the legislation would produce long-term savings for the government. The Congressional Budget Office, however, has yet to score the bill, and the Obama admi …"

"… tion.But promises of long-term savings may not offer much reassurance to a Congress already hesitant to spend money — particularly when it comes to health c …"

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 "Florida":

"… enge in rural communities and small towns,” said Gayle Harrell, a former Florida state representative who serves on the federal policy panel. “We’re co …"

Electronic health records probe expands to hospitals

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama administration":

"… rst set under President George W. Bush. The project picked up steam in the Obama administration, which regards it as vital to controlling soaring health care costs.In May …"

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 "Obama administration":

"… heir records electronically. The government’s spending, part of the Obama administration’s $787 billion economic stimulus, promises to give as much as $44,000 to …"

"… omment for this article.Enthusiasm for the plan runs deep among key senior Obama administration officials and informal policy advisors, some with ties to big-name health …"

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 "Health":

"… public estimate and the entry in the budget of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mostly arises from the government’s calculation that …"

"… be about $19 billion — and have continued to use that number even after Health and Human Services prepared budget documents in May that adjusted spending …"

"… ’s estimate is a sound way to explain the price of the plan, he said. “Health information technology can help reduce unnecessary Health care spending an …"

"… n to wire up more than half a million doctors and about 5,000 hospitals. A Health and Human Services press release announcing the appointment of David Blume …"

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