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":

"… mbia — During the year leading up to the 2008 presidential primaries, my insurance industry colleagues and I were working hard to influence the debate on hea …"

"… erican donors, AHIP put together a three-ring binder of talking points for insurance company executives  to use in speeches and media interviews. The con …"

"… o satisfy shareholders’ profit expectations created a situation in which insurance companies refused to sell coverage to people who’ve been sick in the pas …"

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 "Medicare":

"… al readmission rate in Massachusetts was higher than the national rate for Medicare beneficiaries for many major conditions. The group also concluded that dia …"

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.

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?

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 "Service Employees International Union":

"… ing policy. Hospitals are fighting back and have enlisted support from the Service Employees International Union, which represents more than one million nurses, doctors and other health c …"

Daily Disclosure: Hospital PAC backs GOP House candidates

By Rachael Marcus

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… election. However, it has contributed more than$761,000 to U.S. House and Senate candidates directly, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Its …"

"… r wrestling executive Linda McMahon, the Republican running  for U.S. Senate in Connecticut, and $1 million on anti-Romney ads in Ohio and Virginia.&nb …"

"… opposing former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. The super PAC is dedicated to helping Kaine’s opponent, former Sen. Geo …"

"… eased an ad opposing Rep. Denny Rehberg, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Montana. The super PAC reported spending $219,000 supporting Obama as w …"

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 "Bethesda":

"… as he is being transported to Germany and then to Walter Reed hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, after being injured in combat in Afghanistan. His journey to re …"

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 "WellPoint":

"… insurance industry. The two biggest health insurers, UnitedHealthcare and WellPoint, are giants because of their numerous acquisitions over the past several y …"

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 "Medicaid":

"… patients in Medicare. Or, if she cares for a certain number of low-income Medicaid patients, she could earn as much as an extra $63,750 over six years.The do …"

"… payments to physicians and hospitals nationwide. Another $114.5 million in Medicaid bonuses has been distributed to health care providers through May 31)She …"

"… qualify for the bonus payments under that program. They may be eligible as Medicaid providers for the electronic health record bonus if at least 30 percent of …"

"… ronic health record bonus if at least 30 percent of their patients receive Medicaid. Their portion of Medicaid patients hovers around 26 to 30 percent. After …"

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 "Medicare":

"… doctors and hospitals that fail to go paperless by 2016 face cuts in their Medicare payments as a penalty.Officials at the federal Office of National Coordina …"

"… m has often been cited by President Obama as a model.Officials who run the Medicare program and have the final say over the meaningful use regulations, declin …"

"… il responses to questions posed by the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, Medicare official Tony Trenkle said the agency “could not, as it developed the pr …"

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 "Medicare":

"… the decade to help doctors and hospitals purchase the systems. On Dec. 30, Medicare officials issued draft guidelines detailing standards that doctors and hos …"

"… ents. Starting next year, doctors can receive as much as $44,000 each from Medicare for buying the systems and making “meaningful use” of them. Hospitals …"

"… aningful use” of them. Hospitals are eligible for millions of dollars in Medicare bonus money.But Grassley, whose committee oversees Medicare, has expressed …"

"… of dollars in Medicare bonus money.But Grassley, whose committee oversees Medicare, has expressed doubts about the quality of some systems as well as the bus …"

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 "Technology":

"… ials and David Blumenthal, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.The document provides the most detailed information to date on the progres …"

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 "technology firms":

"… to electronic medical records has touched off a gold rush among scores of technology firms — even as many experts question whether the benefits of the products are …"

"… industry veterans see the stimulus spending as more of a windfall for big technology firms than a sensible use of tax subsidies.Prices for the systems “are simply …"

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 "Sharona Hoffman":

"… eo cast from the White House. But it’s “totally hypothetical,” said Sharona Hoffman, a professor of law and ethic at Case Western Reserve University School of …"

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