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.

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 "Congress":

"… ing measures, because its authority is limited, cuts are controversial and Congress frequently interferes. Washington state, however, is making the tough cho …"

"… vernor vetoed. “Medicare should be doing this, but it gets rolled by the Congress,” said Dr. Robert Berenson, a health policy expert at the Urban Institut …"

"… e Payment Advisory Commission (MEDPAC), an independent agency that advises Congress on issues affecting Medicare. Berenson pointed to several high-profile exa …"

"… s affecting Medicare. Berenson pointed to several high-profile examples of Congress meddling with coverage policy, including the case of the late Sen. Ted Ste …"

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 "vice-chairman":

"… ncrease the cost of their services.”Dr. Robert Berenson, a former MedPAC vice-chairman, said the proposed changes would lead to “major league savings” and co …"

"… Congress will cut off these payments is not yet clear.  Former MedPac vice-chairman Berenson said that any policy change would need to account for losses hosp …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… han$761,000 to U.S. House and Senate candidates directly, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Its independent spending backs Republicans but its direct candidate contr …"

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 "Maryland":

"… being transported to Germany and then to Walter Reed hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, after being injured in combat in Afghanistan. His journey to recovery — …"

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 "health insurance industry":

"… Republican National Convention, I was reminded of what those of us in the health insurance industry said when our friends in Congress were able to block passage of President …"

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 "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....

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 "Kathleen Sebelius":

"… enators sent a letter on Feb. 9 asking Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to restore this funding in the final regulations. They said that doing so …"

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 "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

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 "news media":

"… aid if delivery of health care is made more efficient. Officials told the news media in March the cost would be about $19 billion — and have continued to use …"

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