A call for more scrutiny of private Medicare Advantage plans

By Fred Schulte

Researchers say aggressive billing by private plans may require more scrutiny

Excerpts from this story referencing "professor of law":

"… labeled and everybody's going to believe it,” he said. Seth Chandler, a professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center and Obamacare critic, noted that p …"

How Medicare Advantage plans code for cash

By Fred Schulte

Federal study criticizes Medicare Advantage and calls for changes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… billing for an inordinately high number of patients with complications of diabetes. Despite its broad implications for Medicare spending, the study by HHS r …"

"… . Even more striking, according to the study, is how much higher reported diabetes rates have been in certain health plans than others. The study tracked rap …"

"… began, up to last year, and made them public for the first time. Overall, diabetes with serious complications, which pays higher rates, was reported as much …"

Critic of artificial sweeteners pilloried by industry-backed scientists

By Chris Young

Any criticism of the artificial sweetener industry is met with a barrage of criticism, often from questionable sources.

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… be at increased risk of excessive weight gain, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.” Seizing on the “opinion” tag, the foo …"

"… ted them with short- and long-term health problems, including weight gain, diabetes, cardiovascular disease — even cancer. The conflicting studies have spar …"

"… f sugary foods and beverages that are more clearly tied to weight gain and diabetes. But when it comes to long-term health effects, he says, “There is some …"

What to do if your drinking water contains arsenic

By David Heath

Millions of Americans unwittingly consume arsenic, a potent carcinogen also linked to IQ deficits in children, in their drinking water.

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… e include bladder, lung, liver and skin cancer, heart disease, strokes and diabetes. Recent studies have suggested that arsenic may cause IQ deficits in child …"

Home is where the money is for Medicare Advantage plans

By Fred Schulte

Medicare Advantage home visits may not improve health, but boost risk scores and cost taxpayers billions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… their services as “revenue optimization.” Predilytics, a Burlington, Massachusetts, health information analytics firm, markets software to Medicare Advantage …"

Health insurers have their way with regulators

By Fred Schulte

Billions in Medicare Advantage overpayments likely gone for good.

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… ly pay more for people with chronic or costly diseases, such as cancer and diabetes with complications, and less for those in robust health. Lawmakers also ho …"

Why Medicare Advantage costs taxpayers billions more than it should

By Fred Schulte, David Donald and Erin Durkin

Critics warned of billing abuse in Medicare Advantage health plans, but oversight is lagging.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Medical Association":

"… vidual doctors were paid by Medicare. The decision drew criticism from the American Medical Association, which has argued that it violated the privacy of doctors. CMS principal d …"

Medicare Advantage made simple: a glossary

By Fred Schulte

Definitions for lesser-known terms relating to Medicare.

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… Medicare Advantage plans that enroll people with chronic diseases such as diabetes and take other steps to manage their care. …"

Health care costs will mushroom as injured veterans age

By Jessica Wilde

News21 investigation finds injured veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan will need costly care for decades.

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… s likely will lead to other medical issues, ranging from heart disease to diabetes, for example, as post-9/11 veterans age. “So we have the same phenomeno …"

"… smoking, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Amputations are associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease, osteoart …"

"… eight at age 30 to 40, rather than treating his coronary artery disease or diabetes at age 50,” Geiling, Rosen and Edwards wrote. “Society is not yet con …"

OPINION: smoothing out Medicaid's 'churn'

By Wendell Potter

Proposed legislation would protect folks from briefly losing benefits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… o significant increases in hospitalization  for chronic diseases like diabetes, asthma and mental disorders. “Churning has a pervasive negative impact …"

In India, verdant terrain conceals clues to a fatal kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… a. They come from farming communities and are mostly poor. Few suffer from diabetes or hypertension. The climate is sweltering, toxic pesticides are used libe …"

In Sri Lanka, breakthroughs, setbacks and a spiritual touch

By Sasha Chavkin and Anna Barry-Jester

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… a. Its victims are mostly male agricultural workers who do not suffer from diabetes or hypertension, the usual causes of the illness. The government and WHO c …"

As kidney disease kills thousands across continents, scientists scramble for answers

By Sasha Chavkin

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… victims are relatively young and mostly farm workers, and few suffer from diabetes and high blood pressure, the usual risk factors for renal disease. They ex …"

"… gh kidney disease has killed more people in El Salvador and Nicaragua than diabetes, HIV/AIDS and leukemia combined in the last five years on record, the Cent …"

"… utions have been reluctant to recognize the problem. Most CKD is caused by diabetes, obesity or hypertension, all fast-growing problems in the developing worl …"

"… we could control and the major causes of death: heart disease, cancer and diabetes,” said David McQueen, a U.S. delegate from the Centers for Disease Contr …"

Report: Too little mental health care for boomers

By The Associated Press

Aging boomers to face hard time finding mental health care; report urges geriatric training

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… side, older adults with untreated depression are less likely to have their diabetes, high blood pressure and other physical conditions under control — and c …"

Health care options for young, healthy and broke

By The Associated Press

Insurance options for those with lots of health, little wealth: Is the cheapest choice best?

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… the 15 percent of young people who have chronic conditions like asthma or diabetes, and the young women looking to have a baby," said Aaron Smith, 30, co-fou …"

ANALYSIS: Why the insurance industry needs Obamacare to stay in business

By Wendell Potter

The insurance industry is banking on the individual mandate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… old, the chronically ill, and those with pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes.” And here’s what Larry English, the former president of Cigna He …"

Support our new investigation into a deadly disease killing agricultural workers

By Ellen Weiss

Support our investigation of a disease that is killing workers around the world.

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… dney disease is a manageable illness that mostly affects older people with diabetes and high blood pressure. But in Central America, each year thousands of ag …"

ANALYSIS: Slogans versus substance in the battle over ObamaCare's future

By Wendell Potter

Tea Party slogans distort the Affordable Care Act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… re born with disabilities or who developed life-threatening illnesses like diabetes or cancer. It was perfectly legal for them to refuse to sell coverage to a …"

ANALYSIS: This just in, insurers required to speak plain English

By Wendell Potter

Obamacare rule requires health insurers to speak plain English

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Health and Human Services":

"… nt.While the media was obsessing about the contraceptives controversy, the Department of Health and Human Services unveiled a final rule that even the Catholic bishops should support. Start …"

Brominated battle: Soda chemical has cloudy health history

By Brett Israel

Experts now urge a closer look at a chemical, banned in other countries, now popping up in U.S. sodas.

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… sumption of BVO would not cause any health problems — except the risk of diabetes and obesity from drinking that much sugar water," said Zane Horowitz, medi …"

ANALYSIS: Despite GOP claims, U.S. health care nowhere near 'best' in the world

By Wendell Potter

Americans pay more for health care than anyone in the world, but our system is not the best

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… tes of avoidable hospital admissions for people with asthma, lung disease, diabetes, hypertension and other common illnesses.When it comes to access to physic …"

ANALYSIS: Losing the public relations war

By Wendell Potter

ObamaCare backers are being outhistled

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… worse than Americans when it comes to surviving cancer, being treated for diabetes, getting a hip replacement when needed and getting an appointment with a s …"

ANALYSIS: Obama plan helping those with pre-existing health conditions

By Wendell Potter

Obama health plan will prevent insurance firm denials for pre-existing conditions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Health and Human Services":

"… benefits and rates in your state, visit healthcare.gov, a Web site of the Department of Health and Human Services.It’s important to note that most employers that offer coverage to their …"

Podiatrists have their foot in the door

By Josh Israel and Kimberly Leonard

Podiatrists are taking advantage of payments for installing electronic health records

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… For diabetics I can keep a closer eye on them to help better manage their diabetes and potential complications.”Some in the medical community are not thril …"

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 "diabetes":

"… records would let him generate a list every month of patients at risk for diabetes who need blood sugar levels checked. The list would also identify patients …"

"… as simple as electronic reminders prompted doctors to screen patients for diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer, and increased the number of patients who …"

Nursing home patients put at risk by antipsychotic drugs, IG says

By Laurel Adams

Medicare claims for antipsychotic drugs given to nursing home patients in question

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… stem problem; tardive dyskinesia, a movement problem; high blood sugar and diabetes; and very low blood pressure resulting in dizziness and fainting.In 2009, …"

During Mitch Daniels’ decade at Eli Lilly, the drug giant paid billions in fines and settled thousands of lawsuits

By Joanne Kenen and Rochelle Sharpe

Eli Lilly paid billions in fines, settled thousands of lawsuits while Daniels was an executive at the drug giant

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… already mandated warning labels be put on Zyprexa to warn of the danger of diabetes, hyperglycemia and death. At that time, a Lilly spokeswoman said the compa …"

"… s of significant weight gain and increases in blood sugar that could cause diabetes. More than 16 percent of patients in the company’s clinical trials gaine …"

"… uring Daniels’ last year at the company, executives received advice from diabetes doctors retained as consultants, who warned: “Unless we come clean on th …"

Will digital technology reduce gap in health between rich and poor?

By Emma Schwartz

Two years ago, the Ethio American Health Center opened its doors in the nation’s capital, promising the country’s largest community of Ethio

Excerpts from this story referencing "senior vice president":

"… experiences of a much broader group of Americans,” said Adolph Falcón, senior vice president of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, an advocacy group.Research s …"

Are new digital networks part of the cure?

By Emma Schwartz

Targeting the chronically ill, Obama Administration bets millions

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… — These days, Debra Richardson, a 53-year-old former schoolteacher with diabetes and other chronic diseases, spends a lot of time thinking about how to tur …"

"… some rural and others in major cities — will focus at least partly on diabetes, a disease that is both debilitating and expensive to treat. The fede …"

"… ce aims to reduce blood sugar levels in at least one of four patients with diabetes, increase the numbers of people who take their medications as directed and …"

"… The Hawaii group hopes to improve care for people with conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity who live in rural areas with shortages of …"

Can Cleveland clinic be a model for digital medicine?

By Emma Schwartz

Hospital’s success with electronic records raises hope and caution

Excerpts from this story referencing "diabetes":

"… e and pricks his finger to test his sugar levels. Though he’s lived with diabetes and hypertension for decades, he no longer has to bother with pen and pape …"

"… eers on measures including how well they treat or prevent diseases such as diabetes. Yet doctors distrusted the data at first, and it took months of programmi …"

"… fits of electronic health systems were limited to chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, that could produce enormous cost savings. Chronic diseas …"

"… r Disease Control and Prevention.Giuliani, the public defender living with diabetes, is a case in point. In the past, it was up to him to take his blood press …"