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It's Time to Ensure That Nonprofit Hospitals Serve the Poor

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Pablo Eisenberg

The Illinois and North Carolina examples should serve as a lesson to the rest of the country about what happens when hospitals financial interests are allowed to dictate decisions about health-care for the poor.

Nurses, Patients Voice Frustration Over Avoidable Hospital Staffing Crisis

Michelle Chen | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

The National Nurses Union and California Nurses Association, a founding affiliate, have called for RN-to-Patient staffing ratios, which would help ensure a set number of qualified nurses proportionate to the patient population.

Hospital CEO To Step Down Amid Accretive Health Debt-Collection Controversy

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.24.2012 | Business

Mark Eustis, the president CEO of a Minnesota hospital company under fire from state and federal authorities for allegedly harsh tactics its employees...

Jeffrey Young

'Do You Want To Pay Now?': How A Hospital Hounded A Sick Patient | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.21.2012 | Business

No one at the hospital ever said Bruce Folken's medical care would suffer if he didn't pay up, but it sure felt that way. Folken, 62, went to Fairv...

'We Are Giving The Image That We Are Money-Hungry,' Hospital Workers Say

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.14.2013 | Business

Employees at Minnesota hospitals that contracted with Accretive Health repeatedly complained about the company's methods of getting money from patient...

Jeffrey Young

Hospital Debt Collector Taps Washington Bigwigs In Bid To Restore Reputation | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.15.2012 | Business

Accretive Health, a debt-collection company under fire for allegedly hounding hospital patients over unpaid bills, has hired former President George W...

When Hospitals Become Factories

Barron H. Lerner | Posted 07.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Barron H. Lerner

In recent years, medical educators have warned that hospitals are growing more impersonal and have urged young doctors to treat patients as people -- not diseases.

Healing Health Care

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 07.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

In his interview, Dr. Soon-Shiong raises the need for more integrated health care with the patient at the center and focus on the cost of not doing so vs. the current focus on what things cost.

Hospital Patients, Unready To Leave, Being Pushed Out Anyway

Posted 05.15.2012 | Business

Hospital patients, unready to go home, are being pushed out the door anyway. Pressure to meet financial obligations is pushing large hospitals to ...

Jeffrey Young

For Your Own Good: Debt Collectors Say They Help Hospital Patients By Demanding Money | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.11.2012 | Business

Accretive Health, a debt-collection company under fire from Minnesota and federal officials for aggressive tactics to squeeze money from hospital pati...

Jeffrey Young

Rahm Emanuel Fights For Widely Criticized Debt Collector | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.08.2012 | Business

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants his Democratic colleague Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson to lay off hospital debt-collector Accretive Health,...

U.S. Health Care Costs Highest In Industrialized World: Study

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.03.2012 | Business

Health care in America costs more than in other industrialized nation and we aren't even getting the world's best care for our dollars, according to a...

Jeffrey Young

Here Come The Feds: Hospital Debt Collection Under Scrutiny From Obama Cabinet Member And Democrats | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.02.2012 | Business

Government regulators are looking into reports of aggressive debt collectors hassling patients at hospitals. Health and Human Services Secretary Ka...

Nonprofit Hospitals Sued 40,000 Patients Over Unpaid Bills

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.27.2012 | Business

Hospitals in North Carolina are taking debt-collection to a whole new level. Certain North Carolina hospitals sued 40,000 patients for unpaid bill...

Jeffrey Young

Debt Collector May Face Federal Investigation For 'Abusive' Hospital Tactics | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.26.2012 | Business

A debt-collection agency that reportedly worked to obtain money owed by patients inside U.S. hospitals should be investigated by federal authorities, ...

Watch Out For The Undercover Debt Collector

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.24.2012 | Money

Next time you're at the hospital, be on notice: The person taking down your information and admitting you for treatment might not be a hospital employ...

Appendicitis Treatment Can Cost Up To $183,000 In California: Study

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business

If you need to have your appendix removed in California, it could cost you as little as $1,529 or as much as $182,955. What's worse, there's practical...

Health Care Costs Rise Nearly 6 Percent Nationwide: Report

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.20.2012 | Business

Health care costs are rising at an ever-increasing pace, according to a new report. Health insurance companies and Medicare paid 5.8 percent more p...

Threat Of Increased Hospital Closures Looms

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.17.2012 | Business

Nonprofit hospitals are having a tough time getting the cash they need to stay in business and the situation only looks to get worse, according to a r...

Company 'Proud' Of $43 Million Medicare Fraud Settlement

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.11.2012 | Business

The second-biggest for-profit hospital chain in the U.S. has agreed to pay $42.8 million to settle allegations it overcharged Medicare during the midd...

Linking Healthy Hospitals with Healthy Communities and a Healthy Planet

Gary H. Cohen | Posted 06.10.2012 | Impact
Gary H. Cohen

A healthy environment is not a luxury item. It is an essential human right. We not only need to defend our air, our water, our food supply, our homes and communities, we need to defend the first environment -- the bodies of our families, our children and grandchildren.

Hospitals Waste $3.8 Million A Year: Study

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.10.2012 | Business

Having to return to the hospital for another round of treatments for the same medical condition isn't just emotionally draining, potentially dangerous...

Overtreatment in Cancer: Common Sense Medicine

David Casarett, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
David Casarett, M.D.

ASCO's admonition to avoid ineffective treatment is unlikely to constrain the use of chemotherapy in advanced cancer significantly, because although it's good advice, it's difficult to put into practice.

New Campaign Against Controversial Hospital Handout

Posted 04.09.2012 | Parents

Four months ago, the AP could report that "New mothers in Rhode Island will no longer leave the hospital with a free goody bag of infant formula." ...

Not So Fast: Judge Blocks Hospital Merger As Regulators Warn Of Risk To Consumers' Wallets

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.06.2012 | Business

Antitrust regulators have won a round in their fight to stop two Illinois hospitals from merging, a development the Federal Trade Commission says if p...