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Hospice: A Higher Calling

Brent Green | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Brent Green

Congress honored palliative care for terminally ill patients at the behest of American citizens, thus enabling Medicare and Medicaid funding. The higher, humanistic calling of hospice must not be regulated or prosecuted out of existence.

Guess Who Would Benefit From Privatizing Medicare?

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If you think the idea of privatizing Medicare has gone away, that the health insurance industry has thrown in the towel on one of its biggest goals, there was fresh evidence last week that you would be wrong.

The Overzealous 10 Percent and the Ask Upon Congress

Janet Dillione | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Janet Dillione

Last month, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) asked Congress to require prior authorization for doctors who order many diagnostic imag...

Reduce Unnecessary Hospital Readmissions

Diane C. Pinakiewicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane C. Pinakiewicz

Patients discharged from America's hospitals return much sooner than one might expect, exacting an enormous and unnecessary human and financial toll.

Providing Fair Value

Dr. Herbert Pardes | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dr. Herbert Pardes

In the Senate's health care reform package, hospitals would receive government rewards for providing value -- good care at a fair cost. It's a great idea. It should be done the right way.