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Why Health Care Costs So Much: Both Parties Suck at Teat of Medical-Industrial Complex

Wendell Potter | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Will Congress act to save taxpayers billions of dollars -- and protect the solvency of the Medicare programs -- by taking on the AMA, the drugmakers and the insurers? Don't hold your breath.

VA Solutions Should Start With Transparency

Leah Binder | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

So how does the VA compare? We don't know. We don't have much data publicly available to begin with, and we have virtually nothing that compares VA hospitals with other American hospitals.

Insurers Are Fleecing Us Out of Billions While Congress Looks the Other Way

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

A year-long investigation by the Center for Public Integrity has revealed that health insurers may have fleeced taxpayers out of $70 billion in just five years.

The Power of Open Data

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Gov. Martin O'Malley

The questions we might be able to ask and answer with the release of the Medicare data are numerous, and significant.

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.

Don't Be Fooled by Latest Medicare Scare Campaign From an Insurance Front Group

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Ads supposedly sponsored by the Coalition for Medicare Choices started appearing last week warning that seniors will face higher costs, fewer benefits and a loss of provider choice if Congress and the administration don't take action.

Obamacare: What's in It for You? Plenty, So Take Time to Find Out

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Numbers show just how big the disconnect is between the reality of what's occurred in health care since Congress passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and the perception that people have of the law resulting from the relentless campaign of misinformation from the president's opponents.

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare Extension Granted To Sickest Enrollees

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

As many as 135,000 individuals enrolled in federally funded programs for people with pre-existing conditions will be given a few more weeks to find re...

Potential Medicare Cuts Impact Patients With Kidney Disease

Mike Spradley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Mike Spradley

One of the most basic rights we as Americans have is our voice to be heard. No matter where you are in America you should contact elected representatives to the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Tell them cuts to CDK and  ESRD  are unacceptable.

If Medicaid Is 'Broken' in Florida, Who Broke It?

Gary Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

The federal government may have established Medicaid, but it gave the states the job of running it. Each state has its own individualized program, with different rules and regulations, making federal oversight difficult, if not impossible.

How Does Healthcare.gov Really Work [Infographic] [Screenshots]

Eduardo Garcia | Posted 12.30.2013 | Technology
Eduardo Garcia

After spending some time trying to shop for insurance for my parents, and facing the same issues everyone has been having, I decided to put on my developer hat and try to figure out how this web application works.

Politics Aside, Is Obamacare Secure?

Adam Levin | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Adam Levin

The politics of the Affordable Care Act are irrelevant. The issue for me is privacy and data security and whether you're for Obamacare or against it, there are two ways the program's rollout could put your personal information at risk.

Jason Cherkis

Kentucky Obamacare Official Not Worried Like McConnell

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A day after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) demanded that the Obama administration delay the Oct. 1 launch of the health ...

Obamacare: This Will Not Be Painful

Angela Perkey | Posted 10.07.2013 | Business
Angela Perkey

It's less than two months before individuals can begin signing up for health insurance through the marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act.

What One Washington Could Learn From the Other About Reducing Health Care Spending

Wendell Potter | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Health policy experts have long contended that one of the key reasons the Medicare program will eventually run out of money is because of the outsized influence lobbyists for health special interests have in Washington.

Why You Are Being Charged for Mistakes Hospitals Make

Leah Binder | Posted 09.22.2013 | Business
Leah Binder

We can only hope for bipartisan common sense to prevail when hospitals ask to suppress information from the public that they themselves use to improve their performance.

What Laura Ingalls Wilder Could Teach Obamacare

Leah Binder | Posted 09.18.2013 | Business
Leah Binder

Thirty-two health systems in the United States are designated by the federal government as "Pioneer ACOs." Yesterday CMS, the agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid, announced that several of them are quitting as pioneers.

The Democratization of Health Care: Advancing the Analog to Digital Medicine Evolution

Gary Puckrein | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Gary Puckrein

Yes, government also has a vital role to manage the economy in a broad context; but it oversteps when it risks disrupting America's progress towards higher quality medicine and the improved health of the American people.

The Medicaid Expansion Dilemma in Florida: Senate's 'Florida Plan' Hits the Sunshine, Texas Hits Bottom

Gary Stein | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Gary Stein

Out of the 50 states, Florida ranks 48th in the number of people that have health insurance. That means only two states have fewer people insured, with Texas being the worst. More than one in every five Floridians have no way but self-pay or no pay when they need medical attention.

Medicare Paid Billions For Poor Nursing Home Care

AP | GARANCE BURKE | Posted 04.29.2013 | Fifty

SAN FRANCISCO — Medicare paid billions in taxpayer dollars to nursing homes nationwide that were not meeting basic requirements to look after th...

Penalizing Hospitals for Re-admissions: Will It Work?

D. Brad Wright | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

It raises questions about the quality of care provided while a patient is under observation, and it seems like an ideal way for hospitals not to lose up to 3 percent of their Medicare reimbursement going forward. So, will penalizing hospitals for re-admissions work?

Escape to the Movies This Weekend to See How We Can Create the World's Best Health System

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If you want to get a clearer understanding not only of why the U.S. health care system fails so many of us but, more importantly, how we can transform it to make it the best in the world, go to the movies this weekend.

To Save Medicare, Free It From Its Captors

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The bottom line is that, left to their own devices and without adequate oversight, doctors and hospitals can and do charge more for less.

Who's an Indian? The Feds Aren't So Sure

Dave Baldridge | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Dave Baldridge

It's time, after more than two centuries of dealing with American Indians, for the feds to get their act together and accept the broader definition of who's an American Indian in the Affordable Care Act.

Yolanda González Gómez

Major Healthcare Provider For Latinos Risks Medicare Funding Due To Negligence

HuffingtonPost.com | Yolanda González Gómez | Posted 11.12.2011 | Latino Voices

DALLAS -- Parkland Memorial Hospital, which has been cited by federal regulators for continued threats to patient safety, plans to sign a "systems im...