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A Bad Deal for Health Care in Illinois

Edwin Yohnka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Edwin Yohnka

In a little reported local move, Resurrection Health Care, a Roman Catholic health system, is seeking to sell two of its suburban Chicago hospitals to the nonsectarian Vanguard Health Systems.

Vacations With a Purpose: How PhilanthroTravel Fuels Project C.U.R.E.'s Mission

Leanna Clark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Leanna Clark

Although I was on my third trip to Cuba, I shared the same nervous excitement as my travel mates who were there for the first time.

After St. Joseph's: Are Women Still Safe in Catholic Hospitals?

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

Thomas J. Olmsted, the Catholic bishop of Phoenix, Arizona, has condemned and excommunicated a highly regarded nun who approved an abortion necessary to save a pregnant woman's life.

Scavenging for Organs: Why the Donor Famine Justifies A Radical Harvest

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

18 Americans die every day while waiting for an organ transplant, yet the American political establishment has been unwilling to champion non-traditional methods of expanding the organ supply.

The Truth Shall Set Us All Free (from Worry and Fear)

Andrew Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Rubin

In order to effectively reform the healthcare in America, there needs to be a baseline understanding of how the current system works. It is important that mistruths be dispelled.

Should Children Have A Right to Die?

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

Pediatric aid-in-dying is coming out of the medical closet. In an era of parental rights and child welfare, maybe we are finally ready to grant suffering minors the right to die.

Non-Profit Self Dealing at the Core of Health Care Inflation?

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

What is self dealing? Self dealing is directing business of the corporation to entities in which the director or board member may have interest.

Haiti Weather Report: Mostly Foggy With Rain Storms Expected

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Imagine all of the Federal buildings in Washington collapsing in less than a minute killing 30-40% of our government workforce, crippling the tax collection system leaving the government no money to pay salaries or overhead.

Experts: Move To Electronic Medical Records Needs Oversight

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz Huffington Post Investigative FundThough electronic health records may greatly improve medical care in the future, ...

Getting to Yes on Health Care Reform

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

The country faces two problems: costs and quality. With a sustained effort, we could solve our cost problems not by rationing, but by re-engineering care.

Checklists Alone Won't Change Health Care: The Full Story

Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D

Checklist can work, but it's not enough to merely hand doctors a piece of paper, we must respect and acknowledge each member of the care team and measure results.

FDA Considers Regulating Safety of Electronic Health Systems

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By Fred Schulte and Emma SchwartzHuffington Post Investigative Fund Concerned about potential safety risks in health information technology, the U.S....

Weathering the Economic Storm Amid a Shifting Health Care Landscape

James R. Knickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
James R. Knickman

During such tough economic times, the only way many organizations like hospitals will survive is by teaming up with others to create more sustainable institutions. In 2010, mergers and partnerships continue to play an important role in shaping the health care landscape.

Pope vs. Doctors: How New Vatican Orthodoxy Undermines Medical Ethics and Imperils Your Health

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

By challenging this longstanding system of benign neglect, bishops and zealots may believe they will achieve ideological purity. What they are actually doing is jeopardizing Catholic hospitals and public health.

'Cadillac Tax' Debate Shows We Don't Understand the Problem

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

The effort to expand health care coverage by enacting a so-called "Cadillac Tax" is perhaps contradictory. While such effort enables greater access for some, it effectively limits access for others.

Arthur Delaney

Health Care Reform Won't Do Much About Huge Hospital Bills | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Faith Ozan is furious about her son's hospital bill. She claims that Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital charged nearly 3,000 percent more for drugs used t...

Stimulus Fuels Gold Rush For Electronic Health Systems

The Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Fred Schulte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Editor's note: This story is published in conjunction with American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop. The government's $45 billion pl...

Viva Haiti

Anne Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anne Hill

Haiti needs our help long-term. After this crisis has passed, we need to figure out how to help the people of Haiti without repeating the missteps of our ill-begotten occupation a century ago.

The Age of Invisibility

Elissa Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Elissa Stein

People in New York are far more kind and generous than we get credit for. But not for the elderly. Not here. Not anywhere, really.

What Health Reform Can Learn From Cleveland Clinic | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

A century after Henry Ford began building cars on an assembly line, Cleveland Clinic has brought that technique to medicine, updated to reflect the la...

Let Insiders Make Health Deals

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Each time politicians seeking to make a deal try to move the ball forward, there's a vocal reaction from those who can't tell the difference between making a deal and selling out.

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.

St. Vincent's Hospital Lays Off 180 Employees | ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan announced Tuesday that it had laid off 180 of its 3,800 employees, blaming the recession and two years of health care...

Jay Carciero, Psych Patient, Is Killed After Attack On A Doctor

AP | BOB SALSBERG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BOSTON — A man stabbed a doctor while being treated at a psychiatric office at a Boston medical building Tuesday and was fatally shot by an off-...

On Hospice Care

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Amitai Etzioni

Despite the year-long, intensive debate about reforms in health care, we heard next to nothing about hospices. Hospices make the end of life much more humane (and less costly).