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Here Come The Feds: Minnesota Hospital Faces Sanctions Over Shaking Down Patients

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.15.2012 | Business

A Minnesota hospital company that worked with debt-collection firm Accretive Health is in hot water with the federal government over allegedly harassi...

Why Every Week Should Be Nurse Appreciation Week

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Throughout history, the culture of medicine has revered the role of a physician as the core to patient care and medical recovery. Yet in my personal work experience, absolutely no care would be delivered without the critical role of a nurse.

Boards Can't Police Charities, So New Oversight Measures Are Urgently Needed

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 10.01.2012 | Business
Pablo Eisenberg

The boards at Penn State and the University of Virginia are the most recent prominent examples demonstrating why we can't trust boards. But plenty of other institutions have proved time and again that they can't hold their institution's finances or programs accountable.

Jeffrey Young

Paid In Full: Controversial Hospital Debt Collector Barred From Minnesota

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.31.2012 | Business

Accretive Health, a hospital billing and debt-collection contractor accused of badgering patients for money, won't be allowed to do business in Minnes...

Health Care 101: Dealing With Your Difficult Patient

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 09.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

A friendly reminder to those just starting out in their respective health care positions: Your patient demographic will not be solely be made up of sweet old grandmothers telling you how lovely you look in scrubs or a white coat.

Why Medicine Can't Seem to Fix Simple Mistakes

ProPublica | Posted 09.19.2012 | Healthy Living
ProPublica

NYU's Langone Medical Center sent 12-year-old Rory Staunton, now deceased, home in March and then failed to notify his doctor or family of lab results showing he was suffering from a raging infection.

Crowdfunding May Revolutionize Health Startup Funding

Dave Chase | Posted 09.09.2012 | Small Business
Dave Chase

A new organization, MedStartr, is bringing this concept to health care, where it can be particularly challenging to get a startup off the ground.

The Obamacare Scare: Medical Debt Collectors in Scrubs?

Adam Levin | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Adam Levin

What does it say about us as a nation where patients waiting in an emergency room or lying in (or near) recovery rooms after surgery can be confronted by a special "relative" or friend at their bedside? It's your friendly medical debt collector, holding an invoice.

Jeffrey Young

Rick Scott Vs. The Hospital Industry: How GOP Defiance Over Medicaid Sets Up A Lobbying Fight

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business

Republican governors like Rick Scott of Florida who say they will defy President Barack Obama and opt out of a planned expansion of Medicaid health co...

Shareholder Sues Debt-Collection Company Over 'Deplorable' Practices

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business

The problems just keep piling up for the nation's most famous collector of hospital debts. Accretive Health, the Chicago-based debt collection comp...

Jeffrey Young

Health Insurers And Hospitals To Welcome New Customers, Though Reform Raises Big Questions

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 06.28.2012 | Business

The Supreme Court decision to uphold President Barack Obama's health care reform law eliminates much of the uncertainty facing health insurance compan...

Moody's: Obamacare May Hurt Hospitals

Reuters | Posted 08.28.2012 | Business

June 28 (Reuters) - Moody's Investors Service on Thursday said the health-care reforms in the federal Affordable Care Act remain a c...

Hospital Debt Collection Could Soon Get Tougher

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.26.2012 | Business

When it comes to settling hospital bills, government officials want to give patients a little bit of breathing room. New rules proposed last Frida...

The Health of Our Nation Hangs in the Balance

Matthew Heineman | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Matthew Heineman

There are innovative solutions already at work in communities across the country. There are very smart clinicians, hospital administrators, policy-makers, business executives, and community leaders who are fighting to rescue the system.

Hospitals May Be The Next Big Boon For Wall Street

Reuters | Posted 08.21.2012 | Business

(Repeats story transmitted late on Wednesday) By Susan Kelly June 21 (Reuters) - In economically distressed northeastern...

Does Anyone Actually Sleep In The Hospital?

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 08.18.2012 | Healthy Living
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

A new study shows that in a hospital setting, nocturnal noises can slow down the healing process. Ironic, isn't it? The place where people go to heal may actually be set up to slow the healing process.

Dave Jamieson

Nurses 'Pit Against' Low-Wage Hospital Workers In Union Spat

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.16.2012 | Business

One labor union’s position on nurse-to-patient ratios in California hospitals has outraged other unions that represent registered nurses in the stat...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.