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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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Americans Too Poor To See The Doctor: Report

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.05.2012 | Business

Americans took fewer prescription drugs, visited the doctor less often, and made more trips to the emergency room for treatment as unemployment and th...

Hospital Costs Will Rise If Health Care Reform Falls: Study

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.04.2012 | Business

Health care reform repeal would slam big for-profit hospital chains like HCA, Community Health Systems and Tenet Healthcare as uninsured people contin...

Choosing the TEDMED 20 Great Challenges of Health Care

Rosina Samadani | Posted 06.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Rosina Samadani

Next week, 1,200 innovators, entrepreneurs, industry and government stakeholders, artists, and health care practitioners will attend the annual TEDMED conference in Washington, D.C.

Nasty Hospital Battle Brewing

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.28.2012 | Business

A nasty fight between two health-care companies is brewing in Pittsburgh with one company CEO going so far as to accuse his rival of trying to "rape" ...

Why Does it Seem Most Doctors are Not Compassionate?

Quora | Posted 05.22.2012 | Health and Fitness
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Lou Davis, Emergency Nurse One Sunday a few years ago, one of my colleagues Dan was dealing with tr...

Hospitals Under The Gun For...

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.19.2012 | Business

Federal antitrust regulators are targeting the flood of hospital mergers that emerged in the wake of the new health care legislation. Hospital comp...

Uruguay Probes Possible Hospital Homicides

AP | RAUL O. GARCES | Posted 05.18.2012 | Latino Voices

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — Murder charges were filed against two male nurses Sunday and a female nurse was charged with covering up a crime in a case...

Music Therapy Intervention In Medical Settings

Ronna Kaplan, M.A. | Posted 05.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Ronna Kaplan, M.A.

Music therapy services in medical settings such as hospitals take many forms. Patient outcomes are individualized and specific. Although benefits are often described in medical terms, music therapy is clearly for the "whole person."

Good For Business, Less So For Everyone Else

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.08.2012 | Business

As if hospital costs weren't high enough, prices may be about to ratchet up further in some locales. More U.S. hospitals are joining forces to weat...

Californians Caught in the Middle

Dave Regan | Posted 04.25.2012 | Impact
Dave Regan

What if your hospital charged you $21 per aspirin? And what if the same hospital charged a patient hit by a drunk driver more than the value of her house because she had no insurance? Well, that's California.

Jeffrey Young

Your Hospital Bills Could Get Worse With Mergers

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 02.23.2012 | Business

An uptick in hospital mergers is grabbing the attention of federal regulators, who are sounding alarms about potential increases in health care costs....

Why All Hospital Campuses Should Be Smoke-Free

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

A nurse shouldn't smell like she just smoked an entire pack of cigarettes. If my nose wrinkles at the foul odor of stale smoke on one of the hospital caregivers, imagine how the patient struggling with nausea must feel as the same nurse leans over them to listen to their chest.

Is Michael Graves the James Dyson of Healthcare?

Rosina Samadani | Posted 04.15.2012 | Business
Rosina Samadani

Michael Graves has noticed the deficit in understanding in the design of hospital rooms -- including layout, bathrooms, and even décor, and the tremendous need in assistive devices for patients.