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Sep 15, 2014 Medical costs: Hospital observation can be pricey

QUOTE: The distinction between inpatient and outpatient status matters: Seniors must have three consecutive days as admitted patients to qualify for Medicare coverage for follow-up nursing home care, and observation time doesn’t count for that three-day tally.

Charlotte Observer
Dec 02, 2013 As Hospital Prices Soar, a Stitch Tops $500

QUOTE: A day spent as an inpatient at an American hospital costs on average more than $4,000, five times the charge in many other developed countries...Rising costs of drugs, medical equipment and other services, and fees from layers of middlemen, play a significant role in escalating hospital bills, of course. But just as important is that mergers and consolidation have resulted in a couple of hospital chains — like Partners in Boston, or Banner in Phoenix — dominating many parts of the country...

New York Times
Oct 15, 2012 Death by Ideology

QUOTE: Even the idea that everyone gets urgent care when needed from emergency rooms is false. Yes, hospitals are required by law to treat people in dire need, whether or not they can pay. But that care isn’t free — on the contrary, if you go to an emergency room you will be billed, and the size of that bill can be shockingly high. Some people can’t or won’t pay, but fear of huge bills can deter the uninsured from visiting the emergency room even when they should. And sometimes they die as a result.

New York Times
Aug 14, 2012 A Giant Hospital Chain Is Blazing a Profit Trail

QUOTE: HCA’s emergence as a powerful leader in the hospital industry is all the more remarkable because only a decade ago the company was badly shaken by a wide-ranging Medicare fraud investigation that it eventually settled for more than $1.7 billion. Among the secrets to HCA’s success: It figured out how to get more revenue from private insurance companies, patients and Medicare by billing much more aggressively for its services than ever before; it found ways to reduce emergency room overcrowding and expenses; and it experimented with new ways to reduce the cost of its medical staff, a move that sometimes led to conflicts with doctors and nurses over concerns about patient care.

New York Times
Jul 25, 2012 Are cruise lines 'dumping' sick passengers?

QUOTE: I asked Royal Caribbean about its policy on dropping off passengers and whether the Claussens could have done anything differently. It declined to answer. Walker says that cruise lines keep their policies on emergency care confidential.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Jun 22, 2012 Getting Lost in the Labyrinth of Medical Bills

QUOTE: With the exception of Medicare and Medicaid, experts say, the amount paid for services — or the price your insurers pay — is based on the market power of the insurance company on the one side and the hospitals and providers on the other, and the reimbursement agreements they ultimately reach. So large insurers that command a lot of market power may be able to negotiate lower rates than smaller companies with less influence.

New York Times
Apr 24, 2012 Debt Collector Is Faulted for Tough Tactics in Hospitals

QUOTE: Hospital patients waiting in an emergency room or convalescing after surgery are being confronted by an unexpected visitor: a debt collector at bedside. This and other aggressive tactics by one of the nation’s largest collectors of medical debts, Accretive Health, were revealed on Tuesday by the Minnesota attorney general, raising concerns that such practices have become common at hospitals across the country.

New York Times
Aug 05, 2011 Ex-Lawmaker Still a Friend of Hospitals

QUOTE: House members are banned from lobbying on Capitol Hill for a year after leaving office (Mr. Pomeroy’s term ended in January), but Mr. Pomeroy, a Democrat, has teamed up with his former chief of staff, who is not subject to the restriction, as a lobbying partner.

New York Times
Jul 06, 2011 Spain Confronts Decades of Pain Over Lost Babies

QUOTE: Prodded by grieving parents, Spanish judges are investigating hundreds of charges that infants were abducted and sold for adoption over a 40-year period. What may have begun as political retaliation for leftist families during the dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco appears to have mutated into a trafficking business in which doctors, nurses and even nuns colluded with criminal networks.

New York Times
Nov 30, 2010 Abuses Found at Mexican Institutions for Disabled

QUOTE: the group, Disability Rights International, working with a Mexican human rights organization, said a yearlong investigation revealed “atrocious and abusive conditions” that included lobotomies performed without consent, children missing from orphanages, widespread filth and squalor, and a lack of medical care.

New York Times
Jun 10, 2010 Bringing Comparison Shopping to the Doctor’s Office

QUOTE: there has been no easy way for consumers to shop for the best deal on a colonoscopy or blood test. A start-up financed by prominent venture capitalists and the Cleveland Clinic, Castlight Health, aims to change that by building a search engine for health care prices.

New York Times
Apr 16, 2010 In Hospital Decision, Obama Finds Safe Ground on Gay Rights

QUOTE: President Obama has found a way to support gay rights that least offends those who oppose them. Allowing same-sex partners the same rights as straight couples to visit and make medical decisions for their hospitalized loved ones enjoys broad public backing, even as the country remains polarized over the question of marriage rights for gay men and lesbians.

New York Times
Oct 22, 2009 Research Uproar at a Cancer Clinic

QUOTE: community [research] centers may not always be adhering to the rigorous protocols of research medicine that the National Cancer Institute expects them to follow.

New York Times
Sep 26, 2009 Mandatory Flu Shots Hit Resistance: Many Health-Care Workers Required to Get Vaccines

QUOTE: With the H1N1 pandemic spreading rapidly, hundreds of thousands of doctors, nurses, orderlies and other U.S. health-care workers for the first time are being required to get flu shots, drawing praise from many public-health authorities but condemnation from some employees, unions and other critics who object to mandatory vaccination.

Washington Post
Sep 17, 2009 Why Don’t Doctors Wash Their Hands More? (Doctor and Patient)

QUOTE: Over the last 30 years, despite countless efforts at change, poor hand hygiene has continued to contribute to the high rates of infections acquired in hospitals, clinics and other health care settings.

New York Times
Sep 03, 2009 When Patient Handoffs Go Terribly Wrong (Doctor and Patient)

QUOTE: Physicians who are signing out may inadvertently omit information, such as the rationale for a certain antibiotic or a key piece of the patient’s surgical history. And doctors who are receiving the information may not assume the same level of responsibility for the care of that patient.

New York Times
Aug 13, 2009 Senators Investigate Hospital Purchasing

QUOTE: Senators from committees like finance, judiciary and aging are investigating the practices of companies that represent big networks of hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions. These group purchasing organizations select “preferred” manufacturers and negotiate the prices of medical products, which are a closely held secret.

New York Times
Aug 04, 2009 More than half of ER nurses have been assaulted on job

QUOTE: More than half of nurses who work in emergency departments report they've been physically assaulted on the job...

Jul 29, 2009 Texas Hospital Flexing Muscle in Health Fight

QUOTE: One of the largest sources of campaign contributions to Senate Democrats during this year’s health care debate is a physician-owned hospital [Doctors Hospital at Renaissance] in one of the country’s poorest regions that has sought to soften measures that could choke its rapid growth.

New York Times
Jul 15, 2009 Massachusetts in Suit Over Cost of Universal Care

QUOTE: A hospital that serves thousands of indigent Massachusetts residents sued the state on Wednesday, charging that its costly universal health care law is forcing the hospital to cover too much of the expense of caring for the poor.

New York Times
Jul 06, 2009 Familiar Players in Health Bill Lobbying: Firms Are Enlisting Ex-Lawmakers, Aides

QUOTE: The nation's largest insurers, hospitals and medical groups have hired more than 350 former government staff members and retired members of Congress in hopes of influencing their old bosses and colleagues.... public interest groups and reform advocates complain that the concentration of former government aides on K Street has distorted the health-care debate,

Washington Post
Jun 22, 2009 A Transplant That Is Raising Many Questions

QUOTE: Waiting times for a liver vary in different parts of the country, and people who can afford to travel are free to go to a city or state with the shortest wait and bide their time until they have reached the top of the list.... It is even conceivable that someone could go to the time and expense of registering for the waiting lists of several transplant centers around the country.

New York Times
Jun 19, 2009 Tax Breaks Under the Microscope: Should nonprofit hospitals be forced to stop behaving like greedy corporations?

QUOTE: $93.5 billion in federal subsidies are provided every year [to nonprofit hospitals] in the form of tax breaks. But research shows that nonprofit hospitals behave no differently from for-profit ones. And in some cases, nonprofits have been caught mistreating the poor for the sake of financial gains.

Jun 15, 2009 Lanham Hospital Fined for Not Reporting Errors

QUOTE: Doctors Community Hospital in Prince George's County has been fined by Maryland health regulators after failing to notify them that a patient had died and that at least seven others suffered serious harm last year as a result of mistakes by the medical staff.

Washington Post
Jun 15, 2009 How Much Does a Hospital Owe for Causing a Patient’s Death? The Verdict (Hear Ye! Hear Ye! )

QUOTE: In April 2008, the court upheld the gross negligence finding. Athena Hogue received the damages award earlier this year {for hospital gross negligence]

May 31, 2009 Hospitals Mobilizing to Fight Proposed Charity Care Rules

QUOTE: Hospitals plan to begin a lobbying campaign this week to prevent Congress from including charity care requirements in legislation to overhaul the health care system. “A formulaic, one-size-fits-all charity care standard will hamstring hospitals’ efforts to respond to the unique needs of their communities,”the bulletin [American Hospital Association] said.

New York Times
Mar 23, 2009 In hard times, illegal immigrants lose healthcare: In California, some counties consider screening them out from nonemergency services.

QUOTE: The recession – and a big state deficit ­– is leading some California counties to cut back on nonemergency health services to illegal immigrants. In others, cutbacks in services for the uninsured are hitting illegal immigrants especially hard.

Christian Science Monitor
Dec 09, 2008 Uninsured Put a Strain on Hospitals

QUOTE: As increasing numbers of the unemployed and uninsured turn to the nation’s emergency rooms as a medical last resort, doctors warn that the centers — many already overburdened — could have even more trouble handling the heart attacks, broken bones and other traumas that define their core mission. Even before the recession became evident, many emergency rooms around the country were already overcrowded, with dangerously long waits for some patients...

New York Times
Dec 08, 2008 The Evidence Gap: Weak Patchwork of Oversight Lets Bad Hospitals Stay Open

QUOTE: in late 2006 a state commission recommended that it be scaled back and merged with another hospital. The state’s inability to follow through on that plan for University provides a stark example of how hard it can be — not just in New York, but around the nation — to close or shrink hospitals, even when there is evidence they are providing costly and below-average care.

New York Times
Nov 08, 2008 Health Care Varies for Uninsured Immigrants

QUOTE: the haphazard way in which the American health care system handles cases involving uninsured immigrants who are gravely injured or seriously ill. Whether these patients receive sustained care in this country or are privately deported by a hospital depends on what emergency room they initially visit.

New York Times
Nov 07, 2008 Jewish Law's Meaning of Death Nears Court Fight: Parents Reject Doctors' Stand On Boy With Brain Tumor

QUOTE: the hospital says treating him is "offensive to good medical ethics" because, unlike the highly publicized cases of Terri Schiavo and Karen Ann Quinlan, the boy has no brain activity. His parents, Orthodox Jews from Brooklyn, say their faith does not define death in that way, and they reject the hospital's pronouncements that their son has been dead since Tuesday.

Washington Post
Nov 05, 2008 Health Tests To Think Twice About

QUOTE: Two problems with preventive health screens: First, plenty of screens don't really work that well. Many yield lots of false-positive results, which lead to unnecessary (and risky) treatments; others work, though not in time for patients to act, leaving them to a life of endless dread. Second, these screens can cost thousands of dollars, and many aren't covered by insurance.

Oct 20, 2008 Minorities More Likely to Die in ER

QUOTE: Blacks and Hispanics are more likely to die in U.S. emergency rooms after a trauma than white patients are, researchers report.

Washington Post
Sep 16, 2008 Code Aims to Aid Nurses: Group Says Foreign Hires Need Protection

QUOTE: A coalition of health-care groups this month unveiled a code of ethics it hopes will protect nurses from other countries from abusive employment practices when they take jobs in the United States.

Washington Post
Aug 28, 2008 Medical Bills You Shouldn't Pay: In a controversial practice known as "balance billing," health-care providers are going after patients for money they don't owe

QUOTE: As health-care costs continue to soar, millions of confused consumers are paying medical bills they don't actually owe. Typically this occurs when an insurance plan covers less than what a doctor, hospital, or lab service wants to be paid. The health-care provider demands the balance from the patient....this common practice, known as balance billing, often is illegal.

Jul 31, 2008 Workers' Religious Freedom vs. Patients' Rights: Proposal Would Deny Federal Money if Employees Must Provide Care to Which They Object

QUOTE: The Department of Health and Human Services is reviewing a draft regulation that would deny federal funding to any hospital, clinic, health plan or other entity that does not accommodate employees who want to opt out of participating in care that runs counter to their personal convictions...

Washington Post
Mar 13, 2008 Advertising: When a Corporate Donation Raises Protests

QUOTE: The coalition, which includes the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, several pediatricians and Parents for Ethical Marketing, is asking the hospital to reconsider the decision made in June 2006 to accept the donation [from Abercrombie & Fitch}...“It is troubling that a children’s hospital would name its emergency room after a company that routinely relies on highly sexualized marketing to target teens and preteens,” the members of the coalition wrote...

New York Times
Jan 22, 2008 Blood bank bias alleged against gay, bisexual men: Would-be donors say they're barred despite emergency

QUOTE: Would-be donors in the Seattle area are accusing blood banks of discriminatory policies banning most gay and bisexual men from giving blood.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Jan 19, 2008 Birth, The American Way

QUOTE: Natural-birth advocates say that hospitals, driven by profits and worried about malpractice, are too quick to intervene....If something does go wrong, in the eyes of the courts "a normal birth is a risk. The courts reward action," Block says.

Jan 16, 2008 Forced Rectal Exam Stirs Questions

QUOTE: Under what circumstances can a patient in an emergency room be forced to submit to a procedure that doctors deem to be medically necessary? That question — and the notion of informed consent — is at the heart of a civil case that is about to go to trial in March in State Supreme Court in Manhattan.

New York Times
Nov 27, 2007 Atlanta Hospital Moves to Unburden Itself of Debt

QUOTE: Advocates for patients have warned that the hospital would become less responsive to community needs if it was operated by a less political board. But with few other options and Grady’s fiscal condition worsening, the authority felt it had little choice.

New York Times
Nov 27, 2007 Lawyers step up to help veterans gratis

QUOTE: The approach marks the first time since the Civil War that attorneys have been recruited in large numbers to represent veterans. The lawyers hope their legal expertise will speed consideration of claims and result in better benefits for veterans, Stichman says.

Nov 14, 2007 Mentally Ill in Serbia Are Abused, Report Says

QUOTE: In the report, which is expected to be read closely by European Union officials who are assessing Serbia’s readiness to join the 27-member bloc, researchers concluded that “filthy conditions, contagious diseases, lack of medical care and rehabilitation and a failure to provide oversight renders placement in a Serbian institution life-threatening.”

New York Times
Oct 31, 2007 Council Says Some Hospitals Don’t Follow New Law on the Uninsured

QUOTE: “Hospitals are in a fiscal crisis,” he said. “They are being squeezed by the payers and they are being squeezed by the uninsured, and then we have the social and moral imperative to do the right thing for the patient. We really are between a rock and a hard place.”

New York Times
Oct 22, 2007 Wounded troops overwhelm care: The current means of caring for returning vets is antiquated, compounding concern over the long-term cost of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

QUOTE: The Government Accountability Office (GAO) last week cited "fundamental system weaknesses" on the part of both the Defense Department (DOD) and the VA in how they treat wounded vets – including not enough staff and staff training.

Christian Science Monitor
Oct 22, 2007 Care Critical for Homeless: Lack of Treatment for Chronic Diseases Sends Lives Spiraling

QUOTE: The No. 1 cause of death among the homeless is untreated chronic illness. Chronic illness does not often, by itself, cause homelessness, experts say, but it's an ingredient in the mix of crushing problems, which often includes troubled personal history or economic trauma.

Washington Post
Oct 17, 2007 Revamp Urged for Care of Veterans: Bush Forwards His Proposals To Congress

QUOTE: The proposals are part of a broader effort by the Bush administration to overhaul how wounded service members are treated once they come home from war, a project launched after revelations eight months ago of shoddy conditions and mind-numbing red tape at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Washington Post
Oct 11, 2007 Shortage of Beds And Psychiatrists Plagues Much of Va.: Reimbursement Cited as Problem, Too

QUOTE: Virginia lacks experienced psychiatrists to evaluate the mentally ill, there aren't enough beds for those seeking emergency treatment in many areas and hospitals are losing money on mentally ill patients, according to a state government report.

Washington Post
Aug 23, 2007 Collateral Damage: Gravely injured in an Israeli missile attack, a 5 year-old Palestinian girl is at the center of a fight over whether Israel should continue to provide treatment.

QUOTE: Although it has never formally accepted responsibility, the Israeli government has largely sponsored her complicated medical rehabilitation for the past 15 months. But now her father has been told by the Israeli Ministry of Defense that his daughter must leave Israel and return to the territory of the Palestinian Authority. "Sending her away from this hospital, out of Israel, is like sending her to hell," says Aman, 30.

Jul 24, 2007 Smoking Ban Is Proposed In Drug Centers

QUOTE: [Although] state officials say a deeper understanding about addiction triggers and the dangers of tobacco has changed the consensus on the best way to treat users .... this approach is not undisputed in the scientific community.

New York Times

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