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Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) New York Times Source Aug 14, 2012

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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
Mar 10, 2011 U.S. Regulators and J.&J. Unit Reach a Deal on Plant Oversight

QUOTE: Federal regulators reached an agreement on Thursday with a unit of Johnson & Johnson that would impose greater federal oversight at three manufacturing plants responsible for recalls of children’s Tylenol and many other popular over-the-counter medicines... Last year, the company’s (Johnson & Johnson) DePuy unit recalled two different hip implants, affecting tens of thousands of patients worldwide. Its Animas unit recalled tens of thousands of insulin pump cartridges last month because they had the potential to leak and deliver too little insulin, the company said.

New York Times
Aug 13, 2010 Pharmacists Take Larger Role on Health Team

QUOTE: While some of the services being offered to Ms. Gelinas resemble those found in an old-fashioned neighborhood drugstore, others reflect the expanding role of the nation’s pharmacists in ways that may benefit their customers and also represent a new source of revenue for the profession as a whole. Some health plans are even paying pharmacists to monitor patients taking regular medications for chronic illnesses like diabetes or heart disease. “We are not just going to dispense your drugs,” said David Pope, a pharmacist at Barney’s. “We are going to partner with you to improve your health as well.”

New York Times
Jul 17, 2010 Insurers Push Plans That Limit Choice of Doctor

QUOTE: As the Obama administration begins to enact the new national health care law, the country’s biggest insurers are promoting affordable plans with reduced premiums that require participants to use a narrower selection of doctors or hospitals.

New York Times
Jul 31, 2009 F.C.C. Looking Into Rejection of Google App for iPhone

QUOTE: In its letter to Apple, the F.C.C. asked the company to explain why it rejected the application and removed the related applications from its App Store. A spokesman for Apple declined to comment, saying the company does not typically discuss regulatory issues.

New York Times
Jul 01, 2009 Insured, but Bankrupted by Health Crises (The Work-Up)

QUOTE: an estimated three-quarters of people who are pushed into personal bankruptcy by medical problems actually had insurance when they got sick or were injured.

New York Times
Jun 02, 2009 Health Insurers Balk at Some Changes

QUOTE: Insurers... have agreed to sell policies even to people with pre-existing medical conditions....Industry has made no such promises about another segment of the health insurance market...the market for small employers.

New York Times
May 09, 2009 Hospitals Pay for Cutting Costly Readmissions

QUOTE: even when hospitals find ways to greatly reduce the return trips [of patients], saving money for Medicare and other insurers, their efforts go unrewarded. In fact, because insurers typically pay hospitals to treat patients... hospitals can actually lose money by providing better care.

New York Times
May 07, 2009 Taxing Those With Insurance to Pay for Those Without

QUOTE: Simply put, the government would tax the people who already have the most expensive health benefits, as provided by their employers....the additional taxes could affect many workers who are far from affluent and put the cost of adequate coverage further beyond the reach of many Americans. Some critics also warn that the taxes could undermine the employer-based coverage that is the bedrock of the nation’s health insurance system.

New York Times
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
Oct 26, 2008 Quickly Vetted, Treatment Is Offered to Patients

QUOTE: "F.D.A. officials defend the quick-review process as a way to promote innovation. Because most new products are simply an improvement on an existing device, they say, there is rarely need for a full review.... Critics say the F.D.A.’s process for reviewing medical technology, under which medical devices have become a $75 billion-a-year industry in this country, is often too lax."

New York Times
Jul 17, 2008 Advocating a Treatment, but Denied Access to It

QUOTE: In a lawsuit filed in federal court on Wednesday, the mother, Cheri Gunvalson, is suing the company for access to an experimental drug that she says could help her 16-year-old son in his battle with a rare but devastating disease, Duchenne muscular dystrophy. While the mother claims that executives repeatedly assured her that her son would get the drug, the company denies ever making such promises and says the drug is not ready for widespread use.

New York Times
Feb 22, 2008 Suit Says Spinal Disk Maker Falsely Won F.D.A. Approval

QUOTE: A patient suing the maker of an artificial spinal disk now says the original maker of the device...and the investment firm that financed its development misled patients and federal regulators about the disk’s safety and effectiveness.

New York Times
Feb 13, 2008 New York Investigates Medical Rate Setting

QUOTE: Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo [is] investigating whether the nation’s health insurance companies [have] systematically forced patients to pay more than they should when using doctors or hospitals outside of their insurer’s networks...“We believe there was an industrywide scheme perpetuated by some of the nation’s largest health insurers to deceive and defraud consumers,” Mr. Cuomo said...

New York Times
Jan 30, 2008 In Spinal Device Research, Questions on Conflicts

QUOTE: The way the Prodisc [an artificial spinal disc] was tested and approved provides a stark example of conflicts of interest among clinical researchers — conflicts that are seldom evident to doctors and patients trying to weigh the value of a new device or drug...[Some medical experts say] clinical researchers with conflicts may have incentives to overstate the value of a new product for patients.

New York Times
Nov 13, 2007 A Health Plan for Wal-Mart: Less Stinginess

QUOTE: But the changes in its policies have accomplished what once seemed impossible. Many of its most ardent critics have put down their pitchforks. Andrew L. Stern, whose Service Employees International Union set up an advocacy group to attack Wal-Mart three years ago, now concedes that “there is clearly a focus on covering more people.”

New York Times
Jun 14, 2007 In Health Care, Cost Isn’t Proof of High Quality

QUOTE: Stark evidence that high medical payments do not necessarily buy high-quality patient care is presented in a hospital study set for release today… as consumers, insurers and employers pay more for care, they are not necessarily getting better care. Expensive medicine may, in fact, be poor medicine.

New York Times
Apr 02, 2007 Some Hospitals Call 911 to Save Their Patients

QUOTE: As the number of doctor-owned surgical hospitals grows, federal and state officials now acknowledge that the government rules may be too vague about the emergency abilities a hospital must have in place. Regulators are particularly concerned about the very small hospitals that focus on only a few kinds of surgery but perform operations that frequently require an overnight stay. While Medicare’s rules currently say a hospital must “meet the emergency needs of patients in accordance with acceptable standards of practice,” the details are left largely to the hospital’s discretion. Federal and state officials say they are now reviewing the guidelines to toughen the rules and make them more specific.

New York Times
Oct 20, 2006 Side Effects: New Nerve Test, a Moneymaker, Divides Doctors

QUOTE: many neurologists, who stand to lose money and patients from the growing popularity of the device, say that the general practitioners who use it are not always capable of discovering the true cause of a patient’s symptoms. Some insurers and other doctors also have qualms about use of the automated test to diagnose possible nerve damage.

New York Times
Aug 18, 2006 Side Effects: Heart Procedure Is Off the Charts in an Ohio City

QUOTE: But some outside experts say they are concerned that Elyria is an example, albeit an extreme one, of how medical decisions in this country can be influenced by financial incentives and professional training more than by solid evidence of what works best for a particular patient.

New York Times

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