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HBO's Will Scheffer takes on CMS, hospice revenue: A must-watch for healthcare finance leaders

The first time I saw the dark HBO comedy "Getting On," every single healthcare policy synapse lit up in my brain. That one 30-minute episode explored the Centers for Medicare &...

Place the blame for high hospital prices squarely on deregulation

"That government is best which governs least" is a quote attributed to founding father Thomas Jefferson. Even if Jefferson almost certainly did not say or write those words, it has been...

In subsidy battle, too much hand-wringing and not enough analysis

Since the U.S. Supreme Court decided last month it would hear the case of King v. Burwell, my colleagues in the media have been worrying aloud as to whether the Affordable Care Act will be gunned...

5 things I'm thankful for--but could still be better

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season upon us, there are lots of changes going on in the healthcare arena that I'm thankful for. Since this is not a perfect world, things can be better....

Happy Fierce Friday!

In between shopping for Black Friday specials, visiting with family and friends, and eating Thanksgiving leftovers, enjoy a collection of some of our favorite original interviews and special reports...

Note to hospitals: Stop charging rape victims for their exams and care

Although Portland Oregonian sports columnist John Canzano deliberately buried the lede in his profile of Brenda Tracy last week, it was a story that concluded on a far more inspirational note than...

Medicaid expansion rollbacks could bode an ill omen for hospitals

Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act remains stalled in two dozen states. That has created parallel financial universes for hospitals that operate in nonexpansion states versus those...

Why Kaci Hickox's rationality is sorely needed

Kaci Hickox rocks. This composed and completely tough-as-nails Maine nurse has moved me to poetry. If America begins cloning anytime soon, use her. Hickox, as most of you know, told Chris Christie...

A dozen fees providers may soon charge patients

Now that hospitals and other providers have become highly invested in nickel-and-diming their patients with fees that have little to do with the care they actually provide (they're also in...

Ebola in US could have shed light on hospital medical errors--but it hasn't

The Ebola virus' history in the United States has been quite limited: One overseas and two domestic infections in total, far fewer than the number of people in the country who will die today...