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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...

Hospitals may soon have a Howard Beale moment from patients over charges

The most memorable scene in the iconic film "Network" is when Howard Beale, the deeply troubled news anchorman, exhorts viewers to shout "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to...

Is resistance to Medicaid expansion crumbling?

The lost dollars are whispering ever louder in the ears of Medicaid naysayers. Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it was up to states to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable...

In this era of obstruction, RACs do not stand a chance

A century and a half ago, Walt Whitman published a poem about the music carpenters, masons and other workers made as they went about their day. Americans make few products by hand now, so masonry...

So, what happened to healthcare inflation?

Is the cost curve in health delivery broken? All the recent data appears to verify it. Whereas the per capita cost of healthcare spending grew nearly 50 percent from 2000 to 2006, it's been much...

Hospitals should not garnish their patients' wages

Some time ago, I compiled a list of five better ways hospitals could collect on patient debt, concluding that "dunning and then suing patients with low incomes and few resources to respond is...

Gunshot wound victims may prove an opportunity for hospitals

The United States lives to some degree under the specter of the gun, and by extension so do its medical providers. It is a sobering fact but also one that could mean an opportunity for hospitals....

Why do we still attach poor people's estates to recoup Medicaid costs?

Our country has always had problems helping the poor without some sort of gimmick or catch. Listen to the sermon and find God, mop the soup kitchen floor after dinner is served, etc. It all plays...

What the Chinese healthcare system could learn from ours

It seems China is beating us on every front. They've got some 7,000 miles of high-speed rail tracks, while we have managed to manufacture at least that many arguments against building a...