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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...

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...