Tag: Charles Ornstein

Charles Ornstein: Health Gadgets and Apps Outpace Privacy Protections, Report Finds

July 2016

In 2009, Congress asked for recommendations on what to do about information that falls outside the privacy law known as HIPAA. Today, health officials released their report, but offered no suggestions.

Charles Ornstein: New York Top Court Revives Suit Against Hospital That Let Man’s Death Be Filmed

April 2016

A hospital in New York allowed a TV crew to film a patient's death without permission.

Charles Ornstein: Medicare Spent $4.5 Billion on New Hepatitis C Drugs Last Year

April 2015

Medicare spent $4.5 billion on new Hepatitis C drugs last year.

Charles Ornstein: New York Legislation Would Make It a Felony to Film Patients Without Prior Consent

March 2015

The bill was filed after a ProPublica story about a man whose death was recorded by the real-life medical series “NY Med” without permission. His widow recognized her husband while watching the show on TV.

Robert Reich: Why We Allow Big Pharma to Rip Us Off

October 2014

America spends a fortune on drugs, more per person than any other nation on earth.

Charles Ornstein: Data to Be Withheld from Database of Physician Payments

September 2014

The federal government won’t release data on some research payments to doctors.

Charles Ornstein: Government Will Withhold One-Third of the Records from Database of Physician Payments

August 2014

Many payments to doctors made by pharmaceutical companies will not be included in the public release of the database next month.

Charles Ornstein: The Shutdown of the Pharma Payment Verification System

August 2014

The government had to take offline its system for doctors to verify payments from drug companies.

Charles Ornstein: Medicare Billing Outliers Often Have Disciplinary Problems, Too

June 2014

Medicare finds financial oversight associated with more serious problems.

Charles Ornstein: Medicare Overpays Billions

May 2014

The findings by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicate that many doctors bill for services very differently than their peers.

Charles Ornstein: Medicaid Programs Drowning in Backlog

April 2014

There are growing signs that Obamacare's Medicaid expansion is a victim of its own success, unable to keep up with demand.

Charles Ornstein: More Tools, Beyond Ratings, To Pick Your Doctor

April 2014

Doctor familiarity without the wire taps.

Charles Ornstein: Leaders of Teaching Hospitals Have Close Ties to Drug Companies

April 2014

Nearly every large drug maker based in the United States had at least one academic medical center official on its board, raising questions about their independence.

Charles Ornstein: Double Dip: Doctors Paid to Advise, Promote Drug Companies That Fund Their Research

March 2014

The conflict of interest between pharmaceuticals and clinical trials.

Charles Ornstein: Ad Endorsing da Vinci Robot Violated U of Illinois Policies

March 2014

When surgical team members endorsed the robot in an ad, controversy ensued.

Charles Ornstein: When a University Hospital Backs a Surgical Robot, Controversey Ensues

February 2014

Should an entire hospital department help advertise a medical robot?

Charles Ornstein: Some Predictions on How Medicare Will Release Physician Payment Data

January 2014

The government’s announcement that it will begin releasing the data seems to have ticked off both supporters and opponents of broader transparency in medicine.

Charles Ornstein: Obamacare – A Midterm Report Card

January 2014

How the Affordable Care Act is faring after the first half of the open enrollment period.

Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein: Medicare Wants Power to Ban Harmful Prescribers

January 2014

From Plan B to Part D, another controversial medical scenario.

Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein: Caught Up in a Medicare Fraud

January 2014

Either Joyce Heap was being given expensive medications for conditions she didn't have or something sinister was going on.

Charles Ornstein: Payment Due

December 2013

The Obamacare deadline no one is talking about.

Charles Ornstein: Six Questions About HealthCare.gov’s Future

December 2013

Will the improvements to the site be enough to ensure consumers can get coverage before the December 23 deadline?

Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber: Generic or Name Brand?

November 2013

With billions in potential savings for Medicare at stake, we asked drug experts and practitioners alike why more doctors don't recommend generics when they can.

Charles Ornstein: Brushes with the Medical System

November 2013

Four journalists describe how their own experiences with the health-care system has affected their reporting.

Charles Ornstein: Why Two Obama Loyalists Lost Their Health Policies

November 2013

Two casualties of the transitioning American healthcare system.

Charles Ornstein: Health Policy Canceled?

November 2013

What we know and don’t know about Obamacare’s effect on individual health insurance policies.

Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein: Why You Should Care About the Drugs Your Doctor Prescribes

July 2013

When taking prescription drugs, a lot is left unknown.

Tracy Weber, Charles Ornstein and Jennifer LaFleur: ‘Extreme’ Prescribers

June 2013

An Inspector General's report faults Medicare for not tracking abuses in prescriptions.

Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein: Dollars for Docs Mints a Millionaire

March 2013

A Nashville psychiatrist becomes the first physician to net $1 million in promotional-speaking fees from drug companies.

Charles Ornstein: How Mom’s Death Changed My Thinking About End-of-Life Care

March 2013

A veteran health reporter reflects on Medicare spending and family's hospital decision-making.

Kim Barker: Two Dark Money Groups Outspending All Super PACs Combined

August 2012

Two conservative non-profits have poured $60 million into the presidential race, far outspending the super-PACS.