Tag: healthcare

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.

Paul Kiel: For Nebraska’s Poor, Get Sick and Get Sued

May 2016

Cheap court fees and looser rules make suing over medical debts as small as $60 easy. Every year Nebraska collection agencies file lawsuits by the tens of thousands.

P.J. Podesta: Keeping the Devil at Bay

March 2016

Why the Left should be asking for more

David Morris: What Downton Abbey Teaches Us About Health Care

February 2016

The importance of community in an age of high tech, specialized medicine

Olga Pierce and Marshall Allen: How Denmark Dumped Medical Malpractice and Improved Patient Safety

January 2016

In the US, patients harmed during medical care have few avenues for redress. The Danes chose to forget about fault and focus on what’s fair.

Robert Reich: Medicare is Not the Problem

July 2015

Fifty years later, Medicare is still working and it can work even better.

Stephen Asher: Caduceus at the Crossroads

April 2015

A lifelong practitioner has a prescription for medicine.

A Louisiana Teacher’s Immodest Proposal for Synchronized Maternity Leave

February 2015

After her workplace, a Catholic school, dropped contraceptive coverage from the employee health care plan, one teacher came up with a proposal of her own.

Paul Kiel and Chris Arnold: Senator to Hospitals, Stop Suing Poor Patients

January 2015

Sen. Charles Grassley asks a Missouri nonprofit hospital to explain why it seizes the wages of thousands of its patients.

Paul Kiel: For Nonprofit Hospitals Who Sue Patients, New Rules

January 2015

Under new IRS rules non-profit hospitals must take extra steps to inform poor patients they may qualify for financial assistance.

When a Patient’s Death is Broadcast Without Permission

January 2015

The ABC television show NY Med filmed Mark Chanko’s final moments without the approval of his family."

Robert Reich: Getting a Grip on Ebola

October 2014

Ebola is not a crisis in the United States.

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.

Hippocratic Bloat

October 2014

American Empires: A journalist and a cardiologist discuss healthcare gone haywire and how Americans are medicating themselves to death.

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.

Ann Neumann: How the Other Half Dies

June 2014

Class in America: If a humane death is to become a human right, we have to address the socioeconomic barriers that block so many from proper end-of-life care.

Robert Reich: Healthcare for Pregnant Women is Inadequate

May 2014

How right-wing ideology puts pregnant women at risk.

Charles Ornstein: Freed of Disclosure Requirement, Drug Maker Pulls Doctor Payments Offline

March 2014

How pharmaceutical companies are waging the privacy war.

Barbara Garson: The Public-Private Profiteers

February 2014

Watching insurance companies fight every local public option to the death.

Lois Beckett: The PTSD Crisis That’s Being Ignored

February 2014

Not all trauma happens in Afghanistan.

Charles Ornstein: As HealthCare.gov Rebounds, New Glitches Hit Medicaid Enrollments

December 2013

Obamacare, like Goldilocks, needs enrollees to be neither too rich nor too poor, but just right.

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?

Nina Martin: A Dispute at a Catholic Hospital

November 2013

Gag rules at Catholic hospitals limit what doctors can do—and say.

Charles Ornstein: Why Two Obama Loyalists Lost Their Health Policies

November 2013

Two casualties of the transitioning American healthcare system.

Charles Ornstein: Why Health Insurance Cancellations Shouldn’t Be a Surprise

November 2013

An interview with health-care adviser Kip Piper.

A.C. Thompson: Elderly, At Risk, and Haphazardly Protected

October 2013

How assisted living went from humane solution to multibillion-dollar industry.

Robert Reich: The Democrat’s Version of Health Insurance Would Have Been Cheaper, Simpler, and More Popular

October 2013

So why did we enact the Republican version, and why are they so upset?

Charles Ornstein: A Tale of Two Obamacares — Which Is Right?

October 2013

Critics of the Affordable Care Act rollout say its technology problems are overwhelming. Defenders point to the states, where the health insurance marketplaces seem to be working.

David Morris: Let Red States Opt Out of Obamacare

October 2013

The government shutdown will have demonstrated the willingness, indeed the eagerness, of Republicans to do everything possible to stop the health care law.

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

June 2013

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

Robert Reich: The Hollowing Out of Government

May 2013

When Republicans can’t repeal laws they don’t like, they hollow them out, deny funds to fully implement them, and reduce funds to enforce them.

Charles Seife and Rob Garver: FDA Approved New Drug Despite Ongoing Investigation of Lab Misconduct

April 2013

Though agents found blatant fraud in a Houston lab, the FDA refused to question drug safety.

Robert Garver and Charles Seife: Double Dose

April 2013

In a second case of flawed drug research, FDA response was slow and secretive.

Jeff Gerth: “Burn the Data”

March 2013

Did a company try to hide risks of MRI dye Omniscan?

Robert Reich: The Minimum Wage, Guns, Healthcare, and the Meaning of a Decent Society

February 2013

The critical questions we face call for us to think about the kind of society we want to have.

Roe v. Wade at Forty: Beyond Pro-Choice

February 2013

Her name tag said 'Lynn Paltrow: Reproductive Justice.' Pulling out a sharpie, she added, 'And Drugs.'

Jay Walljasper: Who Needs Government?

January 2013

What’s right and what’s wrong with Libertarians’ vision of a volunteer society?

The Caregivers Coalition

January 2013

One of TIME and Newsweek’s most influential people of 2012, Ai-jen Poo works to address a swiftly aging population, and an exploited workforce, by reforming domestic labor standards.

Robert Reich: The Hoax of Entitlement Reform

January 2013

Cutting entitlements ignores the real problems behind the deficit.

Robert Reich: Repackaging Mitt as a Compassionate Conservative? It’s Too Late

September 2012

No amount of packaging can change what we already know about Mitt Romney.

Marshall Allen: Why Patient Harm Is One of the Leading Causes of Death in America

September 2012

In this Q&A, surgeon Marty Makary talks about his new book Unaccountable and explains why patient harm persists, and what to do about it.

Robert Reich: The Wrong Way to Save Money on Healthcare

September 2012

Shifting healthcare costs to the workers is not the answer.

David Morris: The U.S. Healthcare Debate – From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

August 2012

The American debate over healthcare seems absurd most everywhere else.

Robert Reich: Why the Supreme Court Will Uphold the Constitutionality of Obamacare

June 2012

Robert Reich predicts that the Supreme Court will come down six to three in favor of the Affordable Care Act.

Robert Reich: Healthcare Jiujitsu

March 2012

With a bit of political jujitsu, the President could turn any such defeat into a victory for a single-payer healthcare system—Medicare for all.

On the Fly: Anna Deavere Smith

June 2011 Actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith on “absorbing America,” “Nurse Jackie,” and her latest production, Let Me Down Easy.

Emergency Room

July 2010 This is what happens when patients lose their patience.

Last Temptation

August 2009 The former mouthpiece for insurance giant Cigna divulges his role in misleading the public, the emotional day that led to his whistle-blowing, and what should really scare you.