Tag: Medicare

Robert Reich: Medicare is Not the Problem

July 2015

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

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

April 2014

Doctor familiarity without the wire taps.

A.C.Thompson: Assisted Living Giant Is Focus of Federal Probe

March 2014

Assisted living needs its own checkups.

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.

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.

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.

Robert Reich: Selling the Store

March 2013

Why Democrats shouldn’t put Social Security and Medicare on the table.

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.

Mattea Kramer: Tough Talk for America

October 2012

A guide to the presidential debates you won't be hearing.

Robert Reich: The Fanatical GOP

August 2012

In its stance on everything from Medicaid to millionaires, the new Republican platform shows the growing extremism within the party.

Robert Reich: Whose Plan Destroys Medicare — Obama’s or Romney-Ryan’s?

August 2012

Mitt Romney has charged that the Affordable Care Act will make massive cuts in Medicare. Is he right?