Charles Ornstein

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Tracking Your Own Health Data Too Closely Can Make You Sick

Monday, April 06, 2015

Why not check bloodwork a few times a year as some celebrities advise? Because too much testing can lead to false positives (and abnormalities that don't threaten health) and to unnecessary treatment.


Despite A Wave Of Data Breaches, Fed Says Patient Privacy Isn't Dead

Friday, March 20, 2015

Hackers may have gained access to records for 11 million people covered by Premera Blue Cross. It's the latest lapse keeping an obscure government agency that investigates the breaches busy.


Fines Remain Rare Even As Health Data Breaches Multiply

Friday, February 27, 2015

Since 2009, a federal watchdog has levied only 22 penalties against health care organizations for failing to safeguard information about patients.


Prolific Prescribers Of Controlled Substances Face Medicare Scrutiny

Monday, December 15, 2014

In the face of abuse concerns, Medicare covered more prescriptions for potent controlled substances in 2012 than in 2011. Top prescribers often have faced disciplinary action or criminal charges.


5 Things We Learned From New Database Of Payments To Doctors

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Royalty and licensing payments accounted for almost a third of the amount paid to doctors by drug and device companies. The total exceeded the amount spent on speeches, consulting and meals.


Database Flaws Cloud Sunshine On Industry Payments To Doctors

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A federal website set to go live Tuesday will disclose drug and device companies' ties to doctors. The release marks a milestone, but could be misleading for patients checking up on their doctors.


4 Years Of Lessons Learned About Drugmakers' Payments To Doctors

Monday, September 29, 2014

American doctors received at least $1.4 billion in payments from drug companies last year. What did the companies get for their money?


Suspicious Use Of AIDS Drugs Costs Medicare $30 Million

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Medicare is paying for HIV drugs for hundreds of patients who may not have the disease, an inspector general's investigation finds. A 77-year-old woman with no record of HIV got $33,500 of medication.


VIDEO: Man Didn't Mind The Gap, But Fellow Passengers Help Him Out

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Scores of train passengers in Australia united to help a man whose leg was stuck between the train and the platform. All of them pushing at once, they tilted the train and freed the man's leg.


When Federal Privacy Laws Protect Hospitals Instead Of Patients

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A 1996 law has been cited to scold a mom taking a picture of her son in a hospital and to keep information away from police investigating a possible rape at a nursing home.


Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Federal data, obtained by ProPublica under the Freedom of Information Act, show that nearly 1 million insurance transactions have taken place since the middle of April.


Why Are Obstetricians Top Billers For Group Therapy In Illinois?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Illinois leads the U.S. in group psychotherapy sessions for Medicare patients. Some top billers aren't mental health specialists. The state's Medicaid program has cracked down, but the feds haven't.


How A Fanny Pack Mix-Up Revealed A Medicare Drug Scam

Friday, July 11, 2014

Two secretaries in a doctor's office have pleaded guilty and a pharmacy owner faces charges in a scam that Medicare allowed to thrive for more than two years.


Sanctions Common Against Doctors With Odd Medicare Billing

Friday, June 20, 2014

Medicare data show a pattern of problematic payments to doctors with a history of disciplinary action. Yet state medical boards don't usually look at billing as a trigger for investigations.


New Jersey Ambulance Companies Take Medicare For A Ride

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Garden State costs Medicare more than any other state for ambulance rides per kidney dialysis patient. A crackdown is set to start, but at one big dialysis center, ambulances remain everywhere.


Medicare Frequently Overpays Doctors For Patients' Visits

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The agency that runs Medicare said it doesn't plan to review the billings of doctors who almost always charge for the most expensive visits because it isn't cost-effective to do so.


Following Abuses, Medicare Tightens Reins On Its Drug Program

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Medicare gives itself the power to ban doctors if they prescribe medications in abusive ways. The action follows a ProPublica series that found inappropriate prescribing, waste and fraud.


For Some Doctors, Almost All Medicare Patients Are Above Average

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Recently released Medicare data show that 1,800 doctors and other health providers nearly always charge Medicare the highest rate for patient care. Experts challenge the legitimacy of the charges.


Medicare Kept Paying Indicted, Sanctioned Doctors

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Among doctors who received payments from Medicare in 2012 are dozens who had been kicked out of Medicaid, or charged with fraud, or settled fraud cases out of court, a ProPublica investigation finds.


Ad For Surgical Robot Violated University of Illinois Policies

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A medical center surgical team endorsed the da Vinci robot in an advertisement that ran in The New York Times Magazine in January. A university review found no fraud but said rules weren't followed.