Charles Ornstein

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Abortion Foes Scour Clinics' Trash For Discarded Records

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Garbage has become an unlikely battleground in the abortion debate, as anti-abortion groups seek evidence of privacy violations in clinics' dumpsters.


On Yelp, Doctors Get Reviewed Like Restaurants — And It Rankles

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Doctors hate online rankings, saying patients don't get the nuances of medicine. But health care reviews on Yelp are more positive overall than they are for restaurants and other services.


Industry Payments To Nurses Go Unreported In Federal Database

Monday, July 06, 2015

The latest data on drug and device company payments to health professionals largely exclude nurse practitioners and physician assistants, even though they play an increasing role in patient care.


Industry Payments To Doctors Are Ingrained, Federal Data Show

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

The latest data on payments from drug and device companies to doctors show that many doctors received payments on 100 or more days last year. Some received payments on more days than they didn't.


Fraud Still Plagues Medicare's Prescription Drug Program

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

More than 1,400 pharmacies billed for questionable prescriptions last year, according to the inspector general at Health and Human Services. That includes prescriptions for commonly abused opioids.


'Kiss Everybody': Voice Mails Live On After Parents Are Gone

Monday, May 25, 2015

Writer Charles Ornstein's parents endure in many forms, he says. Most of those, he doesn't carry in his pocket. But the voice mails — those unscripted moments of everyday life — he does.


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.