Charles Ornstein appears in the following:
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Wednesday, March 02, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow Tuesday to nascent efforts to track the quality and cost of health care, ruling that a 1974 law precludes states from requiring that every health care claim involving their residents be submitted to a massive database.
The arguments were arcane, but the ...
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
When Anthony McCann opened a thick manila envelope from the Department of Veterans Affairs last year, he expected to find his own medical records inside.
Instead, he found over 250 pages of deeply revealing personal information on another veteran's mental health.
"It had everything about him, and I could ...
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Improper access to the medical information of celebrities and people in the news has been a bane of health systems around the country for years. The proliferation of electronic medical records systems has made it easier to track and punish those who peek in records for no legitimate reason.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
In recent days, presidential candidates and even the American Medical Association have griped about rising drug prices, pointing to brand-name blockbusters with splashy ad campaigns.
When it comes to patient satisfaction, however, there isn't much difference between brands and generics, according to data collected by the website Iodine, ...
Thursday, October 08, 2015
A bill proposed Wednesday by two U.S. senators would require drugmakers and medical device manufacturers to publicly disclose their payments to nurse practitioners and physician assistants for promotional talks, consulting, meals and other interactions.
The legislation would close a loophole in the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, which requires companies ...
Thursday, August 27, 2015
The scene in front of clinics where abortions are performed is often tense, with clinic workers escorting patients past activists waving signs and taking photographs.
But increasingly, another drama is unfolding out back. There, abortion opponents dig through the trash in search of patient information.
Using garbage as their ammunition, ...
Thursday, August 06, 2015
Monday, July 06, 2015
A nurse practitioner in Connecticut pleaded guilty in June to taking $83,000 in kickbacks from a drug company in exchange for prescribing its high-priced drug to treat cancer pain. In some cases, she delivered promotional talks attended only by herself and a company sales representative.
But when the federal ...
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Few days went by last year when New Hampshire nephrologist Ana Stankovic didn't receive a payment from a drug company.
All told, 29 different pharmaceutical companies paid her $594,363 in 2014, mostly for promotional speaking and consulting, but also for travel expenses and meals, according to data released Tuesday ...
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Fraud and abuse continue to dog Medicare's popular prescription drug program, despite a bevy of initiatives launched to prevent them, according to two new reports by the inspector general of Health and Human Services.
Their release follows the arrests of 44 pharmacy owners, doctors and others, who last week ...
Monday, May 25, 2015
Monday, April 06, 2015
Last week, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban caused quite a stir on Twitter by suggesting that people, if they could afford it, get quarterly bloodwork to establish a baseline of their own health. A big failing of medicine, he wrote, is that "we wait till we are sick to have ...
Friday, March 20, 2015
It's hard to keep track of even the biggest health data breaches, given how frequently they seem to be happening.
Just Tuesday, health insurer Premera Blue Cross disclosed that hackers broke into its system and may have accessed the financial and medical records of some 11 million people. Premera's ...
Friday, February 27, 2015
In a string of meetings and press releases, the federal government's health watchdogs have delivered a stern message: They are cracking down on insurers, hospitals and doctors offices that don't adequately protect the security and privacy of medical records.
"We've now moved into an area of more assertive enforcement," Leon ...
Monday, December 15, 2014
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
The federal government unveiled data Tuesday detailing 4.4 million payments made to doctors and teaching hospitals by pharmaceutical and medical device companies.
The launch of the so-called Open Payments website, mandated under a provision of the Affordable Care Act, was far from glitch-free: Some users encountered long delays and ...
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The government's release of a trove of data Tuesday detailing drug and device companies' payments to doctors has been widely hailed as a milestone for transparency. Once posted, the information will let patients see if their physicians receive money from any of the companies whose products they prescribe.