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Eric Whitney

Reporter, Colorado Public Radio

Eric Whitney appears in the following:

Replacing An Ambulance With A Station Wagon

Friday, September 05, 2014

There's nothing like an ambulance when you really need one, but they're expensive, and a lot of people who call an ambulance would actually be better served with a different, cheaper kind of care.

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Numbers Of Americans With Health Plans Way Up, But States Vary

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The biggest jump since 2013 has been in states that expanded Medicaid and created insurance exchanges. Arkansas has fared best — reducing its percentage of uninsured from 22 to 12.

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What Looks Like Overcharging By Your Hospital Might Not Be

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

In 2012, Medicare was rocked by allegations that hospitals were systematically overcharging the program by miscoding electronic medical records. A study released Wednesday took another look.

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Power To The Health Data Geeks

Monday, June 16, 2014

There's a gold rush on in health information technology. Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are betting on companies that aim to help consumers, insurers and providers save money.

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How Health Insurance Exchanges Are Like Flea Markets

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

To know if taxpayers got good value in setting up the health care exchanges we need to see what happens in the next few years, economists say. Will buyers and sellers keep coming?

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High Charges By Doctors May Or May Not Be Red Flags For Fraud

Saturday, May 17, 2014

That which walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, is not always actually a duck.

That's the argument the American Medical Association has been using for decades to block public access to doctors' Medicare billing records. The AMA worries that people and the press will misinterpret the numbers ...

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Colorado Redraws Insurance Map To Cut Sky-High Ski-Town Rates

Monday, May 05, 2014

Relief is in sight – and it won't involve a lawsuit – for the four counties in Colorado that have the the highest Obamacare health insurance premiums in the country.

Local officials in the ski resort region in the mountains west of Denver had threatened to sue over ...

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Obamacare Sign-Ups Show Wide Variation By State, Ethnicity

Friday, May 02, 2014

New numbers and demographic information released by the White House Thursday reveal some telling details about the 8 million people who selected new health insurance through HealthCare.gov and state marketplaces.

Almost half — 3.8 million — of all of the people who signed up did so in the ...

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Rural Hospitals Weigh Independence Against Need For Computer Help

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hospitals in out-of-the-way places are making trade-offs as they adopt electronic medical records. Some are joining larger health systems, while others are searching for ways to go it alone.

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Doctors' Billing System Stays Stuck In The 1970s For Now

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Last week Congress delayed an upgrade of codes that govern the U.S. health system. Some say this will waste millions of dollars and make cost-saving and life-saving research more difficult.

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Small Health Insurance Co-Ops Seeing Early Success

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Karl Sutton belongs to a farmers co-op in Montana where member-owners share costs and revenue. A health insurance co-op appeals to him, too — but can the model grow beyond its niche market?

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90-Day Grace Period Under New Health Law Has Insurers Flustered

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Under the Affordable Care Act, the grace period to pay a health insurance premium late has been extended to 90 days. Eric Whitney of CPR reports that this extension has insurers and doctors worried.

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Despite Setbacks, Bipartisan Support Remains For Colorado Exchange

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Colorado spent years and millions of dollars creating its own health insurance marketplace. While enrollment hasn't met expectations, the backers of the exchange still support it.

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A Love Of Medicine Runs Through Three Generations

Saturday, February 15, 2014

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After Fire And Floods, Colo. Town Now Faces A Hospital Crisis

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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Sophisticated Prosthetics Help Liberate Disabled Adventurers

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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Listeria Outbreak Still Haunts Colorado's Cantaloupe Growers

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Two years after cantaloupe were linked to one of the worst foodborne outbreaks in U.S. history, lawyers have filed a fresh round of lawsuits. Meanwhile, farmers are trying to win back customers after their signature crop was tarred by a broad brush.

Only one Colorado farm supplied cantaloupes ...

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Obamacare: People With Disabilities Face Complex Choices

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Affordable Care Act has set new standards — called essential health benefits — outlining what health insurance companies must now cover. But there's a catch: Insurance firms can still pick and choose, to some degree, which specific therapies they'll cover within some categories of benefit. And the ...

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Doctors Heed Prescription For Computerized Records

Monday, July 15, 2013

Uncle Sam wants your doctor to go digital. And the federal government is backing that up with money for practices that start using computerized systems for record keeping.

Nearly half of all physicians in America still rely on paper records for most patient care. Time is running out for those ...

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