Jordan Rau

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Premiums Rise Faster For Flexible Health Plans Than For HMOs

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The cost of health plans that allow more choices of doctors and hospitals is rising almost twice as much as those with rigid networks, finds an analysis of markets around the country.


Medicare Fails To Save Money So Far On Cooperative Care Experiment

Monday, September 14, 2015

Health care practitioners who band together can earn Medicare bonuses by saving money. Most of the groups decline potentially richer deals that include penalties for excessive spending.


Home Health Agencies Get Medicare's Star Treatment

Thursday, July 16, 2015

For the first time, the government is using a star system to rate agencies that care for seniors in their homes. Medicare was stingy with top ratings and also the poorest scores.


When Hospitals Close, Frequent Fears About Care Aren't Realized

Monday, May 04, 2015

Mortality rates for Medicare patients don't rise in communities after their hospitals shut down, say Harvard researchers who analyzed 195 closures across the country.


Brand-Name Medicines Dominate Medicare's $103 Billion Drug Bill

Friday, May 01, 2015

Federal officials released prescription histories of hundreds of thousands of doctors and identified the most common and costly drugs. Medicare spent the most on a purple pill for heartburn.


Top Hospital Ratings Prove Scarce In Medicare's Latest Tally

Friday, April 17, 2015

Only 7 percent of the nation's hospitals assessed by Medicare were good enough to win 5-star ratings. The government used patient reviews to come up with the grades.


With Medicare Pay On The Line, Hospitals Push Harder To Please Patients

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The federal government now factors patient satisfaction ratings into the rates Medicare pays hospitals. Some hospitals with lower ratings are finding it's difficult to change patients' perceptions.


Fancy Hospital Flourishes Often Fail To Impress Patients

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A beautiful new building with the latest amenities may not count for much when patients size up how well doctors and nurses cared for them in the hospital.


UCLA Outbreak Highlights Challenge Of Curbing Infections

Friday, February 20, 2015

The lethal bacteria that sickened people at a Los Angeles hospital belong to one of three types the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hospitals should most urgently monitor and prevent.


Medicare Looks To Speed Up Pay For Quality Instead Of Volume

Monday, January 26, 2015

The administration wants to tie more of Medicare's spending on health care to quality and to encourage doctors and hospitals to be more frugal in their spending.


Hospitals' Medicare Quality Bonuses Get Wiped Out By Penalties

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Medicare is giving hospitals financial incentives to provide better care. But so far about half of the hospitals that got incentive payments found them canceled out by other quality programs.


Health Insurance Prices: Highest In Alaska, Lowest In Sun Belt

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A look at the 10 least and 10 most expensive places for health insurance shows a wide gap in prices for the same level of coverage.


Is Your Heart Doctor In? If Not, You Might Not Be Any Worse Off

Monday, December 22, 2014

Researchers find that high-risk heart patients in teaching hospitals fared better when their cardiologists were away at national conventions instead of working at their usual jobs. Why?


Teaching Hospitals Hit Hardest By Medicare Fines For Patient Safety

Friday, December 19, 2014

Medicare will cut payments to hospitals with high rates of patient infections and injuries. Half of the nation's academic medical centers will be docked for making too many medical mistakes.


Hospitals Struggle To Beat Back Serious Infections

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

About 75,000 patients a year die from infections they caught in the hospital. A Kaiser Health News analysis finds that nearly 700 hospitals across the nation have higher than expected infection rates.


Medicare Fines Record Number Of Hospitals For Excessive Readmissions

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Fewer Medicare patients are returning to hospitals within a month of discharge. But half the hospitals in 29 states and the District of Columbia will be penalized for failing to do a better job.


Hospitals To Pay Big Fines For Infections, Avoidable Injuries

Monday, June 23, 2014

Starting this fall, 25 percent of all U.S. hospitals โ€” those with the worst records for infections and injuries โ€” will lose 1 percent of every Medicare payment for a year.


Overused Medical Services Cost Medicare Billions Of Dollars

Monday, May 12, 2014

A treatment that is appropriate for one patient can be unnecessary or even counterproductive for another. But Harvard researchers found a way to estimate truly wasteful Medicare spending.


Doctors Think The Other Guy Often Prescribes Unnecessary Care

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Three out of 4 physicians say that their fellow doctors order wasteful tests or procedures at least once a week, a nationwide poll finds.


Travel And Discovery, For 'Ida' And The Filmmaker Who Watches Her

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Director Pawel Pawlikowski traces, with visuals reminiscent of silent film, the story of a woman who learns that her history is not everything she thought it might be.