Medicare Spending Waste

CHRONIC CONDITION The Waste in Medicare Spending
In Medicare's upside-down reimbursement system, hospitals and doctors who order unnecessary tests, provide poor care or even injure patients often receive higher payments than those who provide efficient, high-quality medicine.
CHRONIC CONDITION Medicare's Oversight Gaps
Second of three parts The creators of Medicare faced a problem. They were about to hand out millions -- eventually billions -- of dollars each year in tax money for hospitals to care for the nation's elderly. But how to make sure those hospitals were qualified? The joint commission, which is...
CHRONIC CONDITION Medicare's Secretive Contractors
Each year, Medicare pays nearly $300 million to Quality Improvement Organizations to measure quality, work with hospitals and doctors to improve care, and investigate patient complaints.At the same time, the number of sanctions QIOs recommend against doctors each year has dwindled from hundreds to a few.
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A detailed look at Medicare spending versus medical care quality and how surgical rates vary from state to state.
Lack of Funds Reduces Frequency of Health Inspections: Many U.S. Surgery Centers Are Overdue for Review (Post, July 25, 2005)
At California Hospital, Red Flags and an FBI Raid: State Regulators Cited Concerns but Say They Couldn't Force Change (Post, July 25, 2005)
When Geography Influences Treatment Options: Physicians in Some Regions Are More Likely to Advise Surgery Over Less-Invasive Alternatives (Post, July 24, 2005)
CHRONIC CONDITION The Waste in Medicare Spending: Early Deals Set the Stage for Today's Problems (Post, July 24, 2005)
Graphic: Location, Location, Location (The Washington Post, July 23, 2005; 11:40 AM)
Graphic: Medicare Through the Years (The Washington Post, July 23, 2005; 11:23 AM)

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