Category: States

The Collapse Of A Hospital Empire — And Towns Left In The Wreckage

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SWEET SPRINGS, Mo. — The money was so good in the beginning, and it seemed it might gush forever, right through tiny country hospitals in Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and into the coffers of companies controlled by Jorge A. Perez, his family and business partners. It was his “secret sauce,” the rotund Miami entrepreneur would smilingly ….  Read More

ER Redo: As Rural Hospital Closes, Emergency Care Is On The Blink With Fate Uncertain

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Linda Findley’s husband, Robert, died after falling on the ice during a winter storm this February in Fort Scott, Kan. Mercy Hospital had recently closed, and Robert had to be flown to a neurology center 90 miles north in Kansas City, Mo., but at least three air ambulance pilots turned down the call from local ….  Read More

Coordinating Care Of Mind And Body Might Help Medicaid Save Money And Lives

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Modern medicine often views the mind and body on separate tracks, both in terms of treatment and health insurance reimbursement. But patients with psychological disorders can have a hard time managing their physical health. So some Medicaid programs, which provide health coverage for people with low incomes, have tried to coordinate patients’ physical and mental ….  Read More

Trump Wants To Take Guns Away From People In Crisis. Will That Work?

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In his response Monday to mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Donald Trump called for an expansion of state laws that temporarily prevent someone in crisis from buying or possessing a gun. A flurry of states have recently passed such laws — known as extreme risk protection orders — which allow ….  Read More

They May Owe Nothing — Half-Million-Dollar Dialysis Bill Canceled

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Fresenius, one of the two largest dialysis providers in the U.S., has agreed to waive a $524,600.17 bill for a man who received 14 weeks of dialysis at a clinic in Montana. Kaiser Health News, NPR and CBS This Morning told Sovereign Valentine’s story this week, as part of the “Bill of the Month” series, ….  Read More

First Kidney Failure, Then A $540,842 Bill For Dialysis

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For months, Sovereign Valentine had been feeling progressively run-down. The 50-year-old personal trainer, who goes by “Sov,” tried changing his workout and diet to no avail. Finally, one Sunday, he drove himself to the hospital in the small town of Plains, Mont., where his wife, Jessica, happened to be the physician on call. “I couldn’t ….  Read More

Federal Suit Alleges ‘Staggering’ Urine Drug Testing Fraud At Tennessee Pain Clinics

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The Justice Department on Monday accused a defunct chain of Tennessee-based pain clinics of cheating Medicare and other taxpayer-funded health insurers out of at least $25 million in needless urine drug tests and genetic testing. The civil lawsuit names Comprehensive Pain Specialists, also known as Anesthesia Services Associates PLLC; four of its physician owners; and ….  Read More

Missouri Firm With Silicon Valley Ties Faces Medicare Billing Scrutiny

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ST. LOUIS — In many ways, Essence Group Holdings Corp. is a homegrown health care success story. Founded locally, it has grown into a broader company backed by a major Silicon Valley investor. Essence now boasts Medicare Advantage plans for seniors with some 60,000 members in Missouri and across the Mississippi River in Illinois. It ….  Read More

How The Eastern Cherokee Took Control Of Their Health Care

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CHEROKEE, N.C. — Light pours through large windows and glass ceilings of the Cherokee Indian Hospital onto a fireplace, a waterfall and murals. Rattlesnake Mountain, which the Cherokee elders say holds ancient healing powers, is visible from most angles. The hospital’s motto — “Ni hi tsa tse li” or “It belongs to you” — is ….  Read More

KHN’s ‘What The Health?’: Biden Doubles Down On Obamacare

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Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Former Vice President Joe Biden has said if he’s elected president he would build on the Affordable Care Act rather than move to a whole new health care system, such as the “Medicare for All” plan supported by some of his primary opponents for the ….  Read More