Fight for access to Medicare payments to physicians nearly over

(Editor’s note: This is a revision of the original post, which is available on Ornstein’s Tumblr site.) The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said yesterday that it will soon begin releasing data on payments to individual physicians in the Medicare program. Why is this such a big deal? Because it overturns a longstanding agency […]

Senators request inquiry into state medical boards

Three senators are asking the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the oversight provided by state medical boards after several recent media reports questioning the supervision of physicians in the country. Senators Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) sent a letter to Daniel Levinson, […]

Reporter digs up Seattle hospital salaries

John Ryan of KUOW News in Seattle used publicly available data and records requests to localize the national debate on nonprofit compensation with a piece on top earners at Seattle-area hospitals. Ryan details his information-gathering process here and shares his list of top local earners. Tip sheet Digging Into Hospital Finances: Five key documents for […]

For some hospitals, tax breaks outstrip charity care

A story by Boston Globe reporters Scott Allen and Marcella Bombardieri questions the provision of nonprofit status for hospitals and the tax breaks that come with it, vestiges of a time when hospitals needed financial incentives to treat the nation’s poor. They look at Massachusetts hospitals pulling in billions of research dollars and making liberal […]