Groundless Fears About Medicaid and Medicare

The 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid should be an occasion for celebrating public programs that have made a positive difference in the lives of millions of Americans and a reminder of the critical need to preserve their legacies. It’s easy to forget that our country once allowed half of its seniors and the vast […]

When Hospices Mistreat The Dying, They Almost Never Get Punished

More dying Americans than ever now spend their last days in the care of a hospice, a service that offers a gentle alternative to a hospital setting. Hospice providers give comfort to the terminally ill, often in their homes. The promise is of a dignified death, surrounded by loved ones. But when a hospice fails […]

Hospice firms draining billions from Medicare

Hospice patients are expected to die: The treatment focuses on providing comfort to the terminally ill, not finding a cure. To enroll a patient, two doctors certify a life expectancy of six months or less. But over the past decade, the number of “hospice survivors” in the United States has risen dramatically, in part because […]

Drug Prices Soar, Prompting Calls for Justification

As complaints grow about exorbitant drug prices, pharmaceutical companies are coming under pressure to disclose the development costs and profits of those medicines and the rationale for charging what they do. So-called pharmaceutical cost transparency bills have been introduced in at least six state legislatures in the last year, aiming to make drug companies justify […]