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Hospitals Gone Wild

New Orleans         There’s one thing that Paul Kiel, reporter for ProPublica.org, Steven Brill, author of the new book, America’s Bitter Pill:  Money, Politics and Backroom Deals and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System, Senator Charles Grassley, Republican from Iowa, and I can all agree on about healthcare, and that’s the simple fact that [...]

Medical Debt Collectors are Killing Credit for 43 Million!

Little Rock   So the new IRS and Treasury rules are going to require that nonprofit hospitals, and hopefully for profits soon as well, stop a darned minute before they go to the debt collectors, mess up everyone’s credit, sue them, try to take their houses, and first born children if the law allowed.  That’s a [...]

Organizing the Debtors to Hold Hospitals Accountable

Houston      Ok.  We’re all clear that nonprofit hospitals now have to back off of the bully-boy tactics involved in debt collections for lower income and working families drowning under the costs of hospital emergencies with inadequate insurance and resources.   We’ve talked about the fact that the Treasury Department and the IRS have put into effect [...]

Holding Nonprofit Hospitals Accountable to New Billing Rules

example of huge hospital bill

 New Orleans       Recently, I opened a bill from the city’s EMS unit, another from a hospital in the city that is somehow for profit now but was formerly nonprofit and continues to retain a 17% stake from Tulane University, which is obviously nonprofit, and a third from some unidentified group [...]

The Fight over Hours is a Surprising Conservative Endorsement of Obamacare

New Orleans            Since the Republicans cannot realistically repeal the Affordable Care Act, one of the long predicted and now emerging fights in the new Republican Congress is over the definition of hours as a way to dilute the employer mandate to provide coverage.  Currently under Obamacare anything over 30 hours per week requires coverage and [...]

Losing Money on the Obamacare Rollover

Waveland     The window opened on the Affordable Care Act for changes in policies and closed again after a short month. The reports from CMS indicate that some 9 million or so either renewed by their own volition or automatically rolled over their renewal with their existing carriers in mid-December. This is good news, but there [...]