Failure To Deliver: An investigation into the hidden dangers of out-of-hospital deliveries

Home birth is a growing movement among expectant mothers who opt to reject hospitals and the sterile environment of maternity wards. But the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and GateHouse Media found that babies born in out-of-hospital deliveries are twice as likely to die as babies born in a hospital. Reporters investigating the out-of-hospital birth industry talked to…

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Washington psychiatric hospital described as “hell”

An Associated Press investigation has found that hundreds of patients at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital live in conditions that fail U.S. health and safety standards, while overworked nurses and psychiatrists say they are navigating a system that punishes employees who speak out despite critical staffing shortages.

As patients suffer, companies profits

The Dallas Morning News spent a year looking into privatized Medicaid in Texas and found systemic denials of care for the most vulnerable people are fueling profits for health care companies. Dallas News uncovered the story of a toddler who was left brain dead after a health care company denied his parents’ requests for round-the-clock…

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As surgery centers boom, patients are paying with their lives

An investigation by Kaiser Health News and the USA TODAY Network discovered that more than 260 patients have died since 2013 after in-and-out procedures at surgery centers across the country. Dozens — some as young as 2 — have perished after routine operations, such as colonoscopies and tonsillectomies, because surgery centers are not equipped with…

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Young people with severe autism languish in hospitals

Teenagers and young adults with severe autism are spending weeks or even months in emergency rooms and acute-care hospitals, sometimes sedated, restrained or confined to mesh-tented beds, a Kaiser Health News investigation shows. These young people — who may shout for hours, bang their heads on walls or lash out violently at home — are…

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Federal hospitals fail Native Americans

The Indian Health Service, a federal agency that serves Native Americans, failed to meet minimum U.S. standards for medical facilities in some of the poorest areas of the country, an investigation by The Wall Street Journal has found. It turned away gravely ill patients and caused unnecessary deaths. These IHS hospitals repeatedly failed inspections, shut…

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Howard University Hospital Shows Symptoms of a Severe Crisis

Over the last 10 years, the once grand facility that trained some of the country’s best physicians and was the go-to hospital for Washington, DC’s middle-class black patients, has been beset by financial troubles, empty beds, accreditation issues and the loss of respected doctors and administrators.  A further examination by The Washington Post has found…

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Charity Officials Are Increasingly Receiving Million-Dollar Paydays

The Wall Street Journal used newly available data on tax-exempt organizations such as hospitals and colleges, as well as more traditional charity organizations, to look at the pay packages of their leadership.  The data indicated that tax-exempt organizations paid seven-figure salaries to around 2,700 employees in 2014 – an increase from the WSJ’s last analysis…

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Scores of employees, patients say America’s largest psychiatric chain turns patients into profits

A BuzzFeed News investigation into Universal Health Services (UHS) raised questions about America’s largest psychiatric hospital chain. BuzzFeed News talked to 175 current and former staff members, many of whom said that UHS prioritized filling beds over the safety of staff and the rights of patients. UHS has more than 200 facilities across the country.…

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Bled dry: How felons and fraudsters ruin hospitals across the U.S.

Virtually anyone can take over a hospital – even fraudsters, career criminals and bankrupt businessmen. In a two-part series, The Dallas Morning News describes how a feeble regulatory system allows crooked operators to seize hospitals, bleed them dry and put patients’ lives in peril. Part one details how a doctor purchased one of the nation’s most remote…

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