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  • Seeking a Place for the Elderly

    Providence (R.I.) Journal-Bulletin inspects health care for senior citizens; too many are sitting in hospitals, waiting for placement in nursing homes that won't take them because Medicare and Medicaid payments are too low or the patient's medical conditions are too complex and expensive to treat.
  • "More Doctors Forbidden to Prescribe Narcotics and Other Drugs"

    This monthly report by the Public Citizen Health Research Group examines Drug Enforcement Administration records and finds that the federal government in 1988 barred 65 physicians and dentists from prescribing narcotics and other controlled substances because they had inappropriately prescribed or used the drugs themselves.
  • "Why Hospitals Close"

    In this article included in its entirety in an April, 1989, Congressional Record, an investigation into the highly publicized closure of 81 hospitals found that not only did did fewer hospitals actually close, the closures were not always linked to Medicare/Medicaid, as the industry claimed. More likely culprits are found to include excess capacity, changes from inpatient to outpatient care, and poor management.
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    Syracuse Herald American surveys millions of computerized records from the New York State Health Department and finds that poverty and disease are linked; poor people suffer much higher rates of death and disease than anyone else, three-part series, Feb. 26 - 29, 1989.
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    The Birmingham News exposes Alabama's practice of warehousing abused, neglected and deliquent children in psychiatric hospitals instead of foster homes; also shows how Medicaid payments encourage innappropriate placement, May 26 - 29, Oct. 1, 1989.

    WCCO-TV (Minneapolis) reports on an ambulance company overcharging Medicaid and Medicare; also found an insurance company, which was responsible with monitoring claims for fraud, ignoring the obvious signs; used FOIA requests to obtain insurance records, Aug. 15, 16, 1989.
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    Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) documents the inadequacies of the state's Medicaid system; despite spending more than any state in the nation, the program leaves the poor and elderly without adequate medical care; elderly often bankrupted by long-term care costs before Medicaid will cover them, Dec. 17 - 24, 1989.
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    Chicago Sun-Times details how one private agency built a $7 million business with shoddy or nonexistent services, while receiving government contracts; shows the agency falsified records to reflect fictional counseling sessions with fictional clients, and proposed new and bigger contracts with the government when it didn't have staff to handle existing programs, Jan. 29, Oct. 9 - 11, 1988.
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    Newsweek runs in-depth report on the state of health care in the United States, how medical economics has changed in recent years and what it means for patients, Jan. 26, 1987.
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    Chicago Sun-Times runs series on Illinois's Medicaid HMO program, which allows deceitful health-care peddling and shoddy medical care because of lax regulation; two Medicaid HMOs were given an inside track to take advantage of thousands of Chicago's poorest mothers and babies, October-December 1987.