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Financial data shows Okla. hospitals spend little on charity care

The idea to look at hospital finances and charity care came shortly after Oklahoma decided against expanding its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.

After the state’s decision, the Oklahoma Hospital Association and others warned that the state’s hospitals – especially small rural hospitals – were already operating on slim budgets and the decision not to expand Medicaid and give more people health coverage would make the situation worse, including leading to closure of some hospitals.

To test this claim, Oklahoma Watch set out to get financial data for each hospital in the state. Along the way, we also ...

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Data show high cost of air ambulance transfers

I don't remember how the subject came up, but at one point in a conversation with a mover and shaker in Sioux Falls, we started talking about hospital helicopters.

Sioux Falls is home to two hospital systems. Each system has smaller hospitals in South Dakota, as well as other states in the Upper Great Plains. The Mother Ship hospitals in Sioux Falls have medical helicopters, and it's pretty common to see them flying around.

The mover and shaker told me about a meeting he had with executives at one of the systems. During the meeting, a helicopter started ...

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services data reveals fraudulent offices

Our newspaper’s analysis of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) data revealed that 131 providers in the Atlanta metropolitan area claimed a UPS Store mailbox as their medical office.

In turns out, Atlanta medical providers were not conducting medical procedures in mailboxes. Most of these providers filled out the federal paperwork incorrectly.  But dozens of others committed fraud by  using the UPS Store mailboxes as purported real offices. With a sham provider number and a UPS Store address, they could also provide what looked like a real physician’s approval for unnecessary or non-existent medical services and equipment ...

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Free software for comparing hospitals

Throughout our two-year rolling investigation into Parkland Memorial Hospital, plenty of people were more than willing to tell us that the legendary Dallas County hospital was providing top-notch care.

But what proved difficult was actually verifying the accuracy of such claims. Hospital officials repeatedly balked at releasing data that would allow the comparison of Parkland against peers in key areas.

Our investigation centered primarily on patient safety and issues of resident supervision by doctors from Parkland’s academic partner, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. We used as case studies the stories of people like Jessie Mae Ned, a ...

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