The CBS News program 60 Minutes spent a year investigating a hospital chain — Health Management Associates, the fourth largest for-profit hospital chain in the country. Numerous emergency room physicians and other administrators say they were pressured to admit patients to the hospital to drive up revenues. “Money was the chief motivator,” reports one doctor, on camera.

Hospitals: The Cost of Admission 6 December,2012Lisa Aliferis


Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED’s State of Health blog. Since 2011, she’s been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco’s CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for “Best Topical Reporting” from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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