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The Tribune-Review conducted a year-long investigation during 2011 into the underlying causes of rising health care costs across the United States. Reporters Luis Fabregas and Andrew Conte examined four main issues that contribute greatly to those costs: hospital readmissions, aggressive end-of-life care, geographic variation of health services and costs, and a spending boom on new hospitals.

Probe: Hospital readmissions take toll in Pennsylvania 

Pennsylvania hospitals charged more than $1.25 billion in 2009 to treat patients who were readmitted for complications or infections that might have been avoided, a ...

Educating patients a fix, but it lacks cash carrot

All it took was a bathroom scale, a pill organizer and a home visit from a nurse. Those were the weapons Washington Hospital used to combat ...

How the Tribune-Review's readmissions probe worked

The Tribune-Review analyzed data on readmissions for complication or infection within 30 days that hospitals reported to the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council. The ...

Aggressive care to the end: Who pays?

Every night before closing his eyes, while lying on a hospital bed in his living room, Francis Massco pleaded to his wife of almost 60 ...

High readmissions for some patients to cost federal money

Hospitals with a high rate of Medicare patients who have to be readmitted for treatment of heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia will have their ...

Costs can vary widely for same medical procedures

Drivers wouldn't buy gasoline at a pump where prices aren't posted. Not many people purchase a car or a house without haggling with the seller. Yet, few ...

Little progress found in expensive hospital readmissions

Hospitals nationwide are making little progress in curbing costly readmissions, according to a report today that labels attempts to address the problem "slow and inconsistent." Readmission ...

Medical building boom increasing Americans' health care costs

Hospitals nationwide are spending billions on large new facilities in a medical arms race to dominate markets and increase profits, while ultimately raising health care ...

Washington, Pa. hospital turns profit from specialty cases

With "fine cuisine" catered in for overnight patients and personalized service, Advanced Surgical Hospital touts itself as the Ritz-Carlton of hospitals. Owned by doctors, the Washington ...

Debate raging across United States over new hospitals

Like McDonald's versus Burger King or Wal-Mart against Target, U.S. hospitals spent $17 billion on new buildings the past two years to get your business. "If ...

Monroeville hospitals angle for ambulances

A budding hospital war in Monroeville has the region's two largest health care systems offering holiday cookies, sandwiches, calendars and coffee mugs to help woo ...

Pennsylvania legislators eye return to reviews as hospitals build

Pennsylvania should bring back a review process for hospital spending on construction and medical equipment, some state lawmakers said on Thursday in response ...