Samantha LissMidwest correspondent, KFF Health News
Samantha Liss, Midwest Correspondent, is an award-winning journalist who has covered the business of health care for the past decade. Her reporting at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch prompted dialysis provider DaVita to stop steering Medicaid patients into higher-paying private plans. Her work also helped spur a 2018 Missouri bill intended to protect patients from surprise medical bills. She is a proud native of the Midwest and based in St. Louis. She is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism.
Hospital systems are merging in deals bring facilities hundreds of miles apart under the same parent company, like St. Luke's and BJC HealthCare. That typically means higher prices for the patients they serve — but federal regulators haven't stepped in to stop consolidation.
Eloise Reynolds, a resident of Olivette, Missouri, encountered a perplexing reality in medical billing: Providers can come after patients for more money well after a bill has been paid.
Health insurers and medical providers are at odds over who's responsible for the supply of expensive infusion drugs to treat lupus and cancer.