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News on Medicare continually updated from thousands of sources around the net.

3 hrs ago | Cape Cod Times

Big Medicare payouts make sense

Recent reports about individual doctors getting over a million dollars a year in Medicare payments raised a lot of eyebrows.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Health, Ophthalmology, Oncology, Macular Degeneration, Opinion

7 hrs ago | The Baltimore Sun

No looking backward [Commentary]

Americans should not be deterred from working to improve our health care system despite difficulties with implementing the websites of the health insurance exchanges as part of the Affordable Care Act .

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Related Topix: Health Insurance, Health, Medicine, Nursing, Massachusetts, Massachusetts Government, Opinion

11 hrs ago | KRMG-AM Tulsa

Hospice owner, manager charged with Medicare fraud

A hospice in Chandler, its owner and the general manager have been charged in a 39-count federal indictment with defrauding Medicare.

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Related Topix: Health

13 hrs ago | Proctor Journal

Health/Wellness

Learn what people are willing to do in the name of a great meal. Read their answers and see if you agree.

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Related Topix: Family, Kids, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health, Epidemic, Natural Disasters

17 hrs ago | Seattle Post-Intelligencer

UnitedHealth's 1Q profit tumbles 8 percent

UnitedHealth Group's first-quarter net income slid 8 percent as funding cuts to a key product and costs imposed by the health care overhaul dented the health insurer's performance.

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Related Topix: Beverages, United Group, Minnetonka, MN, Healthcare Law, Law, Health, Health Insurance

17 hrs ago | The Hartford Courant

UnitedHealth says first-quarter profit fell on reform costs

UnitedHealth Group Inc , the largest U.S. health insurer, said on Thursday that first-quarter profit fell due to costs and taxes related to the national healthcare reform law as well as government cuts to private Medicare funding.

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Related Topix: Beverages, United Group, Healthcare Law, Law, Health, Ansonia, CT

19 hrs ago | National Journal

Study: Cuts to Medicare Advantage Top $1,500 Per Senior

Obamacare's Medicare Advantage cuts will lead to benefit reductions of about $1,500 per beneficiary, according to a new analysis from a conservative think tank.

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Related Topix: Health

Yesterday | Business Journal

Study shows the economy is trillions of dollars stronger because...

An influx of women, particularly mothers, entering the full-time workforce over the past three decades has significantly bolstered the national economy, according to a recent study.

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Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Social Security, Personal Finance, Health, Medicaid

Wed Apr 16, 2014

Noozhawk

David Sayen: Choosing a Medicare-Certified Hospital That's Best for You

Have you ever read a restaurant guide before picking a place for a special dinner? Or a consumer-advice magazine before buying a new car? Wouldn't it be great if there was a similar guide for looking up the quality of care at hospitals in your area? Hospital Compare contains a wealth of information on how well hospitals perform certain surgeries ... (more)

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Related Topix: Health, Medicine

WTEN-TV Albany

Candidate backs Massachusetts "single payer" plan

Berwick, who served for 17 months as head of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, praised President Obama's health care law and the 2006 Massachusetts law that helped inspire it.

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Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Medicaid, Health, Family, Elderly (Senior Citizen)

WLBT-TV Jackson

Senior Citizens Prefer People To Machines When Making Medicare Inquiries

It's a system that's supposed to save seniors money in prescription drugs. But Medicare Part D is drawing mixed reactions from Medicare applicants and legislators alike.

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Related Topix: Health, Family, Elderly (Senior Citizen), US Politics, Anne Northup, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Ben Chandler, Democrat, Medicaid, Kent Conrad, US Senate

Lucianne.com

Feds Begin Fingerprinting High Risk Medicare Providers and Suppliers

Four years after Obamacare became law, the Department of Health and Human Services is notifying Medicare providers and suppliers of new fingerprint-based background checks.

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Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law

Los Altos Town Crier

How to protect yourself against Medicare gaps

Your original Medicare insurance covers a wide variety of health services, from flu shots to hospital stays and hospice care.

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Related Topix: Health

Philly.com

Hospitals sue Medicare over 'two-nights' rule

The Einstein Healthcare Network joined in two civil lawsuits against Medicare administrators alleging that a new rule on what qualifies as an inpatient hospital admission is arbitrary and should be dropped and that a related 0.2 percent cut in Medicare payments to hospitals should be revoked.

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Related Topix: Health, Medicaid, Pennsylvania, Medicine, Hospital Administration, Healthcare Industry

Tue Apr 15, 2014

NEWS.com.au

'Medicare like a 1970s Kingswood'

OUR public hospitals and Medicare are as "archaic" as a Holden Kingswood and need major reform, Health Minister Peter Dutton says.

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Related Topix: Health, Health Insurance, Australia, Oceania, World News

Business Journal

Round Rock physician among highest in Texas Medicare billings

Dr. Darren Kocs of Round Rock was one of the state leaders in Medicare compensation in 2012, totaling $4 million in services billed according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Related Topix: Health, Medicaid, Oncology, Medicine

Health Data Management

85% of Medicare MU Early Adopters Attested 2011-2013

'Well, now you have the opportunity to do it right.' LaPar gives multiple examples of opportunities that stakeholders should take advantage of now that Congress has delayed the ICD-10 compliance deadline until at least October 2015.

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CBS Local

GOP Governors Blast Medicare Advantage Rates

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the April 15 letter that says changes to Medicare Advantage payments will harm "America's seniors."

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Related Topix: Health, Rick Scott, US Governors, Rick Perry, Texas Government, Texas, Bobby Jindal, US Politics, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives

Business Journal

Northrop Grumman changes retiree medical plan

Northrop Grumman Corp. has recently announced it is changing its retiree medical plan for those former employees eligible for Medicare, the Carroll County Times reports.

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Related Topix: Manufacturing, Northrop Grumman, Aerospace-Defense, Health, Falls Church, VA

Fredericksburg.com

Don't make more cuts in Medicare Advantage

Like many senior citizens in this country, I am concerned about the possibility of additional government cuts to the Medicare Advantage program, especially since they would come on top of the $200 billion previously taken since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

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Related Topix: Health, Family, Elderly (Senior Citizen)

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