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

26 min ago | 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.


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

4 hrs ago | 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.


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

8 hrs ago |

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.


Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law

13 hrs ago | 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.


Related Topix: Health

17 hrs ago |

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.


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

Tue Apr 15, 2014

'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.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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

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.


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

Mon Apr 14, 2014

The Chronicle-Telegram

Two Mercy Cancer Center doctors top Lorain County list for Medicare reimbursements

A new database from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reveals which doctors had the largest Medicare reimbursements.


Related Topix: Health, Medicaid

The Fresno Bee

Social Security halts effort to collect old debts

In this May 31, 2013, file photo, acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin, center, accompanied by Acting Labor Secretary Seth D. Harris, left, and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, speaks during a news conference about Social Security and Medicare in Washington.


Related Topix: Social Security, Personal Finance, Healthcare Law, Law, Health, Barbara Boxer, US Politics, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Barbara Mikulski

Denver Post

Colorado's private health insurance enrollment stands at 124,000

A screenshot of the home page taken on October 1, 2013 at 8:55 a.m. Final figures for Colorado's open-enrollment in private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act stands at about 124,000, state exchange officials announced Monday.


Related Topix: Medicaid, Health

Poughkeepsie Journal

Local medicare payments: Doctors say high drug costs drive up billing

Among local doctors receiving Medicare reimbursement in 2012, the amounts ranged from $2,871,589 to Dr. Howard Kaplan, an ophthalmologist, to $150,205 to Dr. Shaheda Azher, a Fishkill neurologist.


Related Topix: Health, Ophthalmology, Fishkill, NY, Wappingers Falls, NY, Poughkeepsie, NY

Texas Tribune

Medicare Data Shines Light on Billions Paid to Texas Doctors

Texas doctors who treat Medicare patients earned a combined $4.6 billion from the federal insurer of the elderly in 2012, with the state's ophthalmologists and oncologists raking in the most, according to detailed data from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services .


Related Topix: Health, Texas, Medicine, Ophthalmology, Family, Elderly (Senior Citizen), Oncology, Medicaid

Proctor Journal


Chronic kidney disease affects one in 10 Americans age 20 or older, according to the CDC Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.


Related Topix: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kidney Failure, Health, Hepatitis, Medicine, Epidemic, Natural Disasters, Nursing

Sun Apr 13, 2014

The Marion Star

Medicare data release puts scope on payments, reach

Reimbursements to doctors who provide Medicare services in 2012 ranged from nearly $21 million to a single Florida ophthalmologist to $27,000 for the average anesthesiologist, according to the first look at government payment data in 35 years.


Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Health, Medicine, Ophthalmology, Anesthesiology, Medicaid

The Huffington Post


The Democratic Party must embrace, fight for and enact economically-progressive policies.


Related Topix: US News, Personal Finance, Social Security, Health, African-American

Ala. doctors explain high Medicare reimbursements

However, doctors say the numbers reflect the high cost of specialized treatment and most of the money doesn't factor into their salaries.


Related Topix: Medicine, Health, Alabama, Medicaid, Cancer, Rheumatology