L.B.J. and Truman: The Bond That Helped Forge Medicare

01UP Beschloss thumbStandard L.B.J. and Truman: The Bond That Helped Forge MedicareLyndon Johnson admired Harry Truman and identified with his political career, his treatment by historians and his relationship with the public.

Government Will Change How it Rates Nursing Homes

The changes are part of a further effort to improve nursing home ratings by raising the bar to achieving a high score in the quality measures area.

Medicare Proposal Would Even Out Fees for Medical Tests

07up doctors art thumbStandard Medicare Proposal Would Even Out Fees for Medical TestsWhen the same test is reimbursed more when done by a hospital, it gives doctors a reason to go work for hospitals.

Doc Fix: The Budget Gimmick That Actually Isn’t So Bad

28up docfix thumbStandard Doc Fix: The Budget Gimmick That Actually Isn’t So BadA much-reviled budget measure has worked in reducing the deficit, but not in the exact way that was intended.

Doc Fix: The Budget Gimmick That Actually Isn’t So Bad

28up docfix thumbStandard Doc Fix: The Budget Gimmick That Actually Isn’t So BadA much-reviled budget measure has worked in reducing the deficit, but not in the exact way that was intended.

Under Obama Budget, Many Medicare Recipients Would Pay More

03HEALTHWEB thumbStandard Under Obama Budget, Many Medicare Recipients Would Pay MorePresident Obama’s target is a savings of $399 billion over 10 years from Medicare, Medicaid and other Health and Human Services programs.

Medicare Payments Surge for Stents to Unblock Blood Vessels in Limbs

30stent1 web thumbStandard Medicare Payments Surge for Stents to Unblock Blood Vessels in LimbsSome cardiologists are reaping huge reimbursements for operating to relieve blockages in peripheral veins and arteries, a treatment many may not need.

Industry Group to Back Results-Focused Care

28PAYMENTSSUB2 thumbStandard v2 Industry Group to Back Results Focused CareThe new coalition said it is committed to finding a way to change financial incentives, moving the bulk of payments to so-called “value-based” arrangements by 2020.

Accountable Care Organizations: Like H.M.O.s, but Different

20up Health thumbStandard Accountable Care Organizations: Like H.M.O.s, but DifferentNew payment models seek to put more responsibility for cost control and quality improvement on health providers, and more, but not all, of the risk.

Head of Medicare and Medicaid Agency Is Stepping Down

17medicare thumbStandard Head of Medicare and Medicaid Agency Is Stepping DownMarilyn B. Tavenner, the administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, helped preside over the rollout of sweeping changes in the nation’s health care system.

Clinic That Treated Joan Rivers Will Lose Federal Funding

RIVERSweb1 thumbStandard v2 Clinic That Treated Joan Rivers Will Lose Federal FundingYorkville Endoscopy, on the Upper East Side, has failed to correct the deficiencies implicated in Ms. Rivers’s death, according to a letter released by the government Monday.

Justice Dept. Sues Doctor Paid Richly by Medicare

The lawsuits accuse Dr. Asad Qamar of billing Medicare for unnecessary operations, and paying kickbacks to patients by waiving their bills.

Do No Harm? It May Be Hard to Avoid With Health Law’s Medicare Cuts

06 up health thumbStandard Do No Harm? It May Be Hard to Avoid With Health Law’s Medicare CutsHundreds of billions of dollars may be saved, but research suggests those cuts may hurt patients.

Echocardiogram: A Valuable Tool for the Clinician

Neil J. Weissman of the American Society of Echocardiography responds to an article about the varying costs of echocardiograms.

U.S. Health Care Lags Worldwide for Those Over 65

The United States still has mortifying lapses and problems, despite spending more on health care than any country in the world, a new Commonwealth Fund report reveals.