Medicare may cover advance care planning that was once decried as “death panels,” and some private insurers are not waiting for the political process.
Since the government is spending less on Medicare, it seemed like a good idea to spend less on a much-loved cocktail.
Under the proposed settlement, hospital claims involving inpatient stays that are now under appeal would be paid at the rate of 68 cents for every dollar billed.
Estimates of future medical spending keep falling. The changes are projected to save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars.
Medicare’s rating system masks serious and potentially dangerous deficiencies at many nursing homes.
Medicare’s rating system for nursing homes is seriously flawed, The Times reports.
Medicare’s five-year-old rating system to help families select nursing homes relies on unverified, incomplete and often misleading data.
New research raises complicated questions about the value of an alternative to traditional Medicare.
Starting in January, Medicare will pay monthly fees to doctors who manage care for patients with two or more chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and depression.
Experts question the effectiveness of H.P. Acthar Gel, a drug made from pigs’ pituitary glands. Yet it cost Medicare more than $141 million in 2012, up from $7 million in 2008.