Part D Gains May Be Eroding

More Medicare beneficiaries are not taking prescribed medications or forgoing basic needs to pay for them, a new study finds.

Medicare Advantage Is More Expensive, but It May Be Worth It

19up health thumbStandard Medicare Advantage Is More Expensive, but It May Be Worth ItNew research raises complicated questions about the value of an alternative to traditional Medicare.

Medicare to Start Paying Doctors Who Coordinate Needs of Chronically Ill Patients

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.

Contractors Faulted as Medicare Fraud Foils Enforcers

16medicare pic thumbStandard Contractors Faulted as Medicare Fraud Foils EnforcersOnly a fraction of an estimated $60 billion in fraud and overcharging was recovered last year, and the system to combat fraud may be largely to blame.

The Obscure Drug With a Growing Medicare Tab

05up medicare thumbStandard The Obscure Drug With a Growing Medicare TabExperts 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.

Top Medicare Prescribers for Acthar Have Links to Its Maker

05up medicareside thumbStandard Top Medicare Prescribers for Acthar Have Links to Its MakerThe top four prescribers of the drug were promotional speakers, researchers or consultants.

Throwing Money at the Past

sub05Chen thumbStandard Throwing Money at the PastAs medical groups debate a report finding shortcomings in doctor training programs, what’s missing is talk of lack of oversight in such programs, which receive generous public funding.

Newly Insured by Health Law, Millions Face a Learning Curve

JP INSURE 1 thumbStandard Newly Insured by Health Law, Millions Face a Learning CurveThe Affordable Care Act is reaching many people who have not had health insurance in years, if at all, and they are struggling to understand their policies.

Good News and Gloom for Medicare, Wrapped in a Mystery

29up medicare1 1406578781682 thumbStandard Good News and Gloom for Medicare, Wrapped in a MysteryHealth care experts can’t explain the encouraging spending slowdown, but the long-term outlook remains bleak.

Outlook for Medicare Trust Fund Improves, Though Shortfall Looms, Report Finds

Spending on hospital care was lower than expected, but trustees say Medicare and Social Security funds need shoring up.

Paul Ryan and the Party of Ideas

Notes on the House Budget Chairman’s latest proposals.

Medicare Advantage Is Not Efficient, but It Can Be

22up health illo thumbStandard Medicare Advantage Is Not Efficient, but It Can BeModeling a Medicare plan on the Affordable Care Act could save taxpayers money by forcing plans to compete on price rather than unnecessary benefits.

The Fiscal Fizzle

Krugman New thumbStandard v2 The Fiscal FizzleThe deficit scolds are still going at it, even though the whole panic turned out to be a false alarm.

Insurers Face New Health Law Rules to Widen Networks and Prevent Surprise Bills

HEALTH thumbStandard Insurers Face New Health Law Rules to Widen Networks and Prevent Surprise BillsState insurance regulators and the Obama administration plan to revise standards so consumers will encounter fewer unexpected out-of-network bills.

The Immodest Scope of Reform Conservatism

On a small movement’s genuinely big ideas.