Rashi Fein, Economist Who Urged Medicare, Dies at 88

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Ideas to Relieve a Kidney Shortage

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Per Capita Medicare Spending Is Actually Falling

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Bracing for New Challenges in Year 2 of Health Care Law

03ENROLL1 thumbStandard v3 Bracing for New Challenges in Year 2 of Health Care LawEarly troubles under the Affordable Care Act are expected to be replaced by new difficulties as insurance prices fluctuate and more people sign up.

End-of-Life Talks May Finally Overcome Politics

JP ADVANCE 1 thumbStandard End of Life Talks May Finally Overcome PoliticsMedicare may cover advance care planning that was once decried as “death panels,” and some private insurers are not waiting for the political process.

Gin and Tonic, Revised Downward

30up twist thumbStandard Gin and Tonic, Revised DownwardSince the government is spending less on Medicare, it seemed like a good idea to spend less on a much-loved cocktail.

Medicare Will Settle Short-Term Care Bills

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.

How to Complain to Medicare

Revealed: the semi-secret phone numbers that beneficiaries are supposed to use to complain to Medicare.

How to Complain to Medicare

Revealed: the semi-secret phone numbers that beneficiaries are supposed to use to complain to Medicare.

Medicare: Not Such a Budget-Buster Anymore

Estimates of future medical spending keep falling. The changes are projected to save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars.

When Five-Star Care Is Substandard

Medicare’s rating system masks serious and potentially dangerous deficiencies at many nursing homes.

Four-Star Disappointments

Medicare’s rating system for nursing homes is seriously flawed, The Times reports.

Medicare Star Ratings Allow Nursing Homes to Game the System

NURSING 1 thumbStandard Medicare Star Ratings Allow Nursing Homes to Game the SystemMedicare’s five-year-old rating system to help families select nursing homes relies on unverified, incomplete and often misleading data.

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.