As Medicare and Medicaid Turn 50, Use of Private Health Plans Surges

30HEALTHWEB1 thumbStandard As Medicare and Medicaid Turn 50, Use of Private Health Plans SurgesEnrollment in private insurance plans has soared as the government has tried control costs and improve care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

Zombies Against Medicare

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Zombies Against Medicare

krugman circular thumbStandard v2 Zombies Against MedicareArguments that have already been shown to be false are still used by conservatives to attack a program that has done rather well.

Choosing How We Die

A new federal rule could help patients decide on care at the end of their lives.

Disability Benefits Face Cuts in 2016, Trustees Say

Eleven million people face a deep cut in benefits next year if Congress fails to replenish Social Security’s disability trust fund, the administration said.

Medicare to Try a Blend of Hospice Care and Treatment

Randomized trials of patients with terminal cancer point to a new approach on palliative care, one that Medicare will test more widely.

Federal Report Says Many Doctors Use False Addresses for Medicare

Federal investigators said Tuesday that thousands of doctors and other health care providers had signed up to bill Medicare using “questionable addresses” like mailbox rental stores and vacant lots.

Federal Report Says Many Doctors Use False Addresses for Medicare

Federal investigators said Tuesday that thousands of doctors and other health care providers had signed up to bill Medicare using “questionable addresses” like mailbox rental stores and vacant lots.

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to articles in Science Times

Medicare and Medicaid: Successes and Drawbacks

12LmedicareWeb thumbStandard Medicare and Medicaid: Successes and DrawbacksReaders offer suggestions for improving health care and expanding coverage.

Aid-in-Dying Laws Are Just a Start

opinionator theend series icon thumbStandard v2 Aid in Dying Laws Are Just a StartMost of us will face quandaries far more nuanced than those covered by end-of-life legislation.

Medicare Proposes Paying Doctors for End-of-Life Counseling

09medicare1 thumbStandard Medicare Proposes Paying Doctors for End of Life CounselingMedicare is proposing to reimburse doctors for having conversations with patients about whether and how they would want to be kept alive if they became too sick to speak for themselves.

Medicare and Medicaid at 50

03fri1 thumbStandard Medicare and Medicaid at 50The programs have helped millions of elderly, disabled and poor people, and have extended life expectancy in America.

Medicare and Medicaid at 50

03fri1 thumbStandard Medicare and Medicaid at 50The programs have helped millions of elderly, disabled and poor people, and have extended life expectancy in America.

A Promising Medicare Plan, if Only Health Organizations Would Stick Around

30up health thumbStandard A Promising Medicare Plan, if Only Health Organizations Would Stick AroundA new program seems to be working in reducing spending and improving quality, but it has a worryingly high attrition rate.