When Health Coverage Expansion Means Longer Waits for a Doctor

25up health thumbStandard When Health Coverage Expansion Means Longer Waits for a DoctorWith more patients seeking care and the same number of providers, the outcome seems obvious. Yet research points to possible solutions.

Private Sector in Health

Robert I. Field of Drexel University writes that “the symbiosis between the government and private insurers under the Affordable Care Act should come as no surprise.”

Tip on Medicare Spurs Insider Trading Investigation

insiderjp thumbStandard Tip on Medicare Spurs Insider Trading InvestigationFederal regulators are looking into whether a report by Height Securities that led to stock price jumps among health insurers was based on information obtained illegally.

In Control, Republican Lawmakers See Budget as Way to Push Agenda

BUDGET web thumbStandard In Control, Republican Lawmakers See Budget as Way to Push AgendaCongressional Republicans have plans to transform Medicare and Medicaid and to cut taxes for high earners, measures once out of reach with Democrats controlling the Senate.

1964: Medicare Foe Says He’ll Act

13iht oldnov13 mills thumbStandard 1964: Medicare Foe Says Hell ActFrom the International Herald Tribune archives: A Republican opponent agreed to usher through the Medicare bill in 1964.

Medicare Proposes Paying for Lung Cancer Screenings for Older Longtime Smokers

A draft decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would extend coverage for CT scans to Medicare beneficiaries who smoked at least a pack a day for 30 years or the equivalent.

U.S. Finds Many Failures in Medicare Health Plans

Federal audits found many coverage denials for medical services and prescription drugs are poorly explained or unjustified. Insurers usually do not deny it, but pay a penalty and carry on.

Extendicare Agrees to Pay $38 Million Over Inadequate Nursing Home Care

The company settled after it was accused of inappropriate billing and providing care to residents that was effectively worthless.

Easier Time in Health Marketplace Is Promised

Officials said that the revamped HealthCare.gov would not crash, and that most signing up for the first time would visit much fewer screens.

Care at the End of Life

All too often, such care for Americans is shoddy or contrary to a patient’s wishes.

Care at the End of Life

All too often, such care for Americans is shoddy or contrary to a patient’s wishes.

Screening Smokers for Lung Cancer

0930lettersCANCER thumbStandard Screening Smokers for Lung CancerReaders discuss the benefits and drawbacks of expanded screenings.

A Father’s Last Wish, and a Daughter’s Anguish

SUBjpDYING2 thumbStandard v2 A Father’s Last Wish, and a Daughter’s AnguishMaureen Stefanides was determined to fulfill the wish of her father, Joseph Andrey, who had endured long stays in nursing homes, to die at home, but it seemed as if all the forces of the health care system were against her.

A Health Care Success Story

How the Affordable Care Act helped transform a Texas city.

In Context, Health Premium Increases Don’t Actually Look Like Increases

23premiumchart 1411163717684 thumbStandard In Context, Health Premium Increases Don’t Actually Look Like IncreasesWhen inflation and the cost of old insurance markets are considered, the premiums available to consumers willing to shop around are remarkably low.