Archive for September, 2007

Medicare hotline needs help, study says

Customer satisfaction with a toll-free help line for Medicare beneficiaries appears to be dropping based on interviews conducted earlier this year by the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human services. The 1-800-Medicare line is a critical resource used by millions of elderly and disabled Americans, as well as their family members. Tens [...]

Senate Committee Has Begun To Draft Bill To Prevent Reduction In Medicare Physician Payments

The Senate Finance Committee has begun to draft a bill that would eliminate a 10% reduction in Medicare reimbursements to physicians scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2008, according to Democratic committee aide Shawn Bishop, CQ Today reports. The legislation would finance the elimination of the reduction through a decrease in reimbursements to Medicare [...]

Medicare fee cuts would hurt patient care, doctors warn

Scheduled Medicare payment cuts to doctors will make it tougher for patients to get care, physicians warned Thursday.

Medicare drug plans raise prices

Many elderly and disabled residents in Ohio who get their medicine through Medicare prescription drug plans can expect to pay more next year if they want the same coverage.

Labor Sees Light On Medicare Safety Net, Australia

Chair of the AMA’s Public Health Committee, Dr John Gullotta, said that Labor’s decision to support the Medicare Safety Net will bring comfort to Australian families who battle with medical bills.Dr Gullotta said bipartisan support for the Safety Net was overdue but welcome.

Hundreds Of Thousands Of Americans To Lose Medicare Premium Assistance, Unless Congress Acts Immediately

A federal program that pays the Medicare Part B premium for low-income people with Medicare will end on September 30 unless Congress extends the program.”Congress must not turn its back on older and disabled Americans with low incomes who depend on Medicare premium support to allow them to afford Medicare,” said Robert M.

Poll finds Medicare hotline callers frustrated

Washington – Callers to the U.S. government’s hotline for the Medicare health program for senior citizens are increasingly frustrated by the service, according to a poll released on Thursday.

Medicare Computer Deal Could Bring Billions to SAIC

SAIC was one of eight large companies to be awarded a contract from the federal Centers for Medicare and medicaid services for business application development and maintenance support services.

Medicare cuts to physicians will harm seniors

Kansas CITY, MO — The American Medical Association National House Call campaign visits Kansas City today and urges residents to help press Congress to stop scheduled Medicare cuts that threaten patients’ access to care.

Four Health Insurers To Resume Marketing Of Medicare Advantage Plans After Suspension

CMS on Monday said that four health insurers can resume marketing of private fee-for-service Medicare advantage plans after they entered into a voluntary agreement in June to suspend marketing of the plans amid allegations of illegal and aggressive sales practices, the Tennessean reports.

Medicare auditing program is halted

Medicare officials have declared a temporary “pause” in a controversial auditing program that has put a strain on dozens of California rehabilitation hospitals forced to surrender tens of millions of dollars on allegations that the care they provided elderly patients was medically unnecessary.

Senate to hike health care reimbursement

The Senate has voted to allow the Pentagon to raise reimbursement rates for mental health treatment, following reports that soldiers returning from war have had difficulty getting services because of reduced payments to therapists. Tricare, the military health insurance program, cut its payments to civilian therapists this year because it ties its rates to Medicare, [...]

National Consumer Group Offers Free Resources To Help People With Medicare Choose A Health Plan That Best Meets Their …

Everyone who is enrolled in a Medicare private health plan is advised to review their health coverage options for next year, since most private plans will change their costs and benefits. People have the right to change Medicare health plans for 2008 from November 15 through December 31.

Few Senior Citizens Take Advantage of Medicare-Provided Cardiac Rehab

Sept. 26, 2007 – Even though Medicare pays for it, senior citizens are terrible about following through with cardiac rehabilitation after a heart attack or coronary bypass surgery.

Science Applications Wins Contract

Government services provider Science applications International Corp. said Wednesday it won a Centers for Medicare and medicaid services contract to provide business application development and maintenance support services.