Archive for October, 2007

Lobbyists push lawmakers to act quickly on Medicare physician payment rate fix

Physician groups are pushing members of Congress to work quickly on passing legislation to avert a 10% Medicare physician reimbursement rate cut scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2008, The Hill reports.

Efforts Needed To Address Financial Stability Of Entitlement Programs, Columnist Writes

The “demands imposed by the retirement of millions of baby boomers will consume the federal budget and blight the prospects of the next generations” without efforts to address problems with the long-term financial stability of Medicare and other entitlement programs, columnist David Broder writes in the Washington Post. According to Broder, Senate Budget Committee Chair [...]

Physicians Who Adopt Electronic Health Records Will Receive Higher Medicare Payments Under Pilot Project

HHS on Monday announced it is recruiting 1,200 physicians across the U.S. to participate in a pilot project that will provide higher Medicare reimbursements to physicians who use electronic health records, AP/Long Island Newsday reports. HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said the project is an important step toward meeting President Bush’s goal of Nationwide EHR adoption [...]

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky Announces the Availability of New Health Plans for Medicare Beneficiaries

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky today announced the release of a suite of new Medicare advantage plans for Kentucky‘s diverse and growing population of Medicare beneficiaries.

Health care costs remain a legislative concern

Medicare reimbursements remain an issue regional lawmakers will keep an eye on and it was a focus of discussion at the 2007 Legislative Forum held Monday at the Longhouse-Northshire campus.

Govt promises $310m for health

Nurses will be able to make Medicare-funded house calls to elderly patients under a $310m coalition plan to improve care access.

Efforts needed to address financial stability of entitlement programs

The “demands imposed by the retirement of millions of baby boomers will consume the federal budget and blight the prospects of the next generations” without efforts to address problems with the long-term financial stability of Medicare and other entitlement programs, columnist David Broder writes in the Washington Post.

A New Push for E-Health Records

The Bush administration is recruiting about 1,200 doctors nationally to remove the paperwork from their medical practice in return for higher Medicare payments. Health and Human services Secretary Mike Leavitt billed the project Monday as one of the administration’s most important steps yet toward meeting President Bush’s goal of Nationwide adoption of electronic health records [...]

Humana 2008 Showcase Offers Free Flu Shots, Health Screenings for Medicare Recipients

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas—-Free flu shots, blood pressure screenings, body fat analysis and seminars on senior wellness and health plan options are being offered free of charge to Medicare beneficiaries in the Corpus Christi area.

Flu Shots at The Medicine Shoppe

Flu shots will be available from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Medicine Shoppe, 900 E. Main St., Lancaster. Medicare, Caresource and Molina will cover the flu shot, please bring in your card the day of shots. Medigold does cover the flu shots with a $5 copay and Pneumovax with a $9 copay.

Health calendar 10/30/07

Wednesday Flu shot clinic: 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Scott City Nutrition Center. The Scott County Health Center will administer shots for $15 unless covered by Medicare or medicaid. Drive-through flu…

Medicare recipients face choices

What’s the advantage of Medicare advantage plans? For Medicare recipients, the answer depends greatly on their personal preferences when it comes to getting and paying for medical care.

Medicare

What’s the advantage of Medicare advantage plans? For Medicare recipients, the answer depends greatly on their personal preferences when it comes to getting and paying for medical care.

Electronic Medicare rebate system in good health: Ellison

The Human services Minister, Chris Ellison, says he is happy with the uptake of Medicare‘s new Easyclaim electronic rebate system which began rolling out across the country in July.

US makes new push on e-health records

The Bush administration is recruiting about 1,200 doctors nationally to remove the paperwork from their medical practice in return for higher Medicare payments.