Archive for January, 2008

The Edwards Effect

The two Democratic candidates left standing are, to a large extent, running on the platform that John Edwards built.

Medicare’s Drug Program Enrollment Up, Costs Down

THURSDAY, Jan. 31 — The three-year-old Medicare Part D drug program is seeing the number of its enrollees climb, even as costs for the program fall, U.S. health officials announced Thursday.

Pelosi: ‘President Bush’s Proposed Medicare and Medicaid Cuts Are Exactly the Wrong Medicine’

Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today following news reports that President Bush plans large cuts in Medicare and medicaid when he unveils his fiscal 2009 budget next week:

Medicare Says Projected Cost of Part D Drug Program Continues to Drop

Jan. 31, 2008 – Medicare today issued another news release touting the drop in the cost of the prescription drug program from what it had earlier projected.

Statement On CMS Announcement Regarding Phase I Of Medicare Health Support – DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance

Statement attributable to: Tracey Moorhead, President and Chief Executive Officer, DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance “Tens of thousands of chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries today face a distressing gap in access to valuable support services for managing their conditions.

Bush Seeks Surplus via Medicare Cuts

In his new budget, President Bush will call for large cuts in the growth of Medicare and he will again seek major savings in medicaid.

President’s Budget Would Seek Health Savings

In his new budget, President Bush will call for large cuts in the growth of Medicare and he will again seek major savings in medicaid.

Classification change brings health system more Medicare funds

Susquehanna Health recently received good news � its Medicare reimbursement will continue to be funded at levels comparable to other area hospitals � at least for now.

President?s New Budget Would Seek Health Care Savings

In his new budget, President Bush will call for large cuts in the growth of Medicare and he will again seek major savings in medicaid.

Study Analyzes Best Approach for Treating Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

The largest study to date of over 45,000 Medicare recipients who had been treated for abdominal aortic aneurysms shows that endovascular repair, a less invasive way to treat the condition compared with open surgery, has the best health outcomes for patients.

Media Accounts Of Recent Study On Health Care Spending ‘Wrong,’ Opinion Piece States

“Drug spending for Medicare did increase” in 2006, but media accounts of a recent Health Affairs study that said such spending prompted increases in health care costs and overall spending for the program were “wrong,” Robert Goldberg, vice president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, writes in a Washington Times opinion piece.

Medicare Making Decisions Based on Profiles that Do Not Match Beneficiaries

Jan. 30, 2008 – Despite the skyrocketing costs of Medicare and the demand for informed decisions, Medicare is using clinical trials with participants that do not match the characteristics of beneficiaries to make decisions about cardiovascular products and services.

President Punts On Medicare, USA

The President punted on Medicare in his State of the Union address, lumping together Medicare with medicaid and Social Security and telling Congress to fix them. The Center for Medicare Advocacy works on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries to ensure they get the health care they need.

Four Out Of Five Voters Favor Stronger Medicare Coverage For Wheelchairs, Oxygen, And Other Home Medical Equipment And …

An overwhelming majority of American voters say they would vote for Congressional candidates who would strengthen Medicare coverage for power wheelchairs, oxygen devices, hospital beds, and other durable medical equipment and services used in the home. Three-quarters of voters believe homecare is part of the solution to the problem of rapidly increasing Medicare spending.

Costs for elderly diabetics on the rise in the U.S.

The costs of caring for elderly people with diabetes, a growing population, are threatening to overwhelm the system designed to pay for their medical care, according to a new analysis of Medicare claims.