Archive for March, 2008

Reining in Medicare: The Budget Director’s View

To the Editor:.

Hospital Compare Website Helps Medicare Beneficiaries Learn More About Local Hospitals

March 31, 2008 – For the first time, Medicare consumers have the three critical elements – quality information, patient satisfaction survey information, and pricing information for specific procedures – they need to make effective decisions about the quality and value of the health care available to them through local hospitals, according to the Centers for [...]

First-Ever County Level Report On Stroke Hospitalizations

The highest rate of stroke hospitalizations among Medicare beneficiaries exists among African-Americans and in counties located primarily in the southeastern states, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hundreds of AMA medical students and residents lobby Congress on medical student debt, uninsured and Medicare

Washington – Nearly 300 medical student, resident and fellow members of the American Medical Association from across the nation are storming Capitol Hill today urging Congress to protect access to care for America’s patients.

The promise of personalized medicine

Despite the attention given to the promise of molecular diagnostics and personalized medicine, few legislators in Washington, DC, realize that outmoded Medicare payment policies might stall progress toward realizing their potential.

Medicare Insolvency Overshadowed By National Economic Downturn In Public Eye, Experts Say

U.S. residents are focusing more attention on the national economic slump than the potential insolvency of Medicare reported by program trustees on Tuesday, according to experts at a panel discussion on Wednesday, CQ HealthBeat reports. The panel was hosted by the American Enterprise Institute.

Epicor Named First Software Vendor to Receive Notice of Integration by Medicare Australia for ACFI Online Claiming

IRVINE, Calif.—-Epicor Software Corporation – a leading provider of enterprise business software solutions to the midmarket and Global 1000 companies, today announced it has been officially named as the first software vendor to receive a notice of integration by Medicare Australia for online claiming, under the new Aged Care Funding Instrument initiative, introduced on March [...]

New TMA Survey Shows Medicare Forcing Physicians Out; New Senator Cornyn Legislation Would Preserve Patients’ Care

If the planned 10.5-percent Medicare cut to physician payments occurs on July 1, physicians will be forced to limit the number of Medicare patients they treat, the Texas Medical Association announced Thursday in Houston. TMA unveiled this and other sobering results of a new physician-member survey at Senior’s Place, a senior citizen activity center. Sen.

Florida Health Insurance Consultant Says Medicare Insurance Program is in Serious Trouble

With most of the health insurance debate focusing on universal health care, Medicare Trustees admitted this week that the Medicare Hospital Trust Fund, and the Supplementary medical insurance Trust Fund “expenditures are growing more quickly than the rest of the economy – that is troubling news,” according to Morgan Moran of Florida health insurance Web, [...]

Drinking risks health, interferes with medication

One out of 10 elderly people on Medicare report drinking more alcohol than is recommended, according to a study published by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Integration and Services

IBM keen to secure new tender. Medicare is re-evaluating its ICT procurement strategy after placing its lucrative ICT contract up for renewal.

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IBM keen to secure new tender. Medicare is re-evaluating its ICT procurement strategy after placing its lucrative ICT contract up for renewal.

Patients’ comfort ratings go on display

At Medicare‘s Web site, users can see how others felt about their hospital stays. Would-be patients trying to pick a hospital can now check the opinions of other patients by using data from Medicare, the U.S. health-insurance program for the elderly and disabled.

Beware of insurance, drug-plan scams

H ave you been hustled and scammed by unscrupulous agents selling bogus contracts for everything from Medicare advantage plans to prescription drug plans?

Home Health Services receives recognition

Muskogee Regional Home Health services has received a Certificate of Achievement from the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Oklahoma.