Archive for April, 2008

Aetna spent more than $575,000 in first quarter to lobby on Medicare, health insurance issues

Washingtonhealth insurance provider Aetna Inc. spent more than $575,000 in the first quarter to lobby on Medicare and pharmaceutical issues, according to a disclosure report.

HHS Secretary Leavitt Urges Lawmakers, Public to ‘Start Now’ To Make Changes to Medicare

April 30, 2008 – Health and Human services Secretary Mike Leavitt said Tuesday that it is “simply unreasonable” to think Medicare can maintain its solvency without changes to the program and that if “we start now, the change can be made over time and with genuine fairness,” CQ HealthBeat reports.

What is the Impact of Medicare Part D?

Many Medicare beneficiaries are still unaware of, or confused by, the Medicare prescription drug Improvement and modernization act. Otherwise known as the Part D prescription drug program, this act was implemented in 2003 to subsidize the cost of medications for the elderly and the disabled, and in 2006, the Medicare program started offering outpatient prescription [...]

Medicare 5-year cancer bill tops $21.1 bln: study

Five years of cancer care for America’s elderly cost Medicare $21.1 billion, a figure that will swell as the baby boomer generation ages, U.S. government researchers said on Tuesday.

Elderly Cancer Patients: Medicare Costs Estimated To Top $21.1 Billion For 5 Years Of Care

The cost of cancer care for elderly Medicare patients varies by tumor type, stage at diagnosis, phase of care, and survival, according to a new study published online April 29 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The 5-year cost is highest for patients with lung, colorectal, and prostate cancers.

New AMA/RUC Recommendations On Medicare Medical Home Demo Submitted To CMS, USA

Recommendations on the new Medicare medical home demonstration project were submitted to the Centers for Medicare and medicaid services by the American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee, commonly known as the RUC.

Medicare costs top $21.1 billion for elderly cancer patients

BETHESDA, MD – April 29, 2008 – The cost of cancer care for elderly Medicare patients is estimated at $21.1 billion for 5 years of care in 2004.

House members discuss SCHIP, Medicare, Medicaid during debate in Cincinnati

A bipartisan group of eight House members on Monday discussed several health care issues — such as SCHIP, Medicare and medicaid — during a debate at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, The Hill reports.

Humana reports Q1 revenue increase driven by Medicare Advantage plan performance

Humana on Monday announced that first-quarter revenue increased by 12% to $6.96 billion from $6.20 billion in the period last year, driven by higher-than-average enrollment in the company’s Medicare advantage plans, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Medicare “drifting towards disaster”: U.S. official

Washington – Medicare is lurching toward disaster and it is too late for the Bush Administration and Congress to do anything about it, U.S. Health and Human services Secretary Michael Leavitt said on Tuesday.

Medicare costs estimated at $21.1 billion for 5 years of care for elderly cancer patients

The cost of cancer care for elderly Medicare patients varies by tumor type, stage at diagnosis, phase of care, and survival, according to a new study published online April 29 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

New AMA/RUC recommendations on Medicare medical home demo submitted to CMS

CHICAGO – Recommendations on the new Medicare medical home demonstration project were submitted today to the Centers for Medicare and medicaid services by the American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee, commonly known as the RUC.

Cancer Price Tag in Billions for Elders

Medicare costs for cancer are expected to reach $21 billion for five years of care.

Medicare Costs Soar for Cancer Care

TUESDAY, April 29 — Treating elderly cancer patients for five years costs Medicare $21.1 billion, and these costs are expected to increase dramatically as the population ages, a new study says.

Medicare costs estimated to top $21.1 billion for 5 years of care for elderly cancer patients

The cost of cancer care for elderly Medicare patients varies by tumor type, stage at diagnosis, phase of care, and survival, according to a new study published online April 29 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The 5-year cost is highest for patients with lung, colorectal, and prostate cancers.