Archive for May, 2008

Medicare Announces Contract Suppliers for DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program.

The Centers for Medicare & medicaid services (CMS) has announced the contract suppliers for the first round of the Medicare durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program. The competitive bidding program will offer beneficiaries in the designated competitive bidding areas (CBAs) access to quality DMEPOS products and services with lower out-of-pocket [...]

Redesigned Hospital Compare!

This tool provides you with information on how well the hospitals care for all their adult patients with certain conditions or procedures. This information will help you compare the quality of care hospitals provide as the measures show how often hospitals provide some of the care that is recommended for patients being treated for a [...]

Traditional Medicare Benefit Information Soon To Be Available Online To Doctors And Hospitals Through Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan Web Portal

Beginning this summer, Michigan physicians and hospitals will be able to go online to check eligibility and benefit information for people with Traditional Medicare coverage.

Medicare in need of stiff medicine

A new report finds big gaps in Medicare‘s ability to deal with modern health problems.

Medicare Bidding Program For Home Medical Equipment Is A ‘Train Wreck’ For Patients And Providers, AA Homecare Tells …

In testimony today before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, the American Association for Homecare urged Congress to suspend a controversial, flawed Medicare bidding program for home medical equipment, calling it “a train wreck.

AARP Effort To “Keep Medicare Fair” Moves To High Gear – New Television Spots And Direct Mail Begin Nationwide This Week

AARP this week launches a new round of grassroots outreach and advertising throughout the country as a part of its effort to Keep Medicare Fair.

House hearing to address concerns over Medicare durable medical equipment competitive bidding program

The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee on Tuesday plans to hold a hearing on a Medicare competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment, CQ HealthBeat reports.

Healthways Signs Medicare Health Support Budget Neutrality Amendment

Healthways , which changes the financial performance target for both its Initial Cohort and Refresh Cohort to budget neutrality from 5.0% net savings and 2.5% net savings, respectively….

CORRECTING and REPLACING Healthways Signs Medicare Health Support Budget Neutrality Amendment

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Pharmaceutical Care Management Association Lobbies For Electronic Prescribing Requirement In Medicare Bill

More than 40 businesses, consumer groups and pharmaceutical stakeholders — led by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association — on Thursday sent a letter to Congressional committee leaders calling for electronic prescribing legislation to be included as part of a 2010 Medicare package that the Senate Finance Committee is drafting, CongressDaily reports.

AAKP Urges Senator John Kerry To Support A Home Hemodialysis Pilot Program, USA

The American Association of Kidney Patients asking him to support a Medicare sponsored home hemodialysis program. AAKP is the largest kidney patient organization in the United States founded and directed by patients. AAKP is an organization dedicated to serving the needs, interests and welfare of all kidney patients and their families.

Senate action on Medicare MD Pay Bill might be delayed due to Medicaid, war funding efforts, AARP lobbyist says

Senate action on legislation to delay a 10.6% Medicare physician fee cut might take a back seat to a supplemental spending bill for the Iraq war and a measure to delay new medicaid regulations, AARP’s lead lobbyist said on Friday, CQ HealthBeat reports. Kirsten Sloan, head of AARP’s health legislative team, said efforts on the [...]

CMS announces decision on Medicare coverage of artificial hearts, long-term acute care hospital reimbursements

CMS recently announced a decision on Medicare coverage of artificial hearts and a final rule on reimbursements for long-term acute care hospitals.

Some states to ask Congress to regulate marketing of private Medicare plans

State officials soon will ask Congress to grant them more regulatory authority over the marketing of private Medicare drug benefit and Medicare advantage plans to respond to continuing complaints of aggressive marketing practices, the New York Times reports. In a draft report by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, state officials propose creating a set [...]

Restoring Medicare Pay Cut to Docs May Get Delayed by Iraq War Spending

May 5, 2008 – Senate action on legislation to delay a 10.6% Medicare physician fee cut might take a back seat to a supplemental spending bill for the Iraq war and a measure to delay new medicaid regulations , AARP ‘s lead lobbyist said on Friday, CQ HealthBeat reports.