Archive for June, 2008

Delay in Medicare Cuts for Doctors

Medicare will delay processing doctors’ claims to give Congress time to pass legislation that would block a scheduled 10 percent cut in payments.

What Ails You: Senate to consider important Medicare therapy services bill

Way back in 2006, I wrote to tell you about the Medicare cap on physical therapy services. Many of you contacted me and even more of you took action contacting our senators to tell them how you felt about having your access to care arbitrarily limited.

TIGroup Announces Agreement with ESSENCE Healthcare to Provide Unique Health Plans for Medicare Patients

Tri-Isthmus Group, Inc. to provide Medicare advantage plans in Oklahoma. TIG Financial Solutions previously applied to become a Medicare Advantage plan…

Medicare proposes changes for imaging, dialysis

The U.S. government proposed payment changes in the Medicare health insurance program on Monday that could impact reimbursement of medical imaging, diagnostic testing and dialysis providers.

Medicare Hits Physicians with New Regulations, Cuts $3 Billion From Fee Schedule

June 30, 2008 – While physicians caring for Medicare patients have a 10-day reprieve from a 10 percent pay cut, they did get hit today by new regulations proposed by Medicare, as well as, changes in the agency’s compensation structure that will reduce payments to doctors by about $3 billion.

Docs Get Temporary Relief from Medicare Pay Cut Due Tomorrow

June 30, 2008 – HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt on Friday said that the agency will maintain the current Medicare payment rate for physicians because Congress was unable to pass legislation to avert a 10.6% cut scheduled to go into effect on Tuesday before lawmakers left for the Fourth of July recess, the Washington Post reports.

Bush administration delaying Medicare fee cut

The Bush administration said Monday it will delay paying doctors for treating Medicare patients in early July to give Congress more time to block a scheduled 10.6 percent fee cut.

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Asks Senate Leadership In Letter To Oppose Delaying Medicare Durable Medical Equipment …

A bipartisan group of five senators has written a letter asking Senate leaders to oppose a House-approved bill and signed by Sens.

Bush administration freezing cuts in Medicare fees

– The Bush administration said Monday it is freezing a scheduled 10 percent fee cut for doctors who treat Medicare patients, giving Congress time to act to prevent the cuts when lawmakers return from a July 4 recess.

Arcadian Health Plan Addresses Medicare Doctor Payment Cuts

As most doctors face the Congressionally mandated 10 percent cut in Medicare payments next week, Arcadian Health Plan, Inc. announced that it will maintain payments to their contracted network physicians at the same level of payment as before the mandated cuts.

Hard Sell to Medicare Insurance Buyers Would Get Softer Under New Rules

The Bush administration proposed on Thursday to crack down on the aggressive marketing of private Medicare insurance plans.

Medicare’s Much-Too-Hard Sell

States should be given greater powers to enforce new regulations proposed to curb the hard-sell tactics used to foist private Medicare policies on unwary consumers.

Medtronic Settles a Civil Lawsuit on Allegations of Medicare Fraud

Two insiders had said Kyphon, a unit of Medtronic, improperly persuaded hospitals to keep people overnight for a simple outpatient procedure to repair small fissures of the spine.

Eyes Bloodshot, Doctors Vent Their Discontent

I have been hearing physician colleagues voice a level of dissatisfaction with medical practice that is alarming.

Settlement to Ease Drug Costs for Some on Medicare

The Bush administration promised to provide new protections for low-income Medicare beneficiaries to ensure they can get prescription drugs promptly, at minimal cost.