Archive for July, 2008

Hospice patients have more control of their treatment under new regulations

By MARK AGEE Many dying patients will have new rights because the federal government has updated hospice regulations for Medicare participants for the first time in 25 years. Some of the most significant changes for hospice patients, who typically have less than six months to live, include the right to effective pain medications and to [...]

Medicare adds to do-not-pay list

Medicare is adding to its do-not-pay list for hospitals two new categories of preventable conditions it won’t cover, a much smaller number than it had been contemplating. Last year, the Centers for Medicare and medicaid services set new ground by determining it no longer pay would extra costs for treating certain preventable conditions, referred to [...]

Legislation Would Require Greater Transparency In Physician Self-Referrals For Imaging Procedures

Senate Finance Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley that would require physicians to disclose their financial ties to imaging services ordered under Medicare when making self-referrals, CQ HealthBeat reports.

New regulations give hospice patients more control of their treatment

By MARK AGEE Many dying patients will have new rights at the end of their lives after the federal government updated hospice regulations for Medicare participants this summer for the first time in 25 years. Some of the most significant changes for patients in hospice, who typically have less than six months to live, include [...]

Gentiva Health posts double-digit revenue, profits gains

Increased Medicare revenues helped Gentiva Health services Inc. post double-digit increases in both revenue and earnings in its second quarter, the Melville-based home health-care provider announced Thursday.

Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report Highlights Recent Medicare News

Summaries of two recent developments related to efforts by Congressional Republicans on Medicare issues appear below.Medicare fraud: Senate Republicans on Monday held a forum to highlight their efforts to reduce Medicare fraud, CQ HealthBeat reports. In June, Sens. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.

AARP: Medicare Anniversary Highlights Need For National Health Care Reform Next Year

AARP issued a statement commemorating the 43rd anniversary of Medicare and medicaid. The statement, from AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond, follows: “The passage of Medicare and medicaid in 1965 was an important event in America’s history.

Gentiva Reports Strong Second Quarter led by Home Health Segment

Gentiva Health services, Inc. , the nation’s leading provider of comprehensive home health services, today reported strong second quarter results, led by double-digit increases in Medicare revenues and admissions in the Company’s Home Health segment.

Treasury hasn’t estimated Medicare levy impact, inquiry hears

A Senate inquiry has been told that the Treasury Department has not examined the impact of changes to the Medicare levy threshold on public hospitals.

Bush Administration Predicts Record $482B Deficit In FY 2009; Projection Could Affect Next President’s Spending Plan, …

The “bleak outlook for the budget will crimp the ability of the next president to carry out ambitious” proposals for health care and other issues and will add to the “fiscal pressures that were already building because of the growth of Medicare and Social Security,” the New York Times reports.

Burgess Announces Expanded Software Partnership With Health Net

Burgess a leading Medicare-based data and information technology solutions firm, announced today an expanded agreement with its Woodland Hills, California based client, Health Net.

Complaints About Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Declined By About 74% Between 2006, October 2007, GAO Report Finds

The monthly rate of complaints from Medicare beneficiaries about the prescription drug benefit decreased by 74% during the 18-month period that ended on Oct. 31, 2007, according to a report recently released by the Government Accountability Office, the AP/Las Vegas Sun reports. For the report, GAO examined almost 630,000 complaints filed with CMS during the [...]

Kingsland Clinic Operator Pleads Guilty To Health-Care Fraud

A South Florida woman has pleaded guilty to billing Medicare and Tri-Car for fore than $1 million in fraudulent claims from a Kingsland infusion clinic.

Complaints about drug benefit are decreasing

Complaints about the Medicare drug benefit have dropped considerably since the summer of 2006, but ongoing challenges still pose problems for participants, particularly in getting complaints addressed promptly.

Statement By Mike Leavitt, Secretary Of Health And Human Services, On Legislation To Address Medicare Solvency

The law created a “trigger” that requires action if the Medicare trustees have issued two consecutive reports projecting the program’s spending from general revenue would exceed 45 percent.