Archive for September, 2008

Medicare Won’t Pay for Medical Errors

Medicare will stop paying hospitals for the added costs of treating patients who are injured in their care.

No coverage for medical mistakes

ST. PAUL, Minn. — If an auto mechanic accidentally breaks your windshield while trying to repair the engine, he would never get away with billing you for fixing his mistake. On Wednesday, Medicare will start applying that logic to American medicine on a broad scale when it stops paying hospitals for the added cost of [...]

Study links depression to higher death rate from all causes among Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes

– In a large group of Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes, depression was associated with a higher death rate from all causes during a two-year study period. The findings are published in the October 2008 Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Medicare Stops Paying to Treat Medical Errors

Medicare will stop paying hospitals for the added costs of treating patients who are injured in their care, and has provided a list of “reasonably preventable� conditions.

Now Hospitals Must Pay for Avoidable Complications

Starting tomorrow, Medicare won’t pay for a list of complications that could be avoided.

Depression Linked to Higher Death Rate from All Causes Among Elderly with Diabetes

In a large group of Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes, depression was associated with a higher death rate from all causes during a two-year study period.

Depression linked to higher death rates from all causes among elderly with diabetes

In a large group of Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes, depression was linked with a higher death rate from all causes in a two-year study period.

GAO Report Looks At Medicare Imaging Payment Cap; New Resources Available To Aid In Comparison Of Presidential …

“Medicare: Trends in Fees, Utilization and Expenditures for Imaging services Before and After Implementation of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005,” Government Accountability Office: The report examined the effect of a rule included in the DRA that physician reimbursements for outpatient imaging services could not exceed what Medicare pays for such services in outpatient hospital [...]

Texas Medical Association

DocSite, the leader in patient registries and point-of-care decision support services to the healthcare market, today announced the Texas Medical Association to…

CMS Issues Final Rule To Empower Medicaid Beneficiaries To Direct Personal Assistance Services

A final rule that would allow more medicaid beneficiaries to be in charge of their own personal assistance services, including personal care services, instead of having those services directed by an agency, was announced by the Centers for Medicare & medicaid services.

Press & Media

Think $700 billion to bail out Wall Street is expensive? Just wait. The mortgage meltdown is cheap compared with the coming fiscal firestorm fanned by unfunded Social Security and Medicare costs.

WebCE

WebCE is proud to announce the availability of Medicare Advantage and Part D, a comprehensive training course which has just been updated to incorporate the provisions of the “Medicare Improvements for Patients and providers Act of 2008.” This course provides a thorough understanding of Medicare plans, including Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage and Part D. It [...]

You Can Find Dr. Right, With Some Effort

The Medicare program recently started a physician quality reporting initiative, but it is in its infancy and the information is not yet public. And last year, after the nonprofit group ConsumersÂ’ Checkbook won a lawsuit granting it access to MedicareÂ’s doctor records, the government appealed the decision.

Cuba detains brothers charged with Miami fraud

Cuban authorities are detaining three Miami-Dade brothers who fled to Cuba earlier this year when they were charged with defrauding $119 million from Medicare, U.S. officials familiar with the case confirmed Monday.

Brothers charged with Medicare fraud held in Cuba

Cuban authorities are detaining three Miami-Dade brothers who fled to Cuba earlier this year when they were charged with defrauding $119 million from Medicare, U.S. officials familiar with the case confirmed Monday.