Archive for November, 2008

Transplant Units at Hahnemann, Temple Under Scrutiny

Two Philadelphia hospitals could lose Medicare certification of their transplant programs because they haven’t been able to attract enough patients.

Seniors face gap in health insurance

Before Medicare, coverage is costly.

Duncan transplant patient loses drug benefit

All a Duncan man knows about his organ donor is what they had in common: They were about the same age and were outdoorsmen. The Arizona man died following a motorcycle crash; his kidney and pancreas now belong to Mike Reddin.But in August, three years after his double-transplant, Reddin, 46 was dropped from a special [...]

Paper: Philly hospital transplant programs at risk

Two Philadelphia hospitals could lose Medicare certification for organ transplant programs that haven’t attracted enough patients, according to a newspaper report.

Transplant programs at risk at 2 Philly hospitals

Two Philadelphia hospitals could lose Medicare certification for organ transplant programs that haven’t attracted enough patients.

Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program to host Medicare Check-up Day Dec. 14

The Ohio senior health insurance Information Program will host Medicare Check-up Day 2008 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 15 at Lakewood Public Library Main Branch, 15425 Detroit Ave. Representatives will provide information on recent Medicare changes, explain the…

Annual Medicare Drug Plan Enrollment Window Now Open – Alaskan Authorities Encourage Seniors To Review New Options

Alaskans age 65 and older who are interested in getting prescription drug coverage through the Medicare Part D program should sign up during the annual open enrollment, Nov. 15 through Dec. 31. Even seniors who are happy with their Medicare prescription plans are encouraged to review the new options introduced each year.

What is home health care?

More than 100,000 sick or frail Minnesotans receive nursing and therapy from home health care agencies, about half of them through Medicare or medicaid.

Adjusting Retirement Thinking in Tough Times

The notion of a traditional, leisurely retirement is fading fast. The precipitous drop recently in retirement investment accounts, rising health care costs, a dearth of traditional pension plans, faltering Social Security and Medicare systems and the fact that Americans just are not saving enough have shattered the hopes of millions of Americans who dreamed of [...]

Keokuk Area Hospital Home Health Care ranked among top 25 percent

Keokuk Area Hospital Home health care announced that it has been named to the 2008 HomeCare Elite!, a compilation of the most successful Medicare-certified home health care providers in the United States.

UMC ok to continue transplant program until June

It’s a new life for University Medical Center’s transplant program. The Centers for medicaid and medicare services is allowing doctors to keep operating through June. The transplant program was recently decertified and due to close in December.

Innovis drops health plan

Medicare Advantage ‘not best deal for patients’ Innovis Health is notifying 1,500 patients that it will no longer honor Medicare Advantage health insurance plans as of April 1. Advertisement: ROAD WOLF MOTORCYCLE SPECS $65 Oil Change @ Road Wolf Motorcycles Text this to your phone and bring it in to Road Wolf Motorcycles and receive [...]

HEALTH POLICY REPORTS: The Lessons of Success — Revisiting the Medicare Story

After reviewing recently released Oval Office tapes, Blumenthal and Morone conclude that President Lyndon Johnson played a larger role in the passage of Medicare and medicaid in 1965 than historians have reported. They believe the revised version of events suggests that successful enactment of major health care reform would require strong commitment and speedy action [...]

Medicare’s Creation May Offer Health Care Clues

President-elect Obama says he wants to make expanding health care coverage a priority for his new administration. Health policy expert David Blumenthal says there are lessons to learn from the biggest expansion of health care: The creation of Medicare and medicaid.

Scientists doubt utility of CT scan as heart test

The U.S. health insurance program for the elderly, Medicare, is spending money on state-of-the-art CT scanners without clear evidence showing their usefulness in combating heart problems, commentators in the New England Journal of Medicine said on Wednesday.