Archive for February, 2009

Obama US health budget raises hopes, worries

CHICAGO, Feb 27 Many Americans are crossing their fingers that President Barack Obama’s ambitious 634 billion dollars plan to reform the US healthcare system — funded by a mix of tax increases and Medicare spending cuts — will succeed, but they are worried, too.

American Society For Radiation Oncology Applauds President Obama’s Health Priorities

The American Society for Radiation Oncology applauds President Obama’s healthcare reform priorities set forth in his February 26, 2009, budget blueprint, particularly the President’s promise to double funding for cancer research and close loopholes that are weakening the Medicare program.

More Value For Money In Team-Based Diabetes Care

Diabetes patients undergoing team-based care do not save more in treatment costs under Medicare and medicaid than other patients, but they are healthier, according to a recent study. “Chronic conditions impose a substantial financial burden on patients, payers and employers,” said Dennis Scanlon, professor of health policy and administration, Penn State, and lead author of [...]

Obama Offers Broad Plan to Revamp Health Care

President Obama’s budget would make a down payment toward his goal of covering the uninsured, and he would pay for it in Part By cutting federal payments to hospitals, insurance companies and drug companies.

Medicare Spending on Patients Varies Widely by State, Region

New map reveals regional differences; more treatment doesn’t necessarily mean better health.

Obama’s health budget raises hopes, worries

Many Americans are crossing their fingers that President Barack Obama’s ambitious $634 billion plan to reform the U.S. healthcare system — funded by a mix of tax increases and Medicare spending cuts — will succeed, but they are worried, too.

Obama health budget raises hopes, worries

Many Americans are crossing their fingers that President Barack Obama’s ambitious $634 billion plan to reform the U.S. healthcare system — funded by a mix of tax increases and Medicare spending cuts — will succeed, but they are worried, too.

Medicare Spending Continues To Vary Widely By Region, According To Analysis

Medicare spending varies dramatically by region because individual physicians increase costs based on the quantity of medical services they provide in the area, according to an analysis published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, the New York Times reports.

American Association For Homecare Supports President Obama In His Commitment To Stop Waste, Fraud And Abuse In Medicare

In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama declared that his administration would “root out the waste, fraud, and abuse in our Medicare program that doesn’t make our seniors any healthier.” The American Association for Homecare and its members applaud this goal and have developed a legislative solution specifically designed [...]

Medicare cuts, tax hikes prescribed in Obama budget proposal

Washington — President Barack Obama’s prescription for the nation’s ailing healthcare system comes with Medicare cuts and tax hikes — usually poison pills that doom any overhaul effort in Congress. But the budget Obama proposed Thursday is not a finished blueprint for overhauling healthcare. Rather, it’s the opening bid in a tough negotiation. Anybody who’s [...]

Heart Device Dispute Renews Push for User Registry

Some experts say the debate about a Medtronic heart device would not exist if efforts to develop a national database of patients who get heart devices had received more support.

Heart Device Dispute Highlights Push for a Database

Some experts say the debate about a Medtronic heart device would not exist if efforts to develop a national database of patients who get heart devices had received more support.

Heart Device Dispute Illustrates Need for U.S. Registry

Some experts say the debate about a Medtronic heart device would not exist if efforts to develop a national database of patients who get heart devices had received more support.

Obama Budget Squeezes Medicare—and Wealthier Seniors

Higher drug costs and less choice of plans will be the likely results for some.

Nurses Welcome President’s Call For Comprehensive Health Reform But Only One Reform, Medicare For All, Will Solve …

The nation’s largest organization of registered nurses today praised President Obama’s call for “comprehensive” healthcare reform in his speech to Congress Tuesday night, but emphasized that only genuine reform, as in expanding Medicare to cover everyone, will actually solve the crisis — and rein in the skyrocketing costs that the president noted are bankrupting Americans [...]