Archive for March, 2009

Massachusetts Faces Costs of Big Health Care Plan

In order to pay for runaway health costs, the state has set out to revamp the way hospitals and doctors are paid.

Medicare warns UofC Medical Center after ER death

CHICAGO – Federal officials are threatening to take away the University of Chicago Medical Center’s Medicare certification after the death of a 78-year-old man who sat in the emergency room for hours without being triaged or logged in.

Learn about Medicare plans at Cape Coral seminar

Learn about Secure Horizons Medicare advantage plans at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Tony Rotino Senior Center, 5817 Driftwood Parkway.

Medicare offers cash to improve nursing home care

Medicare officials today announced a new, four-state demonstration to determine if cash incentives will improve the quality of care and efficiency of operations in nursing homes. Nursing homes in Arizona, Mississippi, New York and Wisconsin will be asked

Miami-Dade doctor, chemist plead guilty to Medicare fraud

Miami-Dade physician Carmen Lourdes del Cueto, 65, and chemist Alexis Dagnesses, 44, pleaded guilty Thursday to participating in a scheme to bill Medicare for $10 million in false claims for HIV-infusion therapy.

Forum targets Medicare-related scams

SAN FRANCISCO – Sean Johnson, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and medicaid services official will speak at a Chinatown news conference today to provide information on how seniors can avoid being taken advantage of in Medicare-related scams.

Anchorage Doctors Turning Away New Medicare Patients

Most doctors in Alaska’s cities have stopped accepting new medicare patients. A new study from the University of Alaska’s Institute of Social and Economic Research found only 13 primary care doctors in Anchorage who will see new medicare patients. Nearly half were at the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Clinic, where accepting medicare patients is a federal [...]

Medicare investigates dentistry rort claims

MEDICARE Australia is investigating allegations that doctors, dentists and patients are colluding to rort the Medicare dental scheme.

Bills Introduced to End Two-Year Wait for Disabled to Get Help from Medicare

March 26, 2009 – Bills introduced yesterday in the House and Senate that are aimed at putting an end to the two-year waiting period that people with disabilities must endure before getting help from Medicare, received a rousing cheer from over 120 organizations in the Coalition to End the Two-Year Wait for Medicare.

Methodist Settles Medicare Fraud Charges

One of Houston’s most prestigious hospitals has agreed to pay nearly $10 million to settle allegations it defrauded the federal Medicare program, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Medicare profit at QR19mn

Medicare Group yesterday reported a net profit of QR19.24mn in 2008 compared to a net loss of QR24.23mn in the previous year. The net profitability was mainly due to a more than doubled operating income and 89-fold rise in capital gains on sales of investments.

Las Vegas: Radiology firm, doctors settle Medicare fraud case

LAS VEGAS — A Las Vegas radiology firm and its principals are agreeing to pay $2 million to resolve allegations that they submitted false or fraudulent federal Medicare claims.

Methodist Hospital in Houston Agrees to Pay $9.99 Million to Settle Allegations That it Defrauded Federal Medicare …

- The Justice Department announced Thursday that Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas has agreed to pay the United States$9.99 million to settle allegations that it defrauded the federal Medicare program.

Methodist Hospital agrees to pay $9.9 million to settle Medicare case

The Methodist Hospital has agreed to pay the government nearly $10 million to settle allegations that the Houston hospital defrauded the Medicare program, according to the Justice Department.

New Medicare Part D Requirements: Are You Prepared for More Patient Interaction? – A Varolii Webinar

SEATTLE—-The Centers for Medicare & medicaid services have proposed a new set of requirements for all Medicare Part D sponsors – requiring them to implement medication therapy management programs with drastically increased levels of patient interaction.