Archive for April, 2009

Beware of new Medicare scam

The Pocatello Police are warning everyone to be careful if you get a call from someone claiming to work for Medicare.

Medicare Part D: Going the Extra Mile for America’s Seniors

Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit for seniors, now offers an online service for beneficiaries. Called “Plan Finder,” it allows seniors to find and compare prescription drug plans.

Medicare dialysis pay change seen hitting blacks

Proposed Medicare changes may have a disproportionate impact on black dialysis patients.

Medicare Set Aside Webinar: Materials Available Here

Materials for the R&I Webinar, Medicare Set Asides: What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You, can be found here.

180 Medical Informs Catheter Users of Change in Medicare Policy

Although a year has passed since U.S. Medicare coverage policy changed to allow intermittent catheter users access to single-use catheters, many catheter users are still unaware of the change, and how it affects them.

Fresenius Medical’s Lipps Sees Medicare Patients Profitable

April 30 — Fresenius Medical Care AG is betting on a new system to make treating dialysis patients on the U.S. government-funded Medicare plan profitable, Chief Executive Officer Benjamin Lipps said in an interview today.

New National Survey Reveals Eight In 10 Seniors Satisfied With Medicare Drug Benefit

Healthcare leaders announced the latest results of a national survey of seniors showing that the vast majority of Medicare beneficiaries remain satisfied with the Medicare Part D drug benefit. Medicare Today has been tracking senior satisfaction with the drug benefit since 2006.

Former HealthEssentials manager indicted for fraud

A federal grand jury has indicted the former business manager of bankrupt Louisville company HealthEssentials Solutions for health-care fraud. The U.S. Attorney’s office said the indictment accuses Karen Stone, 49, of causing the company to submit false billings to Medicare between 2001 and 2004.

Teléfono para fraudes de Medicare es inaccesible

Mi padre, que tiene 94 años, recibió una copia de una cuenta fraudulenta pagada por el Medicare hace un mes. Llamamos al número 800 para reportar el fraude y nos remitieron a la línea de fraudes, 866-417-2078. Ese número siempre está ocupado. Reporté eso al Medicare y me dijeron que no se puede hacer nada [...]

Bill would change Medicare reimbursement criteria for hospital

U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire proposed legislation Wednesday that would require hospitals to meet federally set benchmarks for quality of care to receive full reimbursement from Medicare.

FARGO: U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley taking post with Noridian

Drew Wrigley, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota, is resigning in August to take a vice president post with a Fargo-based company that handles Medicare administration.

Medicare System Overhaul Proposed by Two Senators

Leading senators from both parties said that they would make changes in Medicare to reward or penalize doctors, hospitals and nursing homes according to the quality of care they provided.

Medicare fraud is far from over

If you thought corporate America was in trouble… wait until you hear what scammers are doing with your tax dollars.

How Insurers Use Technology for Considerable Cost Savings & Competitive Advantages

Cleveland – April 27, 2009 – IdeaStar’s Mike Wise, expert at all things Web when it comes to insurance, will speak at the American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance conference on the topic Using Technology to Maximize Sales.

Health Affairs Study Examines Medicaid Physician Fee Trends Between 2003 And 2008

“Trends in medicaid Physician Fees, 2003-2008,” Health Affairs: The study by Stephen Zuckerman, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center, and colleagues found that from 2003 to 2008, medicaid physician fees increased by an average of 15.1%, narrowing the gap with Medicare payment rates.