Archive for July, 2009

Community health centers offer Medicare information Aug. 9-15

Erlanger Health System affiliates, Southside and Dodson Avenue community health centers, are hosting information sessions on Medicare/Health coverage and prescription benefits during National Community Health Centers Week, Aug. 9-15.

More Voices in the Health Care Debate

To the Editor:.

Miami trio plead guilty to Medicare fraud scheme

Three Miami men accused of taking millions in a three-year Medicare fraud scheme involving AIDS patients have pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering and mail fraud, authorities said.

Divisions Surface Over House ‘Deal’ On Medicare Inequities

Washington — A week-old agreement among House Democrats to smooth out disparities in the way Medicare reimburses rural and urban health providers is in danger of crumbling, as disputes erupted Friday over what actually was agreed to.

Rep. Rush Holt: They Opposed Medicare Too

Although Medicare now is widely seen as a successful program for helping Americans access health care, it was very controversial when it was passed. The same arguments against health care reform today were made then.

Hospice Medicare cuts less severe

Proposed Medicare reimbursement cuts to hospice organizations Nationwide will be spread out over seven years instead of being phased-in over two years, as originally proposed.

Harkin pushes for Medicare reform

CEDAR RAPIDS — Sen. Tom Harkin, a veteran of several unsuccessful attempts to improve Medicare reimbursement to Iowa health care providers, sees the current Congressional debate as the best opportunity to reward their high-quality care.

Mayhill Fowler: End-of-Life Decisions: Medicare Is Already in the Room

The big irony, one that encapsulates our national innocence of death, is the assumption behind the Medicare rumor — that people can indeed decide how they wish to die. If only that were true.

ER Visits Mostly by Medicare, Medicaid Recipients

FRIDAY, July 31 — An estimated 50 million, or 42 percent, of the 120 million visits made in 2006 to U.S. hospital emergency departments were billed to the medicaid and medicare programs, according to a U.S. government report released Thursday.

Klobuchar, Kohl, Franken Call For Value-Index Approach To Combat Medicare Costs

Today, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar introduced legislation to reform the Medicare payment system to reward hospitals for quality, efficient care. The Medicare Payment Fairness Act of 2009 would reform Medicare by paying hospitals for the quality, not quantity, of care.

Dozens Arrested In National Medicare Fraud Bust

The Associated Press reports: “Federal authorities arrested more than 30 suspects, including doctors, and were seeking others in a major Medicare fraud bust Wednesday in New York, Louisiana, Boston and Houston, targeting scams such as ‘arthritis kits’ – expensive braces that many patients never used.

Health Care Realities

Many people don’t understand the way American health care works. Getting the government involved wouldn’t be radical because it is already deeply involved, even in private insurance.

27 arrested after Medicare fraud raid

Agents in Houston arrested 27 people Wednesday after searching their businesses and homes for evidence of Medicare fraud.

American Association for Homecare Supports Crackdown on Medicare Scammers in Houston, Boston, New York, Louisiana

Association’s Anti-fraud Legislative Plan Will Yield Cost-Savings for Healthcare Reform and Stop Waste, fraud, and Abuse in Medicare ARLINGTON, Va., July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American Association for Homecare strongly supports the recent Medicare fraud Strike Force crackdown on Medicare fraud in Houston, Boston, New York and Louisiana.

Medicare, Medicaid fraud suspects in Houston court

The suspects involved in a major Medicare drug busts were in federal court Thursday morning.