Archive for August, 2009

Medicare works; everyone should be covered

I want Medicare for everyone. Before Medicare, old people just died of old age. But Medicare expanded the elderly market so there was money for research and development. Then we began to understand geriatric diseases. It was Medicare that provided money for the technology that created, for example, innovative coronary care. So everyone, even those [...]

Medicare topic of local seminar

A free Medicare seminar will be presented at 1 p.m. Thursday with a repeat session at 6 p.m. the same day in the Seymour Library meeting room. Registration is preferred for seating, by calling 522-3412 ext. 243. Medicare specialists Jackie Taylor

John Johnson, East Grand Forks, letter: Medicare strikes the right balance

Medicare appears to have struck the right balance between public and private sectors in providing health care.

Medicare Cuts May Drive Docs Out of Business

The government may have come up with one way to save money on health care: pay doctors less. The people who run Medicare are proposing some of the largest cuts ever. Those cuts could drive some doctors out of business.

CardioNet: Medicare Administrator Confirms Reimbursement Cut

CardioNet Inc. said a regional administrator of Medicare services confirmed it will cut its reimbursement rate for mobile cardiovascular technology Sept. 1.

Raleigh couple accused of Medicare fraud

A Raleigh couple is under federal investigation for allegedly pocketing nearly $13 million since 2007 from false Medicare claims for motorized scooters, powered wheelchairs and other medical equipment.

CardioNet Provides Update on Communications with Highmark Medicare Services Regarding Mobile Cardiovascular Technology …

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.—-CardioNet, Inc. announced that Highmark Medicare services confirmed it will implement its reduced reimbursement rate for mobile cardiovascular technology on September 1, 2009.

Medicare Patients, Women, Blacks Not Likely to be Even Evaluated for Liver Transplants

Aug. 31, 2009 – Older Americans depending on Medicare for medical insurance are far less likely to be considered for a liver transplant that people with private insurance.

New Study of House Health Reform Bill: New Mexico Faces Over $130 Million in Medicare-Funded Nursing Home Cuts Over …

Proposed Medicare Cuts Will Harm Seniors’ Care, Place More Than 160 New Mexico Long Term Care Staff Jobs in Jeopardy ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A new American health care Association analysis of the pending U.S.

New Study of House Health Reform Bill: Nevada Faces Nearly $186 Million in Medicare-Funded Nursing Home Cuts Over 10 …

LAS VEGAS—-A new American health care Association analysis of the pending House health reform bill, combined with the impact of a recently-enacted Medicare regulation cutting Medicare-funded nursing home care by $12 billion over 10 years, finds seniors in Nevada requiring nursing and rehabilitative care will face total funding cuts of $186 million over that same [...]

Women, blacks, Medicare recipients less likely to be evaluated for liver transplantation

Patient race, gender and insurance status influence decisions about who will go on to receive liver transplants, according to a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study. Available online and published in the September issue of the American Journal of Transplantation, the study indicates that women, blacks and patients with Medicare who are in end-stage [...]

GT Alert: New Provision in Medicare Program Integrity Manual is Effective on September 8

Medicare Restricts Consignment Closet Arrangements Between Suppliers of Durable Medical Equipment and Physician Offices By William B. Eck and Daniel B. Brown , Greenberg Traurig LLP Washington, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ — The Centers for Medicare & medicaid services has published a new manual provision that will severely restrict the use of consignment closets in physician [...]

Report at odds with Medicare extension

MEDICARE has been stretched to the point where it risks putting more into doctors’ pockets than into care of the chronically ill.

Mark Farrah Associates partners with Strenuus to launch Medicare Benefits Analyzer

Mark Farrah Associates announces the addition of Medicare benefits Analyzer to its online product portfolio. “We are very pleased to be partnering with Strenuus to launch this new product.

Medicare isn’t a model of fiscal responsibility

I am amazed that the president and supporters of increasing government control of health care cite Medicare as a successful program and a model for reform efforts, as Rep. Steve Driehaus did in his local appearance this week.