Archive for September, 2009

Improved Rural Medicare Amendment Could Help Oregon

A bipartisan group of senators approved a possible fix in the way Medicare reimburses rural doctors Tuesday.

Grassley measure would increase Medicare payment to Iowa physicians

By James Q. Lynch The Gazette Sen. Chuck Grassley is no fan of a public option, but an Ames neurologist sees an upside for Iowa in the Congressional debate about a government-run health insurance program. Grassley has won unanimous approval from Senate Finance Committee colleagues for a change in Medicare reimbursement that will narrow the [...]

3 Indiana hospitals settle Medicare disputes

Three Indiana hospitals have agreed to pay the federal government a total of about $6.1 million to settle allegations that they overcharged Medicare for procedures.

Medicare’s New Critics

Medicare Advantage is the crown jewel of government health care programs.

AMA fears Medicare rebate cataract blow out

AMA Victoria claims Medicare rebate cuts will blow out the current cataract surgery waiting list at Ballarat Health services.

Better use of Medicare data could help cut costs

Economists say better use of Medicare data could help make health care less expensive while the federal program faces some cuts under current legislation.

Democrats Look To Medicare To Help Finance Reform

The Associated Press: “Medicare is looking like a big fat piggy bank for health care overhaul. President Barack Obama and the Democrats want to pay for much of their plan to cover the uninsured by cutting hundreds of billions from the Medicare budget over the next 10 years. From its inception, the health plan for [...]

Ala. hospital settles Medicare charges dispute

Providence Hospital in Mobile has agreed to pay $381,713 to settle allegations that from 2002 to 2008 the hospital overcharged Medicare when performing a procedure to treat spinal fractures.

Providence Hospital pays $381,713 to settle Medicare allegations of improper billing

The government contends that 3 hospitals in Alabama, and three others in Indiana, kept patients longer than needed, after a procedure known as a kyphoplasty, in order to increase Medicare billings.

Masspro QIO Uses Milliman Care Guidelines

Masspro, one of the nation’s leading Quality Improvement Organizations , has signed a five-year licensing agreement with Milliman Care guidelines LLC, A Milliman Company, to use the Care guidelines for Medicare and medicaid utilization and quality reviews in the state of Massachusetts.

AARP listens in Pasco to opinions about health care reform and Medicare changes

The AARP listens to what Pasco folks have to say about Medicare and proposed reforms.

‘Preparing for Medicare’ scheduled

Senior Community services’ Center for Life Long Learning will offer “Preparing for Medicare” at the Aston Community Center, 3270 Concord Road, Aston, from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Medicare costs key to fixing health care

Sen. Maria Cantwell is on the right track with her push to reform Medicare. The Washington Democra

Wilson: Seniors may be spared Medicare hikes

POMEROY — Medicare recipients may be exempt from higher monthly premium increases next year under a bill which was passed Friday in the House of Representatives. “Many of the seniors within my dis…

Medicare drug premiums to rise

The majority of Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare drug plans will not see significant changes in their premiums in 2010, but some might need to take steps to ensure they have the coverage they need, the Centers for Medicare & medicaid services said.