Archive for October, 2009

Why doctors threaten to ditch Medicare patients

Medicare has become a scary word to the doctors at the largest private group practice in Kansas City, Mo.

Medicare Eases Next Year’s Cuts for Heart, Cancer Specialists

Oct. 31 — Heart and cancer doctors will get a smaller fee cut next year from Medicare, the U.S. government program for the elderly, than the Obama administration first sought in a move to shift money to family physicians.

Medicare open-enrollment public meetings in Portland

Here’s a list of free events in Portland where seniors can get help picking a Medicare plan.

Let’s repeal Medicare payment formula

Despite the best efforts of Sen. Begich, legislation that would have preserved the security and stability of Medicare recently fell victim to Washington politics.

Pinching pennies necessary for Medicare beneficiaries

Without a Social Security COLA—Cost of Living Adjustment—for 2010, Medicare beneficiaries will need to be wise shoppers as they chose a prescription drug Plan for next year. Open enrollment for Medicare Part D begins November 15 and lasts until December 31, 2009.

Miami resident pleads guilty on conspiracy to defraud the Medicare program

Miami resident Daisy Martinez pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Detroit to participating in a conspiracy to defraud the Medicare program, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg of the Eastern District of Michigan; Andrew G. Arena, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Detroit Field Office of the [...]

Medicare Launches Mississippi Health First Collaborative For Diabetes Care In Community Settings

A statewide effort to improve care for patients with diabetes across Mississippi, particularly for patients considered to be “medically underserved ,” is being announced by the Centers for Medicare & medicaid services. The initiative is called the Mississippi Health First Collaborative.

Report Criticizes Medicare Role in Fraud Investigations

Investigators are reporting that the Medicare program largely failed to give antifraud contractors much of the information they needed to do their work.

Now Is the Time To Weigh Medicare Options

Before the year ends, people have to decide whether to choose a new plan in the program or to change nothing at all.

Your Medicare Options? Now Is the Time to Weigh Them

Before the year ends, people have to decide whether to choose a new plan in the propram or to change nothing at all.

Inslee, Dicks Say Medicare Change Will Help Local Providers

By STEVEN GARDNER sgardner@kitsapsun.com Support for the health care bill moving through the U.S. House is probable from Kitsap’s two Congressman — and a commitment to a Medicare provision in the bill is solid. U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Bainbridge Island and U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair, helped craft language in the health care bill that [...]

Detroit Clinic Owner Pleads Guilty in Medicare Fraud Scheme

Washington, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Miami resident Daisy Martinez pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Detroit to participating in a conspiracy to defraud the Medicare program, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division; U.S.

Medicare Delays Plan to Cut Pay for Heart, Cancer Doctors

Oct. 30 — The Obama administration said it will cut Medicare payments to heart and cancer doctors next year less than initially planned, bowing to criticism of its proposal to shift more dollars to primary-care physicians.

Police Warn of Medicare Scam

Kearney Police say scammers are calling Medicare recipients and asking for personal information.

An Armey of one marshals forces against Medicare

I met Richard Armey in 1995. Speaker Newt Gingrich had taken over the House. He was Gingrich’s top lieutenant as House majority leader and told me of their plans to “wean our old people away from Medicare.”