Archive for December, 2009

Health reform may cut Medicare Advantage

MIAMI – Insurers constantly caution seniors that their Medicare Advantage perks such as hearing aids, dental payments and even gym memberships will fizzle if Democrats get their way and cut government subsidies for them.

Senior Medicare Patrol exposes cases of benefit fraud

MIAMI — The first box that arrived at Shirley Shupp’s door was filled with braces to help with her arthritis. Then came a motorized scooter, just like the one the 69-year-old already owned. She hadn’t asked for any of it — but Medicare was apparently footing the bill. “There was just something that wasn’t right [...]

Veterans not double-dipping in Medicare, VA

Veterans not double-dipping in Medicare, VA

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan includes U-M Health System in Medicare Advantage PPO plan

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has added the University of Michigan Health System to its growing network of Medicare Plus Blue PPO providers. The move gives seniors who purchase the competitively priced plan access to all of the U-M hospitals and approximately 2,200 providers.

Seniors fight Medicare fraud

Shirley Shupp of Houston contacted her local Senior Medicare Patrol to report receiving medical equipment she never asked for. The patrol did its own research and then referred the matter to investigators.

Medicare Advantage cuts worry seniors

Miami — Insurers constantly caution seniors that their Medicare Advantage perks such as hearing aids, dental payments and even gym memberships will fizzle if Democrats get their way and cut government subsidies for them.

Toolkit provides Medicare information

The toolkits are a joint effort of the Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging Senior Medicare Patrol Program , Virginia Department for the Aging and Virginia Bureau of Insurance with support by Virginia TRIAD, SeniorNavigator and AARP Virginia.

Mayo Clinic in Arizona to Stop Treating Some Medicare Patients

Dec. 31 — The Mayo Clinic, praised by President Barack Obama as a national model for efficient health care, will stop accepting Medicare patients as of tomorrow at one of its primary-care clinics in Arizona, saying the U.S. government pays too little.

Bonus Planned for Digital Medical Records

Medicare officials on Wednesday detailed plans to distribute billions of dollars in stimulus to upgrade the nation’s paper medical records to electronic files.

Cardiologists sue Department of Health over proposed Medicare payment cuts

Naples —The new year won’t be a happy one for cardiologists because of Medicare payment cuts scheduled to take effect Friday for preventive and diagnostic services to patients.If the American College of Cardiology isn’t successful in getting an injunction against the federal government to put the cuts on hold, private-practice cardiologists say they have no [...]

Medicare Deadline

– It’s a deadline that arrives at the end of every year. And how you handle it could mean money in your pocket. You have until Thursday to make changes to your Medicare prescription drug coverage.

Medicare officials detail plan for stimulus money for hospitals, doctors digitizing records

Washington – Medicare officials on Wednesday detailed plans to distribute billions of dollars in stimulus to upgrade the nation’s paper medical records to electronic files. Under the proposal, docto…

Medicare discrepancy at U.P. hospital

According to a recent audit by the U.S. Department of Health and Human services, the Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium may not be reimbursed for nearly $300,000 of Medicare money spent between 2004 and 2006.

Medicare dollars pay for extras that never reach beneficiaries

Program pays for multimillion-dollar salaries, executive retreats and massive expenditures on marketing Insurers constantly caution seniors that their Medicare Advantage perks — hearing aids, dental payments and even gym memberships — could be cut by national health care legislation. But tens of billions of Medicare dollars funneled through insurers also pay for extras that never [...]

Medicare officials plan for health stimulus funds

Medicare officials on Wednesday detailed plans to distribute billions of dollars in stimulus to upgrade the nation’s paper medical records to electronic files.