Archive for February, 2010

RMC to get almost $1M in Medicare reimbursements

The Regional Medical Center is due to receive about $944,000 in Medicare reimbursements, according to a Medicare Cost Report presented to hospital trustees Tuesday.

Senate fails to repeal Medicare physician payment formula

A Medicare meltdown now seems certain, as the U.S. Senate has left early for the weekend, abandoning seniors, military families and baby boomers. The Senate failed to repeal the Medicare physician payment formula that will cause a drastic 21 percent payment cut to physicians who care for Medicare and TRICARE patients.

Republicans press campaign against reconciliation; Mccain seek to strip Medicare out of health bill

Republicans and Democrat hit the Sunday talk shows today to debate whether a complex Congressional process called ‘reconciliation’ should be used to consider a major overhaul of the U.S. health care system. Reconciliation is normally used for ‘taxing and spending and reducing deficits,’ said Sen.

Medicare cuts still without a solution

Despite a last minute attempt to prevent a 21.2 percent cut in Medicare physician payments, the U.S. Senate ended the week without a solution.

Dear Betty: ‘Welcome to Medicare’ offers way for patient to meet new doctor

Dear Betty, I’ve been uninsured since my company downsized about two years ago. Since then all I’ve had is part-time work — which doesn’t come with benefits. However my 65th birthday is coming up, so I’ll be able to sign up for Medicare.

Fox Insurance of N.Y. blocked from Medicare drug program

The Fox Insurance Co. of New York, which markets its coverage in 21 states including New Jersey, may no longer enroll members in its Medicare Part D drug program because it has been unable to meet the needs of some members.

Letter to Editor: Medicare cuts will cost us

On Monday, the federal government will cut physician pay for Medicare and Tricare – military personnel and families – patients by almost 22 percent.

Medicare payments cut 21%

Physicians in Mississippi and across the country beginning Monday will receive a 21-percent cut in payments for Medicare patients, the head of the state’s medical group said.

Medicare Web site simplifies nursing home comparisons

Selecting an appropriate nursing home is never an easy choice, but Medicare has made it easier to view inspections at Medicare.gov.Using this site, you can gain access to the inspection reports of any nursing home in the United States that accepts Medicare.Some nursing homes are better than others. That’s true even if they conform to [...]

Chubby Checker announces new “twist” in Medicare law

If you’ve been thinking about applying for extra help with your Medicare prescription drug costs, then now’s the time to get on the dance floor and hop to it. read more

Doctors’ Medicare refunds to drop 20 percent Monday

With Medicare reimbursement rates to physicians set to drop by more than 20 percent Monday, Vicksburg physician Randy Easterling, president of the Mississippi State Medical Association, is warning that elderly patients could find themselves with no doctor able to afford to treat them.

Medicare waiting period to be eliminated for newcomers

The New Brunswick government plans to eliminate the three-month waiting period for medicare coverage for people moving to the province.

Senate’s inaction squeezes Medicare

Congress has missed a deadline on Medicare payments that South Dakota doctors say will hold elderly patients hostage to government’s inability to cover the costs of their care. “They created the problem. They need to fix it. But they’ve chosen not to,” said Dr. Thomas Huber, president of the South Dakota State Medical Association. Doctors [...]

‘Stop playing games with Medicare;’ payment cuts could limit number of patients physicians would see

The U.S. Senate left for the weekend before taking action on the 21 percent payment cut to physicians who care for Medicare and TRICARE patients.

Federal officials seek to root out financial and Medicare fraud

The head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s criminal division told a gathering of criminal defense lawyers on Thursday that the division was using tools ‘not often seen in white collar cases’ to combat financial fraud,” which includes Medicare.