The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted a new and easier to use version of www.medicare.gov, the Medicare consumer-focused website.
Archive for April, 2010
April 30, 2010 – From 1999 through 2006 the use of diagnostic imaging for Medicare patients with cancer increased, with the use of positron emission tomography. Imaging costs for these patients also increased, outpacing the rate of increase in total costs among Medicare …
LOUISVILLE, KY and MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA– Medicare products. In the coming months, eHealth will distribute Humana‘s Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage and Part D (prescription drug…
Two members of Congress from Florida, emphasizing that “criminal penalties for Medicare fraud must be updated,” have introduced legislation that would “double fines, increase background checks and even study how biometric technology could help ensure the appropriate use of program services.” Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., and Ron Klein, D-Fla., said the bill “will help crack [...]
Coventry Health Care is working with Via Christi Health to develop a Medicare Advantage product that will be offered beginning in 2011, Coventry chairman and CEO Allen Wise said today.
Congress has stepped in to prevent Medicare cuts to doctors by passing legislation that apparently no one likes. The action corrects one problem but prolongs another, doctors and federal officials said. It cancels what would have been a 21 percent cut in reimbursements for serving patients on Medicare, but it does so without providing a [...]
The Associated Press: “Millions of seniors signed up for popular Medicare Advantage insurance plans don’t get the best quality, an independent study found. How the private plans score on a quality rating system set up by the government is about to have a direct impact on insurers’ finances — not to mention seniors’ benefits and [...]
Insurer HealthSpring said Thursday its first-quarter profit climbed 64 percent, topping Wall Street expectations on a boost in Medicare Advantage premiums.
NEW YORK, April 29, 2010 — Managed Health, Inc. , and the New York State Insurance Department have agreed to a settlement, including a fine of $1 million, for infractions relating to MHI’s failure to properly license its sales agents in regard to its Medicare Advantage business and to timely adjudicate and pay claims related [...]
WASHINGTON — A Medicare spokesman says a report on the quality of popular Medicare Advantage insurance plans validates the goals of the health care law.
April 29, 2010 – The majority of people in the Medicare Advantage program are currently not enrolled in the highest-quality plans, despite the existence of a star rating system that assesses quality for MA plans, says a new analysis released by Avalere Health.
The legislation would hike fines and jail time for those who cheat the Medicare system.
What’s Your Reaction? WASHINGTON — Millions of seniors signed up for popular Medicare Advantage insurance plans don’t get the best quality, an independent study found.
Oklahoma doctors are urging patients to sign an online petition asking Congress to fix the Medicare reimbursement formula.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association analyzed data from Medicare cancer patients to determine the change in imaging use for this group.