Archive for May, 2010

Medicare Cuts Payments To Doctors By 21 Percent

SAN DIEGO — The rate Medicare pays doctors will be cut by 21 percent starting Tuesday. Physicians in San Diego County warn seniors may have trouble getting care if Congress doesn’t rescind the cut.

Minnesota portion of Medicare deal? 2.7%

State’s cut of $400 million set aside to make up for disparities in spending could still change, official says.

Covering the Bases: Beware of con artists asking for Medicare info

I received a call from Medicare stating that I was entitled to a $250 rebate for Medicare Part D. The caller wanted my Medicare number and my bank account information to process the rebate. The call was so strange that I hung up.

Benefit meant to cover drug costs new Medicare doesn’t

The acrimonious political environment surrounding health care reform has lead to some “terrible rumors” about the end of Medicare.

New York to Lead States in Extra Medicare Payments

Some members of Congress who pushed for extra money in the new health care law to reward low-cost hospitals in their states will not get any in their districts.

Feds investigate Medicare fraud at UT Southwestern, Parkland

Federal authorities are investigating whether UT Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital committed fraud by falsely billing Medicare and medicaid for patient care, The Dallas Morning News has learned.

Anthem launches new “modernized” Medicare Supplement plans

Today Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine introduced new “modernized” Medicare Supplement plans that have been updated to consider the needs of today’s Medicare beneficiaries.

Sonoma County would benefit from Medicare ‘fix’

By MARTIN ESPINOZA THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Low Medicare reimbursements in Sonoma County — blamed for helping drive physicians out of the county or out of private practice — could be fixed by legislation pending in Congress.

Congress votes to delay decision about Medicare pay

Before breaking for a Memorial Day holiday, the House of Representatives voted to delay the 21-percent reimbursement cut but the Senate was not scheduled for any votes Friday.

Congress Misses Deadline For Fixing Medicare Doc Pay — Again

As Memorial Day approaches, Congress will adjourn without resolving a glitch in how much Medicare pays doctors.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s New Medicare Supplement Plans Offer More Choice and Financial Flexibility to Maine …

S. PORTLAND, Maine, May 28 /PRNewswire/ — Today Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine introduced new “modernized” Medicare Supplement plans that have been updated to consider the needs of today’s Medicare beneficiaries.

Medicare Agency Will Briefly Delay Cuts in Doctor Payments

With a 21 percent payment cut slated to take place June 1 for doctors who see Medicare patients, the Centers for Medicare and medicaid services has notified physicians it will delay processing claims for two weeks.

Medicare ‘doughnut hole’ checks ready

Washington, May 28 — The first checks to help some U.S. seniors on Medicare pay for prescription drugs will be mailed soon, the U.S. Health and Human services Department said.

Medicare brochure mailing draws GOP ire

Republicans are criticizing a taxpayer-funded brochure sent to 40.2 million Medicare beneficiaries explaining changes to the program under the new health law.

Saul Friedman: A Little known Life-saving Medicare Benefit

This issue of my Gray Matters column is personal. But it needs to be said for Huffington Post, a marvelous service of modern journalism,…