Posts Tagged ‘Medicare’

Maryland Seeks A New Balance In Its Unique Hospital Payment System

A proposal by the Maryland Hospital Association circulated to policymakers in recent weeks details a plan to shift costs to private payers by raising the rates they pay hospitals by 7 percent over three years while giving sharp discounts to the Medicare program for seniors and the Medicaid program for the poor Article © AHN […]

Medicare To Penalize 2,211 Hospitals For Excess Readmissions

More than 2,000 hospitals — including some nationally recognized ones — will be penalized by the government starting in October because many of their patients are readmitted soon after discharge, new records show. Article © AHN – All Rights Reserved Economy, Business And Finance Stories

Revamping Medicare: A Guide To The Proposals, Politics And Timeline

The more immediate pressure is to reduce the deficit by the end of this year to stop automatic 2 percent spending cuts from going into effect in 2013, as required by last year’s budget agreement. That will likely entail slowing spending in Medicare, which provides health care to 47 million seniors and disabled people and consumes […]


The payroll tax impasse in Congress has put Medicare doctors on edge over the likelihood that their pay could be slashed 27.4% in two weeks time. View full post on Business Stories

DaVita Faces New Investigations

Two law firms started investigations against DaVita Inc. earlier this week regarding the alleged over-billing of Medicare by the company. View full post on Business Stories

Growing hospice care brings concerns about misuse

United States (KaiserHealth) – As she surveyed patients’ charts, Nancy Romeo, a medical review auditor at a hospice company, was surprised by the resilience of those supposedly near death. One patient admitted to hospice care in 2002 was still healthy enough in 2007 to stroll around his yard at home, she found. Another patient received […]

Bill Clinton Rips Ryan Plan At Fiscal Summit

United States (KaiserHealth) – Former President Bill Clinton said Wednesday that a controversial GOP plan to dramatically overhaul Medicare clearly was a factor in the Democrats’ victory Tuesday in a House special election in a heavily Republican Western New York district. But he cautioned both parties not to use the outcome as an excuse to […]

Document: Obama’s Proposal On Deficit Reduction – Health Care Section

Washington, D.C., United States (KaiserHealth) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday shared his plans to cut the deficit by $4 trillion in 12 years, which, according to a fact sheet distributed by the White House, includes saving $480 billion in health care costs by 2023. Obama proposes holding Medicare cost growth down by strengthening the […]