November 23, 2011 Marilyn Tavenner, a nurse, is set to succeed Dr. Donald M. Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Tavenner is the agency's principal deputy administrator and will serve on an acting basis as administrator during the confirmation process.
October 27, 2011 Medicaid, the health program funded jointly by the feds and the states, was devised to cover the poor. But if a provision in last year's federal health law isn't changed, even people with pretty healthy incomes could qualify for Medicaid.
October 7, 2011 Starting in 2014, every health plan in the new marketplaces known as exchangeswill have to provide a minimum package of benefits. A report just out from the Institute of Medicine has given federal officials a framework for coming up with that package, but it didn't provide specifics.
September 19, 2011 But the president made clear that he doesn't intend to make any health cuts unless the Republicans relent on their pledge against new revenues.
September 13, 2011 Federal officials say it's time to try harder on some proven approaches to reducing cardiovascular disease. Within five years such things as better treatment of high blood pressure could make a big difference.
September 8, 2011 People who joined Weight Watchers lost twice as much weight in a year as people who were advised by their doctors, a new study finds. Paying for diet and exercise programs for baby boomers at risk of diabetes could save Medicare billions of dollars in health care costs, another study reports.
August 11, 2011 Is the debt debate turning "entitlements" into a derogatory term, making it easy to take away people's benefits? We ask, "So what are entitlements anyway?"
Ocean City, N.J. has among the high medical spending from people with private insurance.
August 10, 2011 A Thomson Reuters analysis of what the privately insured spend on health care shows that it's wrong to presume that a region with high Medicare spending also has a cost problem from private insurance.
August 2, 2011 The problem for health care providers – and, potentially, patients – is that a "supercommittee" of 12 members of Congress is charged with coming up with $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction in a very short period of time. Likely near the top of the list to get trimmed will be payments to doctors, hospitals and other health care providers.
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U.S. Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) is surrounded by reporters at the Capitol Friday after a briefing on the debt ceiling.
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July 29, 2011 If an impasse were to drag on for more than a few weeks, health care providers could be unable to pay their staffs or even face insolvency, say health care experts and former government officials.
July 28, 2011 The Affordable Care Act will boost the number of people with health insurance by about 30 million over the next decade, while health costs overall will rise by one-tenth of a percentage point more than they would have if the law hadn't passed.
Some hospices are keeping people longer to get payments from Medicare.
June 28, 2011 Medicare's method of paying hospices a flat fee for each day a patient is receiving care there encourages operators of the facilities to seek out patients early on — and try to keep them as long as possible.
Congresswoman-elect Kathy Hochul (D-NY) thanks customers for their support at a restaurant in Depew, N.Y., Wednesday.
May 26, 2011 Changing Medicare is looking politically risky, so budget-cutters may focus on Medicaid instead. That, too, could prove unpopular because a recent poll shows the public does not favor large cuts to the program.
May 25, 2011 The morning after Republicans lost a long-safe congressional seat in New York, partly from anger over GOP proposals to remake Medicare and Medicaid, the plan's author came out swinging. He accused Democrats of "demagoguing." A White House aide said Democrats were actually "explaining."
May 13, 2011 Medicare will become insolvent in 2024, five years sooner than the forecast made in the last annual report by the program's trustees. A crummy economy shoulders a lot of the blame for the deterioration.
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