Medicare News

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2/2/2017
10,000 U.S. Seniors Die Within Week of ER Discharge Every Year: Study

May be due to gaps in medical knowledge about which patients need more attention, researcher says

1/17/2017
Steep Bills Surprise Patients Who Go 'Out-of-Network'

For example, anesthesiologists charge nearly 6 times the Medicare rate, study finds

1/16/2017
IRS Reminds Millions About Fines for Not Signing Up for Obamacare

Letters being sent as GOP-controlled Congress races to repeal controversial health reform law

1/13/2017
House Joins Senate in Bid to Repeal Obamacare

Votes are initial steps in potentially complex process to replace the controversial health reform law

1/12/2017
Senate Starts Obamacare Repeal Process

Measure sets Jan. 27 deadline for draft of repeal legislation, avoids possibility of filibuster by Democrats

12/14/2016
Prices Skyrocket on Drugs Widely Used by Seniors: Report

Cost of brand-name meds for chronic conditions rose nearly 130 times faster than inflation rate

11/25/2016
Rural Appalachia Faces Growing Cancer Crisis, Research Shows

It's the only region in the U.S. that hasn't made big progress in fighting the disease

11/23/2016
Cancer Can Devour Income of Medicare-Only Patients

Without supplemental insurance, out-of-pocket costs average 25 percent of annual earnings, study finds

11/11/2016
Trump Victory Won't Derail Obamacare Open Enrollment for 2017

Obama administration assures consumers that sign-ups will continue

10/27/2016
Americans Fed Up With Soaring Drug Prices: HealthDay/Harris Poll

Large majorities now favor price caps, Medicare's right to negotiate costs

10/12/2016
When Complications Arise, Some Hospitals Get Paid a Lot More

But higher Medicare payments don't reflect better patient outcomes, study says

10/6/2016
Steep Rise in Price of Older Cancer Drugs

Heavy toll of out-of-pocket spending might have some patients skipping meds, researchers warn

9/20/2016
Obamacare Tied to Rise in Mammograms

Research shows small uptick in Medicare patients who got screened for breast cancer

9/8/2016
Surgery at High-Quality Hospitals a Money-Saver for Medicare

Savings is more than $2,000 per person, study finds

8/26/2016
More Americans Can Afford Medications Under Obamacare: Study

Improvement seen in all age levels, but millions still struggle with the cost of prescription drugs

8/23/2016
Patent Monopolies Driving High U.S. Drug Prices: Study

Letting Medicare and Medicaid negotiate pricing would likely help bring costs down, researchers say

8/22/2016
Clinton Edges Trump on Health Care, Survey Finds

But HealthDay/Harris Poll finds support for either candidate in this area is far from overwhelming

8/16/2016
Pay Gaps Persist for Female Doctors Across the U.S.: Study

Medicare reimbursement review finds male specialists earning more

7/6/2016
Does Medical Marijuana Reduce Need for Other Meds?

In states with legal pot, pain prescriptions saw the greatest drop, study found

6/17/2016
Obamacare Premiums Primed to Spike in 2017

Study of insurers' rate requests in 14 markets reveals a 10 percent average increase

5/17/2016
Rural Hospitals Often Safer, Cheaper for Common Surgeries: Study

Major complication rate lower for properly selected patients

5/15/2016
Out-of-Pocket Costs Rose Moderately Under Obamacare: Report

Enrollees most affected were those who did not receive government subsidies

5/5/2016
6 Years Later, Obamacare Still Divides America: Poll

But most support many parts of health care reform law

3/29/2016
Medicare Spends Billions on Chronic Kidney Disease, Study Finds

Researchers consider ways to manage patients' care effectively and rein in the cost

2/8/2016
Many in Hospice Don't Get Medical Visit in Last 2 Days of Life: Study

Findings led to an increase in Medicare payments to improve care, researchers say

1/22/2016
Majority of Americans Wants Medicare to Cover Obesity Treatments

Survey finds about three-quarters support expanding care to cover weight-loss drugs

12/26/2015
Hospital Prices Vary Widely Across the United States

This variation is driving up health care costs, researchers say

11/11/2015
New Medicare Rules Triple Heart Failure Patients' Access to Cardiac Rehab

But researchers suggest even more patients could benefit

10/26/2015
End-of-Life Care for Dementia Much Pricier Than for Other Ills

Costs are about $100,000 more over 5 years, study shows

10/1/2015
CT Scans for Lung Cancer Turn Up Few False-Positives: Study

Worries that wider adoption of the screen might lead to unnecessary surgeries are unfounded, experts say

9/28/2015
Computer-Aided Mammograms May Not Be Worth the Cost: Study

Software doesn't appear to improve cancer detection rates, researcher says

9/22/2015
Treating Older Patients for Pneumonia in ICU May Boost Survival, But Not Costs

More liberal admission policies could benefit these patients, researchers say

8/14/2015
Almost 1 Million Signed Up for Obamacare After Open Enrollment

Many had switched jobs, lost coverage under parents' plans, got married or had a baby, feds report

8/5/2015
People With Type 2 Diabetes Do Benefit From Blood Sugar Checks

Study suggests monitoring at least twice a day helps people manage better

7/28/2015
Millions of Americans Reaping Benefits of Affordable Care Act: Study

Gains seen in how many adults have medical coverage, a doctor and say they are in better health

7/28/2015
Deaths, Hospital Stays and Costs All Down Among U.S. Seniors

Study finds steady improvement among Medicare enrollees from 1999 through 2013

7/20/2015
As Baby Boomers Age, Alzheimer's Rates Will Soar

By 2050, half of that generation's survivors will have the mind-wasting disease, study predicts

7/16/2015
Insured Americans Up to 3 Times Likelier to Get Preventive Care: CDC

Type of coverage doesn't matter, researchers say

7/15/2015
Health Care Access Improves With Expansion of 'Obamacare': CDC

Report finds Hispanic adults saw biggest gains, but they still had more trouble getting medical care

6/24/2015
U.S. Dialysis Patients Increasingly Live in Poor Areas

One-third with kidney failure come from low-income neighborhoods, study finds

6/11/2015
Some Medicare Advantage Plans Raising Hospital, Nursing Care Copays

Researchers say changes may be needed to protect against significant out-of-pocket expenses

5/6/2015
Nursing Homes Using Hospice Care More, But at a Cost

Spending increased about $6,800 for those getting end-of-life comfort care, study says

4/21/2015
Some Arthritis Meds Cost Seniors Thousands Annually

Out-of-pocket expenses keep many Medicare patients from taking needed drugs, study suggests

4/10/2015
Number of Uninsured Adults Decreasing Under Obamacare

Report also suggests racial disparities in healthcare improving under new law

4/8/2015
4/7/2015
Uninsured May Face Much Higher Charges for Cancer Drugs

Chemotherapy fees can be 43 times more than those for insured patients, study finds

2/26/2015
Fewer Americans Burdened by Medical Bills: Study

Health reform, recovering economy may be easing families' financial problems, experts say

2/3/2015
Infection Most Likely Cause of Hospital Readmission After Surgery

Knowing why readmissions happen is first step in reducing them, researcher says

2/3/2015
Medicare Patients Aren't Benefitting From Surgical Report Cards: Study

Better use of data to implement change is needed, researchers suggest

1/22/2015
Obamacare's Payments to Doctors Widens Access for Medicaid Patients: Study

Researchers find association between higher reimbursement and appointment availability