Medicare News

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1/15/2015
More Americans Getting Needed Health Care, Survey Shows

As coverage expands under 'Obamacare,' fewer report problems getting care, paying medical bills

1/6/2015
ICU Infections Among Elderly Tied to Higher Death Rates After Discharge

Intravenous line infections and ventilator-related pneumonia among most common problems, study says

12/9/2014
Where Doctors Train May Affect Whether They Practice Expensive Medicine

Those who did residencies in high-cost areas were more likely to spend more per patient, study finds

12/9/2014
Cost of Job-Based Health Insurance Outpaces Family Income: Report

Workers are paying more for health plans, could be getting less financial protection

12/1/2014
Poorest Seniors at Risk for Repeat Hospital Stays

Spotting, offering transitional care to these patients should be priority for doctors, nurses, researcher says

11/24/2014
Some Newly Insured Under 'Obamacare' May Have Trouble Finding Doctors

In certain markets, wary physicians, narrow provider networks pose obstacles to care

11/19/2014
U.S. Seniors' Health Poorest, Global Survey Shows

Commonwealth Fund report reveals stark comparison to 10 industrialized countries with universal health coverage

11/15/2014
Time to Enroll, or Re-Enroll, in an 'Obamacare' Health Plan

Current enrollees urged to take a fresh look at any plan changes, new offerings in 2015

11/14/2014
Alzheimer's Cases Expected to Double by 2050, Researchers Say

Costs for care may go up as much as fivefold if disease isn't delayed, prevented

11/11/2014
Cancer Patients in Hospice Face Less Aggressive Treatment: Study

More health care strategies and costs seen for non-hospice patients at end of life

10/22/2014
U.S. Ranks Last Among Wealthy Nations in Access to Health Care

Survey conducted prior to implementation of Affordable Care Act, however

10/15/2014
Just Try Getting an Appointment With a Psychiatrist

Of 360 U.S. doctors called in study, only one-quarter agreed to see 'patient'

10/15/2014
Medicare Subsidy Helps Breast Cancer Patients Afford Treatment

'Extra Help' program leads to more women on hormone therapy, study reports

9/30/2014
Groups Call for Medicare Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening

CT scans for high-risk seniors covered by private insurers, but Medicare not required to do so

8/22/2014
8/8/2014
Insurance Status May Affect Cancer Outcome: Study

Those with no coverage or Medicaid were diagnosed later, less likely to be alive two years later

8/4/2014
More Young Adults Getting Mental Health Care Under Obamacare: Study

Increase was slight, but a good sign that law is working, researchers report

7/1/2014
2.6 Million 'Inconsistencies' in Federal Insurance Applications

Government findings on Obamacare signups don't necessarily mean fraud, reports say

6/30/2014
Nursing Home Care May Be Out of Reach for Many Aging 'Boomers': Study

Price tag for 1 year of institutionalized care is now about $84,000, federal report says

6/9/2014
Millions Will Not Have to Pay Obamacare Tax Penalties: Report

More uninsured will qualify for exemptions in 2016 than earlier estimates showed, experts say

6/2/2014
More Hispanics Took Heart Meds After Medicare Part D Launch

But only small increase was seen among black patients during same period, study found

5/28/2014
1 in 5 Elderly U.S. Patients Injured by Medical Care

Sickest patients at greatest risk, researchers say

5/14/2014
Stepped-Up Screening Would Uncover More Lung Cancers, Study Says

But the scans and follow-up care would be expensive

5/12/2014
Wasteful Medicare Spending Topped $1.9 Billion in 1 Year: Study

Analysis using 2009 data looked at 26 common but often unnecessary tests and procedures

5/5/2014
Deaths Rates Fell in Massachusetts After Health-Care Reform

Study raises possibility that 'Obamacare' may extend lives, too

4/9/2014
Fewer Americans Overwhelmed by Medical Bills: Report

Reduced use of medical care, early health care reforms may be easing financial worries, experts say

3/11/2014
U.S. Could Face Shortage of Cancer Doctors

Gap projected to reach nearly 1,500 specialists in a decade, American Society of Clinical Oncology cautions

2/26/2014
Obamacare Enrollment Reaches 4 Million

Advocates report surge in outreach efforts to uninsured Americans

2/19/2014
Many U.S. Seniors Get Prescription Painkillers From Multiple Doctors

Overuse raises risk for hospitalization, study finds

2/13/2014
Obamacare Enrollment Nears 3.3 Million

About one-quarter of those signed up are now young adults, report shows

1/7/2014
U.S. Health Spending Rising Modestly, Report Finds

More consumer cost-sharing is tempered by lower prescription drug prices

1/2/2014
Curtain Rises Wednesday on 'Obamacare'

New health insurance plans and consumer protections take effect Jan. 1 under the Affordable Care Act

12/27/2013
Poll: Support Slipping for Affordable Care Act

But consumers who've purchased insurance are generally pleased, Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey finds

12/17/2013
Almost 15 Percent of Americans Still Uninsured, Report Finds

Experts note numbers of uninsured should drop as final phase of 'Obamacare' is rolled out

12/11/2013
Psychiatrists Less Likely to Accept Health Insurance, Study Finds

This could decrease access to mental health care for those who need it

11/27/2013
Online Health Care Enrollment for Small Businesses Is Delayed

Tech experts focus on making the website work smoothly for individual consumers

11/13/2013
No Promises on Nov. 30 Obamacare Website Fix: U.S. Technology Chief

Pressure mounts for solutions to health-law problems as deadline nears

10/4/2013
Older Men Gain Little From PSA Test: Study

Researchers followed Medicare recipients for 3 years

9/27/2013
HEALTH REFORM: Many on Medicare Already Enjoying Benefits

But new preventive services and a closing of 'donut hole' aim to reshape the senior program

9/23/2013
Medicare Costs for Heart Attack Survivors Up 17 Percent, Study Finds

Rising expenses attributed to care in first year after hospital discharge

9/18/2013
Geography, Income Determine Health Care in U.S., Report Says

'We are often two Americas,' according to Commonwealth Fund

9/3/2013
200,000 Heart Disease, Stroke Deaths Could Be Prevented: CDC

Less progress for Americans under 65, among other disparities reported

7/25/2013
Spinal Surgery Complications More Common in Medicaid Patients: Study

Rate was 68 percent higher than for people with private insurance

7/1/2013
Medicare Savings Coming for Diabetic Supplies

Some seniors on fee-for-service plans may need to change ordering method

6/24/2013
New Approach Needed to Cut Medicare Costs: Study

Finding suggests better preventive care does not lower medical costs much for those who spend most

5/31/2013
Medicare Solvent 2 Years Longer Than Expected: Report

Government-appointed Trustees credit Affordable Care Act with cost savings

5/28/2013
Involving Patients in Decisions Raises Health Care Costs, Study Finds

Those who delegate medical decisions to their doctor have shorter hospital stays, researchers say

5/8/2013
Hospital Bills Can Vary Widely, Even in Same Cities

New U.S. initiative designed to bring more transparency to cost of health care

5/7/2013
Prostate Cancer May Be Deadlier for the Uninsured

Study found they were more likely to have a higher PSA test score, advanced disease and shorter survival

5/1/2013
Companies to Donate Prosthetic Legs to Boston Bombing Victims in Need

Even if patients lack insurance to cover costs, prosthetic makers' coalition vows to help them walk again