Medicare News

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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

4/18/2013
Alzheimer's Patients May Face Looming Shortage of Neurologists

Medicare payment system undervalues one-on-one evaluations by these specialists, experts say

4/15/2013
Are Pricey Computer-Aided Mammograms Worth It?

Early breast cancer found more often in large study, but not more cases of invasive disease

4/9/2013
Few U.S. Seniors Take Advantage of Shingles Vaccine

Large study found shot effective but only 4 percent of older adults receive it

4/4/2013
Cancer Patients May Be Unintended Victims of Budget Cuts

Clinics nationwide say they can't afford to give as much chemotherapy as before, report says

4/3/2013
U.S. Spends More on Dementia Care Than Heart Disease or Cancer: Study

Annual bill now tops $200 billion, largely for long-term care, researchers say

4/3/2013
Black Men Often Face Delays in Prostate Cancer Care: Study

Finding is more evidence of gap in quality of care for the disease, researcher says

3/19/2013
A Third of U.S. Seniors Die With Dementia, Study Finds

Report tallies enormous medical, financial and caregiver toll of conditions like Alzheimer's

3/12/2013
Medicare Spending Not Linked to Longer Cancer Survival

But U.S. patients in higher-spending regions have more, longer hospital stays

2/5/2013
Shift to Hospice Care Often Comes Too Late, Study Finds

Almost a third of patients didn't get palliative care until final three days of life, often after ICU stay

1/22/2013
Hospital Readmissions All Too Common, U.S. Studies Find

It's a complex, system-wide problem, expert says

1/18/2013
High Medical Bills Driving Some Americans to Extreme Measures

In study, stories of credit card debt and cutting back on food and heating were common, even for the insured

1/10/2013
U.S. Efforts to Boost Number of Primary Care Doctors Have Failed

New physicians still choosing specialties despite government efforts, billions invested in training

1/7/2013
Costly Breast Cancer Screenings May Not Help Seniors: Study

To determine benefit, more older women should be included in clinical trials, expert says

1/3/2013
Better Work Environment May Cut Hospital Readmission Rates

Cost of hiring more nurses could be offset by improved patient outcomes, researcher says

1/2/2013
House Joins Senate to OK Bill That Avoids Fiscal Cliff

Failure to reach agreement could have had significant impact on health care in U.S.

1/1/2013
House Joins Senate to OK Bill to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Failure to reach agreement could have had significant impact on health care in U.S.

1/1/2013
Senate Votes to Avoid Fiscal Cliff, House Decision Expected Tuesday

Failure to reach agreement could have significant impact on health care in U.S.

12/31/2012
Congress Nears Deal on 'Fiscal Cliff,' Obama Says

Failure to reach agreement could have significant impact on health care in U.S.

11/28/2012
Health Reform May Still Face Partisan Resistance: Report

Voters who supported Romney are more likely to oppose Affordable Care Act implementation

11/19/2012
Costly, Repeat Medical Testing Common for Medicare Patients: Study

Whether these follow-up procedures are needed is up for debate, experts say

10/30/2012
Using Canada's Health System as Model Might Cut U.S. Costs: Study

But Canadian cost-control measures won't translate to U.S., expert says

10/24/2012
Targeted Radiation for Breast Cancer May Cause More Complications

Study found brachytherapy had higher rates of wound, skin problems than whole-breast treatment in older women

10/12/2012
Medicare Open Enrollment Starts Monday

Officials say there are more highly rated health plans to choose from in 2013

10/11/2012
Many Seniors Overpaying for Medicare Drug Plans: Study

More information about cheaper options could save beneficiaries hundreds of dollars a year

10/9/2012
State Regulations Tied to Drop in Common Heart Procedure

Critics worry that the push for good outcomes may reduce access to care for sickest patients

10/3/2012
Doctors Speak Out on Health Care Waste in U.S.

Unneeded screening, unproven technology among culprits driving costs up by billions, report says

10/2/2012
Use of Medicare Skilled Nursing Benefit Is High at End of Life: Study

Financial concerns may deter many from using hospice provision, researchers say

9/25/2012
Aging Population Poses Long-Term Challenges to U.S. Economy

Report says significant changes needed to keep Medicare, Social Security healthy

9/14/2012
Medicare Gaps Leave Many With Big Bill at End of Life, Study Finds

Health care spending in the final 5 years exceeds total household assets for one in four seniors

7/22/2012
Doctors Tend to Share Patients With Similar Colleagues

Large study also found doctors' patients share characteristics such as age, race and health conditions

7/19/2012
Medicare Beats Private Plans for Patient Satisfaction: Survey

People with individual or employer health plans paid more out of pocket, had worse access to care

7/2/2012
Medicare Coverage Gap May Cause Seniors to Forgo Antidepressants

Study also found less use of heart failure, diabetes drugs as out-of-pocket costs rose

6/29/2012
Supreme Court Ruling Sets Stage for Full Rollout of Health-Care Reform Law

As various provisions are implemented, more than 30 million uninsured will get coverage

6/14/2012
Many Lacked Preventive Care Before Health Reform Law: U.S. Report

Only about half of American adults got screenings, medications to ward off disease

6/5/2012
Fewer Medicare Patients Being 'Admitted' to Hospitals: Study

They are instead being 'held for observation,' which may increase their out-of-pocket expenses

5/10/2012
Fitness in Middle Age Lowers Medical Costs Later: Study

Results suggest preventive efforts focusing on lifestyle choices are well aimed

5/9/2012
Wheelchair Breakdowns on the Rise, Study Finds

More than half of spinal cord injury patients surveyed had equipment problems within 6 months

5/4/2012
Psychiatric Patients Often Wait Nearly 12 Hours in ER

Older, uninsured and intoxicated patients wait even longer, study finds

4/26/2012
Americans Support Medicare Reform, But Not on Their Dime: Poll

Respondents to Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey want drug companies, higher-income beneficiaries to pay more

4/17/2012
Seniors Stop Taking Heart Drugs In Medicare 'Donut Hole'

Once coverage stops, they don't seek cheaper alternatives, study finds

4/17/2012
Avastin No Benefit to Older Lung Cancer Patients: Study

Adding drug to chemotherapy regimen does not prolong life for those with advanced disease, experts say

4/1/2012
Changes in Insurance Make ER Visits More Likely: Study

Researchers note that coming health-care reforms may lead to surge in emergency department use

3/28/2012
Pay-for-Performance Hospitals Don't Offer Better Care: Study

Mortality rates the same in hospitals that don't offer bonuses for improved care

3/28/2012
Analysts Differ on Role of 'Individual Mandate' to Health-Reform Law

Without directive to purchase insurance, costs to consumers, government would rise, all agree

3/26/2012
Analysts Debate Importance of the 'Individual Mandate' to Health-Reform Law

Without directive to purchase insurance, costs to consumers, government would rise, all agree

3/12/2012
Health Insurance Premiums Will Surpass Median Household Income in 2033: Study

Experts say what kind of care should be covered, not who pays for it, is the real issue

3/8/2012
Alzheimer's, Dementia Care to Cost U.S. $200 Billion This Year

Alzheimer's Association projects continued increases in payments as baby boomers age