Medicare News

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2/16/2012
Post-Stroke Speech Problems Inflate Cost of Treatment

Language impairment adds $1,700 in first year, study says

1/24/2012
Even With Insurance, Unemployed Have Worse Health Outcomes

Report finds that high co-pays, deductibles can still make medical care unaffordable

1/20/2012
U.S. Work-Related Injuries, Illnesses Take Toll on the Till

Costs related to occupational health reach $250 billion annually, researcher says

1/11/2012
Covering Gym Fees Might Be Money Saver for Medicare

Medicare Advantage plans that do so lure healthier members, study suggests

1/9/2012
Growth in U.S. Health Spending Stayed Slow in 2010

3.9 percent rise similar to 2009 figure, study finds

12/30/2011
Health Care Reform Battle Tops Health News for 2011

Debates over cellphone safety, cigarette-pack images also grabbed headlines

12/8/2011
Few Women Get Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy: Study

Older women, blacks, rural residents less likely to get procedure done immediately

11/14/2011
Low-Income Seniors at Greater Risk for Heart Failure

These Medicare recipients may not be able to afford out-of-pocket medical expenses, researchers say

11/8/2011
Seniors Choose Medicare Prescription Plans Wisely: Study

Despite the complexity, older Americans figure out which plan is the least costly to them

10/27/2011
Medicare Part B Premium Increase Lower Than Expected

Officials say it's offset by rise in cost-of-living adjustment in Social Security for seniors

10/18/2011
Fewer Patients Hospitalized for Heart Failure, U.S. Study Finds

Number of cases is down, but there are still too many, expert says

10/6/2011
Many Medicare Patients Get Surgeries in Last Year of Life: Study

Wide variations seen in number of procedures, depending on region where patient lives

10/6/2011
More Evidence Minorities in U.S. Get Poorer Hospital Care

Elderly black and Hispanic patients over-represented in nation's 'worst' hospitals, study finds

10/4/2011
Hospital Readmission Rates on the Rise in Older Adults: Study

1 in 6 Medicare patients ends up back in hospital within a month after discharge, report shows

9/28/2011
End-Stage Alzheimer's Patients Often Hospitalized Unnecessarily

About 20 percent face potentially avoidable, 'burdensome transitions' at end of life, study finds

9/28/2011
End-of-Life Directives Do Not Hasten Death, Study Finds

Patients aren't more likely to die if they talk about end-of-life care

9/19/2011
Heart Failure Care Influenced by Insurance Coverage

Study found those on Medicaid, Medicare fared worse than those with private insurance

9/15/2011
Enrollment Period for Medicare Starts Early This Year

Premiums for Medicare Advantage program will fall as enrollment rises, officials add

8/4/2011
No Increase in Medicare Drug Premiums in 2012

HHS officials credit savings on new health care reform law, but critics aren't impressed

8/1/2011
More Families Turning to Public Plans for Children's Health Care

Lost jobs, expanded access to government-sponsored coverage is spurring the trend, researchers say

7/28/2011
U.S. to Pay Bigger Share of Rising Cost of Health Care

Report finds expenditure reaching $4.6 trillion by 2020, and taxpayers will pay for nearly half

7/27/2011
Computer-Aided Mammography Doesn't Improve Breast Cancer Detection: Study

But imaging software makes it more likely women will need more testing, researchers say

7/26/2011
Study Finds Savings From Medicare's Drug Plan Extend Beyond Cost of Meds

Those using Part D had lower hospital, nursing home bills, too

7/13/2011
Millions of Americans Lack Access to Dental Care: Report

Too few dentists in certain regions, lack of insurance coverage are key factors cited

7/1/2011
Avastin Rejection Supported by Cancer Experts

Drug's value as metastatic breast cancer treatment still unclear, they say

7/1/2011
Medicare Will Pay for Prostate Cancer Drug

Provenge, a therapeutic vaccine, extends survival; it costs $93,000 per individual

6/29/2011
Pain Costs U.S. $635 Billion a Year: Report

Cultural shift needed in approach to prevention, treatment, researchers say

6/20/2011
Most Medicare Patients With Cancer Get Good Surgical Care: Study

Nine out of 10 hospitals stuck to best-practices guidelines, researchers say

6/20/2011
Many Using Free Preventive Screenings Tied to Health Care Reform

Medicare heads say offering the tests free will save money long term, but critics disagree

6/13/2011
Poll Finds Little Support for GOP Plan to Privatize Medicare

Respondents to Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey suggest lowering fees paid to drug companies, hospitals and doctors

5/24/2011
More Primary Care Docs in a Community Equals Healthier Seniors

Study found fewer preventable hospitalizations among Medicare beneficiaries

5/18/2011
End-of-Life Care Differs Between U.S., Canada, Study Finds

Researchers say data comparison could help guide improvements in care

5/17/2011
Almost 30% of Urban ERs Closed During Past Two Decades: Study

Patients can expect longer waits, overcrowding at remaining facilities

5/11/2011
Fewer Medicare Patients Hospitalized for Heart Trouble

10-year review suggests efforts to combat cardiac problems may be paying off

5/5/2011
Race Seems to Play Role in Colorectal Cancer Screening

Despite expanded Medicare coverage, whites still tested more than blacks, Hispanics, study finds

4/28/2011
Payment Rates May Affect Breast Cancer Treatment

Study reports variation in use of expensive therapy by region and Medicare coverage

4/19/2011
Shorter Hospital Stays, More Readmissions After Hip Replacements

Many patients also discharged to skilled nursing facilities, long-term analysis of Medicare data shows

4/8/2011
Medicare's Drug Coverage Gap to Shrink Away Under Health Care Reform

Experts say changes kick in this year, with the 'donut hole' disappearing by 2020

3/23/2011
As Health Care Reform Turns 1, Backers and Detractors Dig In

But many agree the provision requiring insurance for all is a tough pill to swallow

3/15/2011
Whether Chronic Diseases Are Diagnosed May Depend on Where You Live

Regions with most diagnoses had lower fatality rates, but why is unclear, researchers say

3/9/2011
Hospital Safety Varies Widely Nationwide: Report

Where patients go for treatment can mean the difference between life and death, researchers say

1/10/2011
U.S. Nursing Home Closings Hit Poor Neighborhoods Hardest: Study

Researchers find 5 percent drop overall in available beds over past decade

1/5/2011
People Dropping 'Medicare Advantage' Urged to Analyze Options

Those unhappy with private plans have until mid-February to change

1/3/2011
First Physical With Medicare Now Free

Health reform law makes benefit part of effort to expand preventive services

1/3/2011
Medicare Makes Way for Baby Boomers

Big, demanding generation expected to strain health-care resources

1/2/2011
U.S. Health Care Reform Tops Health News for 2010

Food safety reform and the flu epidemic that fizzled also made headlines this year

12/16/2010
Health Risks Rise for Medicare Patients in Year After Stroke

Two-thirds return to hospital or die, emphasizing need for better after-care, experts say

11/18/2010
On Health Policies, U.S. Lags Other Nations: Survey

Access, costs are better managed in other countries, report finds

11/17/2010
Medicare Panel Endorses Vaccine for Prostate Cancer Patients

Provenge extends survival by about four months on average, costs $93,000 per individual

11/16/2010
Hospital Care Deadly for Some, U.S. Study Finds

About 15,000 Medicare patients die a month because of adverse events, researchers say