Medicare News

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6/3/2009
Pay-for-Performance Doesn't Shortchange Patients

VA study found those with complicated conditions still received high-quality care

5/18/2009
Poor Women Seem to Be Skipping Breast Cancer Drugs

Theories vary as to why, but experts say consequence can be severe

5/7/2009
Telemedicine Helps Experts Treat Stroke From Afar

AHA recommendations aim to improve care in underserved patients

5/5/2009
U.S. Mental Health Spending Rises, But Many Still Left Out

Access to care improves, studies find, but treatment quality lags for elderly, vets

4/23/2009
Medicare Change May Impact Black Kidney Patients

Single payment plan for dialysis and meds could put many at disadvantage, study suggests

4/22/2009
More Americans Experiencing Gaps in Health Coverage

Further erosion of private insurance could boost the ranks of the uninsured

4/21/2009
Transition From Home to Hospital Rarely Seamless

Continuity of care between primary physician and hospital is decreasing, study finds

4/21/2009
Bariatric Surgery Centers Don't Deliver Better Outcomes

Study finds these units of excellence no better, more costly, than other hospitals

3/13/2009
Many Seniors Not Selecting Lowest Cost Medicare Drug Plans

Too many choices, confusing options are roadblocks to smartest decision, report says

3/10/2009
Ankle Blood Pressure Test May Spot Hidden Heart Risks

2 'unconventional' blood workups might also point out trouble, experts say

3/9/2009
Most Insured Adults Worry About Health Care Costs: Poll

Many are skipping medical, dental visits because of financial concerns

2/11/2009
Poll Shows Strong Support for Obama Health Care Reforms

Majorities approve of such initiatives as Medicare-negotiated drug pricing or a 'national health insurance exchange'

2/10/2009
Medicare Faces Challenges Caring for Chronically Ill

Initiatives to lower costs, improve service seldom work, study finds

2/4/2009
Cancer Survivors Say Costs Keep Them From Care

Insured or not, patients forgo medical needs twice as often as others, study finds

2/3/2009
Medicare Drug Plan 'Doughnut Hole' Could Impact Seniors' Health

Lack of coverage can spur cutbacks in necessary prescriptions, study finds

1/30/2009
Medical Needs of 6.2 Million U.S. Kids Go Unmet

Study says initiatives should target both coverage and access to health care

1/27/2009
America's Top Hospitals Cut Patient Death Rate 27%

If all centers performed as well, nearly 153,000 lives might be saved annually, report finds

1/13/2009
U.S. Flunks on Tobacco Control Report Card

Lung Association report says feds and most states neglect preventing tobacco-caused illness

1/6/2009
Health Care Spending in U.S. Grew at Lowest Rate in a Decade

But consumers are still paying more for out-of-pocket expenses, reports say

12/23/2008
Psych Patients With Cost-Sharing Plans Use More Services

Study finds enrollees without parity insurance less likely to get timely outpatient care

12/23/2008
Circumcision Rates Too Low

Study points to 16 states where Medicaid doesn't fund procedure

12/22/2008
Rules Change Could Increase Hospice Use

Those who currently want it must give up aggressive treatments, researchers say

11/28/2008
Uninsured Likely Organ Donors, But Not Recipients

Study suggests that transplant centers aren't catering to those with fewer resources

11/26/2008
CT Scans Can Spot Blocked Arteries

But debate continues as to whether they are worth the expense

11/25/2008
A Third of Medicare Clients Unfamiliar With Benefits

Findings cut across race, education levels, and could affect quality of health care, study says

11/14/2008
Enrollment for Medicare Drug Plans Begins Again

Changes since last year mean seniors should shop wisely, experts say

11/13/2008
Chronically Ill U.S. Patients Often Skip Care Due to Costs

Medical errors and wasted time are other common problems, international survey finds

11/12/2008
Heart Failure Accounts for 37% of Medicare Spending

Patients with the condition see doctors far more frequently, study finds

11/10/2008
Use of Imaging Technology Skyrockets

But study questions if MRIs, CT scans are always worth the cost

11/1/2008
New Imaging Identifies Types of Liver Disease

Called magnetic resonance elastography, it could eliminate need for biopsies, study finds

10/27/2008
Caring for Aging Loved Ones Can Be a Catch-22

Journalist Gail Sheehy's painful passage through U.S. health system echoes that of many caregivers

10/14/2008
Death Rate 70% Lower at Top U.S. Hospitals

If all centers performed as well, over 237,000 lives might have been saved, survey finds

10/10/2008
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate

Study suggests poor self-care partly to blame

10/2/2008
Report Compares Health-Care Platforms of Presidential Candidates

Commonwealth Fund says both want to widen availability of health insurance, but by vastly different means

9/28/2008
Older Problem Gamblers Face Increased Suicide Risk

Over-55 bettors more likely to ask casinos to bar them, fearing self harm if they can't stop

9/26/2008
Most Medicare Drug Premiums Same or Lower in 2009

Open enrollment for Part D begins Nov. 15, so review your plan, agency officials say

9/19/2008
Medicare's Monthly Premium Won't Rise in 2009

But deductible for hospital, hospice care will increase, agency says

9/5/2008
Free Drug Samples May End Up Costing More

Uninsured patients tend to stay on these more expensive brand name drugs, study found

8/26/2008
Number of Uninsured Americans Drops

More children now covered by government-sponsored programs, Census Bureau reports

8/21/2008
3.4 Million Seniors Hit Medicare 'Doughnut Hole'

In many cases, enrollees stop taking meds as they reach this coverage gap, study finds

8/20/2008
79 Million Americans Struggle to Pay Medical Bills

New numbers show the problem is getting worse, not better, even for middle class

8/19/2008
Medicare Web Site Confounds Many Seniors

Confusing information, complex language makes site hard to use, researchers say

8/15/2008
Medicare Prescription Drug Premiums to Rise in '09

The $28 monthly rate is lower than initially projected, officials said

8/4/2008
One-Third of Uninsured Are Chronically Ill

And that can mean missed care, fading health, earlier death, experts say

7/21/2008
Medicare to Pay Bonuses for 'E-Prescribing'

Doctors can earn additional money by initiating computerized prescribing systems

7/17/2008
U.S. Health Care Still Ill, Survey Finds

Lack of access to insurance called a primary stumbling block

7/15/2008
Third of Elderly Patients Take Companion to See Doctor

Study found it improved satisfaction with visit by 15% to 19%

7/8/2008
Cancer Care Unaffected by Doctor Reimbursement Changes

Study says Medicare Modernization Act yet to show drop-off in access predicted by critics

6/10/2008
Medicare Costs for Cancer Treatment Soar

Increased expenses for chemotherapy may affect treatment decisions, expert says

5/27/2008
Spending Doesn't Improve Patients' Perception of Care

Sense of quality higher in low-expenditure areas than in high-expenditure ones, study shows