Medicare News

Date Posted
Article Title
5/20/2008
Black Men Less Likely to Choose Elective Stomach Aorta Surgery

White men more likely to have operation before emergency procedure is needed

5/15/2008
CDC Recommends Shingles Vaccine for Those Over 60

ZOSTAVAX could prevent two thirds of shingles cases, expert says

5/13/2008
Quality Lags at Safety-Net Hospitals

Lack of money prevents hospitals that treat the poor from improving, study finds

5/2/2008
Government Picks Up Health Tab of Uninsured Workers

Employers need to cover more of the costs, reports find

4/29/2008
Medicare Costs Soar for Cancer Care

Expenditures will continue to rise as the population ages, experts say

4/25/2008
1 in 4 Uninsured Are Eligible for Aid But Aren't Enrolled

Expanding coverage, subsidies best way to meet low-income group goals, report says

4/24/2008
Increase in Diagnostic Imaging Fueled by Self-Referring Doctors

Revamping reimbursements could ensure high-quality care at best cost, study says

4/22/2008
Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Shows Mixed Results

More getting drugs they need, but sickest still going without, study finds

4/11/2008
While Hospice Care Is Growing, Not All Have Access

Wealthier, better-educated communities have more facilities offering the end-of-life care, study finds

4/9/2008
Medical Errors Costing U.S. Billions

Mistakes resulted in 238,337 preventable deaths from 2004-06, survey finds

3/25/2008
High Costs Force Third of Americans to Skip Needed Health Care

AFL-CIO report found 95 percent of those surveyed feel U.S. system needs overhaul

2/26/2008
U.S. Health Care Spending to Double by 2017, Report Predicts

Spending could hit $4.3 trillion, account for one-fifth of gross domestic product

2/25/2008
More Elderly Americans Living With Heart Failure

Incidence has declined, but survival gains place burden on Medicare, analysis finds

2/18/2008
Free Drugs After Heart Attack Would Save Money, Lengthen Lives

More patients would take recommended medications, study says

2/5/2008
Bush's Budget Proposal Would Cut Medicare Spending

But FDA budget would rise by almost 6 percent, much of it to oversee food safety

1/31/2008
Medicare's Drug Program Enrollment Up, Costs Down

Agency is enthused about Part D's success, but critics say problems remain

1/28/2008
Diabetes Rates Continue to Soar

Trend will lead to health and economic trouble for U.S., report says

1/23/2008
Co-Pays Contribute to Drop in Preventive Care

Even small co-pays made some women opt out of screening mammographies, study finds

1/8/2008
Medicare Drug Plan Fuels Health-Care Spending

But Medicaid spending slowed for first time since its inception in 1965

12/27/2007
Uninsured Benefit Once They Are Covered by Medicare

Study finds substantial improvement in a number of health conditions

12/11/2007
Home-Based Senior Care Program Has Limited Benefits

Overhaul of Medicare financing system may be needed, experts say

12/10/2007
Most Medicare Recipients Ignore Colorectal Cancer Screening

Only one-quarter seek lifesaving tests, new research find

11/1/2007
Medicare Drug Plan Cost $32 Billion in 2006

Seniors filled 158 million more prescriptions after program's launch, study found

10/22/2007
Most Elderly Don't Get Good Medical Care: Study

Review of 100,000 California seniors finds too few health tests

10/15/2007
America's Top Hospitals Are Real Lifesavers

If all centers did as well, 266,604 fewer patients would die annually, survey finds

10/9/2007
Medicaid Managed Care Seems to Fall Short

Patients don't get same care as those in commercial managed-care plans, study says

10/8/2007
Medicare Changes Didn't Alter Cancer Care

Survey finds little difference in chemotherapy treatment; some critics say that's not good enough

10/2/2007
Obesity Driving Rising U.S. Health Costs

Americans outspend Europeans when it comes to chronic disease care, study finds

10/1/2007
Medicare Offers Smallest Rise in Premiums in 6 Years

Deductibles will climb, too, however

9/11/2007
Medicare Spending Caps Cause Seniors to Stop Meds

In many cases, patients never take these important medications again, study finds

9/5/2007
High Co-Pays Cause Seniors to Go Without Meds

Steep fees lead to tough choices for older Americans, researchers find

8/23/2007
Expenses Overshadow Optimism for Kidney Failure Patients

Outcomes improve, but related costs increased 57% from 1999 to 2004, analysis shows

7/25/2007
End-of-Life Hospice Care Underused

Many of the dying gain access too late or not at all, experts say

7/11/2007
Uninsured Americans Raise Medicare Expenditures

Once they pass 65, they need more care than the previously insured, study finds

6/27/2007
A 'Medical Home' Improves Health Care for Minorities

Having a regular health-care provider erases disparities in care, study finds

6/21/2007
U.S. Health Experts Rate Hospitals' Cardiac Care

And consumers can now check out the results online

6/19/2007
Medicare's Drug Benefit Tough to Navigate

Too often, it's hard to tell if a medication is covered, study finds

6/13/2007
Quality of Health Care Varies Widely Among U.S. States

New review says care tends to be better in Northeast and Upper Midwest

5/8/2007
Hospital Markups on Care Toughest on Poor: Study

Uninsured, self-payers charged 2.5 times more than what health insurers pay

4/17/2007
Some Dialysis Centers Overtreat Anemia: Study

The practice may put kidney patients at risk of complications, researchers say

4/12/2007
Majority of State Medicaid Programs Plan 'Pay-for-Performance' Standards

Nationwide survey finds focus is on improving quality of U.S. care

4/10/2007
Co-Payments Cut Statin Use

Discontinuing the cholesterol drugs could lead to higher health-care costs, study says

4/2/2007
U.S. Hospital Errors Continue to Rise

Rate increased to 3% between 2003-2005, analysis finds

3/6/2007
Specialty Heart Hospitals Increase Rate of Surgeries

But the for-profit centers may be offering needed services, study suggests

3/5/2007
Steroid Shots Provide Little Relief for Low Back Pain

Panel finds epidurals don't provide long-term benefit beyond 3 months

2/28/2007
U.S. Efforts to Boost Medical Care for Poor Effective

Health Disparities Collaboratives is having limited success, study finds

2/21/2007
U.S. Health-Care Costs to Top $4 Trillion By 2016

That's a doubling of expenditure in 10 years, according to a new report

2/6/2007
Bush Budget: Cut Medicare and Medicaid Growth Rate

Health experts also worry about proposed funding for diabetes, heart-disease programs

1/9/2007
Growth in U.S. Health Care Spending Slows

But out-of-pocket costs continue to rise, annual government report shows

12/29/2006
Rising Number of Uninsured Tops Health News for 2006

Worries about food safety, antidepressants and stents also made headlines