Health Care

Republican strategy on healthcare bill in flux ahead of vote – Reuters

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senate leaders aim to hold a procedural vote as early as Tuesday to take up legislation to repeal or replace Obamacare, but it remained unclear which version of the bill senators would vote on. President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans campaigned on a pledge to roll back former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Senator John Thune,…

Low Medicaid rates prompt Memorial to change psychiatric office locations – The State Journal-Register

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017

Dean Olsen Staff Writer @deanolsenSJR Memorial Health System is working with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine to change where Memorial provides outpatient psychiatric care for hundreds of low-income patients from Springfield and elsewhere in central Illinois. Plans by the two organizations call for Medicaid patients currently receiving care at Memorial Physician Services – Vine Street, 3225 Hedley Road, to receive visits in the future from…

At the Hospitals: – Valley News

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Names Thoracic Surgery Chair Lebanon — David Finley, chief of thoracic surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, has been named the Louise R. and Borden E. Avery Clinical Chair. Finley also directs the Comprehensive Thoracic Oncology Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center. “Through his research and clinical expertise, David is positioning Dartmouth-Hitchcock to be at the forefront of patient-centered thoracic surgical care,” Sandra Wong, chair of surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, said…

Fraud, billing mistakes cost Medicare – and taxpayers – tens of billions – The CT Mirror

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017

From StopMedicareFraud.gov Federal health officials made more than $16 billion in improper payments to private Medicare Advantage health plans last year and need to crack down on billing errors by the insurers, a top congressional auditor has testified. James Cosgrove, who directs health care reviews for the Government Accountability Office,  last Wednesday told the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee that the Medicare Advantage improper payment rate was 10 percent…

Trump urges people to call senators on healthcare – The Hill

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017

President Trump is stepping up efforts to pressure Senate Republicans to pass healthcare reform, urging the public on Saturday to call their representatives. “You will get it, don’t worry about it, but I don’t mind getting a little hand,” Trump said about healthcare during a ceremony commissioning the newest U.S. aircraft carrier. “So call that congressman and call that senator, and make sure you get it,” Trump said in his…

Fear of Medicaid cuts looms at school that serves students with disabilities – Washington Post

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017

Physical therapist Lauren Fery spots student Kamille Davis as she climbs up the playground ladder at St. Coletta. (Calla Kessler/The Washington Post) With a mailbag slung across his small frame and a wide-brim hat perched atop his head, Mason Wade stepped up to the catwalk. Clasping his aide’s hand for support, he sashayed across the gym, a sprawling red carpet under his feet. For the 6-year-old dressed as a mail…

Here’s what would happen if you broke your arm in 9 countries around the world – Business Insider

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

Insurance, medical care, and healthcare costs vary around the world.Flickr / slgckgc Lawmakers in the United States spent the past few months trying and failing to roll back some health-insurance requirements, but much of the rest of the world has been living under universal healthcare for decades. Nearly all developed nations provide insurance or require their citizens to buy a policy. But how those programs work and how much people…

The Ethics of Adjusting Your Assets to Qualify for Medicaid – New York Times

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

In my first Medicaid column on June 30, I asked for your questions about the program, aging and long-term care, and you sent me more notes about the ethics of Medicaid planning than on nearly any other topic. About half of you were outraged by the ethical implications, and the rest wanted to know where you could sign up for it. The debate is not new, though it happens to…

Is Medicaid The New ‘Third Rail?’ History Suggests It Has Been For Some Time – Health Affairs (blog)

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

As President Trump and Congressional Republicans regroup following the collapse of their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act they should look not only at what went wrong with their legislation but also past efforts to reform American health care. While many things went wrong, the biggest stumbling block to the GOP efforts this year was the attempt to dramatically change the Medicaid program, which serves some…

GOP Floats Proposal to Ease Medicaid Cuts – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

WASHINGTON—Senate Republicans, scrambling to win support for their health-care bill, pushed a measure Thursday that they said could ease the impact of the bill’s Medicaid cuts on low-income people. Advocating for the new direction is a little-known health official who is now at the center of the health-care fight: Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees the two federal medical programs….

Nebraska hospitals upset over decisions by Medicaid officials that will cost them $21 million a year in funding – Omaha World-Herald

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

LINCOLN — Nebraska hospitals are crying foul over a pair of recent decisions by state Medicaid officials that are hurting hospital finances. One saddled hospitals with the biggest share of budget-cutting payment changes. The other left in place errors in the Medicaid hospital payment formula that date to 2014. Together, the decisions will cost hospitals more than $21 million a year in state and federal funds,…

Here’s what would happen if you broke your arm in 9 countries around the world – Business Insider

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

Insurance, medical care, and healthcare costs vary around the world.Flickr / slgckgc Lawmakers in the United States spent the past few months trying and failing to roll back some health-insurance requirements, but much of the rest of the world has been living under universal healthcare for decades. Nearly all developed nations provide insurance or require their citizens to buy a policy. But how those programs work and how much people…

Here’s what would happen if you broke your arm in 9 countries around the world – Business Insider

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017

Insurance, medical care, and healthcare costs vary around the world.Flickr / slgckgc Lawmakers in the United States spent the past few months trying and failing to roll back some health-insurance requirements, but much of the rest of the world has been living under universal healthcare for decades. Nearly all developed nations provide insurance or require their citizens to buy a policy. But how those programs work and how much people…

Here’s what would happen if you broke your arm in 9 countries around the world – Business Insider

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017

Insurance, medical care, and healthcare costs vary around the world.Flickr / slgckgc Lawmakers in the United States spent the past few months trying and failing to roll back some health-insurance requirements, but much of the rest of the world has been living under universal healthcare for decades. Nearly all developed nations provide insurance or require their citizens to buy a policy. But how those programs work and how much people…

Eliminating The Medicaid Expansion May Cause More Damage Than Congress Realizes – Health Affairs (blog)

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) and the Senate’s ill-fated Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) attempted to deliver on two promises: 1) protecting patients with preexisting conditions, and 2) eliminating the Medicaid expansion. Though repeal efforts seem to have stalled for the time being, future GOP attempts to replace the ACA will undoubtedly involve the delicate task of appeasing conservative party members while maintaining provisions of the ACA that…

GOP reverses course on healthcare – The Hill

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017

Senate Republican leaders are desperately searching for the 50 votes they need to open a debate on ObamaCare repeal-and-replace legislation after a Wednesday scolding at the White House from President Trump. Leaders have reopened negotiations on their previous bill, reversing course from their plans to move to a vote on a straight repeal of ObamaCare. But it’s not clear if they will have any more luck this time in corralling…

Is Medicaid The New ‘Third Rail?’ History Suggests It Has Been For Some Time – Health Affairs (blog)

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017

As President Trump and Congressional Republicans regroup following the collapse of their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act they should look not only at what went wrong with their legislation but also past efforts to reform American health care. While many things went wrong, the biggest stumbling block to the GOP efforts this year was the attempt to dramatically change the Medicaid program, which serves some…

Eliminating The Medicaid Expansion May Cause More Damage … – Health Affairs (blog)

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) and the Senate’s ill-fated Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) attempted to deliver on two promises: 1) protecting patients with preexisting conditions, and 2) eliminating the Medicaid expansion. Though repeal efforts seem to have stalled for the time being, future GOP attempts to replace the ACA will undoubtedly involve the delicate task of appeasing conservative party members while maintaining provisions of the ACA that…