Health Care

Audit: $4.2M in improper La. Medicaid spending for lab work – The Advocate

Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017

Louisiana’s Medicaid program improperly paid $4.2 million over a five-year period for laboratory services and tests that shouldn’t have been covered, according to an audit released Monday. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s office reviewed payments between July 2011 and June 2016, mainly during former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration. The auditors said the $4.2 million was paid by the health department and private managed-care companies who administer health…

Florida’s hospitals weather the storm – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017

Storm clouds roll past Tampa General Hospital earlier in the summer. The hospital sustained no significant damage from Hurricane Irma over the weekend. (Eve Edelheit for The Washington Post) This post has been updated. Doctors, nurses and staff at hospitals up and down Florida’s Gulf and Atlantic coasts were nearly breathless with surprise and relief Monday: Their patients — and their buildings — had survived the monster named Irma. “We’re wonderful,”…

Industry leaders: Bay State nursing homes facing crisis – Lowell Sun

Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017

By Katie Lannan State House News Service BOSTON — Nursing home administrators and staff sounded the alarm on Monday, telling lawmakers their industry is underfunded and needs help. “There has never been more urgency in the need to stabilize the commonwealth’s nursing facilities,” Matt Salmon, CEO of Salmon Health and Retirement and vice chairman of the Massachusetts Senior Care Association board, said at a Joint Committee on Elder Affairs hearing….

Bernie Sanders’ unconventional healthcare plan is getting backing from a lot of big-name Democrats – Business Insider

Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017

Senator Bernie Sanders Jason Merritt/Getty Images Bernie Sanders is getting some serious support in his push to reform the US healthcare system. Sanders on Wednesday will roll out a Medicare-for-all bill, which aims to extend the Medicare program, federally funded insurance for people over the age of 65, to all Americans. A single-payer healthcare push has previously been well outside the mainstream for most Democrats. But Sanders’ legislation has picked up support…

One Post-Brexit Industry Luring Investment: Private Hospitals – Bloomberg

Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017

The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses,…

Nurses, Hospitals Prepared For Hurricane Irma To Ensure Patient Care Continues – NPR

Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Millions of Floridians did heed warnings to get out of the way of Hurricane Irma, so we wanted to know what some of their experiences have been. We were able to reach Taylor Roberts. She is a nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit of Golisano Children’s Hospital in Fort Myers. Thanks for joining us, Taylor Roberts. TAYLOR ROBERTS: No problem. MARTIN: So you’ve evacuated to –…

Don’t blame Medicaid expansion for the opioid epidemic – Kansas City Star

Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017

Saying that Medicaid expansion is fueling the opioid epidemic is kind of like saying that a sump pump can cause flooding in your basement. The iffy underpinning for this argument is the fact that many of the states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act do have higher overdose death rates. Some conservatives cite that discrepancy as evidence that extending health insurance coverage to low-income adults may be…

Don’t blame Medicaid expansion for the opioid epidemic – Kansas City Star

Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017

Saying that Medicaid expansion is fueling the opioid epidemic is kind of like saying that a sump pump can cause flooding in your basement. The iffy underpinning for this argument is the fact that many of the states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act do have higher overdose death rates. Some conservatives cite that discrepancy as evidence that extending health insurance coverage to low-income adults may be…

Some hospitals are missing the symptoms of sepsis, investigation finds – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017

Antibiotics are the main treatment for sepsis. When it is detected early, tablets can be taken at home, but in severe cases antibiotics are administered intravenously.  New guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) last year said doctors should treat signs of possible sepsis as urgently as chest pains that could potentially be a heart attack. Doctors were instructed to pick up on any signs of sepsis at an early…

Griffin to host presentation on Medicare – CT Post

Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Caption Close The Community Health Resource Center at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, will host a free presentation on Medicare and related healthcare decisions from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sept. 20. Joe Deegan, a counselor for Connecticut’s programs for Health insurance, Outreach, Information and Eligibility Screening (CHOICES), will host “Medicare CHOICES,” a presentation to help older adults and those eligible for Medicare and their caregivers make informed health insurance…

Two ways to get your Medicare benefits – Arizona Daily Star

Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Greg Dill is Medicare’s regional administrator for Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Territories. You can always get answers to your Medicare questions by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

Irma forces at least 35 hospitals to evacuate patients. Here’s a rundown – STAT

Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017

A t least 35 hospitals in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina have either closed entirely or ordered partial evacuations in advance of Hurricane Irma. The decisions come as officials have ordered nearly 7 million people to leave their homes, causing a mass exodus north before the storm begins to lash the Florida coast. Throughout this week, Irma’s projected course has changed multiple times. That uncertainty has forced hospitals from the…

Sanders prepares to reveal ‘Medicare for all’ bill – CNNPolitics – CNN International

Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017

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The Coeur d’Alene Press – Food and Health, HealthCare Buzz … – Coeur d’Alene Press

Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017

When turning 65, there are many decisions to make related to Medicare coverage options. Looking to the internet will provide excellent search items, with special attention to Medicares publication: Medicare and Me. As decisions are being made, it is important to learn what will heavily impact out-of-pocket expenses the amounts the patient will be paying. First: Medicare was never intended to pay for all health…

Top 5 Big-Dividend Healthcare REITs Worth Considering – Seeking Alpha

Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Healthcare stocks (XLV) have gained 14.5% over the last year, thereby keeping pace with the overall market as measured by the S&P 500 (SPY) which gained 15.0% over the same time period. However, there are a variety of reasons why healthcare REITs have significantly underperformed, many of them delivering negative returns, as shown in the following table. One reason investors have spurned healthcare REITs has to do with uncertainty surrounding…

HealthCare Buzz: Turning 65 — What is a Medicare supplemental insurance plan and why do I need one? – Coeur d’Alene Press

Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017

When turning 65, there are many decisions to make related to Medicare coverage options. Looking to the internet will provide excellent search items, with special attention to Medicares publication: Medicare and Me. As decisions are being made, it is important to learn what will heavily impact out-of-pocket expenses the amounts the patient will be paying. First: Medicare was never intended to pay for all health…

Company abandons traditional Medicare, leaving 6,900 Southern … – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017

A decision by Southwest Medical Associates to stop covering traditional Medicare patients — those who don’t have private add-on coverage to supplement their federal insurance — means nearly 7,000 seniors in Southern Nevada will have to find new doctors by Jan. 1. Southwest currently serves 45,000 Medicare Advantage patients and 6,900 standard Medicare patients. It has been one of only two major providers for Southern Nevada seniors with Medicare —…

As Irma looms, many Florida hospitals turn off the lights – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, September 08, 2017

Patients are evacuated from Palms of Pasadena Hospital in South Pasadena, Fla. on Friday. (Eve Edelheit/Tampa Bay Times/Associated Press) One by one, up and down Florida’s southeastern coast, hospitals are going dark. With the approach of what many meteorologists think will be a historic storm, most hospital administrators and staff have been scrambling in the last day to evacuate patients. But in advance of Hurricane Irma, several facilities are hunkering…

Healthcare competition thickens in Central Pa. – Technical.ly

Posted: Friday, September 08, 2017

Regulatory approvals were given the green light for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and PinnacleHealth to join forces last week, becoming UPMC Pinnacle. But what does that mean for those in Central Pennsylvania? Danielle Gilmore, public relations manager, PinnacleHealth, Lancaster Regional Medical Center and Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center, called it a milestone via email. “PinnacleHealth System and UPMC have reached another milestone in our efforts to align by…