Health Care

Federal Appeals Court Says Arkansas Can Block Medicaid Payments To Planned Parenthood – NPR

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, pictured here during an interview last month, ended the state’s Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood two years ago. He praised the circuit court’s decision. Stephan Savoia/AP hide caption toggle caption Stephan Savoia/AP Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, pictured here during an interview last month, ended the state’s Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood two years ago. He praised the circuit court’s decision. Stephan Savoia/AP A federal appeals court…

Court rules Arkansas can block Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood – Politico

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Three Medicaid patients had sued in federal court to block Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s 2015 decision to end the state’s contract with the women’s health group. | AP Photo By BRIANNA EHLEY 08/16/2017 12:53 PM EDT A federal appeals court Wednesday ruled that Arkansas could withhold Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood in response to a series of undercover sting videos recorded by an anti-abortion group. The ruling Wednesday by the…

Can Medicare for All Succeed? – The Nation.

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Members and supporters of National Nurses United rally for a single-payer national health insurance program in the US. (Sipa USA via AP) Want to Fight Back? Sign up for Take Action Now and get three actions in your inbox every Tuesday. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The…

NH reliance on ‘voluntary’ donations to pay for expanded Medicaid questioned before – Concord Monitor

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The federal government’s warning to New Hampshire to change the way it pays for expanded Medicaid or risk losing its funding isn’t the first time the state’s reliance on “voluntary” contributions has been questioned. By law, New Hampshire requires donations from the state’s hospital and insurance associations to make up the difference as federal funds decline. Because of that funding structure – expected to be about $50 million over a two-year period – there’s no way to…

The future of Medicaid – Motley Fool

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

One of the touchiest aspect of the House and Senate healthcare reform bills was the proposal to cut federal funding to Medicaid. To understand why this had so many people in both parties up in arms, you need to understand how the program itself works and what it does. What is Medicaid? Medicaid is a public health insurance program specifically for needy and low-income Americans. It’s jointly funded by individual…

CMS moves to cancel Medicare programs overhauling some hospital payments – STAT

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is canceling or scaling back an array of Obama-era programs that were aimed at encouraging doctors and hospitals to more quickly move away from traditional, fee-for-service medicine. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services moved to cancel pilot programs that would have paid certain hospitals a lump sum for all of the care associated with heart attacks, bypass surgeries, and some hip and femur fractures,…

How CROs Are Helping With Healthcare’s Data Problem – Forbes

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Shutterstock As the debate over reforming the nation’s healthcare system rages on, there’s at least one goal all sides can agree on: bring costs down. According to data the Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services released in December, Americans collectively spent $3.2 trillion on healthcare in 2015. Yet as Dr. Joseph Dieleman, assistant professor at the Institute for Health Metrics Evaluation at the University of Washington, told NPR last month,…

Medicaid chief explains emails, says he wasn’t offered job by contractor – Jackson Clarion Ledger

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE Download The Clarion-Ledger app for free on the Apple app store or Google Play. Justin Sellers/The Clarion-Ledger David Dzielak, executive director of the Mississippi Division of Medicaid(Photo: Elijah Baylis/The Clarion-Ledger) The director of the Mississippi Division of Medicaid talked about job opportunities with executives — one he called a friend — for a company his agency eventually awarded a $2 billion contract. Molina Healthcare officials said they asked Medicaid Director David Dzielak to…

New life for Medicaid after GOP’s health care debacle – Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

WASHINGTON — It may not equal Social Security and Medicare as a “third rail” program that politicians touch at their own risk, yet Medicaid seems to have gotten stronger after the Republican failure to pass health care legislation. Reviled by conservatives, the 1960s Great Society program started out as health insurance for families on welfare and disabled people. But the link to welfare was broken long ago, and the federal-state…

Japanese fungus spreading in UK hospitals – BBC News

Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images More than 200 patients in England have been infected or contaminated with a drug-resistant fungus first found in Japan, health officials have confirmed. Hospitals are on the lookout for further cases and are putting in place measures to help control any further spread of the fungus, Candida auris. Public Health England says in some cases patients will have no symptoms, but the infection can cause serious…

End-of-life advice: Medicare covers the cost of care-planning sessions – The Seattle Times

Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The 90-year-old woman in the San Diego-area nursing home was quite clear, said Dr. Karl Steinberg. She didn’t want aggressive measures to prolong her life. If her heart stopped, she didn’t want CPR. But when Steinberg, a palliative-care physician, relayed those wishes to the woman’s daughter, the younger woman would have none of it. “She said, ‘I don’t agree with that. My mom is confused,’ ” Steinberg recalled. “I said, ‘Let’s…

With changes approved, Nebraska will continue Medicaid program that pays premiums for some – Omaha World-Herald

Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

LINCOLN — Federal officials have approved changes that will allow Nebraska to continue a program in which Medicaid helps pay private health insurance premiums for some people. The Health Insurance Premium Program provides health coverage for about 230 Nebraskans, including several disabled children of working parents. Thomas “Rocky” Thompson, interim Medicaid director in the State Department of Health and Human Services, called the program a “fiscally…

New life for Medicaid after GOP’s health care debacle – Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

WASHINGTON — It may not equal Social Security and Medicare as a “third rail” program that politicians touch at their own risk, yet Medicaid seems to have gotten stronger after the Republican failure to pass health care legislation. Reviled by conservatives, the 1960s Great Society program started out as health insurance for families on welfare and disabled people. But the link to welfare was broken long ago, and the federal-state…

End-of-life advice: Medicare covers the cost of care-planning sessions – Seattle Times

Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The 90-year-old woman in the San Diego-area nursing home was quite clear, said Dr. Karl Steinberg. She didn’t want aggressive measures to prolong her life. If her heart stopped, she didn’t want CPR. But when Steinberg, a palliative-care physician, relayed those wishes to the woman’s daughter, the younger woman would have none of it. “She said, ‘I don’t agree with that. My mom is confused,’ ” Steinberg recalled. “I said, ‘Let’s…

Will Colorado Conservatives Stop Misrepresenting The Medicaid Budget? – HuffPost

Posted: Monday, August 14, 2017

In fact, 75 percent of the adults who got health insurance under Obamacare, about 400,000 in Colorado, who make up a sizable chunk of the “able-bodied” Medicaid group, are working. For a single adult, to be eligible for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, you have to earn less than $16,00. For a family of four, it’s about $32,000.

New life for Medicaid after GOP’s health care debacle – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, August 14, 2017

WASHINGTON — It may not equal Social Security and Medicare as a “third rail” program that politicians touch at their own risk, yet Medicaid seems to have gotten stronger after the Republican failure to pass health care legislation. Reviled by conservatives, the 1960s Great Society program started out as health insurance for families on welfare and disabled people. But the link to welfare was broken long ago, and the federal-state…

Editorial: Iowa’s secret Medicaid negotiations unacceptable – DesMoinesRegister.com

Posted: Monday, August 14, 2017

Buy Photo Eric Stimson of Des Moines holds a sign in the Iowa Capitol Rotunda Wednesday to protest plans to have private firms take over management of Iowa’s Medicaid program.(Photo: William Petroski/The Register)Buy Photo   x Embed x Share CLOSE Todd Mouw died in a specialty hospital after changes to his medicaid disrupted his in-home care. His wife, Cydni Mouw, believes those changes in his coverage contributed to his death….

End-of-life advice: More than 500000 chat on Medicare’s dime – USA TODAY

Posted: Monday, August 14, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a budget that proposes trillions of dollars in cuts to the social safety net and other domestic programs while sharply boosting military spending. Time John Tagtmeir does a breathing treatment for his end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at his daughter’s apartment recently. He and his wife, who has dementia, had to move in with their daughter so she could…

Most Americans want universal healthcare. What are we waiting for? – The Guardian

Posted: Monday, August 14, 2017

As Americans, we need to answer some fundamental questions regarding the future of our healthcare system. First, do we consider healthcare to be a right of all people, or a commodity made available based on income and wealth? Today, people in the highest-income counties in America live, on average, 20 years longer than people residing in the poorest counties. There are a number of reasons for that disgraceful reality, but…