Health Care

Medicare open enrollment and what you need to know – The … – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Older or disabled Americans with Medicare coverage have probably noticed an uptick in mail solicitations from health insurance companies, which can mean only one thing: It’s time for the annual Medicare open enrollment. Most beneficiaries have from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 to decide which of dozens of private plans offer the best drug coverage for 2018 or whether it’s better to leave traditional Medicare and get a drug and…

It’s Medicare open enrollment time. Here’s what you need to know. – Washington Post

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Older or disabled Americans with Medicare coverage have probably noticed an uptick in mail solicitations from health insurance companies, which can mean only one thing: It’s time for the annual Medicare open enrollment. Most beneficiaries have from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 to decide which of dozens of private plans offer the best drug coverage for 2018 or whether it’s better to leave traditional Medicare and get a drug and…

Medicaid director leaving as Kansas prepares extension bid – Seattle Times

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas official overseeing the state’s privatized Medicaid program is departing as the state prepares to ask the federal government to extend the program past 2018. The Department of Health and Environment announced Friday that Mike Randol would step down as Medicaid director. Spokeswoman Angela de Rocha could not say exactly when Randol will leave. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that KDHE Secretary Susan Mosier praised Randol’s…

State delays KanCare; Medicaid director departs – The Garden City Telegram

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

By Tim CarpenterThe Topeka Capital-Journal TOPEKA — The administration of Gov. Sam Brownback said Friday the state’s Medicaid director would step down and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment had delayed public release of plans for changing the managed care system serving 425,000 people. Departure of Medicaid director Mike Randol removed the person frequently relied upon by the Kansas Legislature and advocacy groups to work…

Healthcare Buzz: Turning 65: Fall enrollment for Medicare Advantage/Part C – Twin Falls Times-News

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Lawmakers delay decision on Medicaid contracts – Daily Comet

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

By Melinda DeslatteAssociated Press BATON ROUGE — Lawmakers postponed a decision Friday on whether to extend lucrative contracts for the five managed-care companies that coordinate health services for most state Medicaid patients, saying they want more details about deals that are among the largest in state government. After three hours of discussion, the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget delayed a vote until a special hearing,…

Louisiana Medicaid contracts renewal delayed by lawmakers … – NOLA.com

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Louisiana legislators put off a decision about whether to renew contracts with the five companies that manage health insurance for 90 percent of the people enrolled in Medicaid in the state. The Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget decided to schedule a special meeting to vote on the contracts next week, instead of making the decision Friday (Oct. 20).  The contract extensions for the five companies are worth $15.4 billion…

Medicaid redesign is bad for New Mexico – Santa Fe New Mexican

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Medicare X: the Democrats’ supercharged public option plan, explained – Vox

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Senate Democrats are increasingly divided over how far the government ought to go to expand health coverage. At one end of the spectrum is Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who has offered an idea to end employer-sponsored coverage and move all Americans to a government-run plan. At the other are Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), who last week proposed a plan called Medicare X. Bennet and Kaine say…

Louisiana Medicaid contracts renewal delayed by lawmakers – NOLA.com

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Louisiana legislators put off a decision about whether to renew contracts with the five companies that manage health insurance for 90 percent of the people enrolled in Medicaid in the state. The Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget decided to schedule a special meeting to vote on the contracts next week, instead of making the decision Friday (Oct. 20).  The contract extensions for the five companies are worth $15.4 billion…

State delays unveiling of new KanCare plan, Medicaid director departs – Topeka Capital Journal

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

The administration of Gov. Sam Brownback said Friday the state’s Medicaid director would step down and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment had delayed public release of plans for changing the managed care system serving 425,000 people. Departure of Medicaid director Mike Randol removed the person frequently relied upon by the Kansas Legislature and advocacy groups to work through bureaucratic, financial and health care controversy arising from operation of…

Medicare X: the Democrats’ supercharged public option plan, explained – Vox

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

Senate Democrats are increasingly divided over how far the government ought to go to expand health coverage. At one end of the spectrum is Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who has offered an idea to end employer-sponsored coverage and move all Americans to a government-run plan. At the other are Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), who last week proposed a plan called Medicare X. Bennet and Kaine say…

Short on staff: Nursing crisis strains U.S. hospitals – Reuters – Reuters

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (Reuters) – A shortage of nurses at U.S. hospitals hit West Virginia’s Charleston Area Medical Center at the worst possible time. The non-profit healthcare system is one of the state’s largest employers and sits in the heart of economically depressed coal country. It faces a $40 million deficit this year as it struggles with fewer privately insured patients, cuts in government reimbursement and higher labor costs to…

The Digital Healthcare Industry Is Making Strides Towards Better Post-Operative Care – Forbes

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

(Photo: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images) What is rehabilitation after surgery? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Nitin Goyal, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Founder & CEO at Pulse Platform, on Quora: After a surgical procedure, what happens? The vast majority of the time, the surgeon hands the patient a few sheets of paper outlining basic…

Short on staff: Nursing crisis strains US hospitals – Reuters

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (Reuters) – A shortage of nurses at U.S. hospitals hit West Virginia’s Charleston Area Medical Center at the worst possible time. The non-profit healthcare system is one of the state’s largest employers and sits in the heart of economically depressed coal country. It faces a $40 million deficit this year as it struggles with fewer privately insured patients, cuts in government reimbursement and higher labor costs to…

Short on staff: Nursing crisis strains US hospitals – Reuters.com

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2017

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (Reuters) – A shortage of nurses at U.S. hospitals hit West Virginia’s Charleston Area Medical Center at the worst possible time. The non-profit healthcare system is one of the state’s largest employers and sits in the heart of economically depressed coal country. It faces a $40 million deficit this year as it struggles with fewer privately insured patients, cuts in government reimbursement and higher labor costs to…

Report: Medicaid enrollments, costs begin to stabilize – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

States are seeing more stability in their Medicaid programs after experiencing a surge in enrollment and costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, suggesting that one of the major pillars of former President Barack Obama’s health overhaul may be nearing its peak. At the same time, they are experiencing a high level of uncertainty as Republicans in Congress continue to advocate for a major overhaul of a program that provides…