Health Care

Health briefs: Medicare funding, food poisoning survey, Nemours designation – The News Journal

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Buy Photo Nurses in the emergency room area of the Nemours/Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children.(Photo: Suchat Pederson, The News Journal)Buy Photo Delaware receives Medicare grant The state has received almost $80,000 in federal funding to help Delawareans pay for Medicare costs. The Delaware Medicare Assistance Bureau, which is funded by the federal government, received $79,889 in grants. This money will aid the Medicare Part D Extra Help/Low-income Subsidy, which reduces the…

Why Hospitals Need Better Data Science – Harvard Business Review

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

katyau/Getty Images Airlines are arguably more operationally complex, asset-intensive, and regulated than hospitals, yet the best performers are doing a better job by far than most hospitals at keeping costs low and make a decent profit while delivering what their customers expect. Southwest Airlines, for example, has figured out how to do well the two operational things that matter most: Keep more planes in the sky more often, and fill…

Your Financial Future: Understanding Medicare – Uniontown Herald Standard

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Medicare is the national health care program for most people in the country over age 65. Everyone reaching this age must go on Medicare unless they or their spouse are covered by a company plan with 20 or more employees. People, who do not sign up for Medicare when required, will have no health insurance because Medicare becomes their primary coverage. If you are receiving Social…

Here’s how to snag the best Medicare Advantage Plan – CNBC.com – CNBC

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Medicare reform is needed now – Andover Townsman

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Our previous article explained that Medicare is financed by the Hospital Insurance (HI) and Supplementary Medical Insurance (SMI) trust funds and both have specific funding issues. In 2016, the HI fund paid out $300 billion in Medicare Part A expenditures. The trustees expect that this fund will be able to pay 100 percent of its bills through 2029. At the end of 2016, the fund held…

Medicare: 3 changes you need to know about to Part B, Part D and … – USA TODAY

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

If you want to make changes to your Medicare coverage, open enrollment runs from Oct. 15-Dec. 7.(Photo: Getty Images) Before you get too consumed with pumpkin spice everything and Halloween preparations, I want to remind everyone that one of the most important enrollment periods of the year has just started: The Medicare enrollment period begins on Oct. 15 and continues through Dec. 7. Next to Social Security, Medicare might be…

How New York is enabling rampant Medicaid fraud | New York Post – New York Post

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

In New Jersey, the police have an odd enforcement tactic against drunken driving. Cops often list in newspapers the specific areas where there will be DWI checkpoints. Why? I don’t know. Anyone planning to get boozed up and behind the wheel can simply go a different way and not get caught. New York does pretty much the same thing in going after Medicaid fraud, according to a well-connected whistleblower who…

Advocates Push Back Against Medicaid Cuts – Hartford Courant

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Chanting “let us live,’’ about three dozen activists came to the state Capitol Wednesday to protest proposed cuts in Medicaid coverage. They gathered outside the Democratic caucus room, where legislative leaders were negotiating a budget agreement. Elaine Kolb, a West Haven resident who is 68 and has been living with a spinal cord injury since she was stabbed in the back 40 years ago, said all of the budget proposals…

Here’s how to snag the best Medicare Advantage Plan – CNBC

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Here’s how to snag the best Medicare Advantage Plan – CNBC

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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Are Healthcare And Insurance Stocks Dead In The Water? – Seeking Alpha

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Last week, President Trump declared his intention of dismantling the Affordable Care Act in piecemeal fashion by executive decree. In a move that jarred the insurance industry, he signed an order to halt subsidy payments to health insurers. The question confronting investors in the wake of this is what will the President’s move against Obamacare subsidies mean for the insurance industry? In this commentary I’ll address this issue as we…

Medicare-for-all: The time has come – Nwlaborpress

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

By Don McIntosh When Medicare passed Congress in 1965, its authors thought it would be the first step toward universal national health insurance. Medicare is the public health insurance program that covers Americans 65 and older. It’s sponsored by the federal government and paid for with payroll taxes, general revenues, and participant premiums — currently $134 a month for most enrollees. Medicare negotiates with health care providers over prices, to…

Donald Trump’s amazing 24 hour healthcare flip flop – CNN

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)On Tuesday afternoon at a news conference with the Greek Prime Minister, President Donald Trump was asked about the Affordable Care Act and his decision to end subsidies to insurance companies to incentivize them to cover lower-income Americans. Here’s what he said: ‘);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = {thumb: ‘none’,video: ‘politics/2017/10/17/trump-support-obamacare-bipartisan-fix-zeleny-dnt-tsr.cnn’,width: ’100%’,height: ’100%’,section: ‘domestic’,profile: ‘expansion’,network: ‘cnn’,markupId: ‘body-text_9′,adsection: ‘const-article-inpage’,frameWidth: ’100%’,frameHeight: ’100%’,posterImageOverride: {“mini”:{“height”:124,”width”:220,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171016145108-01-donald-trump-mitch-mcconnell-10-16-2017-small-169.jpg”},”xsmall”:{“height”:173,”width”:307,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171016145108-01-donald-trump-mitch-mcconnell-10-16-2017-medium-plus-169.jpg”},”small”:{“height”:259,”width”:460,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171016145108-01-donald-trump-mitch-mcconnell-10-16-2017-large-169.jpg”},”medium”:{“height”:438,”width”:780,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171016145108-01-donald-trump-mitch-mcconnell-10-16-2017-exlarge-169.jpg”},”large”:{“height”:619,”width”:1100,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171016145108-01-donald-trump-mitch-mcconnell-10-16-2017-super-169.jpg”},”full16x9″:{“height”:900,”width”:1600,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171016145108-01-donald-trump-mitch-mcconnell-10-16-2017-full-169.jpg”},”mini1x1″:{“height”:120,”width”:120,”type”:”jpg”,”uri”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171016145108-01-donald-trump-mitch-mcconnell-10-16-2017-small-11.jpg”}}},autoStartVideo = false,callbackObj,containerEl,currentVideoCollection =…

Here’s how to snag the best Medicare Advantage Plan – CNBC

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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Wildfires stressed wine country’s healthcare system, creating a crisis and a warning for future – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dr. Scott Witt kept close behind the ambulance carrying the newborns. On his motorcycle, he drove over and ducked under downed power lines. He swerved around embers blowing onto the highway. Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital, where Witt oversees the neonatal intensive care unit, was being evacuated Oct. 9 because of wildfires that would become the deadliest in California history. But Witt couldn’t call the doctors who would be caring…

Michigan-wide effort continues to save Medicare millions, while improving health care in many settings – University of Michigan Health System News (press release)

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — For the fourth year in a row, an initiative by Michigan physician organizations has improved care for Medicare participants across the state, while making a positive difference in the cost of that care. LOGO-POM ACO-2013.png According to data from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, members of the statewide Physician Organization of Michigan Accountable Care Organization, LLC (POM ACO) achieved high results for both…

Avoid these 3 mistakes when picking a Medicare plan during open enrollment – USA TODAY

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Medicare open enrollment runs from October 15 to December 7.(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) For people who want to tweak their Medicare coverage, the time to do it began Sunday, Oct. 15. The program’s fall open enrollment period runs through Dec. 7. You should evaluate your current coverage even if you’ve been happy with it. “Insurance companies make changes every year,” said Elizabeth Gavino, founder of Lewin & Gavino in New York…

3 changes to Medicare in 2018 that you need to know – USA TODAY

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

If you want to make changes to your Medicare coverage, open enrollment runs from Oct. 15-Dec. 7.(Photo: Getty Images) Before you get too consumed with pumpkin spice everything and Halloween preparations, I want to remind everyone that one of the most important enrollment periods of the year has just started: The Medicare enrollment period begins on Oct. 15 and continues through Dec. 7. Next to Social Security, Medicare might be…

Wildfires stressed the wine country’s healthcare system, creating a crisis and a warning for future – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dr. Scott Witt kept close behind the ambulance carrying the newborns. On his motorcycle, he drove over and ducked under downed power lines. He swerved around embers blowing onto the highway. Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital, where Witt oversees the neonatal intensive care unit, was being evacuated Oct. 9 because of wildfires that would become the deadliest in California history. But Witt couldn’t call the doctors who would be caring…