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Medicare paid twice for about $161M in hospice drugs, report finds

September 5, 2019


Medicare Part D in 2016 unnecessarily spent an estimated $161 million on drugs that already were covered under Medicare Part A, according to an HHS Office of Inspector General report released last week.

Hospitals are avoiding admitting Medicare patients to dodge financial penalties, study suggests

September 5, 2019


A study recently published in BMJ reinforces concerns that hospitals are treating Medicare patients in emergency departments and observation areas instead of admitting them to the hospital to avoid readmissions penalties.

CMS upgrades Medicare Plan Finder for the first time in a decade

September 4, 2019


CMS has launched a redesigned Medicare Plan Finder that aims to make it easier for Medicare beneficiaries to compare their coverage options.

Hurricane Dorian could hit the US today. Here's how hospitals are preparing.

September 3, 2019


As Hurricane Dorian approaches the United States, hospitals up the Atlantic coast are preparing for the powerful storm.

Medicare Part D spending on MS drugs increased tenfold as prices spiked, study suggests

September 3, 2019


Rising prices for multiple sclerosis drugs drove a more than sevenfold increase in out-of-pocket costs for Medicare Part D beneficiaries over a decade, according to a study published last week in JAMA Neurology.

Medicare beneficiaries live an average of 8.3 months after a long-term care hospital stay, study finds

August 28, 2019


Most Medicare beneficiaries who are admitted into long-term acute care hospitals spend about 66% of their remaining life in an inpatient setting, and many die within five years, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Why some 2020 Democratic candidates are walking back from 'Medicare for All'

August 27, 2019


Some of the candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president are walking back their support for Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare-for-All" proposal amid mounting concerns from consumers.

How Sanders wants to ease unions' concerns about 'Medicare for All'

August 23, 2019


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Wednesday unveiled a key change to his so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposal that would allow organized labor unions to maintain their negotiating power for health care and other benefits.

What it's really like to get dialysis at home

August 20, 2019


The Trump administration wants to shift most dialysis care to patients' homes—a practice that providers say can improve quality of life, but also can present hardships for older patients.

Uber, Lyft want to help older patients get to their appointments. But will it work?

August 20, 2019


Uber and Lyft are betting big on the health care sector to expand their businesses, but they are having to adopt new approaches to attract older U.S. residents.

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