Posted April 24, 2012 1:03 EST
What's the Truth About Medicare's Funding Shortfall?
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Looking at the various statements of Medicare's fiscal condition is like looking at a kaleidoscope. The best way to look at this shifting picture is to use the just-released Medicare Trustees Report as a guideline and not regard it as a crystal ball.
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Posted April 19, 2012 2:34 EST
The Medicare NewsGroup Attends AHCJ in Atlanta
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The Medicare NewsGroup has taken its health care expertise to Atlanta as an exhibitor at Health Journalism 2012, the 14th annual conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists. Managing Editor E.J. Mitchell, Senior Web Editor Alison Szot, Co-publisher Judi Israel Rosen, and health care journalist and Editorial Advisory Board Member Bruce Jaspen will be attending workshops on health care issues and letting journalists know what MNG has to offer as a new resource for reporting on Medicare.
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Posted April 12, 2012 3:43 EST
Medicare Story Hooks: Doctor, Doctor Give Me the News
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When contradictory claims about Medicare leave you craving clarity, a natural instinct is to ask for a doctor’s diagnosis. Whether that means interviewing local physicians or going to a national organization, it’s a reliable news hook and a prescription for provocative quotes. But as with any prescription, the normal cautions apply: an overdose of opinions can leave you worse off than when you started.
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Posted April 11, 2012 6:29 EST
Understanding the Medicare Reform Resistance Message
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Much has been said about the myriad plans to reform Medicare, which range from outright privatization to hybrid plans involving "premium support" schemes that allow beneficiaries to choose between private insurers and the traditional fee-for-service (FFS) program. Now comes a concerted, though not overt, pushback against privatization, just as the election season is heating up.
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Posted April 09, 2012 6:07 EST
The Medicare NewsGroup Launches New Website for Journalists Covering Medicare
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Glencoe, Ill. (4/9/2012) -- The Medicare NewsGroup has launched a new website ( that will equip journalists with the information and tools they need to cover Medicare effectively and thoroughly.
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Posted April 05, 2012 2:55 EST
Are Medicare Spending Rates Slowing?
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Medicare spending growth has long been a source of political friction. Spending per capita on Medicare patients has exceeded the gross domestic product growth by an average 2.6 percentage points a year over the past four decades, according to the Congressional Budget Office. But a recent New England Journal of Medicine article discovered that Medicare spending is actually slowing and that it's not a fluke.
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