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Posted April 25, 2013 11:56 EST
To Improve Health Outcomes, AMA Tackles Cardiovascular Disease, Type 2 Diabetes
by Jeremy A. Lazarus / American Medical Association
Nearly 11 million Americans aged 65 and older had diabetes in 2010, and cardiovascular disease accounts for about one third of all deaths in the U.S. Despite the availability of therapies and prevention measures, a large proportion of Americans do not have adequate control of high blood pressure and prediabetes, the key risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes – even if they are curre
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Posted February 06, 2013 4:15 EST
Ending SGR: The Time Is Now
by Jeremy Lazarus, M.D., AMA President
The failed Medicare physician payment formula known as the SGR, which has plagued Medicare patients and physicians for over a decade, must be eliminated now and replaced with policies that promote efficiency, quality and value in Medicare for patients and taxpayers. The AMA has called on Congress again and again to stop the broken cycle of scheduled cuts and short-term patches.
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Posted November 14, 2012 2:30 EST
Medicare Annual Enrollment is Here: How Beneficiaries Can Save Money in 2013
by Ross Blair, CEO of Plan Prescriber
Research by PlanPrescriber.com shows that a large majority of Medicare beneficiaries could have saved hundreds of dollars last year by reviewing just one element of their coverage: their prescription drug plan. While it may be easy to come up with other things they’d rather do this fall, taking time now to review all of their coverage options could really pay off.
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Posted October 24, 2012 1:25 EST
Medicare Provider Rate Cuts: Can’t Work. Won’t Work. And Something That Does Work.
by Michael McCallister, CEO, Humana
Medicare is the largest long-term piece of the nation’s looming budget crisis. Once the presidential election is over, Congress will try to address the Medicare cost shortfall one way or another. They will almost certainly consider a method that is guaranteed to fail: Medicare rate cuts for doctors and hospitals.
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Posted September 13, 2012 5:00 EST
Medicare for 2013 - Getting Ahead of the Game
by Ross Blair, CEO of Plan Prescriber
The annual enrollment period for next year’s Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans is just around the corner. Whether you’re approaching age 65 or already enrolled in Medicare, you should take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to review coverage options and see whether you are enrolled in the most cost-effective plan for your needs.
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Posted August 28, 2012 10:40 EST
A Prescription for Improved Health Outcomes and Lower Costs in Medicare: Better Medication Adherence
by Michael McCallister, CEO, Humana
Although most Americans with employer-sponsored health insurance have long had prescription drug coverage, Medicare did not cover outpatient prescription drugs until 2006, when Part D became available.
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Posted July 25, 2012 5:00 EST
Does the “4 Percent Rule” Hold Up for Retirement? Planning to Meet Your Future Health Care Needs
by Ross Blair, President and CEO, Plan Prescriber Inc.
The Baby Boomer generation is now aging into Medicare at a time when health care costs are growing and there are questions about the program’s future. This raises concerns for a fast-growing population of seniors who are unsure if they’ll be able to afford health care once they retire.
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