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Posted May 20, 2013 10:51 EST
Tougher Administration Scrutiny Needed to Stop Medicare Fraud
by The Miami Herald
To stop Medicare fraud, the administration arm -- which certifies that care givers who tap into Medicare reimbursements are actually qualified to do so and then verifies that they actually deliver the services they vouch for – must be more diligent, says a Miami Herald editorial opinion piece.
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Posted May 20, 2013 9:39 EST
Why Hospitals Set Prices Higher Than Insurers Actually Pay
by Sarah Kliff/The Washington Post
Some hospitals set high prices for their services that Medicare and other insurers never actually pay. This is partly because, until recently, higher prices meant facilities could claim they provided a higher level of charity care, says Washington Post blogger Sarah Kliff.
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Posted May 15, 2013 9:45 EST
Why Medicare-For-All Isn’t the Answer
by Dana Goldman and Adam Leive/Health Affairs
Expanding Medicare to cover everyone wouldn’t fix the U.S. health care system, say health policy experts Dana Goldman and Adam Leive. Factors involving prices, administrative costs and international comparisons show Medicare is not necessarily superior, Leive and Goldman say.
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Posted May 08, 2013 3:13 EST
Containing Spending Will Likely Mean Cost Shifting
by Michael Chernew/Health Affairs
Even with the Affordable Care Act cutting Medicare spending, costs will likely rise due to demographics, says Professor Michael Chernew of Harvard Medical School. Chernew says it’s unlikely that spending can be significantly slowed without shifting costs to beneficiaries.
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Posted April 23, 2013 9:49 EST
Senate Has No Good Reason Not to Confirm Tavenner
by The New York Times Editorial Board
The Senate Finance Committee should set aside partisan divisions and unanimously approve Marilyn Tavenner as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator, The New York Times editorial board says. Her confirmation is long overdue, according to the editorial board.
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Posted April 22, 2013 11:43 EST
Chronic Care at Walgreens? Why Not.
by Ishani Gangula/The Boston Globe
While Walgreen’s decision to start diagnosing and managing chronic conditions in their Take Care Clinics was met with skepticism from physician groups, it is a savvy business move that addresses the need of a growing population of aging Americans, said Dr. Ishani Ganguli in a Boston Globe blog post.
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Posted April 17, 2013 4:00 EST
Medicare Drug Rebates Needed
by Judith Stein / For Politico
This week, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, (D-W. Va.), will introduce a bill to ensure Medicare and taxpayers pay lower prices for prescription drugs. The bill, known as the Medicare Drug Savings Act of 2013, would ensure taxpayers get a better deal by requiring drug manufacturers to once again provide rebates for prescription drugs for people who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid and for lower
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