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Posted August 01, 2013 10:00 EST
Leaving the World of Journalism a Better Place, The Medicare NewsGroup Closes Doors
by EJ Mitchell/Medicare NewsGroup
After a successful two-year run providing the highest quality Medicare news and information to professionals ranging from journalists to policymakers, The Medicare NewsGroup has announced it will shut down operations, effective August 1, 2013.
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Posted July 29, 2013 3:00 EST
Geriatricians Could Improve Care, Save Money for Medicare
by Alison Szot/Medicare NewsGroup
Despite the widely accepted understanding that elderly people have unique health needs and challenges, seniors continue to be cared for by physicians without specialized expertise in geriatric care, both to the probable peril of the patients and the U.S. health care system itself.
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Posted July 24, 2013 2:00 EST
Health Care Improvements for the Aged and the Disabled
by Mark Taylor/Medicare NewsGroup
Many disabled Americans want to work and are capable of it, but won’t because they fear losing Medicare coverage. Yet qualifying for Medicare through SSDI limits how much income the disabled can earn and Medicare does not cover many indirect health care needs, such as wheelchair maintenance.
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Posted July 24, 2013 2:00 EST
Treatment of Seriously Mentally Ill Beneficiaries on Trend with Integrated Care
by Susan Pasternak/Medicare NewsGroup
One effort to improve treatment and curb spending for people with serious mental illness (SMI) is the coordinated care model, in which a behavioral therapist acts as the main point of engagement for the patient, as opposed to a primary care physician.
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Posted July 10, 2013 1:10 EST
Authors Seek to Turn Debate Around on Medicare Entitlement
by Neesa Sweet / The Medicare NewsGroup
“Medicare Meltdown," by Rosemary Gibson and Janardan Prasad Singh is the latest in their series of volumes about health care in America. By reframing the debate, and calling for a change in the conversation, Gibson and Singh hope to create enough public outcry to reform Medicare and protect beneficiaries at the same time.
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Posted June 27, 2013 2:06 EST
Traditional Medicare Makes Gains But Lags Behind Medicare Advantage in Chronic Illness Treatment
by Donald Sjoerdsma / The Medicare NewsGroup
In 2011, Medicare spending on patients with two or more chronic conditions made up 93 percent of all program costs. Managing chronic illness and reducing the rise of preventable chronic disease will be crucial to the federal government curbing Medicare’s cost, and while the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has begun adopting policies to manage chronic care, some experts say it could go fa
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Posted June 12, 2013 4:23 EST
End-of-Life Care Improves But Costs Increase, Study Finds
by E.J. Mitchell / The Medicare NewsGroup
Improvements in end-of-life care have occurred rapidly for Medicare patients but costs have increased, according to a new Dartmouth Institute brief that was released today.
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