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Medical Students Nationwide Rally for Medicare for All

Students from almost 40 medical schools plan to demonstrate for a single-payer system and hold candlelight vigils for Americans whose deaths were hastened by lack of insurance.  
medscape.com
about 5 years ago
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ICD-10 Debuts Today, Whether Physicians Are Ready or Not

Medicare offers escape hatches for physicians who can't submit claims electronically with the new diagnostic codes. The agency also is prepared to pause claims processing if problems crop up on its end.  
medscape.com
about 5 years ago
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Strong Support for Medicare Paying for End-of-Life Talks, Poll Finds

The plan to include funding in the health law for these discussions between doctors and patients was vehemently opposed by some Republicans, but 8 of 10 Americans support the practice.  
medscape.com
about 5 years ago
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Should Medicare Pay Hinge on Seeing Medicaid, ACA Patients?

CMS wants physicians to answer this and other provocative questions on how it should design the replacement for Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula for reimbursement.  
medscape.com
about 5 years ago
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SGR Replacement Has Potential Pitfalls as Well

Two papers say Medicare is betting on a value-based system that has uncertain results. The authors of one say unpredictable factors could amount to deciding a portion of physicians' pay by lottery.  
medscape.com
about 5 years ago
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Medicare's Pioneer ACOs See Modest Drop in Low-Value Care

The program put spending for all services under a global budget, with incentives to stay under the limit and improve quality. A commentary commended the study, but said it's only part of the solution.  
medscape.com
about 5 years ago
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Reader Poll: Pressure to Improve Your Bedside Manner?

With Medicare payments influenced by patient satisfaction surveys, physicians may be feeling pressure to improve their bedside manner.  
medscape.com
about 5 years ago
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ACO Bonuses: Hard to Earn, but Some Physicians Do It

A group of small independent practices in Texas earned $4.8 million from Medicare for high-quality care while reducing healthcare costs in 2014. Most ACOs, however, came up empty.  
medscape.com
about 5 years ago
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Mortality, Hospitalizations, and Expenditures for the Medicare Population

Research from JAMA — Mortality, Hospitalizations, and Expenditures for the Medicare Population Aged 65 Years or Older, 1999-2013  
jama.jamanetwork.com
about 5 years ago
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'Jaw-dropping': Medicare deaths, hospitalizations AND costs reduced

         The U.S. health care system has scored the equivalent of a hat trick, reducing deaths, hospitalizations and costs.     Mortality rates among Medicare patients fell 16% from 1999 to 2013.  
usatoday.com
about 5 years ago
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Medicare could save up to $16bn if allowed to negotiate drug prices, paper finds

Medicare could save up to $16bn (£10.3bn; €14.6bn) a year if it were allowed to negotiate drug prices directly with drug makers, just as Medicaid and the Veterans Benefits Administration currently can, a new policy briefing paper has concluded.  
feeds.bmj.com
about 5 years ago
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Medicare outcomes have improved markedly over past two decades, study indicates

Over the past two decades mortality and admissions to hospital have fallen markedly among Medicare patients, while health outcomes have improved, a new study has reported.1 The study appears in this week’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), which features articles marking Medicare’s 50th anniversary.  
feeds.bmj.com
about 5 years ago
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Six doctors are charged with taking kickbacks for sending patients to Chicago hospital for no reason

An entire Chicago hospital operated on kickbacks, buying referrals of elderly patients who had no medical reason for admission, then billing Medicare and Medicaid for unneeded investigations and stays, say charges filed by US attorneys against five administrators and six doctors.  
feeds.bmj.com
about 5 years ago
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Michigan neurosurgeon is charged with healthcare fraud for sham surgeries

A Michigan neurosurgeon could face 10 or more years in prison after the US federal government accused him of billing Medicare and commercial insurers for $33m (£21m; €27m) while performing sham lumbar spinal fusion surgeries.  
feeds.bmj.com
about 5 years ago
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Medicare’s procedures for screening doctors are faulty, report says

Despite recent improvements, Medicare’s process for screening out potentially dishonest or banned doctors often falls short, an investigation has found.  
feeds.bmj.com
about 5 years ago
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US poll finds strong support for Medicare and Medicaid

As the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid approaches, a new poll has found strong public support for both US government health insurance plans.  
feeds.bmj.com
over 5 years ago
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Hundreds are arrested for Medicare fraud totalling $712m

A nationwide sweep led by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force has led to charges being laid against 243 people accused of submitting fraudulent Medicare bills totalling $712m (£450m; €625m), the new US attorney general, Loretta Lynch, has announced. Forty six of the accused are licensed medical professionals.  
feeds.bmj.com
over 5 years ago
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Patients less likely to die if readmitted to same hospital, study finds

Researchers analysing more than 9m Medicare patients finds benefits of sending patients who had extensive surgeries to same hospital they had the operation  
theguardian.com
over 5 years ago
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Some US hospitals charge 10 times the cost of services, study finds

For the study, published in the June issue of Health Affairs, Ge Bai from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and Gerard Anderson from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, compared what hospitals list as their charges for services with what are known as “Medicare allowable costs.”1  
feeds.bmj.com
over 5 years ago
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“Value based” payment project saves US nearly $400m in two years, report finds

A pilot project to evaluate accountable care organizations (ACOs) as an alternative payment model for doctors caring for Medicare patients yielded substantial savings while maintaining the quality of care, a new report has found.1  
feeds.bmj.com
over 5 years ago