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    $225 Million Medicare Fraud Exposed

    $225 Million Medicare Fraud Exposed
    More than 100 doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals were arrested Thursday, Feb. 17, in what is being called as the "biggest crackdown ever in a single day in connection with Medicare fraud," according to CNN. According to various news reports, authorities arrested suspects across the nation in LA, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Brooklyn, Tampa, and Baton Rouge, uncovering an ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Do We Need More Transparency in Our Healthcare Pricing?

    Do We Need More Transparency in Our Healthcare Pricing?
    Doctor and HelloHealth founder Jay Parkinson explains why we don't know what it costs to take care of our bodies, and how that might change. We know how much we're going to pay for almost everything in America, except health care. We can scan a barcode at Barnes and Noble and see how much Amazon charges for the same item. But ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Premiums Jump 14% on Medicare Private Plans

    Premiums Jump 14% on Medicare Private Plans
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of seniors who signed up for popular private health plans through Medicare are facing sharp premium increases this year - another sign that spiraling costs are a problem even for those with solid insurance. [widget:2010_rn_salary_box_widget] A study to be released Friday by a major consulting firm found that premiums for Medicare Advantage plans offering medical and prescription ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Seniors Worry About Medicare Advantage Cuts

    Seniors Worry About Medicare Advantage Cuts
    MIAMI - Insurers constantly caution seniors that their Medicare Advantage perks such as hearing aids, dental payments and even gym memberships will fizzle if Democrats get their way and cut government subsidies for them. But tens of billions of Medicare dollars funneled through insurers also pay for extras that never reach beneficiaries: multimillion-dollar salaries, executive retreats in Hawaii, Scotland and Cancun, ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Insurers Mount Attack Against Health Reform

    Insurers Mount Attack Against Health Reform
    WASHINGTON - The health insurance industry is warning that a comprehensive Senate bill would increase the cost of a typical policy by hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars a year after lawmakers eased up on the requirement that all Americans get coverage. The stinging attack came on the eve of a pivotal Senate vote and was a clear message to President ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    The Tragedy of the Underinsured

    The Tragedy of the Underinsured
    Just 21 months into my mother's cancer treatment, she had reached her medical insurance policy's cap for chemotherapy -- $100,000. As if dealing with cancer were not enough, she now had to deal with the reality that our health care system had left her financially exposed. Lost in our daily debates on health care reform is the devastating impact our current ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    HHS Announces Medicare Pilot Program

    HHS Announces Medicare Pilot Program
    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration announced a new Medicare pilot program Wednesday to strengthen primary care services for patients and cut costly emergency room visits - by offering financial incentives to doctors. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the three-year pilot program would begin early next year and is modeled after a program being tested in Vermont. Under the ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Two AIDS-Resistant Antibodies Isolated

    Two AIDS-Resistant Antibodies Isolated
    After years of research, scientists in California say they have isolated two antibodies that prevent human immunodeficiency virus from becoming full-blown AIDS. The discovery could lead to a vaccine against AIDS, scientists at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla said. Researchers collected blood samples from more than 1,800 people in Thailand, Australia and Africa who had been infected with HIV for ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Republicans Offer Seniors Health 'Bill of Rights'

    Republicans Offer Seniors Health 'Bill of Rights'
    Republicans are targeting older Americans worried about President Barack Obama's health overhaul plans with a "seniors' health care bill of rights." The six principles outlined Monday by the Republican National Committee include protecting Medicare, prohibiting rationing of health care based on age and making sure government doesn't get between seniors and their doctors. The Obama administration has insisted repeatedly that it ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Seniors, Aides Protest Planned Cuts to Medicaid

    Seniors, Aides Protest Planned Cuts to Medicaid
    Margaret Bryant would rather die than live in a nursing home. For more than a decade, the 67-year old spitfire has lived in her own quarters in an apartment center for senior citizens on Arlington Avenue. She is independent but not alone. Four times a week for three hours at a time, a home health aide comes to assist her -- ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Obama: Healthcare 'Not a Luxury' Any More

    Obama: Healthcare 'Not a Luxury' Any More
    Healthcare is "a necessity that cannot wait," U.S. President Obama said, while announcing healthcare providers have pledged to ease cost hikes by $2 trillion. Spiraling healthcare cost is not only a growing crisis for the American people, but forcing small businesses to drop employee coverage and "putting the federal budget on a disastrous path" because of increased Medicare and Medicaid costs, ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Medicaid Cuts at Hospitals Would Slice Health-Care Jobs, Study Says

    Medicaid Cuts at Hospitals Would Slice Health-Care Jobs, Study Says
    Proposed cuts to Medicaid funding at Florida hospitals would result in thousands of health-care job losses throughout the state, according to a new study. A University of Florida study released Thursday by the Florida Hospital Association found that each $1 in Medicaid spending cuts would result in about $4 of losses to the state's economy. A $100 million reduction in Medicaid ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Obama Budget Would Slow Medicare, Medicaid Growth

    Obama Budget Would Slow Medicare, Medicaid Growth
    WASHINGTON — The government's massive health insurance programs for the elderly and poor would grow more slowly under President Barack Obama's proposed budget. Obama wants to squeeze Medicaid and Medicare spending — including slimmer payments to private insurance plans — to help create a 10-year, $634 billion fund billed as a "down payment" on health care reform. Obama's budget proposal released ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Sobering Results For Cost-Cutting Medicare Project

    Sobering Results For Cost-Cutting Medicare Project
    CHICAGO (AP) — An ambitious effort to cut costs and keep aging, sick Medicare patients out of the hospital mostly didn't work, a government-contracted study found. The disappointing results show how tough it is to manage older patients with chronic diseases, who often take multiple prescriptions, see many different doctors and sometimes get conflicting medical advice. The study showed just how ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Hospitals, Health Care Company Cited in Medicaid Scam

    The homeless and the hungry both served as targets for a $50 million Medicaid scam operated by seven New York hospitals and a health care company, two civil suits charge. Long Beach Medical Center and six other New York hospitals participated in the scam - filing fraudulent Medicaid claims, paying SpecialCare Hospital Management Corp. of Missouri to lure patients to drug ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Medicaid Applicants Grow as Recession Widens

    Medicaid Applicants Grow as Recession Widens
    WASHINGTON – That day in July was one that Tammy Morse won't soon forget. Five months earlier, her husband lost his job as a recruiter for the financial services industry. Once the family savings were gone, the mother of two from Stratford, Conn., saw no way to get health insurance coverage for her family other than to apply for Medicaid. "It ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Insurers Make Pitch for Health Coverage Mandate

    Insurers Make Pitch for Health Coverage Mandate
    WASHINGTON – The health insurance industry said Wednesday it will support a national health care overhaul that requires them to accept all customers, regardless of pre-existing medical conditions, but in return it wants lawmakers to mandate that everyone buy coverage. Lawmakers have signaled their intent to craft health care legislation early next year, and the insurance industry's support would make passage ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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