Medicare http://www.kunc.org en Elusive Goal: A Transparent Price List For Health Care http://www.kunc.org/post/elusive-goal-transparent-price-list-health-care Coffee is important to many of us, but let's say your coffee maker breaks. Finding a new one is as easy as typing "shop coffee maker" into your browser. Voila — you've got models, prices and customer reviews at your fingertips.<p>But say you need something less fun than a coffee maker — like a colonoscopy. Shopping for one of those is a lot harder. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 08:41:00 +0000 54151 at http://www.kunc.org Elusive Goal: A Transparent Price List For Health Care After A Decade, Congress Moves To Fix Doctors' Medicare Pay http://www.kunc.org/post/after-decade-congress-moves-fix-doctors-medicare-pay Hear the words health care and Congress, and you think fight, right?<p>And you'd be forgiven, particularly because the House has now voted <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/02/gop-obamacare-vote_n_3695871.html">some 40 times</a> in the past two years to repeal or otherwise undo portions of the Affordable Care Act.<p>But something unusual happened just before Congress left for its summer break. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 06:54:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 49262 at http://www.kunc.org After A Decade, Congress Moves To Fix Doctors' Medicare Pay Doctors Fleeing Medicare? Not So Fast, Feds Say http://www.kunc.org/post/doctors-fleeing-medicare-not-so-fast-feds-say Are doctors so fed up with Medicare's stagnant pay and bureaucratic rules that they're bailing out of the program?<p>Short answer: Yes, some are. Long answer: Not as many as you might have thought.<p><em>The Wall Street Journal</em> <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323971204578626151017241898.html">reported recently</a>, the number of doctors who <a href="http://www.aafp.org/practice-management/regulatory/medicare.html">opted out</a> of Medicare tripled between 2009 and 2012. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 22:53:00 +0000 48753 at http://www.kunc.org Doctors Fleeing Medicare? Not So Fast, Feds Say Messy Rollout Of Health Law Echoes Medicare Drug Expansion http://www.kunc.org/post/messy-rollout-health-law-echoes-medicare-drug-expansion It hasn't been a good week for the Affordable Care Act. After announcements by the administration of <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=200466972">several delays of key portions of the law</a>, Republicans returned to Capitol Hill and began piling on.<p>"This law is literally just unraveling before our eyes," said Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., at a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/07/10/200842381/gop-says-why-not-delay-that-health-care-law-like-forever">hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee</a>. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 07:16:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 46970 at http://www.kunc.org Messy Rollout Of Health Law Echoes Medicare Drug Expansion Medicare's Competitive Bidding To Change Medical Equipment Costs http://www.kunc.org/post/medicares-competitive-bidding-change-medical-equipment-costs <p>Beginning July 1, Colorado patients will start saving hundreds and even thousands of dollars on medical equipment because, after a 10-year delay, Medicare is switching to competitive bidding in the Denver and Colorado Springs metro areas.</p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 12:25:06 +0000 Colorado Public News & Ann Imse 45224 at http://www.kunc.org Medicare's Competitive Bidding To Change Medical Equipment Costs