Medicare

9:34am

Fri May 31, 2013
The Two-Way

2 Years Added To Expected Life Of Medicare Trust Fund

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 7:23 pm

"The trust fund that finances Medicare's hospital insurance coverage will remain solvent until 2026, two years beyond what was projected in last year's report," the program's trustees reported Friday.

In a statement, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services gives some of the credit to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Read more

10:56am

Thu May 30, 2013
Shots - Health News

Immigrants Subsidize, Rather Than Drain, Medicare

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 6:42 am

Patients wait in line at Nuestra Clinica Del Valle in San Juan, Texas, in September 2012 file photo. A study released on Wednesday finds that immigrants, particularly noncitizens, heavily subsidize Medicare, and that policies that restrict immigration may deplete Medicare's financial resources.
Eric Gay AP

As Congress mulls changing America's border and naturalization rules, a study finds that immigrant workers are helping buttress Medicare's finances.

Immigrants contribute tens of billions of dollars a year more than immigrant retirees use in medical services.

Read more

8:14am

Wed May 29, 2013
Shots - Health News

Health Differences May Explain Medicare Spending Variation

Where a person lives seems to have an effect on Medicare spending. But why?
iStockphoto.com

The idea that uneven Medicare health care spending around the country is caused by wasteful practices and overtreatment — a concept that has influenced portions of the federal health law — took another hit in a study published Tuesday.

Read more

1:07pm

Thu May 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

Swell Of Goodwill For First Medicare Chief Confirmed Since 2004

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 1:12 pm

Presenting Marilyn Tavenner, the first official official in charge of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in years.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

When the Senate voted Tuesday to make Marilyn Tavenner the official administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, it was the first time the world's greatest deliberative body had approved someone to head the huge health agency since 2004.

That's right, you have to go way back to the Bush administration to find Dr. Mark McClellan, the last person to be officially put in the post.

Read more

12:47pm

Sat May 11, 2013
Shots - Health News

Dramatically Different Medicare Bills Set Hospitals Thinking

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 10:41 am

iStockphoto.com

For the first time, the federal government has publicly shared what hospitals bill Medicare for the 100 most common diagnoses and treatments.

The information shows hospitals across the country — and across Alaska — bill dramatically different prices for the same things.

Read more

Pages