Jul 29, 2014 — Medicare is trying a different approach in one experiment: Some hospice patients will still be able to get treatments aimed at prolonging life.
Jul 28, 2014 — Medicare's trust fund is projected to have money until 2030, four years longer than predicted last year. But the fund that pays for disability benefits could run dry just two years from now.
Jul 22, 2014 — People who contribute up to $25 a month would be exempt from cost-sharing requirements. But some consumer advocates say the health savings accounts add a needless layer of complexity to Medicaid.
Jul 14, 2014 — Illinois leads the U.S. in group psychotherapy sessions for Medicare patients. Some top billers aren't mental health specialists. The state's Medicaid program has cracked down, but the feds haven't.
Jul 11, 2014 — Two secretaries in a doctor's office have pleaded guilty and a pharmacy owner faces charges in a scam that Medicare allowed to thrive for more than two years.
Jul 8, 2014 — In 2012, Medicare was rocked by allegations that hospitals were systematically overcharging the program by miscoding electronic medical records. A study released Wednesday took another look.
Jul 2, 2014 — Digital mammograms are sharper and aid diagnosis, radiologists say. But these scans aren't significantly better than film scans in finding tumors in older women, a study finds. And they cost more.
Jun 23, 2014 — Starting this fall, 25 percent of all U.S. hospitals — those with the worst records for infections and injuries — will lose 1 percent of every Medicare payment for a year.
Jun 20, 2014 — Medicare data show a pattern of problematic payments to doctors with a history of disciplinary action. Yet state medical boards don't usually look at billing as a trigger for investigations.
Jun 17, 2014 — The health law requires insurers to disclose price increases of 10 percent or more, but states have widely varying powers to regulate those hikes.