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Medicare Official Jonathan Blum Resigns

Medicare Official Jonathan Blum Resigns

By Sean Patterson April 23, 2014

Jonathan Blum, a key U.S. health official in the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has resigned. This, according to an internal CMS memo

AARP And Social Security Benefits AARP And Social Security Benefits
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If you’re not 50 or older, you may not be interested in AARP – the American Association of Retired Persons. AARP is a group designed to help retirees with their financial lives after the age of retirement – 62 years …

Obamacare’s Medicare Part D Disparities Obamacare’s Medicare Part D Disparities
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According to new information from U.S. News and World Report, the Affordable Care Act Medicare Part D is feasible, but extremely “wasteful.” This information comes after months of problems with Obamacare, including the failures of the ACA website. On Tuesday, …

Medicare Open Enrollment - Convenience or Confusion? Medicare Open Enrollment - Convenience or Confusion?

It’s time for the annual Medicare fall open-enrollment period. For those of you who aren’t familiar with open-enrollment, it means that seniors and those who are eligible for Medicare can choose which plan they will use or make changes to …

IBM retirees dumped into health exchanges IBM retirees dumped into health exchanges

Will Obamacare destroy America and unleash long lines, death panels, IRS oppression and rationing? Or will it usher in the promised utopia of universal medical care and blessings of liberty and equality as espoused by Thomas Jefferson? If IBM’s recent …

Medicare Rule Could Increase Hospitalization Medicare Rule Could Increase Hospitalization
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A new study shows that a medicare rule that blocks some nursing home residents from receiving simultaneous reimbursement for hospice and skilled nursing facility (SNF, a medicare-certified nursing home) care may be responsible for those residents receiving “more aggressive” treatment …

Medicare Open Enrollment Now Available Medicare Open Enrollment Now Available

Open enrollment for Medicare officially began this week, allowing those eligible to choose their medicare health and drug plan. The open enrollment period lasts until December 7, so there’s no rush for seniors to choose a prescription drug plan or …

Medicare Fraud Crackdown Nabs 91 Doctors, Nurses Medicare Fraud Crackdown Nabs 91 Doctors, Nurses
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Last week U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that a Medicare Fraud Strike Force operation has led to charges against 91 people in seven cities across the U.S. According to the …

Medicare: More Patients Being Kept for Observation Medicare: More Patients Being Kept for Observation
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Medicare patients are being kept for observation at hospitals more often than they’re being admitted, thanks to pressure from the federal government. According to a recent study, the number of individuals who have been kept for observation has risen dramatically …

Government Puts Hospital Death Rates Online
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For the first time the federal government has released an online searchable database of hospital death rates at more than 4,300 hospitals across the U.S.

Death rates for patients with pneumonia, heart attacks and heart failure are now posted on Medicare’s Web site, Hospital Compare.