Tag: Health Plans

Insurance Companies Stop Waiving Out-of-Pocket COVID Costs

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Americans may be hit with surprising bills in the future if...

Produce Prescription Programs: Keys to Better Health?

  Chef Michel Nischan has won the prestigious James Beard Award four times, written cookbooks, and launched a restaurant with the late actor Paul Newman....

Costs Watched as Medicaid Managed Care Begins in N. Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After six years of preparations and delays, most of North Carolina’s Medicaid recipients switched over to managed care Thursday with its...

Hospitals, Insurers Invest to Tackle Patients’ Social Needs

PHILADELPHIA — When doctors at a primary care clinic here noticed many of its poorest patients were failing to show up for appointments, they hoped...

Pandemic Swells Medicaid Enrollment to 80 Million People

The pandemic-caused recession and a federal requirement that states keep Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled until the national emergency ends swelled the pool of people in the...

United Wants to Charge You for ER Visits It Disagrees With

Responding to pressure from doctor and hospital associations, United Healthcare has postponed the start of its controversial emergency room visit review policy, which was scheduled...

Medicare for 60-Year-Olds Not Guaranteed to Be a Better Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and progressive Democrats have proposed to lower Medicare’s eligibility age to 60, to help older adults get affordable coverage....

Humana Health Plan Overcharged Medicare by Nearly $200 Million

A Humana Inc. health plan for seniors in Florida improperly collected nearly $200 million in 2015 by overstating how sick some patients were, according to...

Despite COVID, Many Wealthy Hospitals Had a Banner Year

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Last May, Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest nonprofit hospital...

Big Gap Between Physician Payments for Offices vs Hospitals: Study

Medicare payments for physician services were, on average, $114,000 per doctor per year higher when billed by a hospital than when billed by an independent...

Healthcare Stakeholders Agree on Universal Coverage Plan

In an unprecedented pact among healthcare stakeholders, associations representing physicians, hospitals, insurance companies, and employers have agreed to pursue universal coverage through market-based solutions that...

Many Health Plans Must Cover Full Cost of HIV Prevention Drugs

Private insurance will be required to cover drugs such as Truvada, which offer protection against HIV infection, without making plan members share the cost. Ted...

Decline in Febuxostat Use Trends With Cardiovascular Concerns

Use of febuxostat (Uloric) decreased among patients with gout in the United States following a Food and Drug Administration–mandated black-box warning that cited cardiovascular concerns,...

Colonoscopy Patients May Get Hit With a ‘Surprise Bill’

A colonoscopy screening for colorectal cancer should be covered by commercial health insurance, but a new study reports that some patients receive a ‘surprise’ bill....

Clinicians Say Candidates’ Healthcare Plans Key To Their Votes: Poll

As voters today sort the candidates’ visions from the vitriol throughout last night’s presidential debate, a Medscape poll sheds light on what clinicians think about...

A Doctor Was Charged $10,984 for a COVID-19 Antibody Test

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. This article is co-published with The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan...

Trump Signs Four Executive Orders Aimed at Cutting Drug Prices

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday signed four executive orders for lowering drug prices, including seeking changes to the business of middlemen in the...

Why you shouldn’t look at insurance as a discretionary expense

If there’s anything the covid-19 pandemic has helped us realize, it’s the fact that life is filled with uncertainties and there’s no way one can...