Tag: medicare

Repeat TAVR Central to Aortic Valve Disease Lifetime Strategy

Repeat transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), that is, TAVR performed within a failed TAVR valve, is associated with about half the short-term mortality of an...

Medicare Struggles to Expand Diabetes Prevention Program

Damon Diessner tried for years to slim down from his weight of more than 400 pounds, partly because his size embarrassed his wife but even...

How Moderate Democrats Are Sabotaging Their Ideological Allies

Of the many, many provisions that could end up in the $3.5 trillion spending package Democrats are hoping to pass with their ultra-thin majorities in...

‘Trauma Centers’ Huge Fees to Treat Minor Injuries and Send Home

The care was ordinary. A hospital in Modesto, California, treated a 30-year-old man for shoulder and back pain after a car accident. He went home...

Becerra Says Any One Will Do

The Biden administration will support whatever expansions to Medicare Congress is willing to make, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said Tuesday. Democratic lawmakers...

Medicare Proposes Direct Payments to PAs, Telehealth Expansion

Medicare intends next year to allow physician assistants (PAs) to begin directly billing for their work and to expand coverage of telehealth services. It also...

St. Jude to Pay $27 Million to End DOJ Suit Over Faulty ICDs

St. Jude Medical, now part of Abbott Laboratories, will pay the American government $27 million to settle allegations that it knowingly sold defective implantable cardiac defibrillators...

Many Generic Meds Cheaper at Costco Than Medicare

By Robert PreidtHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Can Costco beat Medicare Part D when it comes to prescription drug prices? Apparently...

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...

Medicare Rule Changes Allow for Broader CGM Use

Medicare has made two changes that are expected to improve access to continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices for beneficiaries with diabetes. Beginning July 18, 2021,...

In Alleged Money Grab, Hospital Chain Cashes In on Trauma Centers

Ed Knight was taken to Chippenham Hospital after cutting his arm in a fall from a ladder. For stitching up his wound and sending him...

Lawmakers Debate How Much to Pay for On-Call Phone Appointments

It took covid-19 to give millions of Americans the option of telling their doctor about their aches and pains by phone. But now that more...

ProPublica: Many of the uber-rich pay next to no income tax

WASHINGTON — The rich really are different from you and me: They’re better at dodging the tax man. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos paid no income...

Biden Budget Requests Steep Increases for NIH, CDC, SAMHSA

President Joe Biden requested notable increases for certain federal medical programs in his first fully detailed budget request, while also highlighting efforts to address gun...

View: A basic pandemic healthcare model should be expanded to other healthcare services

Need for oxygen, ventilators, ICU beds, hospital beds — the demands on India’s healthcare are not abating, even as there is a decline in Covid...

Little Impact of Private Equity on Dermatology Practices

A new study suggests that private investor ownership of dermatology practices has little impact on spending, but does result in a small increase in the number...

Paclitaxel Devices Exonerated in Real-World Data

A cohort analysis using advanced strategies to minimize the impact of confounders has concluded that the current Food and Drug Administration warning about paclitaxel-coated devices...

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....

Half of Anesthesiologists See Drop in Compensation

Average annual compensation for anesthesiologists has dropped from $398,000 to $378,000 in the Medscape Anesthesiologist Compensation Report 2021. By contrast, physicians overall report they saw...

Experts Say Teledermatology’s Post-Pandemic Role Is Unclear

After a steep rise in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and a slow decline that started in the summer, telehealth consults in dermatology remain...

Dramatic Rise in Use of Drugs for Opioid-Induced Constipation

A call for more appropriate use of a new class of drugs for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation (OIC) has been issued by researchers who...

Vaccinating Homebound Patients Is an Uphill Battle

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The suspension of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has made inoculation...

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...

Pandemic Slices Medicare Physician Spending in First Half of 2020: AMA

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, physician spending in the fee-for-service Medicare...

Choosing Generic Rx Drugs Could Save Medicare Billions

By Robert PreidtHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Wider use of prescription generic drugs could save Medicare nearly $2 billion a year,...