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More than 500,000 participate in end-of-life care discussions covered by Medicare

More than 500,000 participate in end-of-life care discussions covered by Medicare

Nationwide, slightly more than 1 percent of the more than 56 million Medicare beneficiaries have received advance-care planning talks, which focus on understanding and documenting treatment preferences for people nearing the end of their lives.

August 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Analysis: GOP failure to replace the health law was years in the making

Analysis: GOP failure to replace the health law was years in the making

Seven years of Republican vows to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act came to a crashing halt Tuesday, when it became clear that the Senate could not muster the necessary votes for any of three separate proposals that have been under consideration. The failure, at least for now, breaks one of the key promises Republicans have made to their voters since 2010, when the ACA first became law.

July 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to get long-term care at home without busting the bank

How to get long-term care at home without busting the bank

The vast majority of older adults receive long-term care at home, not in nursing homes. But few people plan for this expense. Nor do they see long-term care insurance as a viable option — because it’s expensive and is often seen as protection against the cost of nursing home care.

July 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Senate parliamentarian upends GOP hopes for health bill

Senate parliamentarian upends GOP hopes for health bill

The official rules keeper in the Senate Friday tossed a bucket of cold water on the Senate Republican health bill by advising that major parts of the bill cannot be passed with a simple majority, but rather would require 60 votes. Republicans hold only 52 seats in the Senate.

July 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Senate health bill still short on ‘yays’ but leaders vow vote next week

Senate health bill still short on ‘yays’ but leaders vow vote next week

Senate Republican leaders Thursday released their revised bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, but they acknowledged that furious days of negotiation have not yet secured the 50 votes necessary to pass the measure over unanimous Democratic objections.

July 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Extreme’ Use of Painkillers and Doctor Shopping Plague Medicare, New Report Says

‘Extreme’ Use of Painkillers and Doctor Shopping Plague Medicare, New Report Says

Some Medicare beneficiaries are being prescribed opioids by 10 or more doctors, or are filling prescriptions for more than 1,000 pills a month. Hundreds of doctors appear to be prescribing indiscriminately, says the inspector general of Health and Human Services.

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nursing homes move into the insurance business

Nursing homes move into the insurance business

Around the country, a handful of nursing home companies have begun selling their own private Medicare insurance policies, pledging close coordination and promising to give clinicians more authority to decide what treatments they will cover for each patient.

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drugmakers’ money-back guarantees: an answer to rising prices or a ‘carnival game’?

Drugmakers’ money-back guarantees: an answer to rising prices or a ‘carnival game’?

There is scant evidence this new approach lowers costs. Pharmaceutical companies still set the drug’s list price and have to agree to the criteria upon which they will be measured. Moreover, the savings don’t always trickle down to consumers.

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why market competition has not brought down health care costs – Viewpoint

Why market competition has not brought down health care costs – Viewpoint

Compared with Canada’s single payer system, American doctors and hospitals have nearly twice as many administrative staff workers. So whether the ACA remains in force or it’s replaced by something else, I believe we won’t be able to control health costs until we revamp the system with something like single payer.

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Safe under the ACA, patients with preexisting conditions now fear bias

Safe under the ACA, patients with preexisting conditions now fear bias

With the protections of Obamacare in place, physicians in recent years have urged patients to be screened for a variety of diseases and predisposition to illness, feeling confident it would not affect their future insurability. But the results recorded on patients’ charts could haunt them, experts say.

June 30, 2017 | By | Reply More