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Steady Hospital Readmission Rates Prove Costly for Medicare

By on July 26th, 2012
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Could hospital readmissions be costing you money? Hospital readmissions have long been viewed as a sign of issues within the health care system by government officials and health care policy experts. Avoidable rehospitalizations not only denote poor quality of care, but also a risk of high health care costs. According to a study released by [...]

Medicare Changes May Hurt Hospitals for Poor

By on July 19th, 2012
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Medicare quality ratings and bonus payments, as a result of the 2010 health reform, are once again in the spotlight. In March, we wrote about how a study found that publishing Medicare quality ratings for hospitals on the Hospital Compare website has had little to no effect on mortality rates in hospital. Then last month, [...]

Medicare Quality Ratings Questioned

By on June 7th, 2012
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When selecting a private Medicare health plan, do you take Medicare quality ratings into consideration? As a result of the health reform law of 2010, Medicare quality ratings were introduced to award quality-based payments to Medicare Advantage health plans.  These private health plans are rated on a scale of one to five stars on quality [...]

High Cost of Oral Chemotherapy for Medicare Beneficiaries

By on May 24th, 2012
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In the fight against cancer, some patients may be faced with a very important decision about the method through which to receive their chemotherapy treatment: intravenous or oral? Cancer pills have become the drug of choice to combat cancer cells rather than traditional intravenous chemotherapy; rather than visiting a hospital and being hooked up to [...]

Saving Medicare: Is Competitive Bidding Lowering the Cost of Medicare?

By on May 18th, 2012
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How much do you pay for medical equipment, supplies, and services through Medicare? The Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DEMPOS) Competitive Bidding Program may help you save money according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In April, Medicare officials announced that the use of competitive bidding to purchase medical [...]