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Support for Children's Health and Medicare Protection Act given to House leaders by ACP

... David C. Dale, MD, FACP, president of ACP, sent letters to Representatives Charles Rangel, chair, and Fortney H. Pete Stark, chair of the Health Su...

ACP challenges Congress to make 'fundamental changes' in Medicare payment policies

... "ACP today offered a comprehensive plan for Medicare to realign payment policies to support comprehensive, coord...

'Marked departure' in Medicare practice of paying physicians in Geriatric Care Improvement Act

May 9, 2007 (WASHINGTON) Enactment of the Geriatric Assessment and Chronic Care Coordination Act of 2007 (S. 1340) will represent a marked departure from Medicare's practice of paying physicians only for episodic and acute care, the Senate Special Committee on Aging was told today by the American College of Physicians (ACP) in a statement submitted for the record. During its hearing on The Futu...

Medicare payment cuts will accelerate primary care collapse

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Study finds major variation in Medicare Rx drug costs

... ... In fact, two people taking the same drugs but living in different states could face costs t...

Medicare facing future bankruptcy: 'IEEE-USA Today's Engineer' cites $30 trillion unfunded liability

... ... Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people 65 and ol...

UCSF pharmacy school receives major grant from Amgen Foundation for Medicare Part D outreach

... Called Partners in D, the three-and a-half year program will create an educational system and collaborative outreach network for pharmacy school students and faculty members, and community pharmacists. Under the grant, UCSF will work with the six...

Extra payments to Medicare Advantage plans totaled $5.2 billion over fee-for-service costs in 2005

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Racial disparities high in Medicare plans

BOSTON -- Numerous studies show the African-Americans receive worse quality of care relative to white Americans across a broad array of medical conditions--disparities that can significantly harm patients or reduce quality of life. A new study from Harvard Medical School and Brown Medical School shows that such disparities in care cannot simply be attributed to low-performing health plans. The r...

Rochester study shows ethnic disparities in medicare claims

... "If you ask anyone, "When was the last time you had a mammogram, or a cholesterol test?' almost all people will think it's been a shorter time than it's actually been. Over-reporting happens to al...

Ethnic disparities in Medicare claims?

Estimates of ethnic disparities across a variety of preventive screening tests vary depending on whether the estimates are based on Medicare claims records or on patient self-reports. A study published today in the open access journal BMC Health Services Research reveals that ethnic disparities in preventive screening procedures, such as Pap smear and cholesterol testing, are larger when estimat...

ACP says Congress must take action to reform dysfunctional Medicare payment system

... "Medicare payments are dysfunctional because they reward high volume, episodic, and fragmented care that undervalues the relationships between physicians and their patients and, as a result, often does not produce desired outcomes," Dr. Golden noted. "Instead, we need a p...

AAFP, ACP and AOA meet with Congress on Medicare reimbursements to physicians

... The physician fee schedule specifies payment rates to physicians for services and procedures. Under current law, the fee schedule is updated on an annual basis according to a systemical...

Majority of health care opinion leaders say Medicare Part D helps beneficiaries, changes are needed

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Medicare Advantage plans not always a good deal

New York City, May 19, 2006--Beneficiaries in poor health can pay more out of pocket for care in Medicare Advantage (MA) managed care plans than in traditional Medicare with Medigap supplemental coverage, a new Commonwealth Fund report finds. The report says beneficiaries in poor health can spend up to $2,195 more in annual out-of-pocket costs for their care in 19 out of 88 plans than they would...

National ICD Registry becomes official database for Medicare

WASHINGTON, D.C. April 3, 2006 Patients and physicians across the country will now have access to better information on implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) today, as the national ICD Registry ......A partnership between the American College of Cardiology Foundation and Heart Rhythm Society, the ICD Registry collects detailed information on ICD implantations to assess and improve the...

Could a simple test save Medicare hundreds of millions?

ATLANTA -- Next week, the Medicare agency will announce whether it will cover the cost of a $400 heart test that assesses a person's risk of dying suddenly from a heart condition. Today, a study led by University of Michigan researchers suggests that the test could actually save Medicare hundreds of millions of dollars in the long run....... The researchers used a sophisticated computer model to...

Medicare must change the way it values physician services to avert primary care collapse

Medicare must change the way that it values and reimburses physician services to prevent a collapse of primary care medicine in the U.S., the president of the American College of Physicians (ACP) told the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health today. ACP President C. Anderson Hedberg, MD, FACP, made his comments while sharing ACP's views on the 2006 report of the Medicare Payment Advisory C...

Positive outcome of Medicare drug benefit

An editorial by Richard Platt, professor and chair of the Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention (of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care), says that an unintended effect of the Medicare Drug Benefit could be the creation of the world's most valuable resource for understanding how drugs are used, as well as their risks and benefits, especially among the elderly and chronic...

Medicare drug benefit could do harm to poor, elderly, and disabled

A perspective article by Stephen Soumerai, professor in the Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention (of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care), suggests that the new Medicare Drug Benefit may be harmful to the health of the poor, elderly, and disabled, the so-called "dually eligible" beneficiaries enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. This article appears in the Dec. 29 Ne...

Health care plans for Medicare beneficiaries are not all alike

If you are a Medicare beneficiary, should it matter whether your health care plan is for-profit or not-for-profit? According to a study published in the December issue of The American Journal of Medicine, it may....... By analyzing the first mandatory reporting of Quality-of-Care (QOC) data for Medicare patients, researchers from the Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of P...

Medicare payment stabilization options suggested by ACP

(Washington) Medicare payment stabilization options were suggested to key members of Congress late yesterday in a letter from C. Anderson Hedberg, MD, FACP, president of the American College of Physicians. The options, he said, will create a pathway to longer-term reform of Medicare payment policies. ...... ) was shared earlier with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrato...

Medicare fraud settlement causes oncologists to lose income

Many oncologists will earn 30 to 50 percent less a year as a consequence of a $1.1 billion Medicare fraud settlement with two leading cancer drug manufacturers, according to a study in the Dec. 1 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.... ... The study was led by Charles L. Bennett, M.D., professor of medicine, division of hematology/oncology, at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medi...

Caution: New Medicare drug plan may cause headaches

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- If many seniors are scratching their heads about the new Medicare prescription drug plan, so are the experts.... ..."A prescription for confusion" is how Richard L. Kaplan, a professor of law at the University of Illinois, characterizes the new drug benefit, whose enrollment period begins today for Americans aged 65 years and older.... ...Kaplan describes the plan as "fashioned...

Risk of death from bariatric surgery among Medicare patients higher than previously estimated

Medicare patients have a substantially higher risk of early death following bariatric surgery than previously suggested, and the risk of death is higher among men, older patients, and patients of surgeons who perform lower numbers of bariatric procedures, according to a study in the October 19 issue of JAMA.... ...In the United States, most adults are overweight or obese, and obesity is soon to b...

Medicare elimination of essential drugs will affect elderly

On Jan. 1, 2006, several categories of medications will be explicitly excluded from Medicare's new prescription drug benefit, including benzodiazepines, which are listed as an "essential medication" with the World Health Organization. Stephen Soumerai, professor of ambulatory care and prevention in the Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention (of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Hea...

Delivery of routine preventive services suboptimal for medicare beneficiaries

Certain physician characteristics and practice-setting characteristics are associated with Medicare beneficiaries receiving routine preventive services below the national goals, according to a study in the July 27 issue of JAMA. ... ...An emerging body of literature suggests that quality of care may vary in association with the characteristics of individual physicians and their practices, accordi...

Medicare's investment in quality improvement may not be paying off

Medicare's quality improvement organizations are charged with improving the medical care of Medicare beneficiaries. A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reports that hospitals that actively participate with these quality improvement organizations do not consistently show any greater improvement than hospitals that do not. The findings are published in...

New Medicare policy allows seniors access to Crystalens

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., May 10, 2005 -- Eyeonics, Inc. today announced that the crystalens ......Crystalens is the most advanced intraocular lens (IOL) currently available, yet the previous Medicare reimbursement policy did not allow its beneficiaries to opt for this advanced technology for cataract surgery. Culminating a five-year effort, Eyeonics le...

In years preceding medicare eligibility, many older adults at risk of being uninsured

CHICAGO At least one-fourth of older U.S. adults will be uninsured at some point during the years preceding Medicare eligibility, according to an article in the April 11 issue of , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.... ..."Uninsured individuals are less likely to have a regular source of care, to use preventive services, to obtain timely care for acute medical problems, and to take medications...
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