Medicare and medicaid

How to protect healthcare from government intrusion

People often complain that American health care is broken because we have a “free market” system. But, in fact, much of what is broken in health care in the United States is due to government intervention. The involvement of third-party payers, who are either funded or heavily regulated by the …

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Americans should soon be able to get free home Covid tests

JaruekChairak | iStock | Getty Images Who can get the free tests? The White House says the 150 million Americans with private health insurance will be eligible for full reimbursement after purchasing a home Covid test. This includes people insured by their employer, as well as those who have purchased …

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New remote monitoring billing codes extend reimbursement at the start of the new year

Christina debusk December 14, 2021 New remote patient monitoring codes are temporary and time will tell if they become permanent coding options The outbreak of COVID-19 has caused an increase in telehealth visits, with the last week of March 2020 seeing a 154% increase in computerized health care appointments compared …

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After the pandemic, what is a phone call from your doctor worth?

Through Julie appleby December 8, 2021 Maybe this happened to you recently: your doctor called to see you, chatted for 11-20 minutes, maybe answering a question you contacted their office with or asking how you are reacting to a change in medication. For this, your doctor was paid around $ …

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Congress Takes Medicare Physician Salary Crag

What are the news: After months of fierce advocacy by the AMA and other physician organizations, Congress acted this week to address the combined 9.75% reductions in physician payments for Medicare, which amounted to a cliff payment for physicians. doctors and were due to go into effect Jan. 1, 2022. …

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How the worst nursing home offenses are hidden from the public

The public never found out that inspectors cited another New Jersey nursing home, Rehab at River’s Edge, for failing to protect a fragile resident who fell seven times, breaking her foot at one point given. And the public never found out that a resident of the Golden Living Center retirement …

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Federal bill would delay cuts to medicare for health care providers and prevent “income tampering”

After healthcare providers suffered dramatic cuts to Medicare reimbursement this year, congressional lawmakers are taking action to limit the cuts in 2022. A bill introduced on Tuesday would prevent 2% of Medicare sequestration – or at least curb the deep cuts associated with the calendar year (CY) 2022 Physician Honor …

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COLUMN OF JOEL MEKLER: Find out more about the LI-NET program | Lifestyles

Social Security and Medicare are separate programs serving older and disabled Americans, but they have one important thing in common. The Social Security Administration (SSA) manages registrations for Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance). In addition, the SSA has a specific role in the Medicare Prescription …

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Legislation would pave the way for better care for people with dementia

Caring for someone with dementia is very difficult. My father was my mother’s primary caregiver as she battled Alzheimer’s disease. Thanks to her dedication, she was able to live at home until her last breath. However, the course of Alzheimer’s disease is devastating. Each person’s struggle is unique, and caregivers …

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SRHD Board of Health Unanimously Approves Balanced Budget 2022

Kelli Hawkins, SRHD | [email protected] | 509.324.1539, c.509.994.8968 SPOKANE, Wash. – During today’s Spokane County Health Council (BOH) meeting, the BOH voted unanimously to approve the 2022 Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) balanced budget of 47.8 millions of dollars. The budget is contingent upon final confirmation from Spokane County of …

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