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10/19/14 - BRIEF: Your choices: 2015 Medicare drug plans [Detroit Free Press]
Oct. 19 Medicare part D stand-alone prescription drug plans. Stonebridge Life Insurance, 877-527-1958, United American Insurance, 877-723-1662,
10/19/14 - Georgia's rural hospitals teeter as solutions are debated [The Augusta Chronicle, Ga.]
While some say expanding Medicaid could help, Georgia Gov. Rural hospitals have taken hits from every direction, from higher unemployment rates in their counties, to physician shortages, to Medicaid cuts that mean payment covers about 85 percent of costs, said Jimmy Lewis, the CEO of HomeTown Health LLC, which represents 70 rural hospitals in Georg
10/19/14 - In the stars: Indicators of customer satisfaction [Detroit Free Press]
Oct. 19 The 1- to-5 star rating on Medicare plans is an important number to consider when weighing your options. While all insurers will claim they offer the best product, a high star rating means "the proof is in the pudding," says Anthony Fracchia, an independent agent with Altruis Benefits Consulting in Bingham Farms. The star system has been
10/19/14 - Madison hospitals try to coordinate care, avoid Medicare penalties [The Wisconsin State Journal]
Jackson Alford, who turns 2 next month, sees 11 specialists at UW Health for complications of a rare genetic disorder. When the problem arose again this year, Liz Alford called UW Health's pediatric complex care program and got a prompt action plan. Jonathan Jaffery, chief population health officer at UW Health.
10/19/14 - Major Changes Coming For Geisinger Gold Plans In 2015 [News - Item, The (PA)]
DANVILLE- Major changes are coming to the popular Geisinger Gold Medicare Advantage family of insurance plans in 2015.. Geisinger Health Plan can "spin" the changes as it sees fit, but Phil Yucha, 72, of Coal Township, said the simple math shows he would pay $2,592 more next year for coverage for he and his wife, Connie, 70.. For 2015, the equivale
10/19/14 - Medicaid and Uninsured patients obtain new patient appointments most easily at FQHCs
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at VerticalNews Health& Science PHILADELPHIA- Federally Qualified Health Centers granted new patient appointments to Medicaid beneficiaries and uninsured patients at higher rates than other primary care practices, in addition to charging less for visits, according to results of a new 10- state University of...
10/19/14 - Medicare's potential at health centers [Detroit Free Press]
Oct. 19 As America's baby boomers age into Medicare, they also may reshape Michigan's network of community health centers finding access to free health screenings there, appointments when they're sick and even a medical home. With Medicare, beneficiaries have access to a long list of preventive services and screenings and in the first 12 mont
10/19/14 - Ranbaxy to pay $40 million to settle Texas Medicaid pricing litigation [EMBIN (Emerging Markets Business Information News]
Generic drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd said it has agreed to pay $39.75 million to settle litigation concerning its participation in Texas Medicaid, the US federal-state healthcare program for people with low incomes. The litigation related to the manner in which Ranbaxy historically reported pricing data to Texas Medicaid for some drugs, Ranba
10/19/14 - Schneider, Dold trade jabs on Medicare [Chicago Tribune]
Brad Schneider, the first-term Democrat, and GOP challenger Bob Dold grew tense on the topic of Medicare. "You said you wouldn't cut a single penny from Medicare. What followed was chippy back-and-forth over the intersection of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and past budgets proposed by Rep.
10/19/14 - United States : UnitedHealthcare Introduces New Medicare Advantage Plan for Beneficiaries in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky [TendersInfo (India)]
UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group company, today introduced a new Medicare Advantage plan for beneficiaries in the Cincinnati area and Northern Kentucky. St. Elizabeth Healthcare and TriHealth will be the preferred care providers for beneficiaries who enroll in the new plan. The more than 315,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Boone, Campbell and K
10/19/14 - Vigil urges lawmakers to improve Medicaid [Deseret News (UT)]
SALT LAKE CITY- Stacy Davis-Stanford is one of thousands of Utahns caught in the health care coverage gap. She joined about 100 people Saturday night on the steps of the state Capitol urging the Republican-controlled Utah Legislature to pass Gov. People are dying, "said Paul Gibbs, a Utah filmmaker who organized the vigil.
10/18/14 - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Announces Extension of Interim Final Rule on Shared Savings Program
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 The U.S. Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services published the following rule in the Federal Register:. A Rule by the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services on 10/17/2014. Agencies: Department of Health and Human Services.
10/18/14 - Fla. residents lose health insurance without proof of citizenship, residency [The Miami Herald]
Oct. 18 More than 35,000 Florida residents have lost the healthcare coverage they signed up for under the Affordable Care Act because they failed to prove their U.S. citizenship or legal residency status by a Sept. 5 deadline. Coverage for those who could not verify their eligibility ended on Sept. 30, according to a statement by the Centers for
10/18/14 - For 1 in 4 seniors, Extra Help cuts medication costs [Detroit Free Press]
Oct. 17 Tens of thousands of Michigan seniors 1 in 4 Medicare beneficiaries, according to federal estimates are leaving millions of dollars on the table because they haven't asked for Extra Help. That's the name of a Medicare program, also known as Medicare's Low Income Subsidy, that shrinks out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs under Me
10/18/14 - Medicare enrollment now open are you ready? [Detroit Free Press]
Oct. 17 Medicare can be an alphabet soup of confusion. Medicare's open enrollment started Wednesday and runs through Dec. 7. "I always say' When they issue your Medicare card, they should issue you an advocate,'" said Jo Murphy, the long-time head of the Lansing- based Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program, a federally funded program that helps c
10/18/14 - Medicare's potential at health centers [Detroit Free Press]
Oct. 18 As America's baby boomers age into Medicare, they also may reshape Michigan's network of community health centers finding access to free health screenings there, appointments when they're sick and even a medical home. With Medicare, beneficiaries have access to a long list of preventive services and screenings and in the first 12 mont
10/18/14 - Network Health Medicare Advantage rated highly [The Post-Crescent, Appleton, Wis.]
Oct. 18 MENASHA Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its annual rankings. These results put Network Health among the nation's top Medicare health plans. The Hand to Shoulder Center, Appleton, and the Neenah Police Department will be honored Nov. 11 at CBT's annual Life celebration fundraiser at the Grand Meridian in
10/18/14 - PPACA exchanges fight Ebola effect [LifeHealthPro]
This year, the managers of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services public exchange program have to compete for attention with another HHS agency the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services, the arm of HHS that oversees the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exchange program in
10/18/14 - Ranbaxy to pay $40m to settle US case [India Business] [Times of India]
MUMBAI: Ranbaxy has agreed to settle a case regarding its participation in Texas Medicaid, the US federal-state healthcare plan. Under the settlement agreement, Ranbaxy will make payments to the state of Texas totaling $39.75 million in a series of tranches through August 2015, the company said in a statement on BSE on Thursday. Ranbaxy believes th
10/18/14 - Vigil to call for Medicaid expansion [The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.]
Oct. 18 They're hoping to shine a light on the number of Tennesseans who could die without the access to health care Medicaid expansion could provide. "We want to raise awareness of this governor's failure to expand Medicaid" in Tennessee, said Adams, who ran for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate this year but lost to Gordon Ball. Haslam
10/18/14 - Vote for governor likely to decide fate of Medicaid expansion in Alaska [Alaska Dispatch News, Anchorage]
Sean Parnell refused to extend Medicaid last year under the Affordable Care Act, what he called Obamacare. In a recent interview with Alaska Dispatch News, Parnell said expansion is "overly costly" and would put "an even greater burden on an already unsustainable system," though he said he is open to other means of Medicaid reform. Parnell's indepe
10/17/14 - ACR Health seeks to reduce Medicaid admissions to emergency departments [Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.]
Oct. 17 WATERTOWN Access, Care and Resources for Health is helping to reduce unnecessary emergency room visits for Medicaid patients, which will reduce expenses to taxpayers and keep the Medicaid population healthier. Case managers have assisted Medicaid clients residing in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties to be better connected to se
10/17/14 - AG: Indiana Medicaid to Recover $181K in Settlement with Drug-maker Organon
Attorney General Greg Zoeller's office has recovered more than $181,000 for the Indiana Medicaid program by joining with other states and the federal government in a Medicaid fraud settlement with the drug manufacturer Organon over drug pricing and other violations. Settlements resulting from whistleblower lawsuits are among the tools my office use
10/17/14 - Assistance Available During Medicare Open Enrollment
Seniors have options when it comes to selecting Medicare plans. Cabarrus County Department of Human Services' Adult& Aging Services division is offering free one-on-one counseling to review Medicare plan information and share which options can help you take full advantage of available healthcare benefits. Anyone with Medicare- related questions is
10/17/14 - Brident Dental & Orthodontics Opens Second Office in Houston
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health& Medicine Week Brident Dental& Orthodontics expanded its operations in the Houston area with the opening of its new office at 8201 W. Sam Houston Parkway. "We are pleased to be expanding in the Houston area," said Dr. In addition, Brident Dental accepts most private insurance plans and Medicaid, and
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