*Fiscal year 2014 deficit estimated to fall to $492 billion. WASHINGTON, April 14- Health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will cost slightly less than previously thought, helping to slow down the forecast growth of U.S. deficits over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office said on Monday.» Read More
Maine prescriptions for opioid painkillers in 2013, compared to 2012:. 17 percent fewer patients, or 15,000.. 6 percent fewer patients, nearly 10,000..
PORTLAND, Maine— Maine's severe restrictions on opioid painkillers for Medicaid patients, requiring many to instead seek alternative pain management treatment for the past year, have sharply reduced the number of people obtaining highly addictive medications blamed for drug abuse and deaths around the nation.
Releasing data about Medicare reimbursements to doctors could have led to cost savings in the past, but legal rulings kept it hidden for 35 years.
CNBC's Scott Cohn reports on new data released by the Department of Health and Human Services showing Medicare doctors claiming millions of dollars.
Discussing whether customers have a right to know how much it's paying doctors for treating Medicare patients, with Igor Volsky, Think Progress, and radiologist Dr. Eric Schnipper.
CNBC's Scott Cohn reports on an ophthalmologist who raked in nearly $21 million in Medicare payments in 2012, more than any doctor in the country.
Following a rare look into Medicare payments, one South Florida ophthalmologist has emerged as Medicare's highest-paid individual doctor.
CNBC's Scott Cohn reports on new data released from Medicare on fraud. One eye doctor in West Palm Beach billed more than $20 million to Medicare in 2012. The doctor, Salomon Melgen, says he didn't do anything wrong.
WASHINGTON— How is it that a few doctors take in millions of dollars from Medicare?
Among the corporations is a familiar Democratic nemesis, Koch Industries, the giant conglomerate headed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. In a Senate chamber speech, Reid noted that Koch Industries benefited from a temporary provision of the health care law.
April 8- U.S. health insurers said on Tuesday they still expected cuts in government reimbursements for privately managed Medicare health plans for the elderly next year even after the Obama administration rolled back the steepest reductions.
Shares of Medicare Advantage coverage providers slipped Tuesday after the federal government issued a final rate announcement that some see as another funding cut for the fast-growing programs next year.
April 8- The Obama administration's announcement on Monday that it would roll back proposed cuts to privately managed Medicare plans is a positive for insurers because the final plan is "less worse" than the one proposed, Wall Street analysts said on Tuesday.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that on average, reimbursement for such Medicare Advantage plans in 2015 would rise 0.4 percent, reversing what is said was a 1.9 percent average reduction proposed in February.
The government has raised its payment estimate for Medicare Advantage plans months ahead of a busy election season during which cuts to the program promise to be a key focus for politicians and voters. This might lead to fewer changes for the plans, which serve nearly 16 million people, or about 30 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries.
April 7- The U.S. government on Monday said that final payments to private health insurers for 2015 private Medicare Advantage plans would rise 0.4 percent for the average plan compared with a proposed cut of 1.9 percent.
WASHINGTON— The nation's largest doctors' group said Monday it won't try to block Medicare's release of billing records for 880,000 physicians, although it continues to oppose the government's recent decision to open up the massive data trove.
WASHINGTON— Three million Americans signed up for Medicaid under President Barack Obama's new health care law as of the end of February, the administration said Friday, offering its first full accounting of how much the safety-net health program has grown since implementation of the law.
WASHINGTON, April 3- The Obama administration announced on Thursday that same-sex married couples can qualify for Medicare hospital and physician benefits for the first time.
WASHINGTON, April 2- The Obama administration announced on Wednesday that it will for the first time reveal how much Medicare pays individual doctors for medical services and procedures, including MRIs and CT scans. All told, HHS officials said the data covers 6,000 different types of services and procedures that cost Medicare a total of $77 billion.