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May 1- U.S. health insurer Cigna Corp on Thursday said that early enrollees in new plans created under President Barack Obama's healthcare law used medical services more than it expected, confirming early forecasts it would lose money on the business in 2014..
WASHINGTON, April 23- Home healthcare company Amedisys Inc will pay $150 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false billings to Medicare, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, April 22- The Obama administration on Tuesday announced the departure of the top health official responsible for reforming Medicare under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law.
Male doctors on average make 88 percent more in Medicare reimbursements than female physicians, according to an analysis of government data.
*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.
April 14- Within hours of the U.S. government's unprecedented release last week of a trove of Medicare billing data, a small fraternity of lawyers who specialize in representing whistleblowers in healthcare fraud cases began to mobilize.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
WASHINGTON, April 1- President Barack Obama's national healthcare program was on track to reach its goal of covering 7 million Americans, administration officials said on Tuesday, a victory for the White House after a months-long, glitch-filled rollout.
WASHINGTON, April 1- The initial enrollment period for President Barack Obama's healthcare plan ended with the program on track to achieve its original goal to provide coverage to 7 million Americans, administration officials said on Tuesday.