The Vermont independent who's seeking the Democratic nomination has been chastised by front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton for espousing an all-inclusive, government-run system. It's called the "single-payer" plan, loosely modeled on how health care is financed in Canada and most of Western Europe. Clinton accuses Sanders of wanting to "eliminate" popular...» Read More
The federal government wants many hospitals to be paid on outcomes for hip and knee replacement surgeries.
Five audits detailed mistakes in almost two-thirds of payments the government made.
Andy Slavitt, the acting boss of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees Obamacare, has been nominated as head of the agency.
WASHINGTON, July 9- Andy Slavitt, the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees the Obamacare healthcare program, has been nominated as head of the agency, the White House said on Thursday. Slavitt, who joined CMS last year to oversee the once-troubled HealthCare.gov website, has been acting administrator since...
CHICAGO, July 9- When presidents call Americans together to talk about aging, major change is possible. The first White House Conference on Aging in 1961 played a midwife's role in the birth of Medicare; the 1971 conference led to creation of the automatic cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security, which has been in place since 1975.. While I'd love to be...
July 3- Health insurer Aetna Inc said it would buy smaller rival Humana Inc for about $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest ever deal in the insurance industry. The combination will push Aetna close to Anthem Inc's No.2 insurer spot by membership, and would nearly triple Aetna's Medicare Advantage business. Antitrust authorities, who were aggressive in...
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, American Enterprise Institute, and Steve Rattner, Willett Advisors chairman, discuss the future of health care following the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare. Also Rattner and Gottlieb discuss consolidation within the hospital space.
Dr. Toby Cosgrove, Cleveland Clinic CEO, provides insight to the Supreme Court's ruling on Obamacare subsidies and its impact on patients, hospitals and health insurers.
Shares of Humana jumped on Thursday after a report surfaced that the takeover bid by Aetna was moving forward.
An estimated 5 percent of the population is responsible for about half—or $1.4 trillion—of all U.S. health spending.
The CBO says a repeal of Obamacare would increase the US deficit by $353 billion over the next 10 years.
More than 240 people were charged with $712 million in false Medicare billing, the biggest health-care fraud takedown ever.
June 18- The U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday that 243 people have been arrested across the country, charged with submitting fake billing for Medicare, a government healthcare program, that totaled $712 million. The charges are based on a variety of alleged fraud schemes, the government said, including submitting claims to Medicare and Medicaid, the...
CHICAGO, June 18- Americans are living longer, so why not lower the eligibility age for Medicare? That prescription might sound upside down: rising longevity often is used as an argument for delaying Medicare eligibility past age 65. However, one of the country's top experts on geriatric medicine actually thinks Medicare should start covering preventive...
Two divergent U.S. core inflation readings could be related to the price of medical care. CNBC explores.
NEW YORK, June 3- Despite the promise of coverage through the U.S. Sign-ups at eHealth Inc to the short-term plans it offers through its website were up to 140,000 in 2014 from 60,000 in 2013, an increase of 134 percent, according to the company. At another short-term carrier, Agile Health Insurance, a subsidiary of Health Insurance Innovations Inc, new policies...
A damning 2009 New Yorker article was followed by "unprecedented" savings on Medicare costs in a Texas town.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a new challenge to the Obamacare law that took aim at the so-called death panel.
CNBC's John Harwood reports the House has passed a $200 billion Medicare overhaul bill. The bill will now go to the Senate, where it is expected to pass.
A bipartisan compromise to overhaul Medicare bucks the popular impression that Washington can't accomplish anything at all.