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  • Big changes proposed for Medicare surgery payments Friday, 10 Jul 2015 | 3:47 PM ET
    Doctor examining artifical hip joint and X-ray

    The federal government wants many hospitals to be paid on outcomes for hip and knee replacement surgeries.

  • 'Widespread' errors in Medicare Advantage payments Friday, 10 Jul 2015 | 3:05 PM ET
    Medicine doctor blood pressure

    Five audits detailed mistakes in almost two-thirds of payments the government made.

  • Acting Obamacare head named to run agency Thursday, 9 Jul 2015 | 10:51 PM ET
    Supporters of the Affordable Care Act celebrate as the opinion for health care is reported outside the Supreme Court in Washington, June 25, 2015.

    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...

  • Long-term impact of ACA? More costs: Pro Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 7:08 AM ET
    Long-term impact of ACA? More costs: Pro

    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.

  • What health care ruling means for you: Dr. Toby Cosgrove

    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.

  • Humana shares jump amid Aetna takeover report Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 2:09 PM ET
    Humana and Aetna signage.

    Shares of Humana jumped on Thursday after a report surfaced that the takeover bid by Aetna was moving forward.

  • Tackling the high costs of big health-care users Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 9:45 AM ET
    Doctor and patient healthcare

    An estimated 5 percent of the population is responsible for about half—or $1.4 trillion—of all U.S. health spending.

  • CBO: Repeal of Obamacare would increase US deficit Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 12:07 PM ET
    Supporters of the Affordable Care Act gather in front of the U.S Supreme Court during a rally in Washington last March.

    The CBO says a repeal of Obamacare would increase the US deficit by $353 billion over the next 10 years.

  • Medicare fraud bust charges 243 across nation Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 1:06 PM ET
    Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

    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...

  • A major inflection point for US health-care costs Monday, 8 Jun 2015 | 9:19 AM ET
    Medicine doctor blood pressure

    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...

  • How to save $500M in Rx spending? Write an article Friday, 8 May 2015 | 1:10 PM ET
    U.S. Highway 83 in McAllen, Texas

    A damning 2009 New Yorker article was followed by "unprecedented" savings on Medicare costs in a Texas town.

  • Top court rejects Obamacare 'death panel' challenge Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 10:19 AM ET
    A demonstrator holds a sign in support Obamacare in front of the Supreme Court in Washington.

    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.

  • Overwhelming bipartisan vote in Medicare reform Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 11:56 AM ET
    Overwhelming bipartisan vote in Medicare reform

    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.

  • Surprise! Something positive from Congress Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 8:49 AM ET
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, answers questions during a press conference on Capitol Hill, July 24, 2014, in Washington.

    A bipartisan compromise to overhaul Medicare bucks the popular impression that Washington can't accomplish anything at all.