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  • The Blue Cross- Blue Shield insurer said Wednesday that operating revenue from its work for the government, which includes Medicaid and Medicare Advantage coverage, jumped 14 percent and makes up slightly more than half of its total of $20.31 billion. Anthem's enrollment in the state and federally funded Medicaid program climbed 7.6 percent from last year's...

  • Medicare began reimbursing physicians in January for time spent discussing their patients' end-of-life wishes. While 95 percent of U.S. physicians support the new benefit, only 14 percent say they have yet billed Medicare for advance planning patient visits, according to a survey of more than 700 U.S. doctors by three healthcare foundations.

  • Medicare wants more doctors and patients to talk about the tough care decisions that must be made if a person becomes seriously ill or incapacitated. Only 17 percent of adults say they have had these discussions with a health care provider, according to the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation. If you don't have Medicare, check before scheduling an appointment...

  • WASHINGTON, April 19- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday struggled with the question of when federal contractors can be sued for defrauding the government in a case involving a 19- year-old Massachusetts woman who suffered a fatal 2009 seizure at a mental health facility. Their lawsuit said King of Prussia, Pennsylvania- based Universal Health Services, one of...

  • Protecting your parents' finances

    When it comes to managing money, you want to make sure your parents’ finances are on the right track as they age. CNBC’s Sharon Epperson explains how to safeguard their savings and what you can do to help them.

  • Other agencies which have opened probes against the company include the State Departments of Health in Pennsylvania and Arizona, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The investigations by the Departments of Health of Pennsylvania and Arizona and the FDA have closed, Theranos said. Earlier, Bloomberg reported the...

  • April 13- U.S. federal health regulators have proposed banning Theranos Inc founder Elizabeth Holmes from the blood-testing business for at least two years after determining that the company failed to fix deficiencies at its California laboratory, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid said in letter dated...

  • April 13- U.S federal health regulators have proposed banning Theranos Inc founder Elizabeth Holmes from the blood-testing business for at least two years after determining that the company failed to fix certain problems at its California laboratory, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, in its letter dated March 18, said...

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    The new primary care payment model will affect up to 25 million patients, and 20,000 doctors by tying patient outcomes to Medicare payments.

  • NEW YORK, April 4- U.S. health insurers that provide Medicare Advantage plans to elderly and disabled Americans will receive government payments in 2017 that are 0.85 percent higher on average than in 2016, reflecting small anticipated growth in medical costs, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Monday. Health and Human Services' final plan...

  • NEW YORK, April 4- U.S. health insurers that provide Medicare Advantage plans to elderly and disabled Americans will receive government payments in 2017 that are 0.85 percent higher on average, reflecting small anticipated growth in medical costs, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Monday. Health and Human Services' final plan to increase...

  • In its most comprehensive report on the cost of subsidized health coverage, a potential target for deficit reduction, CBO said the 2016 tax bill equals 3.6 percent of gross domestic product and includes the federal tax exclusion for employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid programs for the poor and tax credits available to lower-income Americans through...

  • Prescription drugs

    Presidential candidates may talk about combating high drug prices, but Express Scripts' Dr. Steve Miller says it takes more than talk to make it work.

  • Medicare/COOMBS

    Dr. Steve Miller, Express Scripts chief Medical Officer says giving Medicare the legal ability to negotiate drug prices is not enough to secure discounts from pharmaceutical companies. Medicare would also need to narrow the list of approved brand-name drugs in order to see real savings, and the he says the best way to do that is in conjunction with private sector pharmacy benefits firms and insurers.

  • Stressed couple reviewing documents

    Blackstone's president and a New School economist say it's time to take this looming retirement crisis seriously.

  • The reality of costly prescription medicine.

    Most Medicare Part D plan drugs are now subject to coinsurance payments by customers.

  • CHICAGO, March 10- Seniors living in Manhattan spend an average of nearly 25 days a year at doctor visits or at a hospital. The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice recently issued a report card on how the United States provides healthcare to seniors by region. Using Medicare enrollment and claims data from 2012, the report compares...

  • Drugs and money

    Drug spending increased by 12.6 percent in 2014, and will average a projected 7.3 percent annually through 2018.

  • CHICAGO, March 3- Health Savings Accounts are surging in popularity- and that can lead to some complications for older workers who enroll in Medicare. But as more employees work past traditional retirement age, some sticky issues arise for HSA account holders tied to enrollment in Medicare. Medicare is not considered a high-deductible plan, although the Part A...

  • Doctor and patient healthcare

    Studies found wide differences in the price of medical treatments, depending on if they are inpatient or outpatient.