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Judge Michael Mills in Mississippi says he is sympathetic to the Obama administration’s argument against the practice of forced arbitration in many nursing homes, but he thinks the federal rule is an “incremental ‘creep’ of federal agency authority.”
The hospital can be a dangerous place for older patients, not to mention costly. But programs cropping up across the country are providing both emergency and non-emergency care to them in the comfort and safety of their own homes.
A government watchdog report finds widespread fraud — in some cases involving patients’ severe neglect and death — in a Medicaid program that sends non-medical assistants to elderly and disabled peoples’ homes.
A selection of opinions and editorials from around the country.
Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.
Outlets report on health news from Connecticut, Florida, California, Washington, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
More than 1,600 hospitals will earn the rewards, federal officials announce, but that is about 200 fewer than in 2016. In addition, the number of hospitals being penalized under the program is growing. Medicare officials also announce final rules for hospital off-site facilities and choose new private contractors to audit hospital billing.
Outlets report on health news from Texas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Illinois, California, Florida and Colorado.
Not only can a diagnosis of dementia rock patients’ financial security by forcing them out of the workforce early, but a common symptom is money problems — such as not paying bills on time and giving away funds needed for living expenses.
Treating chronic diseases accounts for 86 percent of the nation’s health care spending so the senators’ efforts to make Medicare policy more efficient could help both the patient and the budget. Also, federal officials are temporarily blocking more insurers from automatically switching customers to Medicare.
Some insurers have been allowed to move customers on the health law’s marketplaces into their Medicare Advantage plans when they become eligible for Medicare, but seniors complain they didn’t always know it was happening.
Outlets report on health news from Georgia, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona and California.
Enrolling in Medicare is confusing and mind-boggling if you don’t act at the right time and avoid costly mistakes.
Opinion and editorial writers offer their thoughts on a range of health policy topics.
The experiment is designed to encourage more beneficiaries with terminal diseases to use hospice care, which has been shown to improve the quality of life, even if they don’t want to give up on fighting their disease. Also, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell says Medicare will expand some of its alternative payment models.
Ending pain and suffering has helped several states pass “right-to-die” laws, but dying patients are more concerned about controlling how they die and dying with dignity.
A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.
Outlets report on health news from Minnesota, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Georgia, Florida, New Hampshire, Ohio and California.
AARP argues that the programs violate anti-discrimination laws aimed at protecting workers’ medical information, a worry that underscores the new rush to offer financial incentives to improve employee health.
In the “seamless conversion” process, insurers switch marketplace customers to Medicare Advantage plans as the customers reach the age of 65 and become eligible for Medicare. But advocates complain that some seniors would rather be in traditional Medicare or may not know that they have been switched. Also in Medicare news, a federal audit finds problems in payments to chiropractors, Iowa officials say two Medicare supplement companies misled potential customers and federal officials find problems with Medicare Advantage online directories.