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Low Inflation May Leave High Earners With Steep Rise In Medicare Premiums

KHN Morning Briefing

Because inflation has been low, Social Security’s annual cost-of-living adjustment for retirement benefits is widely expected to be small so most Medicare beneficiaries will not get a premium increase. That means, unless Congress intervenes, high earners will shoulder more of the cost. Also, federal officials announce encouraging results from a Medicare initiative to improve the quality of primary care, and an association of nursing homes files suit against the government over a new rule barring arbitration agreements.

Staying Out Of The Closet In Old Age

KHN Original

Many aging gays and lesbians who have lived openly for decades are finding that the world of assisted living and nursing homes can be decidedly less accommodating.

Officials Warn Some Older Marketplace Customers To Switch To Medicare

KHN Original

The government is sending emails and letters to some seniors to warn them that if they are eligible for Medicare and stay on the health law’s exchange, they will have to repay any subsidies they receive and if they miss their Medicare enrollment opportunity, they will face a life-long penalty.

Medicare Releases New Detailed Analysis Of Spending On Hospice Care

KHN Morning Briefing

According to the figures for 2014, Medicare spends $11,393 on average for each beneficiary for 70 days of care, Modern Healthcare reports. The numbers, however, vary by state. Also, The Hill reports on concerns about Medicare’s move to bundled payments.

Hospitals Ask Feds To Slow Down Proposals To Shift Away From Fee-For-Service Payments

KHN Morning Briefing

The Department of Health and Human Services has a goal of moving 50 percent of its Medicare payments from fee for service to instead reward quality or value through alternative payment models by the end of 2018. Other Medicare news explores the cost of a proposal to change how the government pays for drugs administered in doctors’ offices and efforts by insurers to move people “seamlessly” into Medicare Advantage plans.

‘Woefully Inadequate’ Medicaid Process Endangers Nursing Home Patients

KHN Morning Briefing

Medicare only covers the first 100 days for skilled nursing care, and then the patient has to switch over to Medicaid. But that process can be extraordinarily slow, causing some to be discharged even though they need care. A series of articles looks at this and other issues involving nursing homes.