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Health Care Providers Ask Congress To Expand Telemedicine Coverage In Medicare

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The group is also seeking permission for Medicare Advantage plans to tailor coverage for some patients with special needs by offering services such as meal delivery for people with diabetes, rides to doctors’ appointments and home modifications. Under current law, any add-ons in Medicare Advantage have to be available to all plan members.

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Former Insurance Executive Details How Companies ‘Rigged’ Medicare Payments

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In an interview with The New York Times, former UnitedHealthcare official Benjamin Poehling talks about his allegations that Medicare Advantage plans would list patients as very sick to get better federal payments. In other Medicare news, some groups representing health care providers are asking federal officials to give more consideration to the process of removing Social Security numbers from Medicare ID cards and John Oliver uses his show to skewer a dialysis provider.

Ideas For Tackling Prescription Drug Costs Gain Traction With White House, Lawmakers

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White House budget director Mick Mulvaney says that the administration is looking at ways to make drugmakers pay for mandatory rebates on medications bought through Medicare, as done with Medicaid. And Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will hold listening sessions on the issue in the coming weeks.

Ryan Says He Continues To Seek To Revamp Medicare To Help Control Federal Spending

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The House speaker says in a radio interview that he is seeking “comprehensive Medicare legislation because that is the biggest one of all the unfunded liabilities.” Also, a new Commonwealth Fund study looks at the out-of-pocket health costs facing Medicare beneficiaries, and federal officials make an adjustment on new payment rules for doctors.