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Medicare plans understate risky prescribing rates

A new study reveals widespread inaccuracy in a quality measure that is self-reported by Medicare Advantage health plans. Researchers found that the vast majority in a sample of 172 such insurers significantly ...

Sep 30, 2013
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Wellness visits, physicals need different documentation

(HealthDay)—Documentation rules for annual wellness visits (AWVs) for Medicare differ from those for preventive visits, which are not covered by Medicare, according to an article published Aug. 5 in Medical Ec ...

23 hours ago
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Medicare changes lower hospital use

A recent study in Health Services Research based on 15 years of hospital data suggests that cuts in Medicare prices under the Affordable Care Act may slow the growth in total overall hospital spending.

Aug 06, 2014
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AAFP urges changes in telemedicine compensation

(HealthDay)—Significant changes should be made to delivery and payment of telemedicine services, according to an article published by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

Jul 03, 2014
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Medicare will cover primary care-ordered HCV testing

(HealthDay)—Medicare will cover primary care provider-ordered hepatitis C virus testing for adults, according to a statement released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and discussed ...

Jun 12, 2014
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Doctors urge caution over new analysis of Medicare payments

There's much to learn from the recent release of unprecedented amounts of data from the nation's second largest health insurer, Medicare, but only if interpreted cautiously, write two doctors at Fox Chase Cancer Center in ...

Jun 09, 2014
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Medicare (United States)

Medicare is a social insurance program administered by the United States government, providing health insurance coverage to people who are aged 65 and over, or who meet other special criteria. Medicare operates as a single-payer health care system. The Social Security Act of 1965 was passed by Congress in late-spring of 1965 and signed into law on July 30, 1965, by President Lyndon B. Johnson as amendments to Social Security legislation. At the bill-signing ceremony President Johnson enrolled former President Harry S. Truman as the first Medicare beneficiary and presented him with the first Medicare card.

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