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Raising Medicare eligibility age could increase healthcare spending

Increasing Medicare's eligibility age from 65 to 67 would lead to a 30 percent spike in healthcare spending across the country thanks to wide price discrepancies between Medicare and private insurers, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.  

Partners boo-boo could cost Massachusetts $160M in Medicare payments

Calculation errors regarding the wages paid by a tiny 19-bed hospital in Massachusetts could wind up having an outsized impact on the Medicare payments given to the other acute care providers statewide,  The   Boston Globe  reported.

Health economist: Competitive Medicare Advantage bidding could save gov't billions

Lack of a competitive bidding process in Medicare Advantage costs the government billions in overpayments. But plans to introduce it are probably doomed, according to a New York Times columnist....

Docs report: Time with patients most rewarding part of job; still, paperwork is overwhelming

Orthopedic specialists, cardiologists and dermatologists are the most well compensated physicians, according to an annual physician compensation report, which includes results captured from more than 19,000 physicians.

Medicare spent $268M on inappropriate hospice claims

Medicare spent $268 million on inappropriate claims for inpatient hospice services designed to manage symptoms and pain over a short period of time, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General.  

Six simple steps to improve Medicare member acquisition and retention

Guest post by Dan Jamieson, associate partner in McKinsey & Company's healthcare practice When people get to age 75, chances are they'll stay put--with their health plans at least....

Medicare costs lower when care is provided from nurse practitioners instead of primary care docs

A recent study found a lower cost for Medicare patients cared for by nurse practitioners compared to care provided by primary care physicians across inpatient and office-based settings.

CMS proposes payment changes for skilled nursing facilities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has introduced a new program that would provide skilled nursing facilities with extra payments in order to help prevent their patients from being admitted and readmitted to acute care hospitals.

EHR disparity between Medicaid, Medicare MU docs unacceptable

The unintended creation of disparities caused by the Meaningful Use program has reached a new low.

A look at states' efforts to coordinate care for Medicare, Medicaid populations

Currently 13 states are working to align Medicare and Medicaid financing as well as integrate primary and acute care, behavioral health services and long-term services and supports through a variety of innovative methods, according to a new report from the Center for Healthcare Strategies.