Category Archives: Medicare

How Do You Choose a Medicare Supplement Insurance Policy?

I know from experience that choosing a Medicare gap insurance policy is complicated and confusing. I recommend you do this through an experienced insurance agent. But if you want to get some good basic information, a private site can give you … Continue reading

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Featured Link — Medicare Information

For those of you about to become eligible for Medicare, or those who just want to learn more about it, the Internet has tons of information for you. The first place to look is the government’s own excellent site, Medicare.gov. Consumer … Continue reading

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Medicare Fraud Seen as Expensive, Evolving Problem

McClatchy reports that Medicare fraud has continued “as criminals morph their schemes to stay ahead of the law.” In testimony, Brian Martens, described as “assistant special agent in charge based in Miami for the government’s Medicare agency,” testified about Medicare fraud … Continue reading

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CMS Broadens Medicare Payment Policy Following Settlement

The New York Times reports on evolving Medicare policy for treatments like physical therapy and occupational therapy. For years, “the prevailing approach was that if the therapy was not helping to improve a patient’s condition, then it was not eligible for coverage.” … Continue reading

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Important New Definition of Medicare Coverage of Long-Term Care

Beginning this year there was an important change in the way Medicare covers the costs of nursing home care. This was a result of a class action suit against the government. Details were reported in a Reuters article. Here are … Continue reading

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Seniors Struggle With Social Security Cost of Living Adjustments

For years now, the cost of living adjustment in various government benefits has not quite kept pace with the rate of inflation in the goods and services that seniors use. Obviously this creates problems for seniors on fixed incomes. This … Continue reading

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Custodial Care Fraud Against Medicare Persists in Dallas Area

The problem of Medicare fraud by home health care companies is an ongoing problem in North Texas, but Washington keeps cutting the budget allowance to find and prove this fraud. The details of the situation were mentioned in a recent … Continue reading

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Doctors Abusing Medicare Face Fines and Expulsion

I’ve written before about the growing problem of healthcare providers who are committing Medicare fraud. The New York Times has a good article on this subject. Here are the opening paragraphs: The Obama administration is cracking down on doctors who … Continue reading

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Doctor Behind Troubled Hospitals Faces Additional Charges

If we could only eliminate fraudulent medical providers, maybe the Medicare program would gain a bit of extra life before we have to increase taxes to support it. The Dallas Morning News recently ran another article about a doctor who … Continue reading

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Medicare-Linked Lawsuits Against Hospital Firm Could Be Consolidated

Modern Healthcare reports hospital chain Health Management Associates, which faces a number of “whistle-blower lawsuits over how its hospitals admit Medicare patients,” may end up facing a consolidated lawsuit. The article says Federal prosecutors and HMA “are trying to consolidate the … Continue reading

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