Category Archives: Medicare

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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A Report on Shortfalls in Medicaid Funding for Nursing Center Care

The American Health Care Association recently released a troubling report that stated the past year was the worst ever so far as the gap between long-term care costs and Medicaid payments. As health care costs continue to rise much faster than … Continue reading

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Medicare and Medicaid Fraud by Healthcare Providers is Running Rampant

New York LTC company reaches Medicaid overbilling settlement. The New York Times reported that VNSNY Choice, a part of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York that is “the largest managed long-term care agency” in the state, “has agreed in principle to … Continue reading

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Featured Link — Understanding Public Benefits When Caring for Elderly Parents

The Texas Lawyer site has a good, short article on Medicare and Medicaid as related to nursing home care. Here are the opening paragraphs: When a parent’s health is declining, a crash course in public benefits can be helpful for … Continue reading

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Why Hiking The Age For Medicare Eligibility Wouldn’t Save Much

National Public Radio recently ran a good article about Medicare and age eligibility. Here are excerpts: Medicare is big. And as America gets grayer, the health insurance program for seniors and the disabled is going to get a lot bigger … Continue reading

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No Solution Yet in Sight for Long-Term Care Costs

The cost of long-term care in this country can be enormous, and quite a shock to families when they first have a need for it. Whether it’s home health care, assisted living, or a skilled nursing facility, the annual cost … Continue reading

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