For the first time this spring, Medicare released spending data for individual doctors and other healthcare providers, and an analysis by the nonprofit news outlet ProPublica examined doctors who were billing Medicare for the most complicated and therefore most expen
It's more than 30 miles to the closest hospital. There’s no public transportation.
The Vernonia Health Center has even officially been designated a rural clinic by Medicare.
In South Florida, one of the nation’s top privately-run Medicare insurance plans faces a federal investigation into allegations that it overbilled the government by exaggerating how sick some of its patients were.
Today, Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and Tom Petri (WI-06) introduced the bipartisan Medicare Transitional Care Act, which will support and coordinate care for Medicare beneficiaries as they move from the hospital setting to their homes or other care setting and ensure that appropriate
People with diabetes are 50 times more likely to develop a foot ulcer than those without, and diabetes-related foot problems are a leading cause of hospital admissions among people with diabetes. It’s the number one cause of medical amputations, which run a total cost of $80,000, including the surgery itself, wound care, prosthetic fitting and follow up treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Teams of doctors, physician assistants, nurses and community health workers would be encouraged to work more closely to treat chronically sick Medicare patients under a bipartisan proposal being pushed in Congress by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon.
July 29, 2013 -- Just removed from a whirlwind trip to the nation’s capital, Bend-based physical therapist and consultant Tannus Quatre reported encouraging news in the struggle to reform Medicare reimbursement practices in the U.S.
February 25, 2013 -- At 63 and self-employed, I'm too young for Medicare, I make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but I don't make nearly enough to afford an individual insurance policy.
December 6, 2012 – Dr. Don Berwick believes the Triple Aim is critical to the success of healthcare reform over the next few years. That means better care for individuals, better health for populations and lower healthcare costs.
“The fundamental flaw in American healthcare is fragmentation,” said the former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who appears in Portland next Thursday to keynote the 2012 State of Reform Conference.