Medicare Open Enrollment Starts Today

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 15 October 2015 Individuals with Medicare can shop for high quality health and drug plans The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the beginning of the Medicare Open Enrollment period where people with Medicare can shop for a Medicare Advantage (MA) or Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) […]

The Latest on Geographic Variation in Medicare Spending: A Demographic Divide Persists But Variation Has Narrowed

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 9 October 2015 Geographic variation in Medicare utilization and spending has been a frequent subject of discussion and analysis among researchers and policymakers for many years. Some researchers have suggested that the differences in Medicare spending across geographic areas resulted mainly from differences in practice patterns, which could be […]

CMS Releases First Ever Plan to Address Health Equity in Medicare

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 8 September 2015 Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH), unveiled the first CMS plan to address health equity in Medicare. The CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare (CMS Equity Plan for Medicare) is an action-oriented plan that focuses […]

Reductions in Mortality Among Medicare Beneficiaries Following the Implementation of Medicare Part D

Am J Manag Care, 16 July 2015 Medicare Part D is a prescription drug program that provides seniors and disabled individuals enrolled in Medicare with outpatient drug coverage benefits. Part D has been shown to increase access to medicines and improve medication adherence; however, the effect of Part D on health outcomes has not yet […]

The Rising Cost of Living Longer: Analysis of Medicare Spending by Age for Beneficiaries in Traditional Medicare

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 14 January 2015 In the context of ongoing discussions about the federal budget and national debt, policymakers, experts, and the media have called attention to the nation’s growing aging population and the implications for Medicare and the federal budget. At the same time, geriatricians and other providers who care […]

Multiple Chronic Conditions and Life Expectancy: A Life Table Analysis

Medical Care:  8/1/14 Background: The number of people living with multiple chronic conditions is increasing, but we know little about the impact of multimorbidity on life expectancy. Objective: We analyze life expectancy in Medicare beneficiaries by number of chronic conditions. Research Design: A retrospective cohort study using single-decrement period life tables. Subjects: Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries […]

Press release: Trustees Report shows continued reduced cost growth, longer Medicare solvency

CMS: Monday, July 28, 2014 Trustees Report shows continued reduced cost growth, longer Medicare solvency The Medicare Trustees today projected that the trust fund that finances Medicare’s hospital insurance coverage will remain solvent until 2030, four years beyond what was projected in last year’s report. Due in part to cost controls implemented in the Affordable Care […]

The Facts on Medicare Spending and Financing

KFF: Jul 28, 2014 Overview of Medicare Spending Medicare, the federal health insurance program for 54 million people ages 65 and over and people with permanent disabilities, helps to pay for hospital and physician visits, prescription drugs, and other acute and post-acute services. In 2013, spending on Medicare accounted for 14% of the federal budget (Exhibit […]

OIG Turns Up the Heat on Medicare Overpayments

BNA: Friday, July 25, 2014 In a story that seems to repeat itself over and over, the OIG has uncovered more improper Medicare payments, this time associated with Medicare administrative contractors (MACs). Two recent OIG reports (covering former Jurisdictions 13 and 14) discovered that two MACs made $4 million in overpayments to providers for outpatient drugs between July […]

Examining Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

Health Affairs: July 24th, 2014 New financial incentives and penalties in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) designed to optimize health care system performance are proving difficult to manage, but they are also providing new opportunities for leaders to foster collaboration between acute and post-acute health care providers. Perhaps one of the most promising, albeit controversial, programs […]

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