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House heads for Medicare drug vote

The House headed for a historic vote Friday night on a bill that would a prescription drug benefit to Medicare, marking the biggest expansion // of the politically popular entitlement program in its 38-year history. .. .. .."The moon and the stars have lined up in our favor," House Speaker Dennis Hastert said at a rally-style press conference in the Capitol. "The time is upon us. It's now or ne...

Medicare Drug Deadline not to be extended

The Last date for taking up a Medicare policy has been fixed as May 15th 2006 and various organizations feels that the last date has to be extended as there are various companies offering different policies and the seniors need more time to decide on the policy.// The President has urged the seniors to consult theirs children’s and friends before deciding on their policy. Some members of the whit...

New Medicare Plan - Mixed Reaction among Pharmacists.

Pharmacists have mixed reaction about the new Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. The cost of prescription will be taken care by the Government Health Insurances for seniors. This is according to the Medicare // reform act. wary..This will result in the uninsured and a few people who buy medications from the Canadian pharmacy back top the market. There will an increase in the sales of drugs. But...

Medicare Data would help in Drug Validation

Effect of drug on treatment can be validated from Medicare data as Medicare covers more than 40 million people and the real benefit of the drug can be known from these data // reports Professor Richard Platt, Professor, Harvard Medical School. ..Medicare data would be very useful for knowing the true benefits of the drug and the risk and side effects of taking the drug and the data obtained from...

Toni Braxton Can’t Have More Kids Due to Pericarditi

London: Rich and famous celebrity soul music singer Toni Braxton wants a baby girl, but is afraid her heart might not be able to cope with a third Toni Braxton as she has pericarditis//. ....Since giving birth to her second son with husband Keri Lewis in 2003, Braxton has been diagnosed with pericarditis - a potentially fatal heart condition. She fears the condition will kill her if she plans to...

Medicare Queries Expected To Increase Over Time

The long awaited Medicare prescription drug benefit plan (Rite Aid) was at last implemented in areas close to Long Island and New York City yesterday. This brought in mixed feelings of anxiety and joy regarding the concept. // "There's a lot of confusion about insurance, period, this is just going to add to it," said Greg Jackson, at Rite Aid on West 109th Street in Manhattan. ....A very small...

Medicare to cover services provided by rural health care personnels.

Australian Health Minister Tony Abbott told the press that all the medical expenditures of pregnant women will be covered by medicare if they consulted qualified health care // personnels. ..This plan is introduced mainly to ensure proper medical care in the rural areas. But in a period of six months this plan will add $5 million to the annual expenditure of medicare. ..This plan will help in...

Cancer test expenses taken up by Medicare

Genomic Health Inc. told the National Heritage Insurance Co., the contractor that administers// Medicare programs in California, that Medicare has accepted to cover its test. ..After this the company’s share rose by 35%. By mid-afternoon it rose from $2.46 to $12.41 on Nasdaq. The company prepares oncotype DX breast cancer test. ..The National Heritage Insurance Co. is taking all the responsib...

Nurse Practitioners Are Not Recognized By Medicare

Jane O'Connell works as a part of Australia's health system. She belongs to the new breed of nurses who are trained to attend to patients without the guidance of the doctors. She can order diagnostic tests such as X-rays, treat them for minor problems,// prescribe them drugs or refer them to a specialist. ..A lot of such health care workers are to be seen in action in the US and UK, but their ro...

Medicare Drug Plan Is Not Working in The US

The shift to the new Drug plans in Medicare appears to be backfiring badly in the United States with reports of how many low-income senior citizens were going without essential medicines and were forced to wait for the state officials till they eventually dropped by.// ..Many citizens do not properly understand Medicare’s new prescription drug plans and hence they are vary of signing up, but the...

Blue Cross Signs Up 110,000 Minnesotans For Part D Medicare Plans

The Blue Cross health plan announced today that more than 110,000 Minnesotans have availed Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and the Blue // Cross Blue Shield Northern Plains Alliance. ..The company said that it was processing 10,000 Part D applications each day and that as far as they were concerned there was no problem with the plan. "The...

Rising Medicare costs

The government is spending large amount of money on the Medicare sector and this is on the rise. The government has to act quickly otherwise the // problem will be blown out of proportion. Health care costs are currently rising and is as high as 16% of gross domestic product and growing faster than the economy. ..These rising health care costs are to be borne by the individuals, businesses, the...

Homecare Association Highlights Cost-Effectiveness of Medicare and Medicaid

The American Association for Homecare announced that it disagreed with several provisions of the President's 2007 budget proposal. Among them the provision to compel the transfer of ownership of oxygen equipment to the beneficiary after on e year and the suspension of home// health reimbursement are being opposed by the Association. ..Commenting on their stand, Tom Ryan, Chairman of the American...

Medicare Drug Plans Are Onerous and Restrictive

Doctors and pharmacists face a lot of problem due to the new Medicare drug plan. Each plan has its own list of covered drugs, known as a formulary. // These plans require the patients to obtain prior authorization from the doctors. One plan may have 25 or 30 forms for prior authorization for different drugs. Most states have at least 40 Medicare drug plans. ..Doctors say that these Medicare pl...

Rip Off: Care Less about Medicare $90m Fraud Deals?

This is organized crime that is on the brink of milking Medicare. Australian Medicare cards are being used by foreigners to avail free medical treatment, according to News Ltd newspapers’, announcement today. These phony deals have cost a mammoth $90 million dollar a year, according to agency reports.// ..The agency has reported a case of a Victorian, recently in the docks for permitting his fo...

Rocky Transition to the Medicare Drug Program

Medicare program chief said that U.S. government plans to reimburse funds spent on poor elderly and disabled Americans. Mark McClellan, director of the Centers// for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told a National Governors Association conference the government would make procedures for the states to file reimbursement claims for Medicaid recipients unable to obtain drugs under the new Medicare P...

Medicare Bulk Billing Spells Ill Health For The Health System

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is not in favor of the rise in Medicare bulk billing, which is not a good prognosis for the health system. // Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott released some alarming statistics that show the extent of bulk billing, having risen to 75% nationally. ....According to Dr Kim Bulwinkel, from AMA Queensland, when doctors get poorly compensated, they would res...

Decoding the Medicare Code

Senior citizens are amidst a lot of confusion as many are not aware of the Medicare part D program’s guidelines. // ..But the Medicare treatment bus which came near Roxbury Presbyterian Church was a great relief for them. ..The 115-year-old church on Warren Street was the ninth stop for the bus, which has been traversing New England cities and towns since Monday to simplify the healthcare proce...

Perpetrators of $20 Million Medicare Fraud, Brought To Book

Los Angeles: Five Fraudulent people were arrested after it became known that they had cheated the Medicare by more than $20 million in Medicare// payments, for superfluous tests that were not mandated and hence was never conducted. ....Federal prosecutors nailed Konstantin Grigoryan, 56, of Altadena, in charge of the illegal scheme from 1997 to 2005. He and four others are charged with the setti...

Bariatric Surgery: Medicare, Will Now Cough Up For ‘Throwing Weight

Medicare made an announcement that lifted up faces and brought cheer to the Chubby! For the first time, Medicare will pick up the tabs for three types of obesity surgery, in cases where obesity has led to prolonged health problems. // ....But the catch is that, only surgeries performed by the American College of Surgeons or the American Society of Bariatric Surgery will be covered by Medicare....

Medicare Benefits For Patients seeking Psychiatric Help

Prime Minister John Howard and the Federal Government has put together a coherent and long-term strategy that seeks to help those suffering from mental illness//, as well as ease the burden on their carers. He has announced this week a $1.8 billion boost for mental health, including new Medicare rebates for consultations with psychologists wining plenty of acclaim. ....He stated that there coul...

Nicaraguan Doctors Strike To Be Continued For Five Months

Nicaraguan doctors have decided to continue their protest for another five months. The protest is directed against the low salaries for health workers// who are demanding an increase in pay. No agreement has been achieved so far amongst the protesters and concerned officials. ....Medical Federation Leader Elio Artola blamed the failure on President Enrique Bolanos' attitude, but talks will contin...

Medicare Drug Plans Might Rest With Three Major Insurance Companies

The Medicare drug program is on its last lap of seeking enrollment from drug companies, and results so far, show an inclination of the plans to rest// with three major insurance players. ....United Health Group seems to be the ace in the heap, with AARP as its official endorsers and a financial agreement with them to support the company. AARP is s a solid supporter for the drug program by Medicar...

Uday Tour, Global Medicare Tie Up To Tap Medical Tourism Mart

Healthcare consultancy firm Global Medicare and Uday Tour and Travel have entered into an agreement to promote Indian medical facilities overseas with a view to tap the growing medical tourism industry. // ....As per the MoU, Global Medicare would provide technical knowhow and professional inputs, while Uday Tours would undertake promotional activities overseas and make all travel arrangements o...

Plan to Promote the Medicare Facilities of India to Abroad

India's fast-growing medical tourism industry is set to get a further boost with two companies coming together to market the entire range of medicare facilities overseas//. ....Global Medicare, a healthcare consultancy, and Uday Tours and Travel, a leading travel firm, have signed an agreement to endorse super-specialty medical facilities in the US, Britain, South Africa, Canada and the Middle Ea...

ICAR develops bird flu vaccine

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has announced the arrival of the first indigenous bird flu vaccine, developed by the High Security Animal// Disease Laboratory at Bhopal. Incidentally, this is the only place in the whole of India that conducts tests for the H5N1 strain of bird flu. ....ICAR Director General Mangala Rai said, "Viral diseases, such as the Avian Influenza, do not...

Industrial Houses to Ensure Medicare for BPL Population

Leading industrial houses including Tata Steel have joined hands with the Jharkhand government to form the Sarva Swasthya Mission Trust to ensure medicare to the state's Below Poverty Line population. // ....The Tata Group has pledged to contribute Rs 25 crore for the said purpose while Jindal Steel, Birla Group and Essar Group were expected to confirm their respective contribution to the Trust...

Medicare Sends out Reimbursement Checks Erroneously

Around 230,000 Medicare recipients have got checks which erroneously reimburse them for monthly premiums that they paid for prescription drug coverage this year.// ..The checks which amount to about $215 are almost sure to leave several beneficiaries confused. In addition these checks are accompanied by a letter that mistakenly informs them that the Social Security Administration would no longe...

Ad Campaign Targeting Republicans On Medicare Prescription Drug Program

A $500,000 television and radio ad campaign blaming GOP lawmakers for not seeking lower prices for the Medicare prescription drug program has been launched by the// Association of Trial Lawyers of America on Tuesday. ....The ad campaign accusing the lawmakers for blocking provisions that would have required Medicare to negotiate with drug companies for the best prescription cost has been targete...

Medicare Premiums to be Higher Next Year

Medicare officials have announced a hike of 5.6 percent for basic Medicare coverage of seniors next year. Besides this premiums for the wealthier// beneficiaries will increase by 83 percent, because for the first time the federal government has required the affluent to pay more. ..Mark B. McClellan, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that the standard monthly premium for...

Medicare Marked by Widespread Racial disparities

Older whites are likelier than older black adults to have their blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol under control//, although the even if they belong to a high-quality Medicare plan, researchers reported Tuesday. ..The findings, published in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association, show that racial disparities are common throughout the Medicare system. ..Lead study auth...

Early Diagnosis of Colon Cancer Increases When Screening is Covered by Medicare

When Medicare was expanded to cover screening for colorectal cancer,// the percentage of patients diagnosed with the disease increased and the use of colonoscopy may have played a pivotal role, according to results of a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers in the Journal of the American Medical Association. ....Medicare reimbursement policy was changed in 1998 to provide coverage for scr...

Skin Clinic Doctors Fleece Medicare

Medicare, one of Australia health providers is busy counting its losses. ..Accordingly, skin clinics round the country have had their doctors resort to rorting or over servicing, //by prescribing expensive operations and procedures that were not necessary. ..The loss in figure s caused by over billing Medicare will be reported today as ..Medicare's compliance body releases its 'Report to the Pro...

Disparities in Colon Cancer Screening Remain Among Medicare Patients

Although Medicare coverage for colorectal cancer screening has increased, there are still significant disparities in screening// practices. According to a report published recently, some of these disparities are by ethnicity, sex, age, education and income levels. ....Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer affecting men and women in the United States with approximately 145,290 new ca...

Seniors Encouraged To Make Use Of Medicare’s Freebie

An initiative focused on motivating seniors and others with Medicare to make the most of Medicare’s preventive services, //was kicked- off by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The campaign is titled: A Healthier US Starts Here. .. It has been decided that during the spring and summer, the Medicare Prevention tour bu...

New AMA Survey Finds Medicare Cuts Will Hurt Seniors

WASHINGTON, -- Medicare patients' ability to get in and see the doctor will be severely hampered next year by a steep Medicare cut to physicians, according to a new survey released today by the American Medical Association (AMA). The survey, which jumpstarts a national campaign to stop next year's 10 percent cut, was completed by nearly 9,000 physicians, and their responses paint a bleak picture...

Major Medicare Fraud Detected in Florida

Dozens of south Floridans are being charged with ripping off the state treasury of millions of dollars paid for medical services and equipment not needed. ...Officials there said most of the schemes involve infusion therapy and medical equipment suppliers. ..."Tuesday we charged 24 individuals, and today we arrested four more defendants in yet another Medicare fraud scam," U.S. Attorney R. Al...

Uninsured Adults Increase Medicare Costs

While the overall cost-effectiveness of Medicare benefits have been much-debated, new data now show that people who were uninsured before receiving benefits at age 65 required more intensive and costlier care than those who had been privately insured prior to receiving Medicare. These findings, from researchers at Harvard Medical School (HMS), appear in the July 12 issue of the New England Journ...

Support for Children's Health and Medicare Protection Act given to House leaders by ACP

.. David C. Dale, MD, FACP, president of ACP, sent letters to Representatives Charles Rangel, chair, and Fortney H. “Pete” Stark, chair of the Health Su...
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