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10/19/17 - Amid uncertainty, ACA advocates encourage enrollment [The Register-Herald, Beckley, W.Va.]
Oct. 18 Despite two recent executive orders striking blows to the Affordable Care Act, open enrollment will continue between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15. "It is not dead," said Kathleen Stoll, director of West Virginians Together for Medicaid. "It is alive and well."
10/19/17 - Cardinal board slashes CEO's pay by $400,000 Cardinal board slashes CEO's salary by $400,000, down to state maximum for overseeing Medicaid providers
The salary for the chief executive of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions has been cut by two-thirds- from $617,526 a year to $204,195- reducing it to the maximum allowed by North Carolina law. Cardinal's embattled board of directors passed a resolution on CEO Richard Topping's salary after a four-hour closed special session that ended about
10/19/17 - Medicare for all? Editorial: Tim Kaine pushes Medicare-for-all, sort of
In what passes for moderation these days, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine has joined with Colorado Sen. Bernie Sanders and many other prominent Democrats want to see expansive Medicare for all- a single-payer health care system that would enroll every American and cost, by official Congressional Budget Office estimates, around nine hundred bajillion dollar
10/19/17 - PASSAIC COUNTY DOCTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD
A North Haledon doctor pleaded guilty to defrauding Medicare and private insurance companies of $3 million on Tuesday, just months after he had his license suspended, authorities said. Anthony Enrico, who works as a podiatrist, pleaded guilty to health care fraud in federal court in Newark, acting U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick said in a stateme
10/19/17 - Senate Overwhelmingly Approves Hatch Amendment to Strengthen Medicare & Medicaid
Orrin Hatch, R- Utah, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following news:. Today the U.S. Senate voted 89-9 in favor of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch's amendment #1144 to H. Con. The amendment provides a reserve fund for future legislation that would strengthen and improve Medicaid and extends the exhaustion date fo
10/19/17 - Sens. Sanders, Stabenow and Casey Introduce Amendment to Prevent Republicans From Cutting Medicaid
Bernie Sanders, Debbie Stabenow and Bob Casey will introduce Wednesday the first Democratic amendment to Senate Republicans' fiscal year 2018 budget resolution. The amendment would prevent Republicans from enacting their plan to cut Medicaid by $1 trillion in order to give a $1.9 trillion tax break to the top 1 percent. The amendment would be fully
10/18/17 - Advocates Push Back Against Medicaid Cuts [The Hartford Courant]
Oct. 18 Chanting "let us live,'' about three dozen activists came to the state Capitol Wednesday to protest proposed cuts in Medicaid coverage. Elaine Kolb, a West Haven resident who is 68 and has been living with a spinal cord injury since she was stabbed in the back 40 years ago, said all of the budget proposals currently floating around the Ca
10/18/17 - Amid uncertainty, ACA advocates encourage enrollment [The Register-Herald, Beckley, W.Va.]
Oct. 18 Despite two recent executive orders striking blows to the Affordable Care Act, open enrollment will continue between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15. "It is not dead," said Kathleen Stoll, director of West Virginians Together for Medicaid. "It is alive and well."
10/18/17 - AOPA: RAND Corporation Study Weighs Greater Risk Of Injury, Death For U.S. Amputees From Growing "Tech Gap" In Devices
The RAND Corporation study will be released at 11 a.m. EDT Thursday at a National Press Club event sponsored by the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association. Soeren Mattke, M.D., managing partner, Health Care Practice, RAND Corporation, Boston, MA; Michael Oros, CPO and president, American Orthotic& Prosthetic Association, and CEO, Scheck& Sire
10/18/17 - Auditor Yost and Sen. Lehner Introduce Bill to Curb Medicaid Fraud
Ohio State Auditor Dave Yost issued the following news release:. Auditor of State Dave Yost and Sen. Peggy Lehner today announced legislation to stop the kind of Medicaid fraud and overpayments that have cost taxpayers nearly $29 million since 2011 and deprived Medicaid patients of the care those dollars are intended to provide.
10/18/17 - BlueCross Medicare Advantage PPO Plan Earns Third 4-Star Quality Rating
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee s Medicare Advantage PPO product has maintained its 4- out of 5- Star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the third year in a row. This achievement lets us know we are on the right path in our efforts to improve the member experience and reinforce the overall effectiveness o
10/18/17 - BRIEF: AARP Idaho hosts medicare telephone town hall [The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho]
This opportunity is available for anyone with Medicare questions, regardless of being an AARP member or not. Dean Cameron, director of the Idaho Department of Insurance, and Shannon Hohl, supervisor of the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors program, will provide up-to-date information about Medicare and answer callers' questions.
10/18/17 - Chicago woman charged with Medicaid fraud [Chicago Tribune]
Oct. 18 A Chicago woman has been charged with Medicaid fraud and identity theft for allegedly defrauding the state of nearly $1 million, according to the Illinois attorney general's office. The billing scheme began in September 2011, when the employee left the company, and continued into November 2014, according to the indictment. The case was in
10/18/17 - Chicago woman charged with Medicaid fraud [The Daily Southtown, Tinley Park, Ill.]
Oct. 18 A Chicago woman has been charged with Medicaid fraud and identity theft for allegedly defrauding the state of nearly $1 million, according to the Illinois attorney general's office. The billing scheme began in September 2011, when the employee left the company, and continued into November 2014, according to the indictment. The case was in
10/18/17 - Doctor Admits Billing Medicare, Other Insurers $3 Million for Therapy Services Performed By Unqualified Personnel
The U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, William Fitzpatrick, issued the following news release:. A doctor with offices in Paterson, New Jersey, Passaic, New Jersey, and Elizabeth, New Jersey, today admitted defrauding Medicare and private insurance companies out of $3 million by billing for more than 150,000 physical therapy sessions that
10/18/17 - Feds allege Matteson health care company defrauded Medicare [The Daily Southtown, Tinley Park, Ill.]
Oct. 18 The Justice Department said Tuesday it had filed a civil lawsuit against the husband-and-wife owners of a Matteson health care company alleging they falsely billed Medicare for millions of dollars in unnecessary or nonexistent health care services. The complaint alleges that Gateway Health Systems Inc. and its owners, Ajibola Ayeni and Jo
10/18/17 - Humana and Boulder Medical Center Team Up to Create a Better Care Experience for Medicare Advantage Members in Colorado
BOULDER, Colo.& LOUISVILLE, Ky. Humana Inc., a leading health and well-being company, announced it has collaborated with Boulder Medical Center on an individual-focused model of health care for Humana Medicare Advantage members in Colorado. Humana s Medicare Advantage plan members will now have in-network access to Boulder Medical Center phy
10/18/17 - Maine's Medicaid Vote a Test of Obamacare Support [Governing]
Oct. 18 The Maine Legislature has voted to expand Medicaid five times in the last five years. If passed, the state would become the 33rd to expand Medicaid and signal support for former President Obama's signature health-care law at a time when President Trump is taking major steps to reverse it. Republicans in Congress have spent this year tryin
10/18/17 - Medicare enrolling now
Enrollment period runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Medicare annual enrollment runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. "It is important to compare Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans every year," Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance program Manager Lisa Emerson said.
10/18/17 - Medicare enrollment options expand, giving seniors more to sort out [The Palm Beach Post, Fla.]
Oct. 18 Peter Boll, a retiree from Palm Beach Gardens, said he has received at least eight large mailers from insurers for options to sign up for Medicare coverage. Hundreds of Palm Beach County residents are calling advisersdaily for help to sort out expanded options. "We definitely have more interest this year than last year," said Desirae Mea
10/18/17 - Medicare open enrollment ?extended for Florida residents
Attention all those on Medicare. The annual open enrollment period, which began Oct. 15 and traditionally runs to Dec. 7, has been extended to the end of the year for residents in Florida and other states affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Just because a plan works for you this year doesn t mean it will necessarily work for you ne
10/18/17 - Medicare Q & A
The following is a series of weekly questions about Medicare that will run in the Independent through the Medicare enrollment period that ends Thursday, Dec. 7. If you are receiving Social Security benefits, you will receive a Medicare card in the mail about three months prior to enrollment. If yes, obtain a written statement and contact Social Sec
10/18/17 - Mission Health expanding Medicare contracts
Medicare Advantage open enrollment began on Oct. 15, and many participants will have to make some important decisions in the next seven weeks if the contract standoff between Mission Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is not resolved soon. There are five such plans currently considered in-network for Mission Health facilities as of
10/18/17 - New Research: Affordability and Access to Prescription Medications Take Center Stage in Selecting a Medicare Plan
Medicare can be an alphabet soup, but according to research released today by Express Scripts, seniors understand the value offered by these plans, especially when it comes to prescription medications. "Now that open enrollment season is here, seniors should be doing their research to identify the plan that's right for both their health and fina
10/18/17 - Pair pleads guilty in Jacksonville Medicaid fraud case [The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville]
Shawn Thorpe, president of Coastal Bay Behavioral Health, acknowledged partnering with the other man, Ruben McLain, even though McLain was banned from working with Medicaid after a 2011 fraud conviction. Prosecutors said he shuttled between Jacksonville and his home in North Carolina, using a Coastal Bay credit card to cover costs at restaurants, g
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