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  • Medicare options
    Medicare annual enrollment is time to change
    This year October 15 through December 7 is time for a change if your current Part D, Prescription drug plan, or Medicare Advantage plans, no longer give the best coverage for your needs. These plans change every year and it is really important...
  • cardiology
    Health Policy and You, Part II: The ACE demonstration
    IntroductionAs discussed in the previous post, and in line with the CMS’ goal of improved health care quality, the three-year Acute Care Episode (ACE) demonstration tested the use of a global payment for an episode of care as an alternative...
  • social media and medicine
    Health Policy and You, Part I: Medicare A, B, and the ACE demonstration
    Introducing: Medicare and Medicaid servicesIn order to delve into the Acute Care Episode (ACE) demonstration, one needs a quick overview of the underlying mechanism—namely, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which operates...
  • Pondering Retirement
    What can you do now to prepare for retirement? Are your savings on track?
    The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is currently accepting registrations for their webcast “Get Prepared to Make Timely Decisions for Your Retirement”, a retirement planning seminar for employees, retirees, etc....
  • Trustees say Social Security is solvent, for now
    Trustees say Social Security is solvent, for now
    Worried about whether you’ll see your Social Security benefits in your lifetime?Baby Boomers needn’t worry too much.Others that follow us into retirement? Well, that depends.The 2014 Trustees Report on the status of Social Security ...
  • Seniors need serious help figuring out Medicare coverage
    Seniors need serious help figuring out Medicare coverage
    If you are a senior yourself, or have a senior in your life, you've undoubtedly noticed that -- though the benefits are valuable -- more and more details in the program are impacting how Medicare works.For starters, it's critically...
  • Medicare cuts protest
    Social Security fund good through 2033; Medicare fund improves with Obamacare
    The Social Security Trust Fund is sufficient to continue paying benefits at current levels through 2033, according to the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees annual reports released today. This is unchanged since last year’s...
  • As seniors wrestle with retirement options, online help saves the day
    As seniors wrestle with retirement options, online help saves the day
    It's true: retirement security is the thing that weighs most heavily on the minds of millions of Americans. Those approaching the "golden years" want to be sure that their retirement years don't deflate like a lead balloon.Today,...
  • The horizon is becoming clear
    The horizon is becoming clear
    Caregivers may have the opportunity to spend the maximum of their time on the physical care giving. While truthfully more time is spent on making appointments, picking up prescriptions and over the counter products, not to mention overseeing the...
  • Federal government wrongful payouts: Fiscal responsibility over-paid billions
    Federal government wrongful payouts: Fiscal responsibility over-paid billions
    Congressional investigators each year estimate the total payments issued from federal agencies for people who are in need. These consist of tax credits, medical treatments and unemployment.In the news yesterday, representatives say that the amount...
  • X-ray of total knee replacement, lateral (side) view.
    Study finds 33 percent of knee replacements in U. S. are inappropriate
    Total knee replacement surgery is increasingly used in the United States but there is no agreed upon criteria that determine if a person needs a total knee replacement. The first U. S. study that compared appropriateness of knee replacement...
  • Over 50
    Over 50? What you should know about Medicare, healthcare and social security
    If you're under 60, you might just give this article a passing glance. But here's a tip: If you have aging parents, friends or relatives who are increasingly turning to you for guidance with their healthcare needs, it's never too soon...
  • Healthcare fraud: The war is far from over
    Healthcare fraud: The war is far from over
    Unless America proactively targets healthcare fraud through coordinated initiatives, task forces and undercover operations, it will continue to cost the country tens of billions of dollars each year. According to the Federal Bureau of...
  • HHS
    Sex change surgeries covered by Medicare via Obama administration
    Medicare will now cover sex change operations – gender reassignment surgery – after the Obama administration ended the 33-year ban on such procedures on Friday. The move will most likely pressure more insurance providers to cover such...
  • Eric Cantor takes hypocrisy to a new level
    My Turn: Eric Cantor takes hypocrisy to a new level
    “Your hypocrisy insults my intelligence.” ~ Toba Beta, author and economistRepublican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says that he is “disturbed” by the White House’s reaction to the backlog scandal at the Veterans...