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  • Obamacare costs more in 2015
    More Americans struggling with healthcare and costs in 2015 due to Obamacare
    Americans are facing higher premiums and penalty costs for Obamacare in 2015, and according to non-partisan experts yesterday, the President’s latest proposals do little to help citizens or his tumbling popularity regarding U.S. healthcare...
  • Evaluate your Medicare coverage every year
    Evaluate your Medicare coverage every year
    It is a scary thought that so many people on Medicare sign up once and think they are set for life. It is scary because there are so many changes in coverage every year, in addition to the fact that there are often changes in physical status. For...
  • Now it is about American not China
    Now it is about starving in America not China
    As a little girl when I didn't finish my meal, someone among the other diners generally an elder would comment about the starving children in China. And it came to me last night at dinner that now it isn't about China at all but the...
  • Social Security
    Social Security taxes and payments to change slightly in 2015
    A new year is upon us, and like most years, it means a few adjustments to the Social Security system, according to a Motley Fool article published January 2, 2015.Old Age, Survivor’s, and Disability Insurance tax, also known as Social...
  • Have you been putting your healthcare on hold?
    Have you been putting your healthcare on hold?
    Aging is not optional. Growing old is. 9 out of 10 Americans make health-related resolutions and 75% of all New Year’s resolutions are broken after the first week of the year. That doesn’t bode well for staying in good health,...
  • Punishing torture is not our top priority
    Punishing torture is not the most urgent priority
    Yes, I would love to see the architects of torture, Gitmo, and Abu Gharib face punishment for their crimes. I would love to see outgoing Senator Mark Udall release the full, unredacted torture report. What I never expected was that incoming...
  • Medicare penalizes New York area hospitals for nearly $373 million
    Medicare penalizes New York area hospitals for nearly $373 million
    Despite having some of the best medical centers in the country, eighteen hospitals in New York City, as well as 4 on Long Island have received poor reviews in patient care including injuries from falls, broken hips, bedsores, reopened surgical...
  • 5 Physical days left for Medicare Open Enrollment
    5 Physical days left for Medicare Open Enrollment
    That's right people! She claps her hands as if to cheer them on.Get up off of your helmets. Those are not for sitting on. Those are to protect your heads!We don't have that many days left and what we can tell you from personal experience...
  • End-of-life care for Medicare patients less costly with hospice
    Hospice care lowers health costs of terminal cancer patients on Medicare
    People who are on Medicare and who have terminal cancer have substantially lower health costs, with fewer hospitalization rates, intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, and invasive procedures, according to a new study.Although some research...
  • Polling numbers spell disaster for Demos Tuesday
    Polling numbers spell disaster for Demos Tuesday
    The Obama administration didn’t deliver their own “October Surprise,” but the voters have focused on two topics that were not anticipated; Ebola and ISIS. The two combined mean bad news for Democrats in tomorrow’s midterm...
  • Obesity a concern for Baby Boomers and for future of Medicare
    Obesity a concern for Baby Boomers and for future of Medicare
    With the start of the open enrollment period for Medicare, it’s a good time to look at obesity and how it will impact the health of aging Baby Boomers and the future cost of Medicare.More and more Baby Boomers are aging into eligibility for...
  • 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....