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Medicare Announces New Payment Model for Primary Care

Robert Lowes, April 12, 2016
The Medicare program yesterday unveiled an ambitious model for delivering — and paying for — primary care in medical homes that seeks to "delink" reimbursement from office-based visits.

The Shocking Things People (Especially Those Over 64) Don't Know About Medicare

Carol Marak, 10/05/2015
It's hard to believe that Medicare is the largest insurance program for Americans 65 years and older, yet very few feel they have a good understanding of it.

Congress and Obama Administration Seek Ways to Limit Increase in Medicare Premiums

ROBERT PEAROCT. 5, 2015
Congress and the Obama administration are frantically seeking ways to hold down Medicare premiums that could rise by roughly 50 percent for some beneficiaries next year, according to lawmakers and Medicare officials.

Cancer care rationing begins in America as cancer clinics turn away thousands of Medicare patients


Federal sequestration measures that came into effect on April 1 are making it impossible for many cancer clinics across the country to administer conventional care to patients, and particularly to those on Medicare. Consequently, thousands of cancer patients with taxpayer-funded insurance coverage are being turned away, according to reports, as clinics simply do not have the capacity nor the funding to administer expensive pharmaceutical-based treatments such as chemotherapy.

Dieticians are monopolizing hospital nutrition through Medicare manipulation


The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), formerly known as the American Dietetic Association (ADA) has evidently managed to insert enough input into the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure only registered dieticians with the ADA have ultimate power in hospital care diet prescriptions.

FDA may let patients buy drugs without prescriptions Move would increase patients’ out-of-pocket costs

In a move that could help the government trim its burgeoning health care costs, the Food and Drug Administration may soon permit Americans to obtain some drugs used to treat conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes without obtaining a prescription.

News Break: How the White House Hopes to Control Health Care Costs

By Ezra Klein  |  June 3, 2009

You've heard the line that "entitlement reform is health reform." Yesterday, at a meeting between Barack Obama and Senate Democrats from the Finance and HELP committees, that line grew up and graduated into something altogether sturdier: A policy. Senate sources confirm that the president argued in favor of a genuinely major Medicare reform -- a reform that could make Medicare the nation's most important laboratory for health care reforms.