Experiment In Coordinated Care For Medicare Failed To Show Savings

A $57 million experiment to provide better, more efficient care at federally funded health centers struggled to meet its goals and is unlikely to save money, says a government report on the project. The test to coordinate treatment for high-risk Medicare patients in hundreds of communities was one of many demonstrations run by the Department […]

Medicare Provides Few Respite Coverage Options For Caregivers

There’s never a shortage of questions about Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older and some who are disabled. Here are answers to two about respite care and the so-called doughnut hole that limits payments for drugs in Medicare Part D. My 85-year-old husband has been diagnosed with anxiety […]

GAO: More Oversight Needed Over Medicare Advantage

The federal government needs to increase its oversight over private Medicare health plans to make sure seniors have adequate access to doctors and hospitals, according to a report released this week by congressional auditors. The General Accountability Office study found the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which administers Medicare Advantage plans, primarily relies on […]

Insurers Find Out-Of-Network Bills As Much As 1,400 Percent Higher

It’s common knowledge that consumers have to pay more money if they choose doctors or hospitals outside of their insurance plan’s network. But a new analysis prepared by the insurance industry seeks to show just how much more in each of the 50 states. Out-of-network providers charged patients on average 300 percent more than the […]