12 Jul 2019

PAYER ANALYSIS: ‘CADILLAC TAX’ ON HIGH-COST HEALTH PLANS COULD AFFECT 1 IN 5 EMPLOYERS IN 2022

[/infobox]   A new KFF analysis estimates that the Affordable Care Act’s tax on high-cost health plans would affect one in five (21 percent) employers offering health benefits when it takes effect in 2022 unless employers change their health plans. An even larger share (31 percent) could be affected when workers’ voluntary

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25 Jun 2019

FUZZY MATH: Sanders’ Claim That Cost Barriers To HealthCare Kill 30,000 A Year IS only half true  

    TWEET “30,000 Americans a year die waiting for health care because of the cost.” –Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), in a tweet June 20 By Shefali Luthra “Medicare for All” — or single-payer health care — is a flagship issue for Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. So

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25 Jun 2019

RATIONAL SUICIDE: Seniors want to call it quits on own schedule

(Caitlin Hillyard/KHN) By Melissa Bailey Ten residents slipped away from their retirement community one Sunday afternoon for a covert meeting in a grocery store cafe. They aimed to answer a taboo question: When they feel they have lived long enough, how can they carry out their own swift and peaceful

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21 Jun 2019

CMS ISSUES RENEWED GUIDANCE IN EFFORT TO ENSURE MEDICAID PROGRAM INTEGRITY

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to state Medicaid agencies June 21 that outlines the necessary assurances that states should make to ensure that program resources are reserved for those who meet eligibility requirements. This guidance follows a series of steps that CMS has taken since

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12 Jun 2019

VICI VENOUS STENT: FDA OKs VICI Venous Stent to treat Iliofemoral obstructive disease

    The U.S Food and Drug Administration has approved Boston Scientific’s VICI Venous Stent System for the treatment of iliofemoral venous obstructive disease, which occurs when the flow of blood through the veins located deep in the pelvic region becomes blocked by a blood clot or compressed by anatomical anomalies.

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11 Jun 2019

WHEN IT COMES TO OUR HEALTH – EVERY SECOND COUNTS

By Seema Verma Healthcare: American’s favorite debate topic.  While there is much to debate, we can all agree that the patient-provider relationship has been strained by unnecessary regulations and reporting requirements. Too much regulation has had the unintentional result of putting the government first and the patient second.  Time spent

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07 Jun 2019

SOCIAL SECURITY ERROR JEOPARDIZES MEDICARE COVERAGE FOR 250,000 SENIORS

By Susan Jaffe   At least a quarter of a million Medicare beneficiaries may receive bills for as many as five months of premiums they thought they already paid. But they shouldn’t toss the letter in the garbage. It’s not a scam or a mistake.   Because of what the

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07 Jun 2019

A LARGE EMPLOYER ‘FRAMES’ THE ‘MEDICARE FOR ALL’ DEBATE

  By Phil Galewitz   Walk into a big-box retailer such as Walmart or Michaels and you’re likely to see MCS Industries’ picture frames, decorative mirrors or kitschy wall décor. Adjacent to a dairy farm a few miles west of downtown Easton, MCS is the nation’s largest maker of such household

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06 Jun 2019

NAVIGATING AGING: A DOCTOR SPEAKS OUT ABOUT AGEISM IN MEDICINE

NAVIGATING AGING: A DOCTOR SPEAKS OUT ABOUT AGEISM IN MEDICINE By Judith Graham Society gives short shrift to older age. This distinct phase of life doesn’t get the same attention that’s devoted to childhood. And the special characteristics of people in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond are poorly under Medicine

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05 Jun 2019

CVS still defending the Aetna merger deal 

CVS Health is making the case for its merger with Aetna to two very different audiences beginning June 3. CVS held its annual investor day and issued a long-term strategic plan to “accelerate growth” ahead of the day’s proceedings, aimed at nervous investors concerned about its recent financial performance post-merger. CVS warned that it

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