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Thousands of people mistakenly think that if they have insurance, they can wait to sign up for Medicare Part B. Generally, insurance other than that provided by a current employer will not exempt them from Medicare’s strict enrollment requirements.
A Department of Health and Human Services report finds that those patient safety efforts also prevented 3.1 million hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2015. In other news, Sutter Medical opens a new urgent care clinic in Folsom.
As a Republican congressman, orthopedic surgeon Tom Price introduced bills to protect doctors’ financial interests.
Republicans have been floating the idea to overhaul Medicare, while Democrats vow to defend it.
Seniors who feel they’re being rushed out of the hospital can file an appeal to halt the process but they need to act fast.
“Insurers need to know the rules of the road in order to develop plans and set premiums,” says Sabrina Corlette, a professor at the Health Policy Institute of Georgetown University.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation was charged by the health law with exploring payment reforms that could cut health care costs and possibly improve quality. But its future is hinged to whether GOP lawmakers see value in its work.
Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., Donald Trump’s choice to head HHS, is eager to overhaul the program that the incoming president swore to defend.
Seema Verma is a consultant who was Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s health policy advisor when he was governor of Indiana, playing a key role in Medicaid expansion in that state.
Privatizing the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled and turning the Medicaid program for the poor back to the states are long-time goals for Republicans in Congress and the White House.