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The investigation will look at whether the providers, such as dialysis centers, encouraged people eligible for Medicare and Medicaid to buy private plans instead so that the providers could get higher reimbursements. Meanwhile, Medicare prescription drug spending jumps 17 percent In 2014.
The way Medicare sets payments for new services can make doing the tests lucrative for doctors who invest in the machines.
Health and Human Services Secretary Syliva Mathews Burwell talks with the Los Angeles Times about improving quality of care through a change in payment systems.
Nearly four out of five of hospitals reviewed in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties were fined.
The government says doctors are incorrectly trying to collect deductibles, co-payments and other costs from these patients.
California cardiologist Prem Reddy’s actions are at the heart of a lawsuit brought by an employee and the Justice Department over his Medicare billing practices.
Some of California’s best-known hospitals failed to nab 5 stars. But some in the industry say the ratings are an oversimplified judgment of quality. “Hospitals cannot be rated like movies,” says Dr. Darrell Kirch, president of the Association of American Medical Colleges.
If implemented, Medicare would set a fixed payment for all services provided during the treatment of a heart attack, instead of letting the hospital bill for each separately.
“People think we are just about advocating for medical aid-in-dying,” Compassion & Choices spokesman Sean Crowley said. “We are part of a coalition that is trying to change the medical system so it is patient-focused and not doctor- and medical-system focused.”
The Senate Finance Committee grilled Dr. Patrick H. Conway, a deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, over an administration plan to change how Medicare pays for drugs administered in doctors’ offices.