Paying Medicaid Enrollees To Get Checkups, Quit Smoking and Lose Weight: Will It Pay Off?

By Phil Galewitz When Bruce Hodgins went to the doctor for a checkup in Sioux City, Iowa, he was asked to complete a lengthy survey to gauge his health risks. In return for filling it out, he saved a $10 monthly premium for his Medicaid coverage. In Las Cruces, N.M., Isabel Juarez had her eyes tested, her teeth cleaned and recorded how many steps she

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Majority Still Want Health Insurance Subsidies By Brenda Neugent

According to a new poll, insurance subsidies are an important part of the Affordable Care Act. If the Supreme Court rules to erase the subsidies in some states, Americans believe Congress should act to restore them. The nation’s highest court is set to hear King v. Burwell. The lawsuit argues that wording of the Affordable Care Act, suggests that financial assistance is only available to

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Key Steps in Diabetes Care

Living with diabetes means you need to take extra care to stay healthy. The good news is that even small changes in your lifestyle and habits can make a big difference in managing your blood sugar, staying healthy, and preventing complications. Changes can be challenging. These steps help you manage diabetes, and make changes one step at a time. You can also create a customized

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Medicare To Expand Use Of Competitive Bidding

A year-long experiment found that the competitive bidding approach saved money without harming beneficiaries. It also made inroads against waste and fraud. The New York Times: In A Shift, Medicare Pushes BidsThe Obama administration said Wednesday that it would vastly expand the use of competitive bidding to buy medical equipment for Medicare beneficiaries after a one-year experiment saved money for taxpayers and patients without harming

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Medicare To Tie Doctors’ Pay To Quality, Cost Of Care

Twenty thousand physicians in four Midwest states received a glimpse into their financial future last month. Landing in their e-mail inboxes were links to reports from Medicare showing the amount their patients cost on average as well as the quality of the care they provided. The reports also showed how Medicare spending on each doctor’s patients compared to their local peers in Kansas, Iowa, Missouri

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