Category Archives: Medicare Spending

FAQ: What’s In The House’s Proposal To Fix Medicare’s Payments To Doctors

It’s make-or-break time for a Medicare “doc fix” replacement. The House is likely to vote this week on a proposal to scrap Medicare’s troubled physician payment formula, just days before a March 31 deadline when doctors who treat Medicare patients will see a 21 percent payment cut. Senate action could come this week as well, … Continue reading FAQ: What’s In The House’s Proposal To Fix Medicare’s Payments To Doctors

Poll: Younger Americans More Receptive Than Seniors To GOP Medicare Plan

The Republican proposal to change Medicare that has been championed by GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan remains unpopular with Americans, although younger people are more receptive to it than older ones, according to a new poll. Only 37 percent say that the program should be changed to a “premium support” system in which the … Continue reading Poll: Younger Americans More Receptive Than Seniors To GOP Medicare Plan

Why Care Under The Affordable Care Act Will be Unaffordable

Several recent articles should dispel any remaining notion that care provided under the so-called Affordable Care Act will in fact be affordable. Just the opposite is true. The Wall Street Journal reported that when physicians sell their practice to hospitals and become hospital employees, services they provide to patients become significantly more expensive.  The reason for this, … Continue reading Why Care Under The Affordable Care Act Will be Unaffordable

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 … Continue reading Medicare To Expand Use Of Competitive Bidding

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 … Continue reading Medicare To Tie Doctors’ Pay To Quality, Cost Of Care