A story in the New York Times proposes that the government consider saving Medicare money by having people die sooner(free subscription required to view):ALTHOUGH Social Security's fiscal direction has taken center stage in Washington of late, Medicare's future financing problems are likely to be much worse. President Bush has asserted that the Medicare Modernization Act, which he signed in 2003, would solve some of those problems - "the logic is irrefutable," he said two months ago. Yet the … [Read more...] about How to Save Medicare? Die Sooner?!
The Washington Post reported that CMS has reconsidered its criteria for covering motorized wheelchairs. According to the writer, Cindy Skrzycki:The Medicare program recently introduced three major regulatory initiatives to tighten up eligibility, reduce payments and assure the legitimacy of the providers. Then you have to read through almost the entire long article about the history of this to find out what the initiatives are. I've excerpted them for you here:Reacting to the pressure, CMS … [Read more...] about Medicare & Wheelchairs
Fifteen hundred pages of rules governing the Medicare Prescription Drug program have now been published in final form. Are you feeling a little overwhelmed at this point?The Washington Post published a piece on this describing the changes made to the rules as proposed last summer:The agency also outlined several changes made in the regulations since a preliminary version was announced in July. They now assure that beneficiaries have access to convenient pharmacies, and charity payments have been … [Read more...] about Medicare Prescription Drug Rules Now Issued
The Robert Pear from the New York Times has published a piece opining that confusion will be caused by the fact that the Medicare Drug Prescription Plan may cause confusion for nursing home residents as a result of the fact that residents will be allowed to choose between two or more government subsidized plans. The article states:The premise of the law is that Medicare beneficiaries will carefully compare these plans and enroll in the ones that best meet their needs.But more than one-third of … [Read more...] about Adjusting To The Medicare Drug Prescription Plan