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  • Hospice owner charged with Medicare, Medicaid fraud

    Hospice owner charged with Medicare, Medicaid fraud
    As the head of one of the fastest-growing hospice and nursing home networks in the state, Seth Gillman often talked about his mission of improving the quality of care for those in the final stages of life. “Give patients everything they need, even...
  • Planning for Alzheimer's: Take steps early to ease financial burden

    Rebecca Barnard, of St. Louis, Mo., spent her career as a software developer, but her passion was fine-art photography. She was detail-oriented in both her job and her hobby, says her husband, Richard Rubin. So he was surprised when he began noticing...
  • Local Voices: Jan. 16 edition

    Local Voices: Jan. 16 edition
    Letters to the editor from Waukegan, Libertyville, Deerfield and Lake Forest. One's own self-defense This letter is in response to the letter from Michelle Lowy, who found the story on people training to carry concealed firearms to be "extremely...
  • Follow the rules carefully when appealing a denied Medicare claim

    Appealing a Medicare claim can be time-consuming and slow. Before going that route, talk with the doctor, hospital and Medicare to see if you can spot the problem and get the claim resubmitted. If you can't fix the problem that way, look on the back of...
  • Know the rules when applying for medigap coverage

    Even though most health insurers starting in 2014 will no longer be able to reject people for coverage or charge them more because of their health, the new law does NOT apply to Medicare supplemental policies (often called medigap plans). You can buy any...
  • Health insurance exchanges gear up for action

    Circle October 1 on your calendar. If you're under 65, you may be less than three short months from a whole new outlook on your health, wealth and retirement security. October 1 marks the start of open enrollment on the new state-based health insurance...
  • UnitedHealth's shares dip on small increase in quarterly profit

    UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation's largest health insurer, reported a tiny uptick in third-quarter profit, disappointing investors who have bid up the company's shares in recent months. The Minnetonka, Minn., company said government funding cuts to...
  • Blue Shield of California to buy GemCare Health Plan in Bakersfield

    Blue Shield of California to buy GemCare Health Plan in Bakersfield
    Blue Shield of California said it has agreed to acquire GemCare Health Plan, expanding its presence in Kern County and the Central Coast area. Blue Shield, one of the state's largest health insurers, said Tuesday that GemCare customers should see...
  • Being a super-user isn't always so super

    Being a super-user isn't always so super
    A 58-year-old Maryland woman breaks her ankle, develops a blood clot and, unable to find a doctor to monitor her blood-thinning drug, winds up in an emergency room 30 times in six months. A 55-year-old Mississippi man with severe hypertension and kidney...
  • Some hospitals at risk for electronic record penalties

    Some hospitals at risk for electronic record penalties
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Small and rural U.S. hospitals are most at risk of not satisfying certain federal requirements for using electronic health record systems, according to a new study. Targeted grants might help the lagging hospitals get up to speed and...
  • O.C. nursing home firm pays $48 million to settle Medicare fraud case

    O.C. nursing home firm pays $48 million to settle Medicare fraud case
    Ensign Group Inc., a Mission Viejo company that operates nursing homes in several states, has agreed to pay $48 million to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare for unnecessary procedures performed on its patients. Two former Ensign Group...