| Feb 11, 2015
| 1:51 PM
Rite Aid's $2-billion acquisition of a pharmacy benefits manager steers the drugstore chain toward a potentially lucrative focus for healthcare companies: finding ways to tame customer costs.
The nation's third-largest drugstore chain is buying...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 2:09 PM
Several months ago, I bumped into a longtime patient of mine at the delicatessen counter of my local supermarket. He said, "Well doc, I guess you won't be our doctor anymore."
This caught me off guard — I had taken care of him and his wife for...
| Feb 8, 2015
| 5:57 AM
I got an unexpected present after turning 70 in December — a 35 percent premium increase on my Medigap insurance from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.
The notice came with no explanation, and I can understand why. I'm on Medicare and I have no...
| Feb 2, 2015
| 2:14 PM
We can all agree that America's corporate income tax is a mess.
Lots of hugely profitable corporations pay little or nothing in federal income tax. General Electric and Boeing, for example, have paid virtually nothing in federal income taxes for the...
| Feb 1, 2015
The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is urging President Obama to endorse and Congress to enact sweeping changes to military health insurance and retirement options to "empower" service members to make choices that would drive...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 9:00 PM
The United States does not know how many fugitives are in Cuba.
Nobody tracks it. Nobody even routinely asks for the return of those wanted on serious federal charges, much less more common state offenses, the Sun Sentinel has found.
| Jan 29, 2015
| 6:18 AM
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced this week that, through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare would be taking drastic steps to assure that doctors are paid not for visits and procedures, but rather for the value of their...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 10:36 AM
The Obama administration outlined ambitious new goals Monday to transform the way the gargantuan Medicare program pays doctors and hospitals in the next four years, rewarding providers that achieve better outcomes for patients rather than just do more....
| Jan 27, 2015
| 5:13 PM
Three of the major hospitals in Glendale and Burbank earned C grades on a recent national report card about patient safety, while local medical officials said improvements are being put in place and that some of the data used to compile the scores was...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 6:30 PM
I got a lot of great responses to my recent column on individual retirement accounts. Several people, in particular, wrote in with questions about IRA minimum distributions, which must be taken each year after age 70 1/2. So I called Jamie Hopkins,...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 8:43 PM
The Obama administration outlined ambitious new goals Monday to transform over the next four years the way that the gargantuan Medicare program pays doctors and hospitals, rewarding providers that achieve better outcomes for patients rather than those...