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  • Nurse Practitioner Admits Accepting Drug Company Kickbacks

    Nurse Practitioner Admits Accepting Drug Company Kickbacks
    HARTFORD — A Derby nurse practitioner identified as the state's highest Medicare prescriber of potent narcotics has admitted taking kickbacks from a drug company in exchange for prescribing pain medication. Heather Alfonso, 42, of Middlebury,...
  • Case Against Derby Nurse Involves Potent Painkiller

    Case Against Derby Nurse Involves Potent Painkiller
    Federal charges against Derby nurse Heather Alfonso center on a powerful and addictive painkiller called Subsys, which has been heavily marketed by the Arizona-based manufacturer Insys Therapeutics, federal officials confirmed Wednesday. Alfonso, 42, of...
  • Avoid these common Medicare mistakes

    Q: Medicare can be so complicated. What are some common mistakes I should watch out for when signing up for coverage or picking plans to fill in the gaps? A: Avoiding these frequent flubs will save you money and a tangle of red tape: 1. Keeping your...
  • House votes to kill health law's Medicare savings panel

    The House voted Tuesday to kill a federal panel that is supposed to find ways to curb Medicare spending, as Republicans ignored a veto threat and leveled their latest blow at President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Members of the Independent...
  • Let pharmacies boost access to health care: My Word

    Let pharmacies boost access to health care: My Word
    Too many Floridians have too little access to routine medical care. For those seniors who have limited mobility or live in rural areas, a trip to the doctor can easily turn into a major undertaking. Provider shortages can make it difficult for seniors...
  • Anthem reaffirms commitment to its $47-billion bid for Cigna

    Anthem sees its more than $47 billion bid to buy rival Cigna as a way to muscle up on technology that helps consumers and to strengthen its rapidly growing Medicare Advantage business. Leaders of the Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer reaffirmed on Monday...
  • Anthem CEO: Cigna Deal Made Public To Sway Shareholders

    Anthem CEO: Cigna Deal Made Public To Sway Shareholders
    Anthem Inc., undeterred by Cigna's rejection of its takeover bid, took its case to financial analysts Monday, expressing confidence that it could sign a merger deal "quickly." "We just felt the process was not developing in a way … that best...
  • Insurer combos offer no price break guarantees for consumers

    The average consumer should catch a price break if major health insurers like Anthem and Cigna combine and cut their expenses. That's the basic theory, at least. The reality will be much murkier for the more than 50 million people who may be affected if...
  • Florida surgeon pays $4M to resolve false Medicare billings

    A Florida surgeon and a plastic surgery clinic will pay $4 million to resolve allegations that Medicare was billed for procedures that were unnecessary or never occurred. Dr. Donald C. Proctor Jr. also agreed under the False Claims Act settlement not...
  • Covering the Bases: Those who qualify for Medicare cannot keep Medicaid Expansion

    Covering the Bases: Those who qualify for Medicare cannot keep Medicaid Expansion
    In January, I enrolled into the Medical Assistance (Medicaid) with the help of a "navigator" through the Maryland Health Connection. Everything was working fine until I turned 65 in June. Under Medical Assistance, I had little or no copayments for doctors...
  • Anthem reveals $54-billion bid for Cigna after merger talks break down

    Anthem reveals $54-billion bid for Cigna after merger talks break down
    Healthcare giant Anthem Inc. stepped up its pursuit of rival Cigna Corp. with a $54-billion takeover bid amid an industrywide merger frenzy that could dramatically reshape the insurance market. Anthem, the nation's second-largest health insurer, said...