| Jun 20, 2014
| 10:11 PM
At least six Illinois hospitals are at risk of having their Medicare payments docked this fall, the government's toughest effort yet to crack down on unnecessary infections and other patient injuries, federal records show.
Included on that list is...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 11:15 AM
Thousands of South Florida seniors are discovering they've been switched from their HMO-style Medicare Advantage plan back to traditional Medicare — an unexpected move that will cost them more out-of-pocket for care.
The change affects Medicare...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 5:16 AM
IRS data show Bruce Rauner to be one of the 11,000 richest tax filers in the nation, but most of the millions he made in recent years was taxed at 15 percent — less than half the top federal rate for the wealthy, a review of tax documents released...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 9:41 PM
Americans have always been a politically contentious lot. But one topic seems to produce more pure vitriol than any other: the Affordable Care Act.
I posted an item on my Times blog, the Economy Hub, citing new statistics indicating that the act has...
| Jun 28, 2014
| 1:23 PM
Sometimes, senators come to town to campaign; sometimes, as with Sen. Tim Kaine’s stop Saturday at a healthcare forum at Hampton’s Zion Baptist Church, just to listen.
One key thing he heard, he said later, was that folks in town, like...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 2:29 PM
New legislation submitted by two Connecticut members of Congress would require health insurers to finalize their physician networks for Medicare Advantage plans 60 days before the autumn enrollment begins.
The goal of the Medicare Advantage Participant...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 2:41 PM
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| Jun 22, 2014
A quarter of the nation's hospitals in October will receive lower Medicare payments because their rates of patient complications are higher than their peers. Federal officials released a preliminary analysis in April scoring hospitals and provisionally...
| May 14, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Americans are getting older. A new U.S. Census BureauÂ report projects that roughly one in five Americans (about 21 percent) will be 65 years old and up by 2050, compared with just 13 percent in 2010 and less than 10 percent in 1970. Taking a longer view,...
| May 18, 2014
A Melrose Park pain specialist charged Medicare the highest rate allowed for more than 80 percent of her established patients' office visits in 2012, government records show.
That same year, a Chicago Heights internist classified every single patient...
| May 15, 2014
| 10:23 AM
Office visits are the bread and butter of many physicians’ practices. Medicare pays for more than 200 million of them a year, often to deal with routine problems like colds or high blood pressure. Most require relatively modest amounts of a doctor&...