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  • CT scans for nonsmoking women could save lives [Commentary]

    CT scans for nonsmoking women could save lives [Commentary]
    The U. S. Preventive Services Task Force, made up of 16 medical experts appointed by the federal government's Department of Health and Human Services, has recently recommended that former and current smokers, ages 55 to 80, receive annual CT scans to test...
  • UnitedHealthcare To Drop 30 Doctors From Medicare Advantage Network In New Haven Area

    About 30 doctors in the New Haven area will be out of UnitedHealthcare's Medicare Advantage network starting July 1, leaving patients to find other clinicians or face higher out-of-network rates. UnitedHealthcare sent letters to an undisclosed number...
  • Some Illinois doctors billing Medicare top rate

     Some Illinois doctors billing Medicare top rate
    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...
  • Are docs 'Choosing Wisely'?

    Are docs 'Choosing Wisely'?
    WASHINGTON — Challenged to list several questionable procedures that are commonly used in their field, America's joint surgeons came out against custom shoe inserts and two types of dietary supplements. They also discouraged the long-term use of...
  • Preparing for your body for retirement

    Preparing for your body for retirement
    Donna Schramek is looking forward to retirement on the Eastern Shore. She loves the smell of the ocean, walking on the beach, and spending time with her grandchildren. That's why the 64-year-old Brooklyn Park administrative coordinator at Medstar Health...
  • Medicare's open books [Editorial]

    Medicare's open books  [Editorial]
    This week, America learned what the folks over on Security Boulevard already knew — there's a lot to be learned from Medicare accounting. Medicare paid out $77 billion to health care providers in 2012, according to the long-awaited data coming...
  • Nonsmoking policy not adequate at hospital where man died in fire, report says

    Nonsmoking policy not adequate at hospital where man died in fire, report says
    The University of Maryland Medical Center was not adequately enforcing its nonsmoking policy when a man died in a fire last fall at the hospital, according to a federal and state investigation. Investigators discovered cigarettes and a lighter near the...
  • GOP-led House approves tough Paul Ryan budget, but debate continues

    WASHINGTON -- With little drama Thursday, House Republicans easily approved a largely symbolic budget proposal from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), closing out a floor debate over spending priorities and opening a new front on the midterm campaign trail. As...
  • Letters: Medicare payments analyzed

    Re "Medicare lifts the veil on payments," April 9 Wednesday's news that Medicare is making public Part B payments to doctors received mixed reviews. That's to be expected when healthcare's economic black box is pried open. Sadly, one doctor's full...
  • DeLauro Proposing Bill Offering Patient Protections In Medicare Advantage Rules

    HAMDEN — U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro announced Friday she will introduce legislation to tighten restrictions on insurers that sell Medicare Advantage plans, giving patients more advance notice when insurers change their physician networks. The...
  • Brevard oncologist loses $89M Medicare fraud judgment

    Brevard oncologist loses $89M Medicare fraud judgment
    A Brevard County doctor, Wasfi Makar, was hit with an $89 million judgment on Wednesday in a whistleblower Medicare fraud case. For almost 20 years, Makar ran the American Cancer Treatment Centers in Rockledge and Titusville, which are now apparently...