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  • $15,000 for a knee-icing machine?

    To the editor: David Lazarus' column on a knee-surgery patient's bill of more than $15,000 for a cooling machine that he didn't have to pay for after a prior operation casts a much-needed light into the darkness of health insurance companies. ("Same...
  • Why most seniors can't afford to pay more for Medicare

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Should seniors pay more for Medicare? Republicans think so; they have repeatedly called for replacing the current program with vouchers that would shift cost and risk to seniors. There's no doubt this is where Republicans will take us...
  • Day Kimball Hospital earns high quality rating

    A preliminary report issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services indicates that Day Kimball Hospital, part of the Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) integrated system, has earned a "two" rating in the Hospital Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction...
  • Seniors surprised when Medicare switches their coverage

    Seniors surprised when Medicare switches their coverage
    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...
  • Rauner used strategy now under IRS scrutiny to slash income taxes

    Rauner used strategy now under IRS scrutiny to slash income taxes
    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...
  • Healthcare debate lacks factual arguments against Obamacare

    Healthcare debate lacks factual arguments against Obamacare
    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...
  • Long term care update: Is 90 the new 70?

    Americans are getting older. A new U.S. Census Bureau 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,...
  • Doctors charge Medicare top rates for office visits

    Doctors charge Medicare top rates for office visits
    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&...
  • Treatment Tracker tool lets you check on doctors' practices

    Treatment Tracker tool lets you check on doctors' practices
    When choosing a doctor who’s right for you, you don’t have to rely exclusively on a friend’s recommendation or a referral. Now you can check whether your medical provider practices similarly to his or her peers. ProPublica has...
  • Staffing Cuts Possible At L+M Healthcare

    NEW LONDON — Staffing reductions through attrition and possibly layoffs are likely to be announced in the next few weeks to the approximately 3,500 employees of Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and its affiliates. Bruce Cummings, president and chief...
  • 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...