| Dec 22, 2014
| 8:51 PM
Easton Hospital has agreed to shell out $662,000 to settle allegations of health care fraud, according to a news release Monday from the federal government.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia contends Easton Hospital billed Medicare for...
| Dec 23, 2014
In a second round of fines related to the quality of certain performance measures instituted by the Affordable Care Act, three Riverside hospitals will take a 1 percent hit in Medicare reimbursements for the next fiscal year.
| Dec 23, 2014
| 8:29 PM
Located in a high-crime neighborhood on Chicago's West Side, Sacred Heart Hospital had limited emergency services, a skeleton staff on nights and weekends, and no access at those hours to routine procedures such as x-rays or lab work, federal...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 6:43 AM
Next year, seniors with private Medicare Advantage insurance policies whose doctors leave their plan may be able to leave, too, under a new Medicare rule.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which oversee Medicare Advantage programs, will...
| Dec 25, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Antipsychotic medications and the risks associated with their use in nursing homes to treat dementia is an issue of growing concern in the U.S. An interprofessional approach, enlisting pharmacists to work closely with other providers, is key to addressing...
| Dec 28, 2014
| 7:07 PM
— Federal spending in Pennsylvania totaled $135 billion last year, a figure that has grown by half over the last decade, according to data from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Researchers tallied five categories of federal spending — retirement...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 6:10 AM
Casi 90 centavos de cada 10 dólares que gasta el sistema de salud de Estados Unidos corresponde a los efectos del tabaquismo, según un equipo.
Los investigadores calcularon que el 8,7 por ciento del gasto total en salud, que es de 170.000 millones de...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 8:15 AM
For someone whose wallet contains a Medicare card, as mine does, ice skating probably isn't the most sensible sport. Still, skating at Rockefeller Plaza has long been on my figurative bucket list, and two years ago, I checked it off and went for it. For...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Until last year, Norm Guivens didn't have the most favorable impression of nursing homes. Having visited various friends and relatives in these facilities, the Braintree, Mass., bridge teacher was struck mostly by the odor of soiled linens and drab...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 10:00 AM
The Holy Cross Physician Partners Accountable Care Organization has been selected as one of 89 groups added in an expanding nationwide Medicare Shared Savings Program that now provides 7.2 million Medicare beneficiaries with access to coordinated care,...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 1:20 PM
The Republican resistance to Obamacare is not surprising. Remember some of the party's fervent fights against Social Security in the 1930s and Medicare in the 1960s?
— Patricia C. Houle, West Chicago
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