| Apr 17, 2014
| 8:59 AM
Americans should not be deterred from working to improve our health care system despite difficulties with implementing the websites of the health insurance exchanges as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Our resolve for improved health care should...
| May 8, 2014
| 2:52 PM
A consistent theme in the legal challenges to the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is that Democrats in Congress or the Obama administration cheated in some way to enact or implement the law. The arguments go something like this: Congress...
| May 6, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Americans are living longer than ever, but that's not unequivocally good news. The longer you live, the more likely you will need long-term care. And paying for that care is not cheap or uncomplicated.
Unfortunately, you cannot count on Medicare to cover...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 1:48 PM
UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurer, grew its revenue base and the number of customers it serves during the first quarter of 2014.
"We performed steadily in the first quarter, with continued momentum from our Optum health services...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 7:37 PM
Two national stories grabbed the headlines this week: The release of 2012 Medicare data regarding physician reimbursements, and the revelation that there had been 23 deaths over 15 years at Veteran Affairs medical centers nationwide due to delayed...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 4:51 PM
This week, the federal government is planning to release a massive database capable of providing patients with much more information about their doctors.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the government agency that runs Medicare, plans...
| Apr 10, 2014
The news that a small percentage of the country's physicians collected billions of dollars from Medicare in a single year may or may not be a testament to individual greed; some of the top recipients are under investigation for allegedly bilking the...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 6:12 PM
Newport Beach oncologist Minh Nguyen woke up Wednesday wearing a dubious distinction: Medicare's highest-paid doctor in California and one of the top physicians nationwide.
Some of his patients and fellow physicians immediately called him wanting an...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 7:48 AM
A bit more than half a penny out of every dollar Medicare pays to care for the nation's elderly flows to Hampton Roads doctors and other care-givers, but the first look in 35 years at what Washington pays individual providers shows the flow of money...
| Feb 2, 2014
Most members of the House of Representatives have a "wall of fame" in their office — meant-to-impress photographs of the often obscure incumbent with presidents, senators and hometown sports heroes.
Henry Waxman's wall has bills, dozens of them...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 3:49 PM
More than 500 adults in Southeastern and Central Virginia who receive both Medicare and Medicaid, a group known as "dual eligibles," have already signed up for the state's new Commonwealth Coordinated Care program.
Voluntary enrollment started March 1....