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Gov. John Hickenlooper’s new executive team includes the people who will be shaping Colorado’s health care policy for the next four years. Those people will be responsible, in part, for helping create the new health insurance exchanges required by federal law, as well as guiding the state’s efforts at implementing other parts of the health… Continue Reading Hickenlooper names team that will guide state’s care

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Colorado received a $13.7 million award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for making changes in its enrollment policies. The changes led to big increases in the past fiscal year in the number of children enrolled in the public health insurance program. Colorado’s Medicaid program saw a 14 percent increase during the fiscal… Continue Reading Colo. Medicare gets $14M federal award for initiative

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Poll: Baby boomers fear outliving Medicare

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The first baby boomers will be old enough to qualify for Medicare Jan. 1, and many fear the program’s obituary will be written before their own. A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that baby boomers believe by a ratio of 2-to-1 they won’t be able to rely on the giant health insurance plan throughout their… Continue Reading Poll: Baby boomers fear outliving Medicare

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Calculating the cost of the Memorial Commission

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The Memorial Commission’s proposal about the future of Memorial Health System is in the hands of city council now. So what did it cost to get there? At least $331,479.31, according to Memorial’s accounting. The bulk of that went to the Bachman Group for public relations work and to Larry Singer, a Chicago-based health care… Continue Reading Calculating the cost of the Memorial Commission

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Congress delays cuts to doctor Medicare payments

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Congress agreed today to a one-month delay in Medicare payment cuts to doctors, giving a short-term reprieve to a looming crisis over treatment of the nation’s elderly. The House, in approving by voice vote the bill passed by the Senate earlier this month, postponed a 23 percent cut in doctors’ pay scheduled to take effect… Continue Reading Congress delays cuts to doctor Medicare payments

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Medicare and Social Security – the foundation of a secure retirement – are facing strains from an aging population and an economy that can’t seem to get out of low gear. And despite assertions to the contrary by the Obama administration, the new health care law doesn’t improve Medicare’s solvency by much. As the government… Continue Reading Prognosis guarded for Medicare and Social Security

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A Colorado medical equipment industry group is supporting a bill that provides an alternative to Medicare competitive bidding programs. Congress is considering a bill that will reduce reimbursements to medical equipment providers, but will end competitive bidding for Medicare projects. The Colorado Association of Medical Equipment Services believes that the current process is a “scheme… Continue Reading Industry group opposes Medicare bidding plan

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The nation’s hospitals will lose $142 million from Medicare cuts for the next fiscal year, a figure that represents about 0.1 percent of the hospital and acute-care budget for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The new reimbursement rate does not yet include hospital-related provisions of health care reform. CMS officials said they will… Continue Reading Hospitals receive Medicare cut, long term care gets hike

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WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s an annual ordeal for many seniors living on a budget. Medicare’s coverage gap for prescription drugs – $3,610 next year – has steadily gotten bigger since the benefit’s inception. But if Democrats have their way on health care overhaul, the dreaded “doughnut hole” will shrink by $500 right away and go… Continue Reading Democrats vow to close Medicare ‘doughnut hole’

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More Medicare reductions

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Hospitals worry about long-term impact of continued cuts Hospitals are scrambling to stem the effects of an additional 1.5 percent reduction in Medicaid reimbursements. The cuts come on top of the 2 percent reduction in Medicaid payments that was enacted earlier this year. “The cuts hit some hospitals pretty hard,” said Tom Nash of the… Continue Reading More Medicare reductions

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