National Journal: Mixed Message From Obama Advisers On Medicare President Obama has seized on Republican proposals to overhaul Medicare as a top campaign issue, saying that the GOP plan to add a private insurance option would end seniors’ guarantee of government health care. But behind the election-season politics, influential experts who have advised Obama on health care are open to a future for Medicare that includes competition among private insurance plans. … In [private] e-mail exchanges with the staff of the White House-appointed fiscal commission that were obtained by National Journal, David Cutler and Jonathan Gruber, who have both advised Obama, gave qualified support to a Medicare voucher plan offered by Ryan and former Clinton budget director Alice Rivlin (McCarthy, 9/10).
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Data Note: Repealing the Affordable Care Act: Implications for Medicare Spending and Beneficiaries
A number of Republican proposals to repeal the 2010 health reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), include the elimination of the law’s Medicare provisions. This Data Note reviews the impact of repealing those provisions for Medicare beneficiaries and program spending. If the ACA was repealed, Medicare spending would increase by an additional $716 billion over 10 years, Medicare’s hospital trust fund would be projected to be insolvent beginning four years from now, in 2016, eight years earlier than current projections, and many beneficiaries could see increases in premiums and costs for other services.
Shingles Vaccinations Not Covered For Some Medicare Beneficiaries
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Are Medicare's new quality incentives large enough to change hospital behavior?
The program is part of a major shift for Medicare, which historically has paid hospitals and doctors based on the nature of services they provided to patients without taking into account how good a job they did. Medicare has already launched several trial programs that are intended to reward hospitals based on performance, but those are voluntary; the value-based purchasing program is the first one that will be applied to nearly all acute care hospitals regardless of whether they want to participate. It kicks in at the same time that 2,211 hospitals will also begin losing money because of high readmission rates, another program created in the health law.
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The Wall Street Journals’s Venture Capital Dispatch: Hospitals Investigate Start-Up Technologies For Superbug Disinfection The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has said 2012 will be the year that hospitals should start paying to treat infections contracted on their premises. Many investors have the issue pegged as a janitorial concern, and not necessarily the purview of high-tech gadgets. But others see an enormous unmet need, where several small companies are vying to unseat giants like Johnson & Johnson in a potentially lucrative field. Hospitals are now turning to esoteric technologies–including robots that use xenon ultraviolet light technology–to combat the germs (Hay, 8/1).
What Is the Most Significant Medicare Coverage Gap?
The Medicare Plan D covers the bulk of prescription drug costs with the insured paying a straightforward reasonable copayment. This continues until the combined payments of the insured and Medicare insurance reach $2,930, at which time Medicare stops payment until a total of $4,700 is paid. This area between $2,930 and $4,700 is the Medicare coverage gap and it results in a $1,770 out of pocket expense to the senior. These gap numbers are not some sort of inflation-adjusted amount, they come from the 2012 Official U.S. Government Medicare Handbook. If a conservative 3.4 million, which, according to a 2008 study from the Kaiser Family Foundation, is the number of people that reached the gap, is used to multiply this $1,770 gap payment, the magnitude of the Medicare coverage gap becomes quite significant.
Health safety Poll economic system Trumps Medicare Womenamp39s Health Issues Kaiser
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Repealing ACA Could Increase Health Care Costs, Report Finds
The ACA includes several provisions that would reduce costs for Medicare beneficiaries and improve costs and delivery efficiency elsewhere in the health care system, an accompanying brief notes. “Repeal of the ACA would undo these changes, raise costs for beneficiaries and increase federal spending at a time when the nation is struggling to address the deficit and debt,” the brief states.