Tag Archives: Medicare

Furor Erupts: Billions Going To Hospitals Based On Medicare Billings, Not COVID-19

Probably few hospital systems need the emergency federal grants announced this week to handle the coronavirus crisis as badly as Florida’s Jackson Health does. Miami, its base of operations, is the worst COVID-19 hot spot in one of the most severely hit states. Even in normal years, the system sometimes barely makes money. At least… Read More »

Medicare will now cover telehealth to fight coronavirus

Dive Brief: The Trump administration on Tuesday said telemedicine services would be temporarily be covered by Medicare for beneficiaries, the latest policy change in response to COVID-19, the disease causes by the novel coronavirus. “Medicare patients can now visit any doctor by phone or video conference at no additional cost, including with commonly used services… Read More »

Trump administration expands Medicare telehealth benefits for COVID-19 fight

As promised, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services expanded its Medicare telehealth coverage during the coronavirus crisis to enable more patients to get virtual care services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. WHY IT MATTERSUnder the expansion, Medicare will temporarily pay clinicians for telehealth services nationwide to help stem the spread… Read More »

GAO: Number of hospitals heavily dependent on Medicare has shrunk

Dive Brief: The number of hospitals heavily dependent on Medicare decreased 28.5% between 2011 and 2017, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. However, their numbers were relatively small to begin with — and those that actually qualified for payments were an even smaller proportion. The GAO attributes the shrinking number… Read More »

Nevada unions don’t trust ‘Medicare for all’ to manage their healthcare

Nevada’s culinary union, an influential force in the state’s upcoming caucuses, just fired a shot across the bow of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign. In flyers, emails, and text messages, the union warned its members that Sanders’s “Medicare for all” plan would “end Culinary Healthcare.” The culinary union has good reason to oppose Sanders’s plan.… Read More »