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Feds Want An End To Medicare Bonus Program
2012-04-23 10:03:27

Federal investigators are calling for an end to an $8 billion Medicare bonus program that rewards providers of second-rate healthcare, charging that the program is a political ploy by the Obama administration. The report, issued today by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO), states that the $8.3 billion pledged for quality bonuses to Medicare Advantage insurance plans would postpone the pain of cuts to the plans under the new healthcare law. Most of the money would go to...

Medicare Fighting Painkiller Abuse
2011-12-14 13:23:38

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is directing Medicare prescription drug plans to withhold payments for popular painkillers when they suspect patient abuse. The agency encouraged doctors to issue prescriptions for painkillers that provide a supply of 30 days or less. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that in 2008, about 170,000 people in Medicare received prescriptions from five or more doctors for drugs that are frequently abused. According to the...


Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'