Help sorting through plans is available through the Washington state Insurance Commissioner’s SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) program.
Medicare’s failure to monitor what doctors are prescribing has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars on excessive use of brand-name medication and exposed the elderly and disabled to drugs they should avoid. Find out how your doctor measures up.
More hospitals are receiving penalties than bonuses in the second year of Medicare’s quality incentive program, and the average penalty is steeper than it was last year.
Elderly Americans are prescribed medications in inexplicably different ways depending on where they live, a new study finds.
The most depressed older patients or at least the ones being medicated — live in parts of Louisiana and Florida.
There’s a cluster with dementia around Miami.
And the seniors who have the most trouble sleeping?
They live, perhaps unsurprisingly, in Manhattan.
Seniors shouldn’t simply renew their policies and assume the current coverage will stay the same.
And there’s a likely payoff for those who pay close attention to the details.
Medicare’s open enrollment period for prescription drug plans (Part D) and Medicare Advantage plans is Oct. 15 – Dec. 7. Local help is available in your community through the Washington state Insurance Commissioner’s Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA).
Saving for health care after retirement is less costly than it was just a few years ago thanks to the slowed growth of health care spending. But that’s just part of the picture.
The online exchanges that open Oct. 1 are not aimed at Medicare beneficiaries, but the 2010 health law does affect seniors in other ways.
Lacking enough psychiatrists, psychologists and psychiatric nurses, some states will call on a different category of caregiver to meet the surging demand for mental health services under Obamacare.
These days, patients are often transferred from a hospital to a nursing home to recover. But, then, some never leave. One program works on getting them back home.
Inside Room 101 at Emerald Hills, a covert campaign was under way in the fall of 2008. Potentially lethal bed sores were spreading across Joan’s body, and workers were trying to improvise help.
If Medicare had followed Washington state’s lead, experts say it would have saved billions.