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Medicare Doc Fraud or Something Else?

Marilyn Tavenner, chief of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which will make the data publicly available. J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

The headline news today is awash with stories about the release of Medicare data from 2012 detailing payments to doctors around the nation:"Small Slice of Doctors Account for Big Chunk of Medicare Costs." -- The Wall Street Journal "Release of Medicare doctor payments shows some huge payouts." -- Los Angeles Times "Sliver of Medicare Doctors Get Big Share of Payouts." -- New York Times "Release of Medicare pay data puts hard focus on top-billers." -- PoliticoHere's how the … Continue reading...

Medicare Home Health Population is Older, Poorer, Sicker and Mostly Women and Minorities

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New analyses completed by Avalere Health and Dobson DaVanzo & Associates released by the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare find that the majority of Medicare home health beneficiaries and caregivers, both skilled and informal, are women and that Medicare home health beneficiaries are among the most vulnerable of all Medicare beneficiaries.The newly-released data show more than 60 percent of Medicare home health beneficiaries are women. An estimated 90 percent of registered nurses, … Continue reading...

Value Base Health Care Shows Little Signs Of Success

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According to a new RAND Corporation report, after ten years of experimentation with reforms that give health providers financial incentives to improve performance, relatively little is known about how to best execute such strategies or judge their success.  Value-based health … Continue reading...

What To Do About Dry Mouth

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Xerostomia, more commonly called dry mouth, is the sensation of not having enough saliva in the mouth to be comfortable. Most of us get dry mouth from time to time, but when it becomes chronic, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dentist or doctor to have it checked. … Continue reading...