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Doctors Fighting Public Accountability Paid Millions By Medicare


Leaders of the California Medical Association, who are fighting a ballot measure to increase public accountability for dangerous doctors, received nearly $5 million from taxpayers in Medicare payments, according to data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.A database at the Wall Street Journal website reveals that Medicare paid 34 of the 54 members of the California Medical Association’s Board of Trustees $4,975,807 in 2012, including $212,660 to CMA President Richard … Continue reading...

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


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 … Continue reading...

Value Base Health Care Shows Little Signs Of Success


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...