Money Mystery at Medicare
- Medicaid: HCFA Reversed Its Position and Approved Additional State Financing Schemes: GAO-02-147. // GAO Reports;10/30/2001, p1
Some states have taken advantage of the flexibility that Congress built into the Medicaid program by devising schemes that inappropriately boost the federal share of program expenditures. These schemes were adding billions of dollars a year to federal Medicaid costs without the states paying...
- Looking for better ways. // Modern Healthcare;12/24/2007, Vol. 37 Issue 51, p28
This section offers news briefs related to healthcare spending in the U.S. in 2007. A research organization has concluded that wide variations in what Medicare pays for medical procedures and a lack of evidence of what works pose more dire problems for Medicare and Medicaid. The U.S. Centers for...
- Medicare Post-Acute Care: Better Information Needed Before Modifying BBA Reforms: T-HEHS-99-192. // GAO Reports;9/15/1999, p1
The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 seeks to make Medicare a more efficient and prudent purchaser of post-acute care services. The act's payment reforms are changing home health care, skilled nursing facility, and rehabilitation therapy service delivery practices. There is still not enough...
- Medicare Beneficiary Cost-Sharing Liability, by Type of Expenditure and Coverage. // Health Care Financing Review;Summer94 Supplement, Vol. 15, p40
The article provides information on the cost-sharing liability of Medicare beneficiaries in the United States. In 1992, total Medicare expenditures for covered health care services amounted to an estimated $142.4 billion. Medicare beneficiaries were responsible for cost-sharing expenses, which...
- New York State doubled billed state for Medicare Part B services, says DiNapoli. // Hudson Valley Business Journal;10/22/2007, Vol. 18 Issue 43, p33
The article reports on the overpayment of 2,000 medical providers for Medicare Part B services by the Department of Health (DOH) in New York. According to an audit released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, an estimated $600,000 has been doubled billed and there are over 10,000 instances...
- Health Plan cost hikes accelerate. Geisel, Jerry // Business Insurance;12/11/2000, Vol. 34 Issue 50, p1
Reports on the continued and forecasted increases in group health care plan costs in the United States in 2000 and 2001. Burden of the health care costs passed by employers to employees; Percentage of the cost increases; Uncontrolled rise in the costs for prescription drugs.
- Insurers say double-digit hikes likely. Santiago, Raquel // Crain's Cleveland Business;09/25/2000, Vol. 21 Issue 40, p3
Reports on the results of a survey of United States insurers and claims administrators about health care costs in 2001. Factors expected to drive costs upward among health insurers; Reasons for raising rates.
- How to cap health insurance hikes. // Grand Rapids Business Journal;01/11/99, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p3
Opinion. Recommends steps to cap health insurance hikes. Concerns over rising health care benefits in the United States; Government policies which increase the cost of medical care; Total quality management in health initiatives.
- Employers' health costs: shop 'til they drop. Hoekman, David // Grand Rapids Business Journal;01/11/99, Vol. 17 Issue 2, pB1
Reports on concerns over health insurance cost hike in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Effects of health care inflation on the business community's competitiveness; Causes of insurance premium increases; Steps that need to be taken to bring down the costs.