Medicare http://wlrn.org en Seniors On Medicare Patrol In Miami http://wlrn.org/post/seniors-medicare-patrol-miami <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a crime that requires no guns. It frequently goes unnoticed until after the fact, and the victims are unwitting U.S. taxpayers duped to the tune of $68 billion a year. Medicare fraud has become one of the most profitable illegal activities in the country — and South Florida is the most likely place to get fleeced.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:38:13 +0000 Ana Veciana-Suarez 34639 at http://wlrn.org Seniors On Medicare Patrol In Miami Unusual Medicare Billing Patterns Are A Red Flag For Fraud http://wlrn.org/post/unusual-medicare-billing-patterns-are-red-flag-fraud <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ProPublica</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;investigation earlier this month looked at how Medicare providers charged for their services in 2012 and found unusual billing patterns among a number of Florida care providers.</span></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 18:28:55 +0000 Sammy Mack 32937 at http://wlrn.org Unusual Medicare Billing Patterns Are A Red Flag For Fraud May 27, 2014: ProPublica Investigation Reveals Possible Medicare Fraud In Florida http://wlrn.org/post/may-27-2014-propublica-investigation-reveals-possible-medicare-fraud-florida <p>Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 10:19:07 +0000 Marva Hinton 32981 at http://wlrn.org Florida's Unusual Medicare Charges, And Why They Matter To Patients http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-unusual-medicare-charges-and-why-they-matter-patients <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of Florida doctors has been charging Medicare at a surprisingly high rate.</span></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 01:32:27 +0000 Sammy Mack 32603 at http://wlrn.org Florida's Unusual Medicare Charges, And Why They Matter To Patients The Florida Roundup: Is South Florida Going More Nuclear? http://wlrn.org/post/florida-roundup-south-florida-going-more-nuclear <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Rick Scott and his cabinet approved two more nuclear reactors to the Turkey Point power plant on Biscayne Bay. But neighbors are worried about the construction of 88 miles of transmission lines, and environmentalists question why Florida Power &amp; Light wants more nuclear facilities by the coast.</span></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 15:42:02 +0000 Elaine Chen 32449 at http://wlrn.org The Florida Roundup: Is South Florida Going More Nuclear? Florida Docs Charge Medicare Top Rate For Office Visits http://wlrn.org/post/florida-docs-charge-medicare-top-rate-office-visits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Office visits are the bread and butter of many physicians’ practices. Medicare pays for more than 200 million of them a year, often to deal with routine problems like colds or high blood pressure. Most require relatively modest amounts of a doctor’s time or medical know-how.</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 16:15:41 +0000 Charles Ornstein and Ryann Grochowski Jones -- ProPublica 32385 at http://wlrn.org Florida Docs Charge Medicare Top Rate For Office Visits How Miami-Dade County Helps Seniors Figure Out Health Care http://wlrn.org/post/how-miami-dade-county-helps-seniors-figure-out-health-care <p>The Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Department is trying to do its part to help seniors navigate the health insurance maze.</p><p>Yesterday, the department kicked off a series of health fairs to be held all over the county as part of their Active Adults program.</p><p>Health service providers gave short presentations about how they can help to navigate the complicated health system -- tips about how to get the most out of coverage and ways to avoid health care fraud.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:19:27 +0000 Wilson Sayre 22818 at http://wlrn.org How Miami-Dade County Helps Seniors Figure Out Health Care More Companies Steering Retirees To Private Health-Insurance Exchanges http://wlrn.org/post/more-companies-steering-retirees-private-health-insurance-exchanges <p>Thousands of retirees covered by company health insurance plans will soon see their benefits shifted toward private health-insurance exchanges.</p><p>IBM and Time Warner announced the change last week. They’ll provide retirees money to buy Medicare Advantage or supplemental Medigap policies instead, part of a push by businesses to move away from the increasingly costly group-coverage model.</p><p>American Airlines may follow. Its parent company, AMR Corp., is seeking approval to make the change from a federal bankruptcy court judge.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:52:58 +0000 Kathleen McGrory 20670 at http://wlrn.org More Companies Steering Retirees To Private Health-Insurance Exchanges After A Decade, Congress Moves To Fix Doctors' Medicare Pay http://wlrn.org/post/after-decade-congress-moves-fix-doctors-medicare-pay Hear the words health care and Congress, and you think fight, right?<p>And you'd be forgiven, particularly because the House has now voted <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/02/gop-obamacare-vote_n_3695871.html">some 40 times</a> in the past two years to repeal or otherwise undo portions of the Affordable Care Act.<p>But something unusual happened just before Congress left for its summer break. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:41:24 +0000 Julie Rovner 20175 at http://wlrn.org After A Decade, Congress Moves To Fix Doctors' Medicare Pay Free Medicare And Health Insurance Education http://wlrn.org/post/free-medicare-and-health-insurance-education <div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"></div><div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><font size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">08/15/13 - Thursday’s </span></font><a href="https://twitter.com/topicalcurrents"><font size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><b>Topical Currents</b></span></font></a><font size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;begins with a Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Bonnie Berman, Joseph Cooper & Paul Leary 19069 at http://wlrn.org Free Medicare And Health Insurance Education Palm Beach County Expands Drug Take-Back Program http://wlrn.org/post/palm-beach-county-expands-drug-take-back-program <p></p><p>Palm Beach County wants your drugs.</p><p>Actually, the county only wants the medications taking up space in your bathroom cabinet, the ones that might end up in the wrong hands.&nbsp;</p><p>At first glance, the receptacles cropping up all over Palm Beach County look like the donation bins that collect old clothes for charity.&nbsp; But printed on the front of each drop-off box is the urgent instruction to “Deposit Your Unwanted Prescription Drugs Here!”&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 15:21:57 +0000 Christine DiMattei 17286 at http://wlrn.org Palm Beach County Expands Drug Take-Back Program Outreach For New Health Insurance Exchanges Targets Latinos http://wlrn.org/post/outreach-new-health-insurance-exchanges-targets-latinos Andrea Velandia, 29, is just the sort of person the architects of the new health insurance marketplaces had in mind when they were thinking about future customers.<p>She's young, in good health, uninsured and Latino.<p>"We're very healthy. We don't have many issues," she says of her family. For the most part, she and her husband avoid the health system. "It's very expensive to go to the doctor to get a regular checkup," she says. "And you only have an option to go to the emergency room, which is even more expensive."<p>On Oct. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 20:12:00 +0000 Jenny GoldJenny Gold 16410 at http://wlrn.org Outreach For New Health Insurance Exchanges Targets Latinos Top Medicare Prescribers Rake In Speaking Fees From Drugmakers http://wlrn.org/post/top-medicare-prescribers-rake-speaking-fees-drugmakers When the blood pressure drug Bystolic hit the market in 2008, it faced a crowded field of cheap generics.<p>So its maker, Forest Laboratories, launched a promotional assault on the group in the best position to determine Bystolic's success: those in control of prescription pads. It flooded the offices of health professionals with drug reps, and it hired doctors to persuade their peers to choose Bystolic — even though the drug hadn't proved more effective than competitors.<p>The strategy worked. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:45:37 +0000 16359 at http://wlrn.org Top Medicare Prescribers Rake In Speaking Fees From Drugmakers Shortage of Primary Care Doctors http://wlrn.org/post/shortage-primary-care-doctors <p></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 9644 at http://wlrn.org Shortage of Primary Care Doctors