Monday, Dec 3 2018 8:52 AM full issue “Get more benefits for your money,” says one message sent to Medicare beneficiaries. “See if you can save money with Medicare Advantage,” says another. While private plans boast of providing superior-quality care, the evidence is mixed. And experts are worried that the material being sent out by the government doesn't present the negatives of the plans. Other Medicare news focuses on nursing homes and enrollment. The New York Times: Trump Administration Peppers Inboxes With Plugs For Private Medicare Plans Kaiser Health News: Medicare Cuts Payments To Nursing Homes Whose Patients Keep Ending Up In Hospital Kaiser Health News: Feds Order More Weekend Inspections Of Nursing Homes To Catch Understaffing Boston Globe: Enrolling In Medicare Can Be Confusing. Here’s How To Do It. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major … [Read more...] about Administration Officials Deny Steering Patients Toward Private Medicare Plans, But Emails Tell A Different Story
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With no insurance through his job, Jose Nuñez relied on Medicaid, the nation’s public insurance program that assists 75 million low-income Americans. Like most people on Medicaid, the Los Angeles trucker was assigned to a private insurance company that coordinated his medical visits and treatment in exchange for receiving a set fee per month — an arrangement known as managed care. But in 2016, when Nuñez’s retina became damaged from diabetes, the country’s largest Medicaid insurer, Centene, let him down, he said. After months of denials, delays and erroneous referrals, he claimed in a lawsuit, the 62-year-old was left nearly blind in one eye. As a result, he lost his driver’s license and his livelihood. “They betrayed my trust,” Nuñez said, sitting at his kitchen table with his thick forearms folded across his chest. The current political debate over Medicaid centers on putting patients to work so they can earn their government … [Read more...] about As Billions In Tax Dollars Flow To Private Medicaid Plans, Who’s Minding The Store?
0 Comments 2,500 patients recalled: I first raised concerns about Belfast Royal Victoria doctor Watt seven years ago BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A senior health official has revealed she raised concerns with the Belfast Health Trust about Dr Michael Watt as far back as 2011 — at least five years before the trust said it had received complaints about him. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/2500-patients-recalled-i-first-raised-concerns-about-belfast-royal-victoria-doctor-watt-seven-years-ago-36864665.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article36862539.ece/fec4f/AUTOCROP/h342/2016-07-16_new_22859307_I1.JPG Email A senior health official has revealed she raised concerns with the Belfast Health Trust about Dr Michael Watt as far back as 2011 — at least five years before the trust said it had received complaints about him. The trust claimed a probe into Dr Watt’s work followed concerns raised by doctors in December … [Read more...] about 2,500 patients recalled: I first raised concerns about Belfast Royal Victoria doctor Watt seven years ago
The swelling attacks come on without warning. Loukisha Olive-McCoy's lower lip puffs up; then her cheeks and jaw twist and pull, distorting her face into an involuntary grimace. Sometimes her tongue will fill up the back of her throat and choke off her breathing.Olive-McCoy, 44, has hereditary angioedema (HAE), a life-threatening disease so rare that many doctors have only read about it. Fortunately, there are cutting-edge drugs to keep the swelling at bay and treat the attacks that break through.Her family relies on food stamps to get by, but the price of just one of Olive-McCoy's drugs will be about $600,000 this year. Each week, she injects medicine into her body that's worth more than a year's rent for the tiny bungalow she shares with her husband, Ryan McCoy, and their two children. When Olive-McCoy has an attack, the costs for other drugs and care can spiral - she has received hospital bills for more than $1 million.For a time, Olive-McCoy couldn't afford or qualify for health … [Read more...] about Mother, wife, million-dollar patient: Keeping her alive is a full-time job
After years of chronic back pain stemming from a severe motorcycle crash, Günter Weiglein received special permission from the German government to buy medical marijuana in 2009. The cannabis, inhaled through a vaporizer, eliminated his need for additional, chemically harsher painkillers. But finding pharmacy costs as a private patient too expensive, he further lobbied his case, and in 2014 was allowed to harvest his own supply in a one-metre tent outside his home in Würzberg, Bavaria. For Weiglein, a full victory should have arrived on March 10th this year, when Germany legalized medical marijuana for patients with a prescription. The new law mandates that insurance companies cover the costs of upwards of 100 grams of the flower per month for chronically and terminally ill patients. But instead, more hurdles arose. Now some patients are waiting up to a few months to get their hands on the drug, imported at even higher prices from already-established markets in … [Read more...] about How patients in Germany are still struggling to get cannabis, despite loosening of law