How Elderly Caregivers Can Be Advocates for Seniors at Doctor Appointments

Professional elderly caregivers are invaluable to families with an aging loved one who needs assistance. From help with bathing to cooking to medication compliance, another important advantage of having an elderly caregiver is that she can be an advocate during doctor visits. Doctor appointments can be stressful for all of us, but they can be … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: Pressure mounts for Covered California health plans to add doctors

Kathy Robertson Rates are one big issue for consumers who shop through Covered California. The other is whether there are enough doctors to treat everybody who signed up. Last week, Covered California announced a lower-than-expected proposed averagerate increases of 4.2 percent for 2015 — a move heralded by insurance brokers, consumer advocates and others. Now … Continue reading

California Health Report: State Agency Running Medi-Cal Didn’t Know How Many Docs Took its Insurance

July 17, 2014   By Hannah Guzik The California agency that oversees the state’s low-income health plan vastly overstated the number of doctors who accepted patients through the state program last year, even as the number of people enrolled in the program was set to skyrocket under the federal Affordable Care Act, the California Health … Continue reading

California Health Report: Fewer Doctors Enrolled in Low-Income Insurance Program Despite Surge in Patients

By Hannah Guzik Nearly 25 percent fewer physicians were signed up to treat low-income patients in the state’s insurance program this spring compared to a year prior, despite the surge in patients enrolled in Medi-Cal. The drop in providers is due to the Department of Health Care Services’ efforts to remove doctors who haven’t complied … Continue reading

The Washington Post: Doctors react to release of Medicare billing records

Melissa Cannarozzi/TWP By Jason Millman and David S. Fallis,  Doctors reacted swiftly and indignantly to Wednesday’s release of government records revealing unprecedented details about Medicare payments to physicians. Many resented being included on a list that showed some doctors billing Medicare for millions of dollars. The top 10 doctors alone received a combined $121.4 million for Medicare Part … Continue reading

LA Times: Release of Medicare doctor payments shows some huge payouts

  A patient’s pill organizer. Ending decades of secrecy, Medicare is showing what the giant healthcare program for seniors pays individual doctors. (Carolyn Cole, Los Angeles Times / September 12, 2013) By Chad Terhune, Noam N. Levey and Doug Smith Ending decades of secrecy, Medicare is showing what the giant healthcare program for seniors pays individual doctors, and the figures reveal … Continue reading

Kaiser Health News: Draft Rules Would Help Protect Seniors When Medicare Advantage Plans Drop Doctors

By Susan Jaffe This KHN story was produced in collaboration with  Federal officials are considering new Medicare Advantage rules to help protect seniors when insurers make significant reductions to their networks of doctors and other health care providers. The proposals follow UnitedHealthcare’s decision to drop thousands of doctors from its Medicare Advantage plans in at least 10 states … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: Congress confronts Medicare cuts to doctors’ fees

By ANDREW TAYLOR WASHINGTON — Hope is fading for a Capitol Hill drive to permanently fix Medicare’s outdated payment formula and spare doctors from automatic cuts in their fees next month. Now the question is whether lawmakers can regroup and come up with a short-term solution when the current patch expires. Even though there’s widespread support for … Continue reading

KPCC: Covered California claims 4 of 5 California doctors are in its networks

Paul Glickman  Max Whittaker/Getty Images Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee. Covered California claimed Wednesday that more than 80 percent of California’s practicing physicians are included in plans offered through the state-run health insurance marketplace. The agency also claimed that a “substantial majority” of the state’s hospitals are available. “We believe our offerings compare favorably to commercial … Continue reading

Capital Public Radio: California Clinics Say Measures to Address Primary Care Shortage Are Not Enough

By Pauline Bartolone        California lawmakers approved a number of bills in the session just passed that are intended to address the state’s shortage of primary care providers. But clinics say the measures are not enough. Governor Jerry Brown has already signed a couple of bills, others are awaiting action. The California Medical Association … Continue reading

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