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Medicare & Medicaid News

Raising Medicare eligibility age may save feds dollars but drive up total spending

Some health spending dropped by a third with switch from private insurance to Medicare

By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News

Logo for Insuring Your Health by Michelle AndrewsMay 6, 2016 - Healthcare spending for some services dropped by nearly a third when people turned 65 and switched from private insurance to Medicare, according to a recent study. The decline was driven by lower prices paid by the Medicare program to doctors and other providers rather than a drop-off in the volume of services seniors receive.

Social Security News

Homeless senior sits on streetSocial Security joins effort for homeless seniors, veterans

Declared as most successful anti-poverty program ever

May 2, 2016 – The effort to reduce homelessness among seniors, veterans and other vulnerable populations got a boost from the Social Security Administration last week. Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin declared SSA is the “most successful anti-poverty program” in U.S. history.

Nursing Home Compare expanded by six quality measures

People in hallway of nursing homeNow has 24 measures for 15,655 nursing homes

May 2, 2016 - Six new quality measures have been added to the Nursing Home Compare website and three are the first to be based on Medicare-claims data from hospitals, rather than data self-reported by nursing homes.

 

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New CMS rules for Medicaid plans will improve services

Rules tighten for private insurance plans that administer most Medicaid benefits for the poor

By Jay Hancock,