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Upper endoscopies may bilk Medicare

Research study results raise the question of whether some gastroenterologists do upper endoscopies to make money servicing Medicare beneficiaries who show no signs of illness on their first exam, Forbes reported.

GAO: Unclear if accreditation requirements led to med imaging decline

The effect that the implementation of the 2012 Medicare accreditation requirement for suppliers of CT, MRI and nuclear medicine services has had on the decline in imaging growth is unclear, according to a report issued by the Government Accountability Office.

CBO: Physician payments, utilization rates slow Medicare spending

Medicare spending per person will slow down over the next decade, partly due to beneficiaries who are getting younger and using fewer services, according to a new monthly budget review from the Congressional Budget Office.

Future Medicare population may struggle to cover more costs

Can existing and future generations of Medicare beneficiaries afford to bear higher healthcare costs? That's the question that the Kaiser Family Foundation sought to answer when it looked at the economic downturn and recovery and the Medicare population's income, savings and home equity.

Study: Medicare beneficiaries have good access to docs

The Medicare program gives most beneficiaries ample access to physician services, as 91 percent of office-based doctors accept new Medicare patients and few physicians in clinical practice have left Medicare, according to a new study by the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation.

RSNA13: Lower mammo screening rates after USPSTF recommendations concerns researchers

Medicare beneficiaries seem to be ignoring the  United States Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines on screening mammography intervals, even as overall screening rates decline, according to  research presented  at the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting Thursday in Chicago.

Medicare Advantage star rating linked to enrollment

When Medicare Advantage insurers have a higher star quality rating, they see greater enrollment numbers, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Privatizing Medicare would raise premiums for 59% of members

Shifting Medicare to a privatized program, a proposal touted by Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan on the presidential campaign trail, would create large disparities in premium costs throughout the country, according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Humana buys second Medicare Advantage plan to expand business

In another step toward enhancing its Medicare-based offerings, Humana (NYSE: HUM) has announced it is purchasing a Medicare Advantage plan for the second time in five months. Humana reached a deal to

Smart card plan proposed to combat Medicare fraud

Bills have been introduced in both houses of Congress to require the use of smart cards to combat Medicare fraud. What's unclear is who would pay for the technology, which might cost nearly $1