Medicare http://wkms.org en Medicare Frequently Overpays Doctors For Patients' Visits http://wkms.org/post/medicare-frequently-overpays-doctors-patients-visits Medicare spent $6.7 billion too much for office visits and other patient evaluations in 2010, according to a <a href="http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-04-10-00181.pdf">report</a> from the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services.<p>But in its reply to the findings, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs Medicare, said it doesn't plan to review the billings of doctors who almost always charge for the most expensive visits because it isn't cost-effective to do so.<p>The inspector general's report, released today, estimates that overpayments account f Thu, 29 May 2014 20:48:19 +0000 Charles Ornstein 40926 at http://wkms.org Kentucky SHIP Navigates Medicare & Medicaid Options http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-ship-navigates-medicare-medicaid-options <p>Today on<em> Sounds Good </em>we meet Kellie Oliver, the new State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Coordinator. SHIP provides information, counseling and assistance to seniors and disabled individuals, their family members and caregivers. The program seeks to educate the public and Medicare beneficiaries so they are better able to make informed decisions on healthcare.</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 17:34:27 +0000 Kate Lochte 40757 at http://wkms.org Kentucky SHIP Navigates Medicare & Medicaid Options TennCare Doctors See Boost in Pay http://wkms.org/post/tenncare-doctors-see-boost-pay <p></p><p>Doctors who treat TennCare patients will get a New Year's pay raise.&nbsp; Practitioners in family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatrics or a related subspecialty are now going to be reimbursed at Medicare rates, more than 25 percent above what they were being paid.&nbsp; TennCare officials say the boost will give qualifying Tennessee doctors an extra $55 million over the next two years. Wed, 02 Jan 2013 14:15:11 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 26302 at http://wkms.org TennCare Doctors See Boost in Pay Senator Rand Paul Says Entitlements, Not Taxes, Are Key to Balancing Budget http://wkms.org/post/senator-rand-paul-says-entitlements-not-taxes-are-key-balancing-budget <p>U.S. Senator Rand Paul says he agrees with President Barack Obama’s main point that all Americans must work together to turn around the economy and reduce debt. But speaking to a Rotary club in Horse Cave Monday, Paul said he doesn’t agree with the approach the president wants to take: increasing taxes on the wealthy.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 11:41:32 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 22729 at http://wkms.org Senator Rand Paul Says Entitlements, Not Taxes, Are Key to Balancing Budget