Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Robert Weisman Globe Staff December 03, 2018 Dr. Marsha Lavoie, a family medicine specialist at Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge, knows more about Medicare than most people because she routinely bills the federal health insurance program on behalf of her older and disabled patients. But when it came time to sign up for the program herself this year, Lavoie, 65, faced the same concerns and uncertainties as anyone else navigating the maze of Medicare options, regulations, supplemental plans, and potential land mines.“It’s time-consuming trying to sort through it,” Lavoie said. “You’ve got to look at coverage, premium, network, drugs, how much it’s going to cost and what the restrictions are. There’s so many different plans, and they all have their own rules and regulations.” Advertisement With roughly … [Read more...] about Enrolling in Medicare can be confusing. Here’s how to do it.
The pre-diabetes diagnosisIn addition to the 30 million Americans with diabetes, 86 million live with pre-diabetes, in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis.Pre-diabetes is treatable. But only 1 in 10 people with the condition will know they have it. Left untreated, 1 in 3 will develop the full-blown disease within several years.Confronted with those statistics, Medicare is ramping up its efforts to prevent diabetes among the millions of Medicare beneficiaries at a heightened risk of developing it.Several years ago, Medicare partnered with YMCAs nationwide to launch an initiative for patients with pre-diabetes. The pilot project showed that older people could lose weight through lifestyle counseling and regular meetings that stressed healthy eating habits and exercise.About half of the participants shed an average of 5 percent of their weight, which health authorities say is enough to substantially reduce the risk of full-blown … [Read more...] about Medicare steps up the fight against diabetes
Christine Ferretti The Detroit News Published 5:14 PM EST Nov 14, 2018 The owner of two Detroit health clinics was sentenced to 13 years in prison Wednesday for her role in an $8.6 million scheme involving fraudulent Medicare claims. Jacklyn Price, 34, of Shelby Township, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland, who also ordered Price to pay $6.3 million in restitution along with her co-conspirators and to forfeit the same amount, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a released statement. Price pleaded guilty in April 2017 to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of health care fraud. She owned Patient Choice Internal Medicine and Metro Mobile Physicians, two Detroit-based Medicare providers, according to the federal indictment. Both facilities were closed following Price's indictment in 2016, officials said. Authorities say Price and several others were parties in the scheme of falsified claims for home health care and … [Read more...] about Clinic owner gets 13 years in Medicare fraud scheme
Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Associated Press Updated 10:20 pm PST, Thursday, November 8, 2018 The U.S. Medicare Handbook is photographed Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Washington. Seniors in many states will be able to get additional services like help with chores, safety devices and respite for caregivers next year through private ‘Medicare Advantage’ insurance plans. It’s a sign of potentially big changes for Medicare. less The U.S. Medicare Handbook is photographed Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Washington. Seniors in many states will be able to get additional services like help with chores, safety devices and respite for caregivers ... more Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP A page from the 2019 U.S. Medicare Handbook is photographed Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Washington. Seniors in many states will be able to get additional services like help with chores, safety devices and respite for … [Read more...] about Medicare expands access to in-home support for seniors
Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen, Associated Press Updated 10:13 pm PST, Sunday, November 4, 2018 President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Pensacola, Fla. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Pensacola, Fla. Photo: Butch Dill, AP Central American migrants, part of the caravan hoping to reach the U.S. border, get a ride on a truck in Donaji, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. The migrants had already made a grueling 40-mile (65-kilometer) trek from Juchitan, Oaxaca, on Thursday, after they failed to get the bus transportation they had hoped for. But hitching rides allowed them to get to Donaji early, and some headed on to a town even further north, Sayula. less Central American migrants, part of the caravan hoping to reach the U.S. border, get a ride on a truck in Donaji, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. The … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s fabrications on Medicare, immigrants