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Obama administration unveils plan to shift Medicare payments

WASHINGTON - Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals...just the sheer volume of services. Medicare and employers were already moving in...percent of payments under traditional Medicare to new models of care by the end of...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-26/obama-administration-unvei
Ga. hospital partnerships, purchases rise

...being squeezed financially by changes in the way they are reimbursed, and by federal cuts and penalties.Health insurers and Medicare are moving more toward paying for bundling of medical services, rather than paying for individual procedures or tests separately...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2015-02-20/ga-hospital-partnerships-pur
Race to the bottom

...states how much money they've missed out on by not expanding the plan. Last year it gleefully reported states that expanded Medicare under Obamacare will have "saved" federal taxpayers $88 billion through 2017, while states that didn't would lose 85...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2015-02-16/race-bottom
How to Retire Quickly

...factor.What About Social Security and Medicare? On the flip side of taxes is Social Security and Medicare, factors which you can expect will benefit...the money going into Social Security and Medicare ? is going to shrink while the number of...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/content/blog-post/simpledollar/2015-02-17/how-retir
Health insurance giant's database hacked

...the health care overhaul's public insurance exchanges and Medicare and Medicaid coverage. It also offers life insurance and dental...government is investigating whether the personal information of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries was stolen. Those government programs...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-05/health-insurance-giants-da
Health care enrollment tops 10 million as deadline nears

...updated but as of Jan. 16 it was 2.4 million, said Andy Slavitt, the principal deputy administrator for the Centersfor Medicare and Medicaid Services.In Georgia, there were 468,464 enrolled, up from 435,000 the previous week, an increase of 7...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2015-02-11/health-care-enrollment-tops-
How about this tax plan?

...will agree to pay a flat tax rate of 17 percent. Both rates will incorporate all federal income taxes, FICA, Medicaid and Medicare.I really cannot think of a much fairer system. All citizens, left and right, should be contented. Statists can support...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/letters/2015-02-15/how-about-tax-plan
Ga. hospice provider settles Medicare suit

...the government $581,000 to settle claims that it submitted false claims to the Medicare program for patients who weren't eligible for hospice care under Medicare regulations.Prosecutors say the settlement is the result of a whistleblower lawsuit...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-12-03/ga-hospice-provider-settles-
State retiree provider dropping Medicare Advantage plan

...Blue Shield of Georgia is dropping its Medicare Advantage plan for next year for retirees...coverage in effect for the current year.Medicare Advantage is a health plan offered by...contracts with the federally administered Medicare program to provide benefits. The majority...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/health/2014-09-16/state-retiree-provider-dropp
Interesting times in the health-care arena make for unexpected partners

...partnership possibilities. You may have wondered why.Today, all hospitals find themselves battling reimbursement cuts from Medicare as a result of the Affordable Care Act that was signed into law in 2010. In Georgia, there has been little expansion of coverage...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/opinion-columns/2015-01-31/interesting-time