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More Georgia hospital mergers loom

...increasingly stressing quality of care in reimbursements, instead of just paying for the quantity of services delivered. Medicare is paying bonuses and imposing penalties under the ACA based on quality-of-care measurements.Getting bigger may help...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/health/2015-09-03/more-georgia-hospital-merger
'VA is Lying' campaign organizer aids Waynesboro veteran

...other benefits.He said through his online movement, he supports shutting down VA health care and enrolling veterans in a Medicare-style system with no co-pays and a prescription benefit ? similar to what Congress has ? to eliminate government waste...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/health/2015-09-02/va-lying-campaign-organizer-
Rants & Raves

Comments from readers:IT MAKES ME SO mad when people use "Medicaid" and "Medicare" in the same sentence. You pay for Medicare; the government and states pay for Medicaid. And most Medicaid people, not all, are not going...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-08-24/rants-raves
Augusta eye doctor agrees to pay additional civil payment

A local optometrist convicted of Medicare fraud agreed to settle a civil forfeiture action with the federal...months in prison and ordered to pay $441,730 in restitution to Medicare.The $275,000 civil settlement will be paid in addition to...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2015-08-28/augusta-eye-doctor-agr
Three-year dispute with Augusta ambulance provider hits turning point

...Gold Cross says it can't function well without the subsidy, which is used to cover nonpaying customers when Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance doesn't reimburse.Customer Francine Brown said she was shocked to receive a $1,034 Gold Cross bill...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-08-29/three-year-dispute-augus
Georgia pediatricians form network

...the Children's Care Network comes at a time of dramatic change in the way medical providers are paid for their services.Medicare and private insurers are now emphasizing reimbursement based on quality of care, rather than just paying according to how...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2015-08-25/ga-pediatricians-form-networ
Help in Alzheimer's fight

...Education ? House Bill 1559 and Senate Bill 857) would provide Medicare coverage for comprehensive care planning services after a...dollar invested in research will result in a $750 decrease in Medicare costs over the next 35 years. This $300 million is a game-changer...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/letters/2015-08-16/help-alzheimers-fight
Medicare's end-of-life counseling policy announced

...WASHINGTON - Six years ago, a proposal for Medicare to cover end-of-life counseling touched...care law in Congress. Wednesday, when Medicare finally announced it will make the change...Hospice and Palliative Medicine, called Medicare's move a "little miracle," given...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/national/2015-07-09/medicares-end-life-counsel
Medicaid isn't perfect, but we must invest in citizens' good health

...since the inception of the Medicaid/Medicare program in the United States.While...system. I was a senior student nurse when Medicare and Medicaid were enacted. One day the...pay their $600 copay for all of their Medicare medications. Many times the $4 medications...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/opinion-columns/2015-08-16/medicaid-isnt-pe
Ga. health care enrollment surpasses 55,000

...included a higher percentage of consumers aged 34 or younger than during the regular open enrollment.The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said the higher number may reflect younger consumers transitioning between jobs, moving off their parents...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-08-18/ga-health-care-enrollmen