WASHINGTON (AP) -- Medicare officials say competitive bidding for power wheelchairs, diabetic supplies and other personal medical equipment is clamping down big-time on waste and fraud. The savings last year - some $200 million....
As America slides toward the fiscal cliff, both sides are debating ways to reduce the deficit in 2013 and also over the longer term. President Obama’s proposed budget for 2013 called for total deficit reduction of $4 trillion over six years – or more than $660 billion a year – based on a ratio of $2.50 in spending cuts for every $1 of tax increases.
MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberia’s chief medical officer is placing herself under quarantine for 21 days after her office assistant died of Ebola.
Bernice Dahn, a deputy health minister who has represented Liberia at regional conferences about combating the epidemic, told The Associated Press on Saturday that she did not have any Ebola symptoms but wanted to ensure she was not infected.
On May 19, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways & Means, Subcommittee on Health will be having a hearing on improving competition in Medicare by removing moratoria and expanding access. Medicare fraud is a serious problem. The Medicare bureaucracy has the power to impose moratoria on new providers in geographic or program areas it deems susceptible to fraud. However, preventing new competitors from providing Medicare benefits reduces competition and cannot reduce fraud by incumbent providers.