Category Archives: Government

Obama Administration Seeks Overhaul to Medicare Reimbursement for Heart-Attack Treatments

The Obama administration is seeking to restructure how the government pays for heart attack-related medical care in a bid to reduce health spending, officials announced last Monday. Medicare has long… Read more »

$1 Billion Medicare Fraud Case Reveals Profitable Black Market

In the largest healthcare fraud case the U.S. Justice Department has ever brought, prosecutors charged that the owner of a network of Florida nursing facilities orchestrated an elaborate scheme to… Read more »

Four Florida Zika Cases Likely Spread by Local Mosquitoes, CDC Says

U.S. health officials said Friday that four cases of Zika virus were transmitted locally by mosquitoes in Miami, the first evidence of the virus spreading that way in the continental… Read more »

Department of Justice Sues Anthem, Aetna to Block Insurer Mergers

Anthem Inc. (Indianapolis IN) said its proposed $48 billion merger with rival health insurer Cigna Corp. (Bloomfield CT) will lower consumer costs and extend coverage to more people, in response… Read more »

Report Says Alcohol-Related Deaths are Likely to Increase after Cuts by England in Alcohol Taxation; What Can We Learn Here in the States?

Alcohol related deaths are most likely set to increase in England as incomes outstrip rises in taxation, argue experts in The BMJ (British Medical Journal). This prediction is based on the… Read more »

U.S. Health Spending to Climb 5.8% a Year Through 2025

The nation’s healthcare bill this year is expected to surpass $10,000 per person for the first time, the government said. The new peak means the Obama administration will pass the… Read more »

Anthem Says No Talks To Terminate Merger With Cigna

The Justice Department has told Anthem Inc. (Indianapolis IN) that the health insurer’s planned takeover of Cigna Corp. (Bloomfield CT) threatens competition and probably can’t be fixed by selling parts… Read more »

What Brexit Means for the UK’s National Health Service; What We Americans Might Learn

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union registered a magnitude 9 on the Richter scale across the world as far as I can judge. The economic fallout is… Read more »

U.S. Health-Fraud Stings Net 301 People; A Record

U.S. law enforcement officials have charged 301 suspects with trying to defraud Medicare and other federal insurance programs in 2016, marking the “largest takedown” involving healthcare fraud allegations, the Justice… Read more »

The Obama Administration Has Set New Standards for Medicaid Private Insurance Plans

The Obama administration has set new standards for Medicaid private insurance plans, which in recent years have become the main source of coverage for low-income people. The rules apply to… Read more »