Medicare's free wellness visits sound great, but in practice, there are challenges

May 4, 2017
They're meant to help doctors identify potential problems early on. But what's the outcome?
In wellness visits, physicians gather medical and family history, update lists of the patient's prescriptions and conduct lots of screenings.
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Rural Georgia residents are hit hard by local hospital closure

Apr 7, 2017
'Without health care, people don’t want to stay here. I don't blame them,' a former nurse says.
When Stewart-Webster Hospital closed in 2013, residents say they lost a sense of security along with a health care provider.
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Rural hospital in Georgia faces financial difficulties

Mar 17, 2017
Irwin County Hospital is one of many in the country that are struggling to keep their doors open.
Irwin County Hospital in Ocilla, Georgia, has been struggling to keep its doors open for patients. It recently had to lay off about 20 staff members.
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Will the Trump administration slash Social Security benefits?

Jan 25, 2017
Marketplace contributor Chris Farrell says Trump's base relies on them.
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Will Indiana’s Medicaid template go national?

Nov 29, 2016
The agency's new head is known for expanding the program in Indiana, with restrictions.
Seema Verma, president and founder of SVC Inc., was chosen by President-elect Donald Trump as head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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Medicare costs rise as doctors perform more tests in office

Aug 12, 2016
Medicare has spent millions on tests and services some say are questionable.

Feds make arrests in alleged Medicaid, Medicare scheme

Jun 22, 2016
The federal government estimates it loses 12 percent of Medicare spending and about 10 percent of Medicaid to fraud and other improper payments.
A former health clinic in Brooklyn connected to the  alleged fraudulent billing scheme run by  Aleksandr Pikus.
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Health care tax inversions allow double dipping, according to new report

Mar 17, 2016
Companies sidestep taxes that support Medicare or Medicaid, then sell those programs drugs.
Mergers with foreign-based companies can help some U.S. companies avoid taxes. 
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Slashing incentives to prescribe expensive drugs

Mar 9, 2016
A new proposal to cut Medicare drug spending costs has left doctors fuming.
Roxana Selagea, a Publix Supermarket pharmacy manager on August 7, 2007 in Miami, Florida. 
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Why seniors are flocking to Medicare Advantage

Feb 17, 2016
As insurers reconsider health exchanges, the private plan for over-65s is a draw.