End-of-life discussions with your physician or other licensed caregiver are now being paid for by Medicare — one of the program’s major consumer changes taking effect this year. Thinking and talking about your wishes and the kind of health care you want to receive at the end of your life are probably not at the top of your bucket list, or anywhere close, but such discussions could be very important.
The Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) expanded Medicare to include a drug benefit starting in 2006. Yet while the benefit expansion is important on its own, arguably the greater significance of the legislation rests in how Congress used the carrot of a new and important benefit to introduce fundamental changes in Medicare.
Whether it's coverage for end-of-life counseling or an experimental payment scheme for common surgeries, Medicare in 2016 is undergoing some of the biggest changes in its 50 years.
Medicare penalties have caused hospital readmission rates for many serious conditions to drop, but that is partly because hospitals label more returning patients as outpatients.
Not all Medicare plans are created equal. Here's how to get the best one and then make the most of it.
As Alzheimer's disease progresses, the care requirements for patients – and the Medicare benefits covering their care – change with each new stage.