Monthly Archives: October 2011

El Seguro Social anuncia un aumento en los beneficios de 3.6 por ciento para el 2012

19 de octubre del 2011 La Administración del Seguro Social anunció hoy que los beneficios mensuales de Seguro Social y Seguridad de Ingreso Suplementario (SSI, siglas en inglés) para más de 60 millones de personas aumentarán un 3.6 por ciento en el 2012.El ajuste de costo de vida (COLA, siglas en inglés) de 3.6 por ciento comenzará con los beneficios que cerca de unos 55 millones de beneficiarios de Seguro Social recibirán en enero del 2012. El aumento de pagos de casi 8 millones de beneficiarios de SSI comenzará el 30 de diciembre del 2011.Otros cambios que tomarán efecto en enero de cada año se basan en el aumento de los salarios promedio. Basado en ese aumento, la cantidad máxima […]

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Hallandale Alzheimer’s In-Home Caregiver Agency, A Family Member HomeCare of Hollywood and Boca Raton Notes The Florida Current: State proposes steep cuts to Medicaid coverage for hospital stays, doctor visits

By Christine Jordan Sexton, 10/25/2011 http://www.thefloridacurrent.com/ After being told by the House that its proposed budget reductions were unacceptable, Agency for Health Care Administration staff looked for additional ways to find “savings.” Its latest list of cuts — given to members of a Medicaid health care advisory panel on Tuesday — would limit the number of payments the state would make for doctors visits to two per month and would cut nearly in half the number of days Medicaid would pay for inpatient hospitalizations, from 45 days a year to 23. The state also has proposed limiting Medicaid patients to 12 emergency room visits per year as well as eliminating chiropractic services, adult dental services, adult vision and hearing care, […]

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A Family Member HomeCare of Hollywood and Boca Raton, Florida, Notes Gruesome New York Times Story by John Leland about the Health Care System’s Forgotten "Stuck In Bed, At Hospital’s Expense"

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Artwork:  Kyle T. Webster September 30, 2011Stuck in Bed, at Hospital’s ExpenseBy JOHN LELAND ON Jan. 4, 2010, Raymond Fok was changing trains on his way to kidney dialysis treatment when he collapsed on the Canal Street subway platform. Emergency medical technicians examined him and took him by ambulance to the nearest hospital, New York Downtown, near the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. Workers in the emergency room recorded that Mr. Fok’s speech was slurred and that he was lurching from side to side when he walked. “He was a very typical hemorrhagic stroke,” said Jeffrey Menkes, the hospital’s president. From the emergency room, the hospital admitted Mr. Fok to the intensive-care unit on the third floor, where workers tried […]

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U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Herb Kohl are pressing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on missing a deadline for drafting regulations for the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, a new law requiring public disclosure of the financial relationships between physicians and the pharmaceutical, medical device and biologics industries

The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging issued the following news release on October 3, 2011: WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) are pressing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on missing a deadline for drafting regulations for the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act), a new law requiring public disclosure of the financial relationships between physicians and the pharmaceutical, medical device and biologics industries.“Prompt federal guidance is urgently needed to ensure a smooth path toward increasing disclosure, eliminating conflicts and ultimately providing patients with the tools they need to make informed health choices,” Grassley and Kohl wrote in a letter to CMS Administrator Dr. Donald Berwick. The Sunshine Act requires manufacturers to […]

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Hollywood, Florida HomeCare Provider Agrees, "Elderly patients in the Medicare system should not be used as pawns to increase a company’s profits" U.S. Senate Finance Committee finds home healthcare companies Amedisys, Gentiva Health and LHC Group at fault for Phony Medicare Billing

By Kavyanjali Kaushik Reuters October 3, 2011 (Reuters) – The Senate Finance Committee said Amedisys, Gentiva Health and LHC Group, three of the biggest players in the home healthcare industry, altered the course of patient care treatment to receive more reimbursements. However, analysts suggested the conclusion of the investigation should help the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) better frame the final structure of reimbursement for home healthcare providers, which provide home-based nursing for the elderly with chronic diseases. Last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Justice Department, and the Senate committee launched investigations into home healthcare billing practices, prompted by a media report that suggested providers intentionally increased therapy visits to trigger higher reimbursements. “Therapy visit records […]

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