Tag Archives: Medicare

Hospitals charge privately insured patients 250% more than those on Medicare. The gap is growing.

Dive Brief: Privately insured patients pay 247% more at hospitals on average than Medicare patients for the same care, according to a new study by nonprofit think tank RAND. The study, based on 2018 data, shows the gap is increasing from 2017 and 2016, which saw disparities of 230% and 224%, respectively. If private payers had… Read More »

After a year on Medicare, advice for journalists on stories that need to be told

The annual Medicare open enrollment period ends soon.  America’s seniors have faced a blizzard of dismaying news about the program. Here are some excerpts from newsworthy stories that you should be aware of. Excerpt: “The federal government recently redesigned a digital tool that helps seniors navigate complicated Medicare choices, but consumer advocates say it’s malfunctioning… Read More »

CMS announces 2019 Medicare ACO class

This week, the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations lent its congratulations to new ACOs that joined the Medicare Shared Savings Program effective July 1. About 40 new ACOs entered the program, which is less than the 100-plus new ACOs the program averaged in its first seven years. With the 2019 class, the MSSP grew… Read More »