Medicare http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Competitive Bid Program For Medicare Durable Medical Equipment Begins July 1 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/competitive-bid-program-medicare-durable-medical-equipment-begins-july-1 <p>There are approximately 224,000 people with Medicare living in the greater St. Louis area. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 01:22:34 +0000 Mary Edwards, Alex Heuer & Don Marsh 27490 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Competitive Bid Program For Medicare Durable Medical Equipment Begins July 1 Here's What St. Louis Regional Hospitals Charge For 100 Most Common Procedures http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/heres-what-st-louis-regional-hospitals-charge-100-most-common-procedures <p>For the first time, the federal government has <a href="http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/Medicare-Provider-Charge-Data/index.html">released the prices</a> that hospitals charge for the 100 most common inpatient procedures.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The prices for a given procedure can vary by tens of thousands of dollars.</span></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 23:06:02 +0000 Véronique LaCapra & Kelsey Proud 26218 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Here's What St. Louis Regional Hospitals Charge For 100 Most Common Procedures Medicare Pulls Back Curtain On Hospital Bills http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/medicare-pulls-back-curtain-hospital-bills When it comes to health care, the biggest of the big data are all about Medicare.<p>So, it's kind of a <em>BIG</em> deal when the government releases what individual hospitals charge Medicare — and what they actually get paid — for the most common diagnoses and treatments.<p>In a first, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services <a href="http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/Medicare-Provider-Charge-Data/index.html">made those figures from more than 3,000 hospitals public Wednesday</a>.<p>A quick spin through the data shows that what hospital Wed, 08 May 2013 21:31:19 +0000 26212 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Medicare Pulls Back Curtain On Hospital Bills Healthcare For All: Proposing Fixes To Medicare http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/healthcare-all-proposing-fixes-medicare <p>Host Don Marsh talks with Dr. David Ansell about his proposal to reform healthcare by fixing Medicare and providing it to all Americans.&nbsp; Dr. Ansell is the Senior Vice President for Clinical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.&nbsp; He is also the author of “County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital."&nbsp;</p><p>Physicians for a National Health Program in St. Louis are sponsoring talks by Dr. Ansell:</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 19:18:28 +0000 Alex Heuer, Mary Edwards & Don Marsh 5198 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Healthcare For All: Proposing Fixes To Medicare Medicare: Hot Topic Between Enyart, Plummer http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/medicare-hot-topic-between-enyart-plummer <p>Medicare has been a recurring topic of contention in the race for Illinois’ 12<sup>th</sup><sup> </sup>Congressional district. Democratic candidate Bill Enyart introduced himself to senior citizens in East St. Louis to discuss his stance on the issue.</p><p>As this was the first time many of the senior citizens had ever seen Enyart, he took the time to link his name to a candidate that’s popular in the area.</p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 23:02:43 +0000 Chris McDaniel 4778 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Medicare: Hot Topic Between Enyart, Plummer Debt reduction talk attracts protesters http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/debt-reduction-talk-attracts-protesters <p>David Walker has given his lecture on reducing the national debt in 13 cities, but he says his appearance in St. Louis &nbsp;was the first that attracted protesters. Walker was the Comptroller General of the United States from 1998 to 2008, serving in the Government Accountability Office.</p><p>Since then, Walker has written a book and toured around America to lecture on the increasing national debt. His lecture tour, titled "$10 Million a Minute", involves him speaking about a variety of areas in which he believes residents can combat the growing U.S. financial burden.</p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 20:12:16 +0000 Chris McDaniel 4655 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Debt reduction talk attracts protesters Morning headlines: Friday, August 26, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-august-26-2011 <p><strong>Barnes-Jewish could lose millions in Medicare payments</strong></p><p>One of Missouri&#39;s largest hospitals could face a cut in Medicare payments because too many Medicare patients are being readmitted soon after discharge.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/n5Ctyd ">The St. Louis Post-Dispatch&nbsp;</a> reports that <a href="http://www.barnesjewish.org/">Barnes-Jewish </a>is one of just three hospitals in the country to perform worse than the national average in readmissions within 30 days for heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, for each of the last three years.</p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 14:26:49 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 1945 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, August 26, 2011