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Medicare Overpays $6.7 Billion for Patient Evaluation Services

Posted on 05/30/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMedicare spent $6.7 billion too much in 2010 by “inappropriately” paying claims from physicians who had submitted the wrong billing codes or no documentation at all for certain services, according to a new report from the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Although that amount was a small fraction of Medicare’s total spending of more than $525 billion in 2010, it still added up to 21 percent of what Medicare paid for all “evaluation …

Former Players Say NFL Teams Gave Pain Pills ‘Like Candy’

Posted on 05/21/2014 by |General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Jim Litke, AP Sports Writer Former NFL lineman Jeremy Newberry says he often hobbled into the San Francisco 49ers locker room using a walking boot and crutches, then lined up behind as many as two dozen teammates for treatment — in his case, a shot of the painkiller Toradol. Ten minutes later, he sprinted onto the field to play. The toughness of pro football players is part of the league’s image, but a lawsuit filed on May 20 on …

Germs on a Plane: 6 Places They Live the Longest

Posted on 05/20/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthSome advice for the next time you fly: Bring plenty of hand sanitizer, and don’t touch the seat-back pocket — where, new research shows, disease-causing germs can live for more than a week. In the study, researchers at Auburn University in Alabama wanted to see where on a plane bacteria could live long enough to sicken passengers. So they picked six surfaces that passengers typically touch and infected them with some scary germs: MRSA, a sometimes-fatal, antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria often …

Tech Start-Ups Discover Boomer Market

Posted on 05/20/2014 by |Money and Work | Comments

Personal HealthScoot over, millennials. You’re no longer the predominantly sought-after demographic for Silicon Valley start-ups. Boomers are about to become the new target market for tech-company entrepreneurs, reports. In the past, tech firms seemed to ignore the $750 billion boomer market, which accounts for half of all discretionary spending in the United States, Slate notes. Now a new generation of start-ups is poised to tap into that wealth by focusing on how technology can meet the needs of older adults. For instance, Rock Health, …

$2 Billion Tab for Medicare’s Overused Services

Posted on 05/19/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMedical services that provide little or no health benefit to older Americans cost Medicare at least $1.9 billion a year, according to a landmark new study. Researchers at Harvard University’s department of health care policy found that at least 25 percent of the more than 1.3 million Medicare beneficiaries had one or more of 26 tests and procedures that have been shown to provide scant medical value. The study is thought to be the first to measure wasteful spending by …

Cervical Cancer Risk: Did Researchers Get it Wrong?

Posted on 05/15/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAre guidelines that say women over age 65 don’t need cervical cancer screening based on questionable data? A new study not only raises questions about previous research, but finds that cervical cancer risk actually peaks in women 65 or older. According to lead researcher Anne Rositch, assistant professor of epidemiology and public health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the risk for cervical cancer in older women, as well as African American women, has been greatly underestimated. “Our …