Congress Moves to Overhaul How Medicare Pays Doctors

Capitol Hill lawmakers are showing signs that they could finally revamp how Medicare pays doctors. For the short term, the budget deal approved in the House on Dec. 12 delays for three months a cut of 24 percent in physicians’ reimbursements slated to begin Jan. 1. For the long term, after years of last-minute scrambling to stave off the payment cuts, several key Senate and House committees have approved legislation to repeal the formula that Medicare uses to pay physicians, …

Medicare Could Save Big by Steering Ambulances Away From Hospitals

Medicare could save $560 million or more a year simply by allowing some patients who call 911 for an ambulance to be taken somewhere other than a hospital emergency room. What’s more, the study found, private insurers could save twice that amount by following suit. That’s the conclusion of a new study in Health Affairs, which found that more than a third of Medicare patients who called 911 had a “low-acuity diagnosis” that could have been managed outside the hospital emergency …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun … 1. Cockroaches that survive harsh winters have invaded New York. (Learn more at U.S. News) 2. Saturn’s six-sided jet stream creates a stunning GIF. (Learn more at Engadget.com) 3. Singer Susan Boyle has Asperger’s Syndrome. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Kitty, the most popular name for female kittens from 2000 to 2006, has dropped behind Bella and Lucy. (Learn more at Vetstreet) 5. Not all species decline with age, a new survey finds. (Learn more at …

Run, Jump, Climb, Two, Three, Four…

There is hardly anybody in the medical community, from specialists to linen changers, who will not tell you that exercise in any form by elderly people will make them feel better, look better, improve their sex life and eventually attract the attention of Kim Kardashian. Before you know it, they will say, you will be out there night-clubbing and waving off the paparazzi who will follow you to hell and back just to get a shot of your flattened abs …

Top 10 Ways You Can Uncover Your Second Chance At Love

How timely: it’s my 4th anniversary this week and I have been given the big second chance…. Four years ago, Bill and I were married outdoors at our new home on Martha’s Vineyard. The skies cleared from the deluge of rain that poured from the heart of Hurricane Hannah just long enough for us to say our vows and file into the big tent in our backyard.  The rains returned just one hour post-ceremony, hammering against the tent as Johnny Hoy …

Cut Your Diabetes Risk: Swap Meat For Nuts Once A Day

That bacon or sausage you love for breakfast every morning? It can increase your risk of developing diabetes by more than 50 percent. A major, new study from Harvard finds that eating red meat and processed meats, like hot dogs or bacon, daily can sharply increase your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. But substituting a serving of nuts, whole grains or low-fat dairy foods like yogurt for just one serving of meat a day can cut your diabetes risk by up to …