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How to control prescription drug costs

Choosing costly prescription drugs over cheaper alternatives drains Medicare of $29 billion per decade, a Health Affairs  study found.

Senators: CMS should expand coverage for CT lung cancer screening

Forty-four U.S. senators are asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to expand coverage of low-dose CT lung cancer screening.

OIG says Medicare overpaid long-term care hospitals

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General states that the Medicare program has made millions of dollars in inappropriate payments to long-term care hospitals.

Higher Medicaid pay cuts wait time for breast cancer surgery

When states paid doctors more, women waited less time for breast cancer surgery, according to Michael Halpern, M.D., Ph.D., of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina-RTI International, reports MedPage Today.

Medicare made millions in inappropriate payments to long-term hospitals

Medicare inappropriately paid long-term care hospitals millions of dollars due to problems in the program's pay system for LTCH readmissions, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General.

Dual eligibles with mental disorders rack up higher costs

For the under-65 dual-eligible population, nearly half have severe mental disorders, according to a new Health Affairs study. What's more, this group costs nearly twice as much as young dual eligibles without a mental disorder.

Report: Self-referring docs recommend substantially more physical therapy

Physicians in family practice and internal medicine in urban areas were more likely to refer a Medicare patient to physical therapy (PT) if they had financial stakes in the services, a report from the Government Accountability Office found. 

Changing Medicare Part D could save $5B

Medicare could save billions of dollars if the program stopped randomly assigning certain members into a Part D plan, according to a new study published this month in the journal Health Affairs.

CMS may soon pay docs for advance planning discussions

The Medicare program may soon pay physicians for discussing with patients and their families advance care planning, including treatment options at the end of life,  HealthLine  has reported. 

CMS releases more pricing data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated its public databases for inpatient and outpatient payment data, according to a statement from the agency.