With our nations increase in prescription drug use Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a new tool that breaks down Medicare spending on these drugs. "Many people may not realize that Medicare is one of the largest purchasers of prescription drugs in the country, so the program has rich data on how much money we’re spending on these drugs... The tool includes information on a total of 80 drugs: 40 that are covered under the Medicare Prescription Drug Program (Part D) and 40 that are administered by physicians and other professionals." [ Read more here ]
It's well known that your diet has a huge impact on your health, and immune system, but there are some "miracle" foods which can help prevent disease and major health problems. By boosting your immune system, these foods can drastically improve your health and your chances of preventing disease.
Due to recent problems with Healthcare.gov, and it's phone services hit with heavy traffic, the healthcare deadline has been extended once again. Streamline your HME/DME business practices with Noble*Direct medical billing, and management software.
The trend of going to the emergency room as opposed to other healthcare facilities continues to grow. When its necessary, an emergency room should not be avoided, but many are seeking care from the ER for minor problems, and are paying for it big. Not only are the costs of visiting an ER extremely high, but you will often wait longer for the care you need. "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ER visits increased by 20 percent in the first decade of the new millennium. That translates to about 136 million visits per year. One in 5 Americans will visit the ER at least once annually..." [ Read more here ]
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its annual report for 2014 on national health expenditures. "In 2014, per-capita health care spending grew by 4.5 percent and overall health spending grew by 5.3 percent, a study by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published today as a Web First byHealth Affairs. Those rates are below most years prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act..." [ Read more here ]
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With the coverage deadline upon us, Healthcare.gov is there to help those last minute customers looking for healthcare coverage by January 1st. "The new Out of Pocket Cost calculator, Doctor and Facility Lookup, and Prescription Drug Lookup features will help consumers to more easily search for the plan that best meets their budget and health needs..." [ Read more here ]
A Tennessee Man, Danny Pigg, is aiding his community through collection and distribution of much needed medical equipment for those who can't afford it on their own. "Maybe they need a wheelchair for their family member," says Pigg. "Or a bedside commode, or a hospital bed, or anything of that nature. We're there to help them with that." [ Read the story here ] WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL
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Do you have healthcare changes that are making you consider new health insurance options for 2016? Here are some tips for maintaining your coverage, or switching to a new plan to suit your needs.