This Week In Medicare: Today’s Top Stories!

Paul Ryan still talking up the idea of privatizing Medicare

House Speaker Paul Ryan hasn’t let go of his cherished idea of privatizing Medicare and in an interview with a local Wisconsin radio station Friday, suggested that a blueprint for overhauling Medicare would advance in the Budget Committee again this year. (read more)

Hearing seeks better care for Medicare enrollees with chronic conditions

The Senate Finance Committee is slated to hold a hearing Tuesday on legislation aimed at improving care for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions. The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 was introduced April 6 and has 14 bipartisan co-sponsors. Witnesses at the hearing include providers, federal lawmakers and health think-tank staff. (read more)

Preventable hospitalizations down, nursing home quality steady, report finds

Potentially preventable hospitalizations among Medicare beneficiaries have dropped 25% over the past four years, according to a report published last week. The United Health Foundation’s annual America’s Health Ranking Senior Report also showed that hospital deaths among Medicare beneficiaries dropped 30% since 2013. The number of beneficiaries readmitted to the hospital dropped 7% over the same timespan.

The report also gauged the nation’s average nursing home quality — the percentage of certified skilled nursing beds rated four- or five-stars over a three-month period — to be 42.4% for 2017. That’s the same level reported by the group in 2016, and .1% less than the 2015 average. (read more)

The new Medicare Plus Card saves you up to 75% on things not covered by Medicare

Medicare doesn’t cover everything. Luckily, those on Medicare can now start saving on out of pocket expenses like prescription drugs, dental, vision, hearing, and more. Over 1 million people have already received their free Medicare Plus Card.

Get your Free Card Here

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