Today in Medicare

Social Security is here to stay, whatever people may say

BY GEOFF SMOOT: Most Republicans still seem to think of Social Security as welfare. In a sense it is, but it is an intergenerational transfer of financial support. It keeps many elderly Americans from drifting away on the “ice floe.” The rantings and railings about it and Medicare, suggesting these programs are going broke for future generations, is basically nonsense. (read more)

Is the Senior Medicare Patrol a good investment?

BY JAMES SWANN: Return on investment is one of the most important business metrics out there, and a poor ROI often spells the end of a project. Whether that holds true for the public sector remains to be seen after the recent release of a report focused on Senior Medicare Patrol results for 2016. The program received $18 million in federal funding last year, but only resulted in $2,672 in improper payment recoveries, compared with $2.5 million in recoveries in 2015.

SMP programs are active in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. They involve Medicare beneficiaries who help identify and deter fraud and educate other beneficiaries about identifying Medicare fraud(read more)

One in five Medicare patients returns to the hospital after ‘observation stays’

BY ZIBA KASHEF: As many as one in five older Medicare patients returns to the hospital after an observation stay, or short-term outpatient stay, a Yale-led study found. This high rate of revisit to the hospital points to a hidden vulnerability among these patients, and suggests changes in care might be needed, the researchers said.

Observation stays are a relatively new category of hospital care. These stays typically follow an emergency department (ED) visit and last less than 24 hours before patients are discharged. The most common conditions treated during an observation stay are cardiovascular, such as chest pain or arrhythmia. (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.

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