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Medicare to reward hospitals for providing better care

By Ron Pollack Heart failure. Pneumonia. Heart attack. If you or a loved one suffers from one of these health conditions, you will want to make sure you get the right follow-up treatment. And now your local hospital will have a financial interest in making sure you do, too. While politicians talk about how to […]

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Deadline nears for Medicare Part D enrollment

By Ron Pollack If you have Medicare, you know that as soon as the leaves start falling from the trees, your mailbox will fill up with information about your Medicare choices for 2012. And, as tempting as it is to ignore it all, you really should take the time to review your current Medicare coverage […]

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Why Medicaid Matters for People with Medicare

By Ron Pollack You’ve worked hard, saved what you can, and you think you’re pretty well set for retirement. However, as recent stock market fluctuations make clear, a lot can happen to derail your good planning. For example, you might end up needing more long-term care than you expected. If that happens, the good news […]

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Federal law provides for quality care to keeping you home

By Ron Pollack There’s a saying that good help is hard to find. If you or someone you love has ever needed care at home, you know how true that is. One reason it’s so hard to find the right help is that there’s a national shortage of long-term care workers, from home health aides […]

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Stopping Medicare waste, fraud, and abuse

By Ron Pollack Did you hear about the case last year of the Houston doctor and medical equipment provider who billed Medicare more than $1 million for wheelchairs and other medical equipment that patients didn’t even want? Sometimes this equipment is delivered to the door of a person who is surprised to see it and […]

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Long-term care: Planning for the future

Long-term care is expensive, and Medicare does not cover the costs. And there are other reasons to plan ahead, to learn about your options for care before you need help. That way, if you need care suddenly, you and your family won’t have to scramble. Equally important, you won’t end up in a nursing home just because no one knew alternatives were available.

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