Medicare

Health
5:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Lack Of Transparency Leaves Some Medicare Patients In Dark At Half Of N.H.’s Hospitals

Richard Greene sits on the sun porch of his Meredith, NH home, with paperwork from Medicare and Littleton Hospital spread across the table.
Credit Jack Rodolico

Once you hit 65, there’s a line of thinking that goes like this: Medicare is there to protect your health, and your wallet.

That’s mostly true. But about 10 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in New Hampshire – about 26,000 people – are susceptible to hospital charges that would be illegal on the private insurance market.

And most of those people are probably unaware if and when they pay those charges.

Richard Greene is one of those people. It all started with a pain in his shoulder.

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Health
4:27 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Data Reveals Impact Of The ACA On N.H.'s Uninsured

Credit NHPR Staff

A new data set gives a bird’s eye view of New Hampshire’s uninsured residents – and how they stand to gain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The data itself is not shocking. State health officials and insurers alike know New Hampshire’s most rural communities have the highest rates of uninsured. But this is the first time that information has been aggregated into a map that viewers can navigate on a county-by-county basis.

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Health
5:41 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Medicare Penalizes Nine N.H. Hospitals For Too Many Readmissions

Credit St. Joseph Hosptial, Nashua

One in five Medicare patients treated for a list of common conditions - like pneumonia and heart failure -  are readmitted to the hospitals that treated them within a month.

One way the federal government is trying to improve that is by penalizing hospitals based on their readmission rates. It’s a provision of the Affordable Care Act that will hit 2,610 hospitals across the country next year, including nine in New Hampshire.

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Health
3:56 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Data Shows N.H. Has Upped Spending On Disabled Home Care

New Hampshire has increased the amount of Medicaid funding it devotes to home-based care for the disabled since a 1999 U.S. Supreme Court ruling gave people a choice to live outside institutions.

By 2012, according to data provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the state was providing 50.3 percent of Medicaid long-term care money for disabled people living in home- or community-based settings. That compares to 40.3 percent in 2002.

The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Re-Examining End-Of-Life Care

Credit gramola2three / Flickr Creative Commons

A recent report finds that a growing number of elderly patients outlive their hospice stay, costing Medicare millions, and raising questions about how we look at end of life care. Some say these conversations should start long before a terminal diagnosis. That they say will end up helping them live more comfortably in their final days, all while reducing the bottom line.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Issue Tuesdays: Fiscal Policy

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Our issue Tuesday series continues with the Republican Presidential Candidates and their fiscal policies.  The soaring national debt has been a rallying cry among republicans, who see it as a top economic threat.  We’ll examine what the candidates are saying about government spending, debt and deficits…as well as entitlement reform, programs like Social security and Medicare.

Guests

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:00 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

It's all in the details...

Photo by Andyde, from Flickr Creative Commons

Adrian Slywotzky, author of the new book Demand: Creating What People Love Before They Know They Want It, discusses a revolutionary new eldercare model called Caremore.  He explains how trimming toenails and rides to the doctor can save dollars and improve quality of life. 

LINKS:

The Quiet Health-Care Revolution 

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