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Medicare yet to save money with heralded payment model

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A high-profile Medicare experiment pushing doctors and hospitals to join together to operate more efficiently has yet to save the government money, with nearly half of the groups costing more than the government estimated their patients would normally cost, federal records show. Continue Reading →

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Medicare fees to drop sharply as Senate falters on ‘doc fix’ bill opposed by CT senators

Updated at 10:43 a.m. Friday
WASHINGTON – The Senate’s failure to act on a bill, opposed by Connecticut’s senators, means fees paid to doctors who treat Medicare patients will drop sharply at the end of the month. If Congress, which left on a two-week Easter recess, acts as soon as it returns, the government says it may be able to avoid the fee cuts. Continue Reading →

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Courtney took a moderate path in 113th Congress


WASHINGTON – When Congress considered legislation that would give President Obama authority to train and arm Syrian rebels last summer, Rep. Joe Courtney was the only member of the Connecticut delegation to support it. The vote was one of several instances in which the lawmaker split with his colleagues in the 113th Congress. (This is the second in a series of stories on the role each member of the Connecticut congressional delegation played in the 113th Congress.) Continue Reading →

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Newly legalized CT immigrants eligible for Social Security, Medicare, but not other benefits

WASHINGTON – Immigrants in Connecticut who receive provisional legal status under President Obama’s new executive orders will be eligible for Social Security and Medicare, but not food stamps or health care benefits provided by AccessHealthCT. Continue Reading →

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‘Observation status:’ The term hospital patients should know

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Patients, take note: Starting Oct. 1, those who spend more than 24 hours in the hospital could receive notice that they’ve been placed on something known as “observation status.” It’s a technical term, but one that could mean the difference between having their recovery paid for or ending up with a hefty bill. Continue Reading →

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Medical fraud in CT costs feds millions of dollars


Washington – Reporters and lawyers have become the latest front in Washington’s war against medical fraud that in some way is unwinnable, even as it has resulted in the prosecution of Connecticut doctors and drug companies. Continue Reading →

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