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Where Nursing Homes Hide Their Profits [The Lever]

Where Nursing Homes Hide Their Profits By Merrill Goozner April 8, 2024   Last June, an elderly stroke survivor residing at Chicago’s Lakeview Rehab and Nursing Center fell to the floor while being transferred by mechanical lift from his bed to a shower chair. The fall broke his leg in two places. A single nurse’s […]

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‘If I don’t talk no one’s going to know’: Stories of pain from East Palestine move coalition members to action [Pittsburgh Union Progress]

‘If I don’t talk no one’s going to know’: Stories of pain from East Palestine move coalition members to action By Steve Mellon March 24, 2024   Lauri Harmon stepped from the crowd gathered in a community hall at the East Palestine Country Club around 2:30 on Saturday afternoon and told her story to a

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Medicare Advantage in 2023: Enrollment Update and Key Trends [KFF]

Medicare Advantage in 2023: Enrollment Update and Key Trends By Nancy Ochieng, Jeannie Fuglesten Biniek, Meredith Freed, Anthony Damico, and Tricia Neuman August 09, 2023   Medicare Advantage enrollment has been on a steady climb for the past two decades following changes in policy designed to encourage a robust role for private plan options in

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Liz Theoharis, This Can’t Be as “Good” as It Gets [TomDispatch]

Liz Theoharis, This Can’t Be as “Good” as It Gets By Liz Theoharis March 10, 2024   It’s not complicated. This country, as TomDispatch regular and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign Liz Theoharis makes clear today, is simply unprepared — unprepared, that is, to keep all too many Americans even reasonably healthy and well.

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Nearly half of health systems are considering dropping Medicare Advantage plans [Becker’s Healthcare]

Nearly half of health systems are considering dropping Medicare Advantage plans By Andrew Cass March 22, 2024   “Onerous” authorization requirements and high denial rates have health systems considering whether to drop Medicare Advantage plans, according to a report from the Healthcare Financial Management Association and Eliciting Insights.   “HFMA Health System CFO Pain Points

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Biden’s $7.3 trillion budget: 16 healthcare takeaways [Becker’s Healthcare]

Biden’s $7.3 trillion budget: 16 healthcare takeaways By Madeline Ashley, Kelly Gooch and Alexis Kayser March 11, 2024   President Joe Biden proposed a $7.3 trillion budget March 11, including various initiatives to lower healthcare costs and an $800 million investment in hospital cybersecurity protection.   16 healthcare takeaways:   1. Medicare. The proposed budget

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BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR: How Medicare Advantage care denials affect patients [Wendell Potter]

BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR: How Medicare Advantage care denials affect patients By Matthew Cunningham-Cook March 4, 2024   In 2023, insurance behemoth UnitedHealth spent $8 billion buying back its stock to juice its stock price—and its executive compensation, which is tied to the company’s stock price. It spent 39% more on stock buybacks in

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