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Tag Archives: overtreatment

Medicare Won’t Go Broke!

This week we heard, again, that the Medicare trust fund will be insolvent in 2024, 5 years earlier than previous thought. That brought the usual response of scare tactics from Repugnuts. No more Medicare unless we totally overhaul the popular program. Of course, repugnuts believe only privatization of Medicare will work. Let’s calm down and […]

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Ignorance Is Not Bliss In Healthcare

Here we go again! You’ve probably noticed I’ve been posting a lot about fraud in healthcare because it appears to be so prevalent. Well, I consider overtreatment to be a form of fraud, especially, when published practice guidelines are not followed. In today’s NY Times there is a report that more than 25,000 defibrillators-22.5% of the total- that were implanted into […]

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It’s Time Medicare Clamps Down on Fraud

With access to the Medicare claims database to track Medicare expenditures, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported, yesterday, as part of their Secrets of the System series on Medicare expenditures,  that the Norton hospital in Louisville, KY performed the third-most spinal fusions on Medicare patients in the country! The story was prompted by whistle blowers from Medronix, the manufacturer for hardware used […]

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Medicare Won’t Go Broke-Get Your Mammogram Read By A Specialist

The dreaded mammogram that women over 50 are recommended to have every other year is bad enough, but getting a call to return for more studies is really scary. On average, in the United States, one mammogram in 10 results in the patient being called back for further testing. A woman who gets 10 mammograms at […]

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Medicare Won’t Go Broke But Spending Trends Are Worrisome

I’ve discussed many times about the disparities in Medicare spending across different regions of the country. Remember, how the Mayo Clinic has been the shining light of value-added healthcare-spending less with better outcomes? These findings have been at the forefront of bending the cost curve in Medicare spending. So much of healthcare reform depends upon […]

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