Proposed New Medicare Payment System May Affect Beneficiaries

Q.  I hear that Medicare is proposing a new payment arrangement for doctors that may dramatically impact access to care by seniors and other beneficiaries. Do you know anything about that? A.  You heard correctly. Medicare is proposing a new flat rate reimbursement system for doctors who treat Medicare patients. Some worry that the plan… Read More »

Medicare Savings Programs Can Reduce Health Costs for Low-Income Seniors

Q.  My wife and I are struggling with the financial cost of paying our Medicare premiums, deductibles and copayments. I hear there may be some government assistance available for seniors in our shoes. Do you know anything about these programs? A. Yes. You refer to the Medicare Savings Programs (“MSP’s”) available for low-income seniors to… Read More »

Will Mom Lose Medicare or Medi-Cal Coverage If She Leaves the Nursing Home To Visit Family?

Q.  Mom has been receiving care in a nursing home. She is currently covered by Medicare, but soon will switch to Medi-Cal. She would really like to come to our home for a short visit for family celebrations. However, I heard that she might lose her coverage if she does so. Is that true? A…. Read More »

Your Rights Upon Hospital Discharge

Q.  My husband was recently admitted to the hospital following a stroke. The hospital now wants to discharge him in two days, and I believe he needs to remain longer. What are our rights? We are both on Medicare. A. Unfortunately, hospitals have a strong financial incentive to discharge Medicare patients as soon as possible…. Read More »