Executives at Nashville-based HCA think raising the retirement age is better than making cuts in Medicare payments to hospitals. Both ideas are in play, as Congressional leaders and the President negotiate to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.”
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Hospitals that get Medicare funding are now required to ask patients about the quality of their care. High performers get more money. Low-scoring hospitals can see a cut in their Medicare dollars.
The Tennessee Hospital Association is warning of possible closures if federal spending is reduced as planned. The first in nearly a nearly decade of planned cuts begins October 1st.
Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia will pay more than 3 and a half million dollars to the federal government to settle claims that it didn’t properly bill Medicare for ambulance services
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is calling a failure to shore up Medicare “generational theft.” The first-term Republican used some of his strongest language yet with an audience in Nashville Tuesday.
The largest chain of for-profit hospitals in the country is trying to explain why its Medicare revenue dropped for the first time in more than five years. HCA officials held a conference call with analysts after markets closed Monday night.
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker says he’s ready for wealthy Americans to pay for their own Medicare premiums in order to help reduce the federal budget deficit.
Tennessee’s Senators have voted in favor of a budget plan that shaves more than $6 trillion from the federal deficit, in part by turning Medicare into a voucher program.
The state Senate has passed a bill that might lead to Tennessee running health care programs.
Or maybe not.
Legislation to let Tennessee and other states take over major parts of government health care programs, has been postponed until next year. Lawmakers say they just ran out of time to pass the Health Care Compact this session.
A million Tennesseans who use Medicare could see that program operated by the state instead of the federal government, under a proposal that’s before the state legislature this week.
A temporary change in federal policy will free up millions of dollars for TennCare.
Governor Phil Bredesen says he isn’t pressuring the state’s Congressional delegation to vote one way or the other on health care overhaul, but he has sent them an estimate of what it would cost Tennessee.
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is now the lead Republican on the Special Committee on Aging.
Chattanooga Republican Zach Wamp dodged the question Monday when asked whether the plan to overhaul health care would set up “death panels.”
People who attended a health care town hall meeting with Senator Bob Corker Tuesday in Shelbyville spoke unanimously against the idea of creating a public insurance option.
Murfeesboro Democrat Bart Gordon helped House leaders overcome an impasse on a health care overhaul plan, but the agreement has failed to convince other Tennessee Democrats to sign on.