CMS Revises Hospice Medications Guidance

When Medicare beneficiaries elect the hospice benefit, they waive Medicare coverage for all care and services related to the terminal illness that are not on the hospice plan of care and provided through the hospice provider. This means that when a terminally ill...

Is That Hospice Safe?

The typical hospice in the United States undergoes a full government inspection about once every six years, according to federal figures, making it one of the least-scrutinized areas of U.S. health care — even though about half of older Americans receive hospice care...

Medicare Part D Premiums Up $1 from Last Year

Medicare Part D premiums are expected to stay relatively flat in the next few years, according to a new report, despite concerns with rising cost of specialty drugs. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it estimates the premium for a basic Medicare Part...

Medicaid Planning Facts

Medicaid Planning Facts 5 of 5 When people do become eligible for Medicaid, regardless of whether they have engaged in Medicaid planning, they must pay all but a small portion of their income each month for their care; Medicaid then pays whatever the difference is...