Susan Jaffe

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Lifting Medicare's Annual Limits On Physical Therapy Helps Ease Patients' Pain

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Last month's congressional budget deal included some benefits for Medicare recipients that may reduce their drug expenses and increase the coverage for certain therapies.


Feds To Waive Penalties For Some Who Signed Up Late For Medicare

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

People who mistakenly stayed on marketplace health plans after they qualified for Medicare may be eligible to have Medicare penalties reduced or waived, if they apply for the waiver by Sept. 30.


Plan Approved To Fix Misunderstandings On Medicare Therapy Coverage

Friday, February 03, 2017

Many seniors are denied coverage for rehabilitation because therapists mistakenly believe that patients must be improving to qualify. A new legal order seeks to clarify the standards.


Legal Dispute Continues Over Medicare Coverage Of Physical Therapy

Monday, January 30, 2017

Under a settlement in 2013, Medicare was supposed to make clear to physical therapists that their services are covered even if beneficiaries aren't improving. But that hasn't been widely accepted.


Don't Skip Medicare Coverage For Doctor Visits, Even If You Have Other Insurance

Saturday, December 10, 2016

As more seniors keep working and maintain health coverage on the job, there is greater potential for costly confusion about when and how to sign up for Medicare.


Feds Want To Speed Up Medicare Appeals, But Backlog Will Still Last Years

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Department of Health and Human Services proposal and an increase in funding could reduce the backlog in appeals of denied Medicare claims by 2021, six years sooner than without the changes.


Federal Program That Helps Patients Navigate Medicare May Be Cut

Friday, June 17, 2016

Counselors nationwide have helped 7 million people choose Medicare plans, challenge coverage denials and get subsidies. But some senators just voted to spend the money on other causes.


Feds Grant Some Early Switches When Medicare Advantage Networks Change

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Cuts in provider networks spurred Medicare officials to allow more than 15,000 Medicare Advantage members to pick new plans in seven states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.


The Joys Of Geriatrics: 90-Year-Olds Sell Medical Students On The Specialty

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Editor's note: A version of this story first ran on Sept. 23, 2015. It has been updated to reflect the current ages of the subjects.

When doctors told Robert Madison that his wife had dementia, they didn't explain very much. His successful career as an architect hardly prepared him for ...


To Sell Medical Students On Joys Of Geriatrics, Send In 90-Year-Olds

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

When doctors told Robert Madison that his wife had dementia, they didn't explain very much. His successful career as an architect hardly prepared him for what came next.

"A week before she passed away her behavior was different, and I was angry because I thought she was deliberately not doing ...


Progress For Bill To Bolster Medicare Patients' Hospital Rights

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Senate unanimously approved legislation Monday night requiring hospitals across the nation to tell Medicare patients when they receive observation care but haven't been admitted to the hospital as inpatients.

The distinction is easy for patients to miss — until they get hit with big medical bills after a ...


Administration Proposes Rules To Modernize Nursing Home Safety

Monday, July 13, 2015

After nearly 30 years, the Obama administration wants to modernize the rules nursing homes must follow to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid payments.

The hundreds of pages of proposed changes cover everything from meal times to use of antipsychotic drugs to staffing. Some are required by the Affordable Care Act ...


Medicare Concedes, Agrees To Pay For Woman's Home Health Care

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A disabled woman with serious health problems who successfully challenged Medicare for denying her home health care coverage has racked up another win against the government.

In her latest federal lawsuit filed in June, Glenda Jimmo, 78, argued that Medicare should have paid for the nursing care and other ...


Disabled Vermont Woman Who Led Class-Action Suit Sues Medicare Again

Monday, October 27, 2014

A 78-year-old Vermont mother of four who helped change Medicare coverage for millions of other seniors is still fighting to persuade the government to pay for her own care.

Glenda Jimmo, who is legally blind and has a partially amputated leg due to complications from diabetes, was the lead plaintiff ...


Medicare May Be Overpaying Hospitals For Patients Who Don't Stay Long

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The federal government may be paying hospitals $5 billion too much as a result of an 18-month moratorium on enforcement of rules that tell hospitals when patients should be admitted, says an independent Medicare auditing company.

Last September, Medicare officials announced that patients whose doctors expect them to stay in ...


Can Congress Put An End To Annual Medicare Payment Ritual?

Friday, March 14, 2014

Congress is still searching for money to avoid a 24 percent cut in pay for doctors who treat Medicare patients.

But seniors are already paying their share of the cost in premiums, as if the pay cut — scheduled to kick in on April 1 — won't happen.

Seniors' ...