Genetic cancer risk scam targeting seniors may disqualify them from legitimate tests

A CBS News investigation uncovered a massive Medicare scam where recruiters entice seniors to submit a DNA sample for a “free” genetic cancer risk test. Many never receive the results from these companies but their Medicare accounts are billed for thousands of dollars. In part two of this investigation, CBS News’ Jim Axelrod looks at the doctors […]
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Psychedelics and Seniors: Can Drugs Such As Marijuana And Psilocybin Improve Their Quality Of Life?

OK, let’s get past all the jokes about aging Baby Boomers revisiting their youth and getting stoned. As the medical and recreational use of marijuana grows across the country, older adults are increasingly either smoking cannabis or taking it in the form of cannabidiol (CBD).  Yet we know remarkably little about how CBD or its close relative tetrahydrocannabinol […]
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Expect Walmart Health To Challenge CVS And Other Chains

This month Walmart will open a separate “Walmart Health” Care Center in its Dallas, Georgia, store. The opening is slated for September 13. This facility will provide low-priced health services for local customers that include dental, audiology, x-ray examinations, and mental health counseling. This is in direct response to CVS’s HealthHUB effort, as well as to […]
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The Future of Healthcare Leadership

As health disparities continue to impact access to care and health outcomes in the U.S., and patients are demanding quicker access to care, easier communication with their providers and higher quality outcomes, healthcare leaders are seeking innovative ways to narrow the gap. “With the growth of consumerism in healthcare, consumers are demanding the same of […]
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Paul Ryan eyes Medicare cuts, and he thinks Trump may help

The Rachel Maddow Show / The MaddowBlog U.S. President Donald Trump (C) listens to House Speaker Paul Ryan (L) as he gathers with Congressional Republicans in the Rose Garden of the White House… CARLOS BARRIA 12/07/17 11:06 AM—UPDATED 12/07/17 11:11 AM By Steve Benen The Republican plan has never been a secret: in the broadest sense, the party is […]
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Influx of shoppers expected for early Obamacare deadline

Holly Fletcher, USA TODAY NETWORK – TennesseePublished 8:52 p.m. CT Dec. 6, 2017 | Updated 10:10 a.m. CT Dec. 7, 2017 Open enrollment for Obamacare 2018 plans began Nov. 1. For most states, the last day to sign up is Dec. 15. Video provided by Newsy Newslook (Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) CONNECTTWEET 1LINKEDIN 1COMMENTEMAILMORE Updated to reflect recent data from […]
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Medicare Open Enrollment Deadline is Thursday: What You Need to Know

Open enrollment has been extended to Dec. 31 for those living in designated disaster areas nationwide By Danielle Abreu AP This image provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services shows what the new Medicare cards will look like. The cards are getting a makeover to fight identity theft. No more Social Security numbers will […]
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Covered California enrollment up 28 percent so far

By Catherine Ho December 6, 2017 Photo: Michael Short, Special To The Chronicle Pedestrians walk past signs for Covered California in the windows of the Asian Health Services offices in January. Roughly 1.3 million Californians are enrolled in plans through the exchange. Enrollment in health plans on Covered California, the state-run insurance exchange created by the […]

Dementia: number of people affected to triple in next 30 years

News release 7 DECEMBER 2017 | GENEVA – As the global population ages, the number of people living with dementia is expected to triple from 50 million to 152 million by 2050. “Nearly 10 million people develop dementia each year, 6 million of them in low- and middle-income countries,” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of […]

Spring promises of partnership on health-care reform are growing cold for states

BY REA S. HEDERMAN JR., OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 11/02/17 11:40 AM EDT THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL   © Getty Images In March, the Trump administration announced new plans for state flexibility on health-care waivers for both Medicaid and state innovation 1332 waivers found in the […]