| Jan 10, 2014
| 6:29 PM
A top official with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Friday that a state plan to reduce hospital visits could serve as a national model for curbing costs while improving patient outcomes.
Deputy Administrator and Director Jonathan Blum...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 11:09 AM
First came the drama over the government shutdown. Then the showdown over the debt ceiling. Now another round of negotiations on the budget deficit.
Pardon me for asking, but when exactly will Washington begin to deal with the crisis of jobs, wages...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 11:50 AM
More than 1 million men and women in Maryland have one thing in common: They are enrolled in Medicare or Tricare. These programs provide seniors, the disabled and military families the coverage they need to remain healthy and to access the care when...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 2:59 PM
Carol Cain tries to ignore the two lumps in her throat, but some days it's hard because they swell and are tender to the touch.
The 59-year-old, who makes a small income watching her grandchildren, hasn't seen a doctor about the problem because she...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 4:05 AM
November is National Family Caregivers Month. This year’s theme is “Family Caregivers — Now More Than Ever!”
The number of family caregivers is growing each year, and the role they play is vital to our country. According to the...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 11:38 AM
Surely, even for Democrats there's remarkably little joy to be had in watching mainstream Republicans turn on Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz for forcing the GOP into a suicide mission. The big show in Washington — the final (at least one can hope)...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 7:00 PM
The way Maryland hospitals do business would be overhauled under a plan released Friday by state health officials.
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's plan would tie hospital spending to the state economy and virtually eliminate a...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 5:30 PM
Most Americans with health insurance will be guaranteed access to mental health services, including for depression and alcoholism, equal to medical and surgical treatment under long-delayed rules issued Friday by the Obama administration. But the...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 6:34 PM
Workers at Fort McHenry emerged shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday to post the sign: "Closed until further notice. No Entry. No trespassing."
Over the next hour, joggers and cyclists pulled up to the gate, stopped, read the notice and turned around. Finally,...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 12:07 PM
Consumers weren't able to sign up for insurance under new health care exchanges until last week, but con artists have been scheming for months to steal money or Social Security numbers under the guise of the Affordable Care Act.
And it's bound to get...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 12:15 PM
Howard County Department of Citizen Services is warning Medicare recipients and residents who qualify for health coverage through the new health care exchanges of misleading and possible illegal offers of help, according to a county government news...
| Oct 6, 2013
| 5:00 AM
For more than 30 years, the federal government has allowed Maryland to operate by different rules from other states when it comes to the way Medicare pays for hospital services. So long as the state managed to keep the growth in the average cost for...