Republican Larry Hogan released his first negative television ad of the campaign season Friday. It hits a point already made by Democrat Anthony Brown's opponents in the primary: Brown's role in the flubbed state health exchange.
Since CMS launched the Five-Star Rating System for skilled nursing and rehabilitation programs in 2008, the proportion of four- and five-star centers in Maryland has risen by 42 percent. Meanwhile, the proportion of one- and two-star centers fell 39.2 percent during that same time frame. But the Five Star System is not perfect. You still have to visit the facility to determine its fitness.
Federal auditors looking into Maryland's flawed health insurance exchange are subpoenaing documents as part of their probe and have sought information from the lead contractor hired by the state to build the site.
The dominant carrier on Maryland's health exchange, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, will raise premiums beginning in January, though not nearly as much as the company wanted, according to information provided by state regulators Friday.
Are you aware that under Medicare you are entitled to an annual wellness visit to your primary care physician once every 12 months? Even though Medicare does not cover a routine physical exam, it does pay for the annual wellness visit, which comes under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (health care reform law).
Coding problems that led to coverage and billing troubles for thousands of consumers using Connecticut's online insurance marketplace will be fixed in Maryland's version of the technology, officials said Tuesday.