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  • FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2011, file photo, a man smokes a Marlboro cigarette in Hialeah, Fla. A new study estimates that screening certain current and former smokers for lung cancer would cost Medicare about $2 billion a year, which would add $3 a month to Medicare premiums. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

    Lung cancer screening could cost Medicare billions

    Every person covered by Medicare would shell out an additional $3 a month if the government agreed to pay to screen certain current and former smokers for lung cancer, a new study estimates.


  • Psychiatrist pleads guilty to health care fraud

    A 56-year-old Baton Rouge psychiatrist has pleaded guilty to plotting to commit health care fraud in what federal prosecutors called a 7-year scheme that cost Medicare tens of millions of dollars.


  • Weiland takes issue with Rounds' Medicare ad

    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland is taking issue with former Gov. Mike Rounds' wording in a television advertisement about the nation's new health care law.


  • Medicare fraud sweep nets 90 arrests across US

    The latest Medicare fraud sweep has netted 90 arrests in six cities involving false billings to the health care program of an estimated $260 million.


  • Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, spoke out Tuesday in favor of gradually raising the retirement age, which currently sits at 67, and transitioning Medicare to a voucher system. (associated press)

    Sen. Marco Rubio takes on entitlement reform

    Sen. Marco Rubio said Tuesday that Congress has a responsibility to tackle entitlement reform sooner rather than later, making him the latest of the likely 2016 Republican presidential contenders to say it is time for the party to address the thorny subject head-on.


  • ** FILE ** Rep. Fred Upton, House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman. (Associated Press)

    Top House Republicans: We haven't forgotten about Medicare Advantage cuts

    Top House Republicans on Monday signaled they haven't forgotten their push to protect an insurer-run alternative to traditional Medicare, an election-year drumbeat that shows no signs of waning even though the Obama administration in April said it would boost — not cut — payment rates under the program for seniors.


  • Overtreating Medicare patients may costs billions

    A new study suggests that in a single year, up to 42 percent of Medicare patients got at least one medical procedure they didn't need - overtreatment that cost as much as $8 billion.


  • Winnebago Hospital warned to correct deficiencies

    Winnebago Hospital officials have submitted a plan to correct deficiencies noted by a federal agency that reviewed the death of a hospital patient.


  • Fla. eye doc held without bail in fraud case

    A central Florida ophthalmologist is being held without bail on charges of Medicare fraud after U.S. Magistrate Patricia Barksdale ruled Monday that he is a flight risk.


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