Archive for April, 2014

Heavy Smokers No CT Screenings?

Heavy Smokers No CT Screenings?

| April 30, 2014 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

A Medicare panel determined that there is not enough evidence to justify annual CT scans to detect early lung cancer in heavy smokers. The CMS’s nine-member Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee voted Wednesday against paying for the screening tool.The unexpected decision on the nonbinding recommendation runs counter to a December 2013 recommendation by […]

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Medicare Fraud Doc’s Unrepentant

Medicare Fraud Doc’s Unrepentant

| April 19, 2014 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

Dozens of physicians who received Medicare payments in 2012 had been thrown out of state Medicaid programs, been indicted or charged with fraud, or even settled allegations of overbilling Medicare itself, according to a ProPublica analysis of recently released doctor payment data. The analysis of payments made under Medicare Part B, which was released last […]

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Mustang: 50 years Of Daring Moves – Some Dirty Secrets

Mustang: 50 years Of Daring Moves – Some Dirty Secrets

| April 19, 2014 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

Fifty years ago, the first Baby Boomers hit 18 with a ravenous appetite for anything outside the mainstream. The U.S. economy was booming, and the country was yearning to shake off the November 1963 assassination of President Kennedy. Ford Motor couldn’t have timed the entirely new car better. On […]   Ford Motor couldn’t have […]

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Medicare Payment Data Dump Opens Can of Worms

Medicare Payment Data Dump Opens Can of Worms

| April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services heralded the historic release of data on services and procedures provided to Medicare beneficiaries by 880,000 physicians and other health care professionals. These providers received $77 billion in 2012 under the Medicare Part B fee-for-service program. Journalists and government transparency advocates are hailing the move as […]

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Changing Healthcare Since ‘Mad Men’

Changing Healthcare Since ‘Mad Men’

| April 14, 2014 | 2 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

As a health care wonk, one treat of watching “Mad Men” has been how the show’s creators have used the characters’ behaviors—and their interactions with the nation’s health system—to consistently tweak our nostalgic view of the 1960s. (When the show debuted, the plot was set in March 1960; by the time the sixth season wrapped up, “Mad Men” […]

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Retirement: How couple lives a ‘home-free’ lifestyle

Retirement: How couple lives a ‘home-free’ lifestyle

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

Three years ago, retirees Lynne Martin, 73, and her husband Tim, 68, decided to live a “home-free” lifestyle in retirement. They gave away most of their possessions, sold their house in Paso Robles, Calif., found a new home for their dog and started traveling the world. Since then, they’ve lived in furnished apartments in Mexico, […]

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Medicare – Huge Doctor Payouts

Medicare – Huge Doctor Payouts

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

  Topping Medicare’s list was Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, whose relationship with Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., made headlines last year after news broke that the lawmaker used the doctor’s personal jet for trips to the Dominican Republic. Medicare paid Melgen $20.8 million. AP’s analysis found that a small sliver of the more than 825,000 individual […]

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Seven Big Mistakes Couples Make in Retirement

Seven Big Mistakes Couples Make in Retirement

| April 9, 2014 | 1 Comment | Email This Post Email This Post

          Getting ready for retirement? Just salivating at the thought of you and your spouse getting in that RV and roaming around the country? Or is your dream sitting on that deck in the morning with your spouse, a cup of coffee and a good book? If you and your spouse […]

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Surprise – Obama Administration Reverses Cuts To Medicare Plans

Surprise – Obama Administration Reverses Cuts To Medicare Plans

| April 8, 2014 | 1 Comment | Email This Post Email This Post

          Medicare has reversed proposed payment cuts to private heath plans in the popular Medicare Advantage program for the second straight year amid strong pushback from health insurers and Capitol Hill. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday, after proposing in February a 1.9 percent cut to private plans, […]

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Spunky Seniors Getting More From Retirement

Spunky Seniors Getting More From Retirement

| April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

          A. Val JuLian Sealee, the founder of Spunky Seniors Club, skydiving. Her website helps seniors be more active. / Courtesy photo When Frank Staron was growing up, many adults hit their 60s, retired and “sat in a chair,” as he put it. But the 60-year-old Woodstock resident said his fellow […]

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Remembering Mickey Rooney

Remembering Mickey Rooney

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

          Everyone knows Mickey Rooney, but who really remembers the extent of his success? How many now living can testify not only to how large this man loomed over the American film landscape but also to the particular qualities that made him such an enormous success in his prime? Everyone knows […]

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How Your 401(k) Could Rip You Off

How Your 401(k) Could Rip You Off

| April 6, 2014 | 1 Comment | Email This Post Email This Post

If you have a 401(k) plan, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re getting ripped off. At least, this is the opinion of Dan Solin, director of investor advocacy for the BAM Alliance and a wealth adviser with Buckingham Asset Management. He argues that between high costs, poor investment choices and bad behavior on the […]

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Continuing Battle in Cuts to Medicare Advantage

Continuing Battle in Cuts to Medicare Advantage

| April 6, 2014 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

        Democrats are battling the White House over proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage, creating a new divide on healthcare just as the party had begun to rally around ObamaCare’s 7.1 million enrollees. The issue threatens the newfound momentum Democrats have on healthcare after a late surge of ObamaCare enrollees surprised and electrified […]

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A Generational Moment

A Generational Moment

| April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

David Letterman, host of the “Late Show with David Letterman waves to the audience in New York on Thursday, after announcing that he will retire sometime in 2015. Letterman, who turns 67 next week, has the longest tenure of any late-night talk show host in U.S. television history, already marking 32 years since he created […]

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Retirement planning? Don’t forget your pets.

Retirement planning? Don’t forget your pets.

| April 3, 2014 | 1 Comment | Email This Post Email This Post

            With the kids grown and out of the house (hopefully), pets have become an important family addition for baby boomers in retirement. When it comes to retirement planning, the topic of pet expense planning is rarely discussed. It shouldn’t be ignored. Pets are big business.  According to www.americanpetproducts.org, it’s estimated […]

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Willard Scott Married — ‘Today’ Show Star Weds Longtime Love At 80

Willard Scott Married — ‘Today’ Show Star Weds Longtime Love At 80

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

‘Today’ show legend Willard Scott said ‘I do’ to his longtime girlfriend Paris Keena on April 1. The veteran weatherman and Smucker’s birthday greeter spent 11 wonderful years with Paris before they finally decided to tie the knot. Congratulations are in order for the Today show’s former weatherman, Willard Scott! Willard, 80, married longtime love Paris Keena in Fort Myers, Fla. on […]

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Dam Shame: Hoover’s Workforce Nears Retirement

Dam Shame: Hoover’s Workforce Nears Retirement

| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

WASHINGTON –  More than 80 years ago, during the Great Depression, thousands of unemployed Americans traveled from far and wide to the border of Arizona and Nevada, hoping to land a precious job building and operating one of the nation’s great engineering wonders, the Hoover Dam. Today, however — even with millions of Americans unable […]

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Retire In Alaska – Here’s Why

Retire In Alaska – Here’s Why

| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

Many Americans dream of retiring to the sunbelt, where they can live out their work-free years playing on sun-kissed golf courses and lounging pool-side. But analysis by the National Institute on Retirement Security reveals seniors might want to trade their Bermuda shorts for ear muffs. Overwhelmingly, states in the upper Midwest are ranked the most […]

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Passing of Surf Culture Icon

Passing of Surf Culture Icon

| April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments | Email This Post Email This Post

        When he was a young man, Hobie Alter had a clear vision of his future: He didn’t want a job that would require hard-soled shoes, and he didn’t want to work east of Pacific Coast Highway. He succeeded. The son of a second-generation orange grower, Alter is credited with innovations that […]

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