Twenty-eight (1972-2000) years practicing medicine in the US and eight (2000-2008) in Europe have taught me that we have a much better system than Europe both in terms of quality and proportional waste. Yet, our waste in healthcare is ruining this country. The root of the problem is that healthcare is “free”: once we pay our taxes, Medicare is going to take care of us. This year I will become Medicare eligible. And, although ...more »
Currently a disabled Veteran can receive disability benefits from 3 agencies - VA, DOD, and Social Security. Need to overhaul the disability payment systems to ensure that the right amount of payment is provided which is difficult since we have 3 agencies responsible to address the payments for our veterans. Why not only 1 agency - the VA manage all veterans disability payments. This will ensure Veterans receive accurate ...more »
This is not a new social issue. Generations have had stable, non-traditional living arrangements. The Founding Fathers would want a tweak in federal law to promote efficiency, quality, simplicity, speed, & EQUITY. One simple change would put tens of thousands back into these households & the general economy. The IRS would feast on hundreds of thousands in “marriage penalties.” The welfare system would benefit by fewer ...more »
Add a three or four digit number on the back of a Beneficiaries Medicare card. The number would be required to bill Medicare. Use this number just like the CC companies do to confirm purchases.
Implementing this Idea would lower Medicare fraud and save millions.
Problem: There are long waiting times for claimants in the field offices, waiting to complete applications for retirement, survivor, Medicare and disability claims. Cause of problem: As the baby boomers are reaching retirement age, the number of retirement and Medicare claims has been increasing, while the number of employees available to help them is decreasing. (Many employees are baby boomers themselves and are also ...more »
Why are pharmacies labeling medications with their own expiration dates for prescription medications rather than using the expiration dates set by the manufacturer? Not standardizing the expiration dates increases the risk of setting expiration dates that are before or after the manufacturers. I have personally seen many instances where pharmacy's expiration dates are six months to a year BEFORE the manufacturer's expiration ...more »
Citizens do not want or need services cut and the middle class does not need tax increases. Here is my husband and I’s 5-prong approach to policy change that could significantly improve the country’s current financial situation: 1) Invest all Medicare and Social Security money contributed. This would allow growth and the possibility of long-term sustainment. 2) Temporarily cease sending U.S. dollars to aid foreign ...more »
Recently retired folks tend to have larger pensions since they are based on more recent (therefore larger) salaries. They can therefore afford larger deductibles for medical care. As one gets older, the available funds become tighter as the 'fixed income' issue becomes more serious and inflation reduces the value of ones savings. Smaller deductibles are more important for this group. One size never has fit all, and ...more »
Any dependents over 18 years of age relying on financial assistance & medical necessities from Social Security Administration, Medicare/Medicaid, Welfare agencies shall receive incentives to work, without worrying about penalties/restrictions of any kinds of assistance may impose on them – except for fraud and/or abuses. Do not penalize them for trying to find additional source of income to support their needs/goals. ...more »
For Medicare only applications, we must send a close out notice to the applicant reminding them that they only filed for Medicare and not Retirement benefits. We could eliminate these additional close out letters by adding the closeout language to the remarks section of the appication instead of sending a seperate close out letter.
A recent news item states that the government will pay half of all Americans' medical costs within the next decade. I work with SSA disability decisions all day. Drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and obesity are elements of the majority of disability claims, even those that are denied. It's time to approach these three impairments the way smoking was approached. If the government spends a little money now persuading people ...more »
The GAO estimates $17 BILLION dollars of improper Medicare payments each year. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays out $4.6 BILLION in improper and fraudulent benefits annually. The Department of Veterans Affairs loses $800 MILLION annually on improper and fraudulent payments. And the FRAUD list goes on and on and on, totaling OVER $100 BILLION PER YEAR!!! 1ST...I suggest that we include the statement ...more »