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The Nurse Will See You Now

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Kentucky In a state facing a shortage of primary care physicians, AARP Kentucky is urging lawmakers to increase the scope of practice for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Kentucky has nearly 3,000 APRNs, who have advanced clinical training and experience. Current regulations restrict them from writing prescriptions or ordering home health and hospice services without a doctor’s involvement. “That adds unnecessary expense and delay to patient care, particularly in rural communities underserved by doctors,” said Jim Kimbrough, AARP state president. AARP …

Court Decision Makes it Harder for Medicare Plans to Drop Doctors

Posted on 12/9/2013 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Utah By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News In a decision that could have national implications, a federal judge in Connecticut temporarily blocked UnitedHealthcare late Thursday from dropping an estimated 2,200 physicians from its Medicare Advantage plan in that state. While the judge’s decision affects only the physicians in Fairfield and Hartford Counties who brought suit, several other medical groups are considering filing similar actions. “This is very good news from Connecticut,” said Dr. Sam L. Unterricht, president of the Medical Society …

Good News–Doctors Do Want Medicare Patients

Posted on 09/12/2013 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Utah We’ve repeatedly heard the claim by critics of Medicare that doctors are refusing to see Medicare patients because of poor reimbursement and government intrusion into their practices.  From such accusations one might conclude that doctors are shying away from Medicare patients in huge numbers. A new study conducted by experts at the Department of Health and Human Services, released last month, shows that there is little truth in that assertion. MedPage Today notes: “… the percentage of all office-based physicians …

Nursing Home Care, Quality and Accountability – Senate Bill 9

Posted on 02/7/2013 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Advocacy | Kentucky Testimony: Senate Health and Welfare Committee Senate Bill 9 February 6, 2013 Submitted by: James T. Kimbrough President AARP Kentucky Good afternoon, Madame Chair and members of the committee, my name is Jim Kimbrough. I am the (volunteer) State President for AARP Kentucky. We appreciate the opportunity to speak on behalf of today’s nursing home residents and future generations in opposition to Senate Bill 9. AARP opposes Senate Bill 9. We believe the solution to improving the quality of care …

In the AARP Bulletin: Rx Gift Ban

Posted on 12/4/2012 by | Campaign Outreach | Comments

Advocacy | Massachusetts Out to lunch Part of a new law opposed by AARP Massachusetts weakens the state’s 2008 prescription drug gift ban and puts patients’ best interests at risk.  Previously, the ban restricted prescription drug companies from treating doctors to extravagant meals by allowing them to offer food only in clinical settings, such as hospitals or doctors’ offices.  The revised statute allows pharmaceutical representatives to treat doctors to multicourse meals with alcoholic beverages at restaurants.  “Under this law, drug companies are free …

Health Care Access for Medicare Patients

Posted on 11/13/2012 by | AARP Nevada | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Nevada  AARP Urges Congress to Protect Access to Health Care Providers for People in Medicare   Photo by Phalinn/flickr  WASHINGTON— Last week, AARP, along with five other consumer and professional organizations, sent a letter to leaders in Congress, urging them to protect access to health care for people with Medicare by addressing the flawed Medicare physician payment formula.  Without congressional action, a drastic 27.5 percent cut in payments to physicians treating people in Medicare will take effect beginning January 1, 2013.  …