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CMS has completed only 90 audits over the past decade, a time when Medicare Advantage has grown explosively.

Newly released federal audits reveal widespread overcharges and other errors in payments to Medicare Advantage health plans for seniors, with some plans overbilling the government more than $1,000 per patient a year on average. Read more»

The FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 designated a new class of OTC hearing aids.

As of Monday, consumers are able to buy hearing aids - intended for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss - directly off store shelves and at dramatically lower prices as a 2017 federal law finally takes effect. Read more»

La Ley de reautorización de la FDA de 2017 designó una nueva clase de audífonos de venta libre.

A partir del lunes, los consumidores pueden comprar audífonos, destinados a adultos con pérdida auditiva de leve a moderada, directamente en los estantes de las tiendas y a precios mucho más bajos, ya que finalmente entra en vigencia una ley federal de 2017. Read more»

Medicare Advantage must cover the same benefits as traditional Medicare, but the private plans have leeway when deciding how much nursing home care a patient needs.

Health care providers, nursing home representatives, and advocates for residents say Medicare Advantage plans are increasingly ending members’ coverage for nursing home and rehabilitation services before patients are healthy enough to go home. Read more»

Medicare pays the privately run health plans — an alternative to traditional Medicare — a set monthly rate for each patient. About 16 million Americans have signed up at an annual cost to taxpayers of more than $160 billion, about one third of the elderly and disabled people eligible for Medicare. A Center for Public Integrity investigation published in June found as much as $70 billion of improper payments to Medicare Advantage plans from 2008 through last year. Read more»