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Federal government notes slowdown in nursing home spending

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Decreased payouts for nursing home care was one reason that healthcare spending grew more slowly for seniors than for any other age group between 2002 and 2010, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Monday.

The heart of what we believe

The heart of what we believe

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If the AARP convention last week was any indication, some seniors aren't buying what Paul Ryan is selling. The question is, are you?

New Medicare payment reforms might not keep costs from rising, study says

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Between 2001 and 2010, spending on Medicare beneficiaries needing post-acute services has jumped from $26.6 billion to $58 billion.

Studies offer mixed results on cost benefits of hospice care

Studies offer mixed results on cost benefits of hospice care

Increased use of hospice care services could help rein in healthcare spending at the end of life, according to one study. But another study indicates that hospice is not a silver bullet, Reuters Health reported.

States to further cut spending in fiscal year 2011, report finds

States to further cut spending in fiscal year 2011, report finds

Fiscal year 2010 presented the most difficult challenge to states' financial management since the Great Depression, according to a new report from the National Governors Association. Fiscal 2011 will be equally challenging, the report said.

Medicare database could hold key to spending reductions, but privacy issues raise concerns

Mining Medicare's database for information comparing individual doctors' spending practices could help significantly reduce healthcare spending, according to a recent report.

AHRQ: Healthcare spending on seniors increases by more than $100 billion in 10 years

Healthcare spending for seniors rose steadily from 1996 to 2006, according to a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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