Tom Coburn

Government would pay seniors to create advanced directives under Senate bill

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Medicare beneficiaries would be paid to create advance directives and store them in an easy-access system if a recently proposed Senate bill were to become law.

Bill calls for faster action on RAC reports, more 'expert' Medicaid oversight

Bill calls for faster action on RAC reports, more 'expert' Medicaid oversight

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should move faster to make changes based on Medicare audits and should have more direct oversight over Medicaid, according to bipartisan legislation introduced Tuesday. "The Preventing and Reducing Improper Medicare and Medicaid Expenditures Act of 2013" proposes a variety of reforms to cut down on waste, fraud and abuse. The PRIME Act was introduced by Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Tom Coburn (R-OK), and Reps. John Carney (D-DE) and Peter Roskam (R-IL).

CMS is two weeks late issuing report on fraud prevention efforts

CMS is two weeks late issuing report on fraud prevention efforts

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Two Republican Senators want to know why the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is two weeks overdue in issuing a report on the agency's fraud prevention system (FPS).

GAO: Medicaid eligibility screening for long-term care is inconsistent across states

GAO: Medicaid eligibility screening for long-term care is inconsistent across states

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The extent to which states conduct asset verification checks on those seeking Medicaid coverage for long-term care varies greatly by state, a government report finds.

Senators demand more data on Medicare fraud prevention efforts

Senators demand more data on Medicare fraud prevention efforts

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A multimillion dollar Medicare fraud-fighting command center unveiled by the federal government a week ago is already drawing fire from two Republican lawmakers.

Provider groups remain vigilant on entitlement spending as Obama signs debt ceiling legislation

Provider groups remain vigilant on entitlement spending as Obama signs debt ceiling legislation

A bipartisan Congressional committee will be tasked with reforming entitlement programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, as part of a federal debt limit deal signed yesterday by President Obama.

Providers outraged: 'Gang of Six' spending proposal would eliminate CLASS Act

Providers outraged: 'Gang of Six' spending proposal would eliminate CLASS Act

Providers immediately ripped a new deficit-reduction proposal Tuesday that was announced by a bipartisan group of influential U.S. Senators and endorsed at least modestly by both the White House and some key Republicans. The nearly complete proposal, cobbled together within two weeks of the United States possibly starting to default on its financial obligations, would slash numerous areas of healthcare spending and eliminate the nation's first government-sponsored long-term care insurance program.

Lieberman and Coburn propose increases to Medicare premiums, eligibility age

A new plan to change Medicare would raise the eligibility age to 67 and boost premiums for current beneficiaries, saving the federal government an estimated $600 billion over the next decade.

Deficit commission votes not to send proposals to Congress

A commission charged with finding ways to reduce the deficit last week voted against proposals that recommend killing the CLASS Act and increasing the Social Security retirement age.

Republican bill would eliminate Medicare payment advisory board from healthcare reform law

Republican bill would eliminate Medicare payment advisory board from healthcare reform law

Senate Republicans have introduced legislation that would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) that is part of the healthcare reform law.