The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces a completion of a large-scale effort to provide new Medicare cards without Social Security numbers to Medicare beneficiaries.  The newly issued cards support the federal efforts to protect the personal identity of the Medicare recipients to reduce fraud and abuse. Over the past nine months, CMS…

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Prescribing Dementia Drugs

  Seventy percent of elderly dementia patients prescribed dementia drugs are on them long-term despite the lack of evidence that they provide any benefit beyond one year, says a new report released by the AARP Public Policy Institute.  Reducing overuse of dementia drugs could result in substantial savings, estimating $20,000 per patient, for patients insurers.…

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