Clinton and senators agree to focus on modest Medicare changes|
Talks between President Clinton and Senate
Finance Committee leaders have yielded little progress toward an
agreement on a major overhaul of Medicare this year or new
prescription drug benefits for senior citizens.
White House proposes meeting with senators on Medicare
With chances for agreement this fall on new
prescription drug coverage for senior citizens and other major
Medicare changes slipping away, the Clinton administration has
invited members of a key Senate Committee to a White House meeting
to look for a compromise.
Medicare warns health-care providers to get ready for Y2K
Medicare is warning doctors, hospitals and other health-care providers about possible financial consequences if the Y2K computer bug catches them unprepared.
Better follow-up needed in colon cancer testing
Many older Americans who test positive in colon cancer screenings are not getting the proper follow-up procedures, a study shows: a potentially deadly situation when dealing with the nation's second leading cancer killer.
Physicians call for change in flu vaccine recommendations
As another flu season approaches, a leading physicians' organization is recommending everyone 50 years and older receive a vaccination against influenza.
Study finds a link between stroke and depression
Guy Gunter Jr. considers himself a pretty happy-go-lucky guy. At 81, he still goes to work five days a week, flies his own airplane and spends time with his new girlfriend.
Physicians describe the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease as a process of elimination. Doctors must rely on a detailed medical history of the person, complete physical and neurological examinations, psychiatric assessment and laboratory tests to establish the diagnosis of dementia of the Alzheimer's type. Computed tomography (CT) scanning or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examination of the head often are used as diagnostic aids to rule out strokes, tumors and other conditions. Together, these methods enable physicians to accurately diagnose 90 percent of dementias.
New Medicare reference books on the way
In the next few weeks, elderly and disabled
Americans can expect to find a new government guidebook in their
mailboxes, meant to help them unravel the complexities of Medicare.
Preventing osteoporosis: Beyond estrogen
Hormone replacement therapy is a double-edged sword for Pat Snyder. She says she often thinks about taking estrogen because it will help keep her bones strong to ward off osteoporosis and the two hip surgeries that her late mother endured. But equally on Snyder's mind are reports that estrogen could encourage the development of breast cancer, a disease that also afflicted her mother, who died from complications of ulcer surgery.
HMO study shows higher costs for Medicare recipients
Vice President Al Gore released a federal
report Wednesday showing health maintenance organizations (HMOs) are restricting prescription
drug coverage and charging higher premiums to Medicare recipients.