How to make the most of your Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

First introduced by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2011, the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) is an effective health benefit for keeping the senior population healthy as they age. A Medicare annual wellness visit is free of charge for beneficiaries and is a great way for you to connect with your primary care physician. … Continue reading How to make the most of your Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

Dallas Morning News: BSWH slows rise of health care costs

Ongoing work at Baylor Scott & White to stabilize rising health care costs continues to serve as a model “of the kinds of changes to health care that we need to be successful,” The Dallas Morning News writes in an editorial today. The piece specifically highlights the recent announcement that the system’s Accountable Care Organization, the Baylor Scott … Continue reading Dallas Morning News: BSWH slows rise of health care costs

Improved palliative, hospice care may be a factor in lower Medicare spending

Health care costs have grown faster than the U.S. economy for most of the past 50 years. Costs are on a trajectory to account for nearly 20 cents out of every $1 spent by 2020. Therefore, it was a stunning development when the Congressional Budget Office estimated Medicare spending would be $1,000 lower per beneficiary … Continue reading Improved palliative, hospice care may be a factor in lower Medicare spending