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Medicare requires nursing homes to report COVID vaccinations

May. 11, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare will require nursing homes to report COVID-19 vaccination rates for residents and staff, the government said Tuesday. Officials hope to nudge facilities to keep giving shots as the worst ravages of the pandemic ease, but the danger of a rebound still lurks. ...

California woman charged in alleged $6M Medicare fraud scam

May. 09, 2021 20:30 PM EDT

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California woman faces criminal charges after she created fake home health care certifications leading to more than $6 million in fraudulent Medicare billings, federal authorities said. Lilit Gagikovna Baltaian, 58, of Porter...

AP-NORC poll: Government should help Americans age at home

May. 03, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans agree that government should help people fulfill a widely held aspiration to age in their own homes, not institutional settings, a new poll finds. There's a surprising level of bipartisan agreement on some proposals that could...

Liz Weston: 8 ½ birthdays that can affect your finances

May. 03, 2021 06:34 AM EDT

You hit a lot of milestone birthdays when you’re young. There’s your first birthday, of course, and also the one where you turn 10 (finally, double digits!). At 13, you’re a teenager. At 16, you’re probably thinking about driving. At 18, you can vote; at 21, you can get into bars. ...

Phone scammers take advantage of Wyoming information breach

Apr. 30, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Telephone scammers are trying to take advantage of an accidental Wyoming Department of Health data release affecting over a quarter of the state's population, department officials said Friday. Scammers request insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or other...

Millennial Money: Prepare for COVID medical bills this year

Mar. 30, 2021 07:28 AM EDT

Testing and vaccination for the coronavirus is free thanks to laws passed last year. Treatment isn’t, however, and may be about to get more expensive. A new vaccine is in production, millions of doses are being administered daily and President Joe Biden says there will...

Lawmakers: Require nursing homes to disclose vaccine data

Mar. 25, 2021 00:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nursing homes have to publicly disclose their vaccination rates for flu and pneumonia but there’s no similar mandate for COVID-19 shots, even though the steepest toll from the virus has been among residents of long-term care facilities. Now lawmakers...