Medicare

Better Business Bureau

Seniors are less likely to fall for scams overall, according to the BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report. But here is one scam that’s aimed right at seniors: free medical equipment.

The Better Business Bureau is hearing from consumers – more than 200 since the first of the year – who have been targeted by scammers for “free” back braces.

Four Kansas City area hospitals are among 758 nationwide being penalized by Medicare for hospital-acquired infections and other complications that Medicare considers avoidable.

The hospitals are:

  • Blue Valley Hospital
  • Menorah Medical Center 
  • The University of Kansas Hospital
  • Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill

Under Medicare’s Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program, the four will see their 2016 Medicare payments lowered by 1 percent.

Ozark Medical Center

In a sign of the dramatically changing health care landscape, one hospital that acts as a hub in the rural Ozarks has let 32 employees go, and says it’s unable to fill 12 other positions.  

In addition to the layoffs, Ozarks Medical Center, based in West Plains, said management team members will take a five percent pay cut and many other positions will see their hours reduced.