Medicare, Medicaid regulators fine Regence Group $100,000

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During 2011, Regence failed to send accurate information about the cost-sharing changes for durable medical equipment and related supplies, including prosthetic devices, to its 88,667 Medicare Advantage members, according to Gerard J. Mulcahy, acting director of the Program Compliance and Oversight Group for CMS.
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About Regence Medicare: Regence Blue Shield (regencemedicare.com) is an independent licensee of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Regence Blue Sheild covers all counties of Oregon, Idaho and Utah as well as select counties in Washington State. Regence Blue Shield provides individual, family and group medical plans. The Regence Medicare division provides a variety of medicare plans for Seniors in the Pacific Northwest and Utah. Medicare Enrollment: Each year medicare insurance plans change what they cost and what they cover. The general open enrollment begins on October 15, 2011 and ends Dec 7th, 2011. During this time, people with Medicare can add, drop or change their prescription drug coverage. They can also select a medicare advantage or supplement plan for their 2011-2012 coverage. The general open medicare enrollment season ends Dec 7,2011 so be sure to get a medicare quote started today.
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CMS Fines Regence $100000 for Medicare Violation

The original Medicare program has two parts: Part A (Hospital Insurance), and Part B (Medical Insurance). Only a few special cases exist where prescription drugs are covered by original Medicare, but as of January 2006, Medicare Part D provides more comprehensive drug coverage. Medicare Advantage plans, also known as Medicare Part C, are another way for beneficiaries to receive their Part A, B and D benefits. All Medicare benefits are subject to medical necessity. Part A: Hospital Insurance Part A covers inpatient hospital stays (at least overnight), including semiprivate room, food, tests, and doctor’s fees. Part A covers brief stays for convalescence in a skilled nursing facility if certain criteria are met: 1. A preceding hospital stay must be at least three days, three midnights, not counting the discharge date. 2. The nursing home stay must be for something diagnosed during the hospital stay or for the main cause of hospital stay. 3. If the patient is not receiving rehabilitation but has some other ailment that requires skilled nursing supervision then the nursing home stay would be covered. 4. The care being rendered by the nursing home must be skilled. Medicare part A does not pay for custodial, non-skilled, or long-term care activities, including activities of daily living (ADL) such as personal hygiene, cooking, cleaning, etc. The maximum length of stay that Medicare Part A will cover in a skilled nursing facility per ailment is 100 days. The first 20 days would be paid for in full by Medicare with the remaining 80 days requiring a co-payment (as of 2009, $133.50 per day). Many insurance companies have a provision for skilled nursing care in the policies they sell. If a beneficiary uses some portion of their Part A benefit and then goes at least 60 days without receiving facility-based skilled services, the 100-day clock is reset and the person qualifies for a new 100-day benefit period. Part B: Medical Insurance Part B medical insurance helps pay for some services and products not covered by Part A, generally on an outpatient basis. Part B is optional and may be deferred if the beneficiary or their spouse is still actively working. There is a lifetime penalty (10% per year) imposed for not enrolling in Part B unless actively working. Part B coverage includes physician and nursing services, x-rays, laboratory and diagnostic tests, influenza and pneumonia vaccinations, blood transfusions, renal dialysis, outpatient hospital procedures, limited ambulance transportation, immunosuppressive drugs for organ transplant recipients, chemotherapy, hormonal treatments such as Lupron, and other outpatient medical treatments administered in a doctor’s office. Medication administration is covered under Part B only if it is administered by the physician during an office visit. Part B also helps with durable medical equipment (DME), including canes, walkers, wheelchairs, and mobility scooters for those with mobility impairments. Prosthetic devices such as artificial limbs and breast prosthesis following mastectomy, as well as one pair of eyeglasses following cataract surgery, and oxygen for home use is also covered. Complex rules are used to manage the benefit, and advisories are periodically issued which describe coverage criteria. On the national level these advisories are issued by CMS, and are known as National Coverage Determinations (NCD). Local Coverage Determinations (LCD) only apply within the multi-state area managed by a specific regional Medicare Part B contractor, and Local Medical Review Policies (LMRP) were superseded by LCDs in 2003. Coverage information is also located in the CMS Internet-Only Manuals (IOM), the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), the Social Security Act, and the Federal Register. Part C: Medicare Advantage plans With the passage of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, Medicare beneficiaries were given the option to receive their Medicare benefits through private health insurance plans, instead of through the original Medicare plan (Parts A and B). These programs were known as “Medicare+Choice” or “Part C” plans. Pursuant to the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, “Medicare+Choice” plans were made more attractive to Medicare beneficiaries by the addition of prescription drug coverage and became known as “Medicare Advantage” (MA) plans. Traditional or “fee-for-service” Medicare has a standard benefit package that covers medically necessary care members can receive from nearly any hospital or doctor in the country. For people who choose to enroll in a Medicare Advantage health plan, Medicare pays the private health plan a capitated rate, or a set amount, every month for each member. Members typically also pay a monthly premium in addition to the Medicare Part B premium to cover items not covered by traditional Medicare (Parts A & B), such as prescription drugs, dental care, vision care and gym or health club memberships. In exchange for these extra benefits, enrollees may be limited in the providers they can receive services from without paying extra. Typically, the plans have a “network” of providers that patients can use. Going outside that network may require permission or extra fees. Medicare Advantage plans are required to offer coverage that meets or exceeds the standards set by the original Medicare program, but they do not have to cover every benefit in the same way. If a plan chooses to pay less than Medicare for some benefits, like skilled nursing facility care, the savings may be passed along to consumers by offering lower copayments for doctor visits. Medicare Advantage plans use a portion of the payments they receive from the government for each enrollee to offer supplemental benefits. Some plans limit their members’ annual out-of-pocket spending on medical care, providing insurance against catastrophic costs over $5,000, for example. Many plans offer dental coverage, vision coverage and other services not covered by Medicare Parts A or B, which makes them a good value for the health care dollar, if you want to use the provider included in the plan’s network or “panel” of providers. Because the 2003 payment formulas overpay plans by 12 percent or more compared to traditional Medicare,[11] in 2006 enrollees in Medicare Advantage Private Fee-for-Service plans were offered a net extra benefit value (the value of the additional benefits minus any additional premium) of $55.92 a month more than the traditional Medicare benefit package; enrollees in other Medicare Advantage plans were offered a net extra benefit value of $71.22 a month more.[12] However, Medicare Advantage members receive additional coverage and medical benefits not enjoyed by traditional Medicare members, and savings generated by Medicare Advantage plans may be passed on to beneficiaries to lower their overall health care costs.[10] Other important distinctions between Medicare Advantage and traditional Medicare are that Medicare Advantage health plans encourage preventive care and wellness and closely coordinate patient care.[13] Medicare Advantage Plans that also include Part D prescription drug benefits are known as a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan or a MA-PD. Enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans grew from 5.4 million in 2005 to 8.2 million in 2007. Enrollment grew by an additional 800,000 during the first four months of 2008. This represents 19% of Medicare beneficiaries. A third of beneficiaries with Part D coverage are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. Medicare Advantage enrollment is higher in urban areas; the enrollment rate in urban counties is twice that in rural counties (22% vs. 10%). Almost all Medicare beneficiaries have access to at least two Medicare Advantage plans; most have access to three or more. Because of the 2003 law’s overpayments, the number of organizations offering Fee-for-Service plans has increased dramatically, from 11 in 2006 to almost 50 in 2008. Eight out of ten beneficiaries (82%) now have access to six or more Private Fee-for-Service plans.[14] Each year many individuals disenroll from MA plans. A recent study noted that about 20 percent of enrollees report that “their most important reason for leaving was due to problems getting care.”[15] There is some evidence that disabled beneficiaries “are more likely to experience multiple problems in managed care.”[16] Some studies have reported that the older, poorer, and sicker persons have been less satisfied with the care they have received in MA plans.[17] On the other hand, an analysis of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality data published by America’s Health Insurance Plans found that Medicare Advantage enrollees spent fewer days in the hospital than Fee-for-Service enrollees, were less likely to have “potentially avoidable” admissions, and had fewer re-admissions. These comparisons adjusted for age, sex and health status using the risk score used in the Medicare Advantage risk adjustment mechanism.[18][19] In December 2009 the Kaiser Family Foundation published a report that rated Medicare Advantage organizations on a five star scale. The ratings were based on data from CMS, the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS), Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) data, and the Health Outcomes Survey (HOS). New plans did not receive ratings, because data were not available. Almost six out of ten (59%) of MA plans did receive ratings, and these plans represented 85% of the enrollment for 2009. The average rating was 3.29 stars. Twenty-three percent of enrollees were in a plan with four or more stars; 20% were in a plan with fewer than three stars.[20] Twenty percent of African-American and 32 percent of Hispanic Medicare Beneficiaries were enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans in 2006. Almost half (48%) of Medicare Advantage enrollees had incomes below $20,000, including 71% of minority enrollees.[21] Others have reported that minority enrollment is not particularly above average.[22] Another study has raised questions about the quality of care received by minorities in MA plans.[23] The Government Accountability Office reported that in 2006, the plans earned profits of 6.6 percent, had overhead (sales, etc.) of 10.1 percent, and provided 83.3 percent of the revenue dollar in medical benefits. These administrative costs are far higher than traditional fee-for-service Medicare.[24] [edit] Part D: Prescription Drug plans Main articles: Medicare Part D and Medicare Part D coverage gap Medicare Part D went into effect on January 1, 2006. Anyone with Part A or B is eligible for Part D. It was made possible by the passage of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act. In order to receive this benefit, a person with Medicare must enroll in a stand-alone Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) or Medicare Advantage plan with prescription drug coverage (MA-PD). These plans are approved and regulated by the Medicare program, but are actually designed and administered by private health insurance companies. Unlike Original Medicare (Part A and B), Part D coverage is not standardized. Plans choose which drugs (or even classes of drugs) they wish to cover, at what level (or tier) they wish to cover it, and are free to choose not to cover some drugs at all. The exception to this is drugs that Medicare specifically excludes from coverage, including but not limited to benzodiazepines, cough suppressant and barbiturates. Plans that cover excluded drugs are not allowed to pass those costs on to Medicare, and plans are required to repay CMS if they are found to have billed Medicare in these cases. It should be noted again for beneficiaries who are dual-eligible (Medicare and Medicaid eligible) Medicaid may pay for drugs not covered by part D of Medicare, such as benzodiazepines, and other restricted controlled substances.
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Actuary (Compliance) Job In Meridian, ID, United States On ActuarialCrossing

Job Profile POSITION PURPOSE: To ensure Blue Cross of Idaho (BCI) is in compliance with Federal and State rating and underwriting laws and regulations. Maintain relationships with the regulators; respond to regulator inquiries concerning rates and underwriting. Provide regulatory insight to guide business decisions. Does not include Medicare Advantage rates. Qualifications: Required Experience: • Five years health insurance actuarial experience (including three years experience working with State and Federal regulators) Required Education: • Bachelor degree in Actuarial Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Economics or related field • Completed college level mathematics and statistics courses must include calculus, statistics and/or numerical analysis Required License/Certification: • Associate, Society of Actuaries (ASA) • Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA) Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): Knowledge of: • Health insurance company operation • Rate calculation methodologies Skills: • Microsoft Word – Intermediate • Microsoft Excel – Intermediate • Verbal and written communication Ability to: • Read and interpret laws and regulations and determine how they apply to insurance business practices • Diplomatically demonstrate compliance to regulators • Clearly and concisely communicate highly technical issues, both orally and in written format • Query health insurance data proficiently in at least one computer language PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Fellowship, Society of Actuaries (FSA) or commitment to completion of courses necessary to obtain FSA designation Come work for a leading Health Insurance carrier in Idaho. To learn more about the requirements for this position, to search other employment opportunities and to apply online please visit our Web site at **** We offer excellent benefits and competitive salaries, including incentive programs, 401(k), paid holidays, and much more! EEO/AA/D/V Salary $80,522 – $100,653 Job URL Sign up now!
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Changes being made to Medicare Annual Election Period for 2012

People who want to change their plan or simply want to get more information should contact the individual health plans, a licensed insurance agent or a SHIBA volunteer. SHIBA volunteers are impartial volunteers who offer assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and can be contacted through the Campbell Senior Center or the Willamalane Adult Activity Center.
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The Red Electric: Regence returns my call

ecounted my experiences with Regence MedAdvantage customer support . Because I wasn’t satisfied, I decided to track down one of three Regence executives I happened to be seated with at a recent Community Health Partnership honors banquet. I phoned and left a message for one to call back. All three did, on a pre-arranged conference call. I was impressed. We talked for about a half hour about the surprising jump in the premium from $45/mo. to $75/mo. You may recall that the customer service representative told me that premiums for the non-profit are based on claims from the previous year. Last year was not a good year, insurance-wise. My executive trio told me that there’s some discretion in setting premiums, and they readily admitted that the hike for next year is hard to swallow, but necessary. I joined the program early this year when, at reaching 65, I became eligible for Medicare. If I had joined in 2005, the year the Medicare Advantage programs began, I would have a different perspective on next year’s increase. Amanda, my customer service rep, told me that premiums could drop, but, because she had only been on the job a year and a half, she didn’t have a clue whether they ever had. Fat chance, I thought. I was wrong. My conferees informed me that indeed the rates had dropped. My $45 premium was the low over four years. In 2005, the premium was $79, in 2006 it was $72. It turns out that 2006 was a very good year, as Frank Sinatra used to say, so management decided to pass the savings on in 2007, hence my $45 premium, which I took to be the norm. So my advice to this august group was to level out the peaks and valleys of the premiums to avoid the appearance of a bait and switch. In the highly competitive health insurance industry, low rates are a selling point. That $45 snared me. “We don’t like to whipsaw our members,” said Mike Becker, Regence vice president of public policy and community affairs. “Leveling out the premiums is exactly what we’ve been talking about,” chimed in Alison Nicholson, manager for individual sales. Good, I replied. I had a few other ideas, which I won’t bore you with and which you probably won’t be interested in, at least until you turn 65. Suffice to say, I feel better about Regence Blue Cross — for now.
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State Roundup: ‘Ambitious’ Baltimore HIV Initiative

California Watch: State Can’t Take $1B From First 5, Judge Rules California’s attempt to divert $1 billion from First 5 commissions to state health services is illegal, a Fresno County judge ruled last week. Lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown had sought First 5 funds in March to help close what was then a $26 billion budget shortfall. … Prop. 10 placed a 50-cent tax on tobacco products and has generated about $7.3 billion to date. The revenue is divided among one state and 58 county commissions, which support early childhood development programs (Lin, 11/29). 
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Kathie Bracy’s Blog: Is the STRS Medicare Advantage program really an ‘Advantage’? Susan doesn’t think so!

A key player in this CORE group, Dr. Dennis Leone, initiated the investigation (2002-2004) against STRS that led to the dismissal of the Executive Director and the conviction of six Board members for ethics violations. Eventually elected to the Board, Dr. Leone was the only member to vote against the forced ‘move’ discussed in my paper. On the CORE website, click on ‘history’ to see the results of this group‟s vigilance and perseverance. To protect your pension and quality health care, follow this group and help them create a direct line to educators.
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Common Questions About Medicare Supplement Plans

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Enrollment is Not Always Guaranteed: Medicare Supplement insurance is regulated by the states, so there will be eligibility differences based on where you live. For example, in New York, most applicants must be accepted anytime, while in other states all applicants must be accepted only within their first six months of eligibility for Medicare Part B and in a few other situations. Outside of the eligibility periods, carriers are allowed to reject an applicant based on adverse health conditions. This means that if you apply at the wrong time, you may not be eligible for a Medicare Supplement policy.
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Video: Switching To Medicare Supplement Plan F

Your Questions About Medicare Supplement Insurance

Supplemental insurance (Medigap) is a policy you purchase from an insurance company directly that covers the 20% of medical bills that are not covered by Medicare. This is what you might buy if you are enrolled in Original Medicare. If you are enrolled in Medicare Advantage, you dont need this supplemental policy. The cost varies from $125-$175 per month. You can consult an indepenent agent who sells several different Medigap policies. These Medigap policies have several plans. You can call a major company like Blue Cross or United Healthcare directly.
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Selecting Supplemental Health Insurance For Senior Citizens

In Plans B via J there is provision for a Half A deductible that covers the Half A deductible amount per benefit period. Accessible on plans C, F, and J is a Half B deductible that covers the amount. There may be full coverage in plans F, I, and J and 80 % coverage in Plan G for Half B extra doctor expenses for such charges which can be limited to fifteen % above the Medicare standard. Nevertheless, if most of your medical doctors take Medicare task, you may not want this coverage. Plans D, G, I, and J offer coverage for at-house restoration costs for short-term at-house assistance. That is limited to sure number of visits by a supplier who is certified and fee can also be limited. Plans E and J cover preventive medical care deemed to be appropriate by your physician and past Medicare covered preventive companies to a sure amount. Excessive deductibles are required for Plans F and J in change for a decrease premium. Observe: in addition to the excessive deductible, there will be a deductible for international travel emergency.
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Treatment Advantage AS CONTRASTED WITH Medicare Added Providers

This provides most complete coverage epidermis plans obtainable. It contains your Medicare health insurance A coinsurance as well as Part P deductible, Portion B coinsurance, Portion B too much charges, Hospice Proper care Coinsurance, as well as Skilled care and attention nursing Ability care coinsurance, as well as Foreign journey emergency care and attention. But is entire body coverage necessary dependant on your lifestyle for a senior? Once more, Plan F is really an easy recommendation with an agent who not focus on finding the ideal medicare solution Medicare Supplement Insurance Companies clients. These agents will not understand the intricacies of precisely what each Schedule offers. Being over a fixed source of income, many seniors most likely are not best serviced with more popular method.
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Plan F High Deductible Medicare Supplement Quotes

Someone who was once in good health, but later finds that the $2,000 + deductible must be met each year as his or her health has changed might not prefer the coverage any longer. The issue then would be that it is can be difficult to change plans if the insured is in poor health. Medicare beneficiaries cannot change coverages without undergoing medical underwriting with most providers in most states.
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Honest talk on Medicare — Maine Opinion — Bangor Daily News

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KNOW WHO YOUR CZARS ARE --ENOUGH TO MAKE YOU SICK ---ONLY OBAMA COULD CREATE POSITIONS FOR THESE INCOMPENTENT COMMUNISTS AND SOCIALISTS by SS&SSThe site will still be viewable but certain elements might display incorrectly. In order to enjoy all the features of our site, we recommended you upgrade to a newer, more secure browser. Read more ». If you don’t have administrator privileges for your computer, you can still take action. Google has developed a free plugin for Internet Explorer called Google Chrome Frame. You can install it on any computer, even if you can’t install applications, and it will ensure your computer stays secure and that you can still visit our website. Enable Google Chrome Frame now »
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Video: Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging’s Carol Rancourt talks about Medicare.

30% of Medicare & Medicaid Spending is WASTE

Dr. Donald M. Berwick, head of Medicare and Medicaid until last Thursday, stated that up to 30% of spending on health is wasted with absolutely no benefit to beneficiaries (patients). He added that his agency’s cumbersome and archaic regulations are partly to blame. He claims too many resources and too much time is dedicated to things that do not help patients one bit; something doctors are fully aware of too.
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Serving Suffering Seniors on Medicare (Maine)

Medicare/DME Sales — We Will Train Five Star Senior Services is expanding its regional Sales and Service team. . . We are a provider of technologically advanced, heat-therapy bracing equipment and power wheelchairs. We market directly to the senior, Medicare-eligible community and their healthcare partners. This is a low-pressure, commission-based opportunity that requires a professional, service-oriented attitude utilizing a consultative, compassionate approach. You will be calling primarily on senior centers, churches, and retirement communities. Secondary markets would include physicians, physical therapy and pain management practices. Training provided via the platform on the website and on an individual basis. This can be done on a full- or part-time basis and is available throughout the region. First year, realistic full-time earnings should exceed $40,000 and could be as high as $70,000, depending on work ethic and motivation. Please visit our website (***/Opportunity), listen to “Our Story & Strategy” to learn more, and if you are still interested we invite you to complete the brief application online . . . Thank you and God Bless. Come be a Partner in Our Vision. . .
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Colorado Medicare Supplement Brokerage is Building

The Colorado Medicare Supplement Brokerage Colorado Medicare Supplement Brokerage is expanding so fast, it will be forced to build new office space. This marks a milestone for the 4 year old company as it truly endeavors to become a national player in the medicare supplement market. What makes this brokerage so unique is that they do not work as a marketing agency, hiring many agents, but work directly with the consumer, now in 17 states, including Colorado.
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South Florida Seniors Paying Too Much for Medicare Drug Plans

The majority of seniors are using the wrong drug plan, partly due to the face that Medicare has a mindboggling assortment of plans and changes constantly from one year to the next. That is the conclusion drawn by a recent study of 22,000 beneficiaries of Medicare that supplied their medication and plan information during Medicare annual enrollment last year.
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Elizabeth Connellan Smith to Participate in medicare Study as NWCDN Representative

(Portland, ME, 9-7-2011) – Verrill Dana attorney Elizabeth Connellan Smith, as the Maine member to the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN), has been asked to assist The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Division of Medicare Benefit Coordination with a study of the workers’ compensation Medicare Set-Aside program. NWCDN is a national organization comprised of one representative from each state, presently including forty-four states. The NWCDN has been identified by Medicare as one of 9 national stakeholders in the program and has been asked to assist the study by identifying issues with the Medicare Set-Aside review process, and recommending changes to improve the process.
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LePage: We must preserve a quality safety net

The good news is there are solutions. I would like the opportunity to work with MaineHousing to find ways to provide more affordable housing to our seniors, who need it most. We are faced with a multi-million dollar deficit that will not go away unless we re-design Maine’s Medicaid program. We must move closer toward a program that is similar to what most states offer, which will help to reduce eligibility and utilization. Most importantly, we must preserve a quality safety net for our most vulnerable.
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Health and Fitness Articles

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V --- PEACE --- V by eyewashThe simple truth is these kinds of professionals translate a multitude of healthcare determinations and remedies into special codes that allow the insurance providers to process claims, and blunders can cause statements to be postponed or even withheld. A number of claims are prepared via computer system, allowing for more streamlined control. To get results inside medical billing and coding, you must learn medical lingo and also have a decent understanding of body structure as well as physiology, as well as knowing the complexities of coding and the computer software used to manage many types of claims.
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Home business interview series

Our second interview of the six-week home business interview series is with Ameera Ali, founder/owner of Accuracy Billing Agency, LLC, a medical billing service that specializes in providing Medicaid and Medicare billing and coding services. I’ve had several sisters contact me privately asking for information about getting started as an independent medical billing or coding specialist. Since the only information I can provide would be based on general information obtained through Google research, I was greatful that one of my closest friends (who is a medical coder telecommuting from home) told me about Ameera’s home-based business and offered to introduce us, masha’Allah.
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Information For People Who Desire To Be The Medical Biller Nowadays

The fact is these kinds of professionals convert a multitude of healthcare determinations and remedies in to special codes which permit the insurance providers to process insurance claims, and blunders can cause statements to end up being delayed or even taken out. Lots of claims are processed via computer system, allowing for streamlined operations. To get results inside medical billing and coding, you must learn healthcare lingo and also have a great knowledge of body structure as well as physiology, as well as knowing the complexities of coding and also the software program utilized to handle a number of insurance claims.
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Flu shots available Tuesday in Fairfield

Insurance plans accepted for flu shots and/or pneumonia shots include: Aetna, Medicare Part B; Connecticare — commercial plans and Medicare Advantage plans; Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield — commercial plans and Medicare Advantage Plans. Without that specific insurance coverage plans, the cost for the flu shot is $25 and for the pneumonia vaccine it is $45. People getting inoculations should bring their insurance cards to the clinic.
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ConnectiCare Enters Medicare Advantage Market

Consumers looking for a Medicare Advantage product will find many options to match their health insurance needs from ConnectiCare. Individuals, who enroll in our Medicare Advantage plans, will receive all the benefits of original Medicare plus benefits such as disease management programs, health and wellness support, limited dental benefits and more.
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Aetna, ConnectiCare Push Collaborations With Health Providers In Private Medicare Plans

Treatment of some Medicare patients presents unique challenges, the insurers say. Patients who require more than basic care often have several doctors or other points of contact in the medical care system, which means coordinating treatments can be more difficult. For instance: ConnectiCare said a typical Medicare patient sees more than seven doctors in a year and uses nine different medications, so a key piece of its pilot program will be identifying high-risk patients and providing data to help coordinate their care.
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Connecticare Sets The Stage For Fun In 2010

PRLog (Press Release) – May 25, 2010 – Inspired by timeless adages such as “Laughter is the Best Medicine” and “An Active Mind is a Healthy Mind,” ConnectiCare has created the 2010 “Setting the Stage” program for its VIP Medicare members. The program will provide free admission to events such as trivia game shows, dance classes, museums, movies, comedy shows and more to give members incentive to stay active and healthy. “Our ‘Setting the Stage’ program will provide free admission to a number of fun events around the state for our VIP Medicare members. It’s a great way to help keep our members feeling vital, fit and always smiling,,” says Tony Tedeschi, Director of Medicare Program Management with ConnectiCare. “Additionally, we are hosting four trivia competitions at locations around the state to see who knows the most about the 1950s through the 1980s. The top three contestants will advance to a final challenge in September in Cromwell hosted by Scot Haney of WFSB TV 3 and Better Connecticut, where the top finisher will be crowned the ‘Know it by Heart’ trivia king or queen. It should be lots of fun and an event-filled summer for all of our members.” Details about all of the ConnectiCare VIP Member exclusive events can be found on ConnectiCare’
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CT Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, Prescription Drug Plans

Our agency is expanding! Shortly we will be Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement brokers. (We will continue to help Connecticut residents buy medical insurance.) We will be offering Zero Premium Policies (that right, some of the policies require none of your money be sent to the insurance company!) as well as other policies with premiums and enhanced benefits.
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Aetna medicare prior authorization form

Aetna Prior Authorization Form Papers and Research , find free PDF download from the original PDF search engine. Find about aetna drug prior authorization form 0. Find detailed info about aetna drug prior authorization form at www.immunknews.com. Need Aetna Medicare forms? Find the Aetna Medicare enrollment forms and plan benefit documents you need here. Aetna Medicare benefits and Aetna Medicare plans. Find out the best plan for the benefits you need, and which doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and prescriptions are . Home > Doctors & Hospitals > Pharmacy Services and Tools > Aetna Specialty Aetna medicare prior authorization form Pharmacy FAQs : Aetna Specialty Pharmacy FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) Health Insurance Company Plan Name Customer Service Phone Number Prior Authorization Phone Number Website Aetna Medicare Aetna Medicare Aetna medicare prior authorization form Rx Essentials 1-877-238-6211 1 . Review Aetna’s Medicare Advantage appeals and Medicare Advantage grievances processes for member appeals, coverage issues, complaints and problems. 2009 Medicare Part D Prior Authorization Information. Health Insurance Company Plan Name Customer Service Phone Number Prior Authorization Phone Number Website Aetna . Prior Authorization Forms Cheat Sheet Medicare Stand Alone Plans Advantra Rx http://www.advantrarx.com/framesetdef.asp?Community=Provider&PlanID=81 Aetna . H5736_F_OT_MS_91207 (12/2009) 1 2010 AETNA MEDICARE OPEN SM PLAN (Private Fee-For-Service) PROVIDER TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF PAYMENT Table of Contents 1. Find out more about precertification. Learn how and why it is used by Aetna for making coverage determination decisions and other health coverage information. PDF about Aetna Prior Authorization Form – Aetna Prior Authorization Drug Form – Aetna Prior Authorization Request Form – Aetna Prescription Prior Authorization . Company Name Plan Name Prior Authorization Phone Number Customer Service Phone Number United Healthcare AARP MedicareRx Plan 1800-711-4555 1-888-867-5564 AARP . A collection of Oracle Forms 10g sample dialogs extracted from a complete Oracle Forms tutorial. The purpose of this article is not to teach how to build a new form . 2009 Medicare Part D Prior Authorization Information Provided by MassMedLine at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy . PRIOR AUTHORIZATION FORM Phone: (877)-2GHI HMO (877-244-4466) Fax and is only valid for eligible health plan received the services outside of the Medicare Advantage. Payor Aetna Medicare Advantage Anthem Medicare Advantage Connecticare Author: Gold card harris county Codeine moneypak G ste sommerspecial wetten dass 2011 Is nexium a cover drug Good days to open business hindu calendar Molly s plant food
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Medicare Advantage, Medicare « Insurance News

Medicare Advantage plan designs are set for 2010.  The general trend was that everyone lowered benefits and raised premiums.  Some of the change can be attributed to the cut in funding for Advantage programs (approximate 4% decrease in funding vs. the traditional 4%-6% increase in funding) but some of it most surely be due to utilization and frequency.
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Connecticare Health Insurance Hmo

Also in the top 10 are Capital Health Plan (# 4), Geisinger Health Plan (# 5), Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (# 7), Fallon Community Health Plan (# and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado (# 9). Add them in the top 20 are Priority Health (# 13), Independent Health Association (# 16), and HealthPartners (# 19). Round included on the commercial plans are # 21 (Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Northern California) and # 22 (ConnectiCare – emblem health).
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Choose the Right Medicare Supplement or Medicare Advantage Plan « Insurance News

Medicare Supplement Plans-Medicare Supplement plans are secondary plans that can be purchased from a private insurance company to help cover the gaps in Medicare part A and B. The plan options are standardized in CT with plans A-L. (M and N will be added in June 2010). Plans A-L provide different levels of coverage depending on which plan you choose. The plan benefits can not change so any company that offers a plan must offer the exact same benefits. For Example Plan J with Anthem BCBS is exactly the same as Plan J with AARP (United HealthCare). The only difference is in the rate that the private company charges for them and the rate can vary greatly. One company in CT charges $184.00 a month for plan J while another charges over $300.00 a month for the exact same plan.
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MediBlue HMO by Empire BCBS

This entry was posted on Monday, November 28th, 2011 at 8:59 pm and is filed under empire healthchoice hmo, medicare, medicare advantage, medicare supplements, new york health insurance, Senior Health Insurance. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site.
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Medicare Health Insurance Benefits

The benefits for covered medical expenses incurred by Medicare Advantage policyholders are paid for by the insurance company. This is different from the benefits from Medicare which are paid for by the federal government.
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Medicare health insurance Supplemental Insurance plan ? A

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MORE DIRTY TRICKS FROM YOUR SOCIALIST/MARXIST   PRESIDENT AND HIS NASTY LITTLE ADMINISTRATION HACKS by SS&SSRight now, let’s say you will be collecting friendly security, in addition to receive Treatment automatically. Examine opt beyond Part N coverage, it requires will still possess a Medicare card together with part SOME coverage. Part A has to be your hospital protection. For almost all people, Part SOME is acquired by the costa rica government because you may have been resulting in it by way of payroll deductions for ages. If a person opt beyond B and also have part SOME, what will do this mean with regards to your set coverage? The result is frequently nothing. Your manager sponsored set coverage has to be your primary coverage and will also be covered as per their bonus schedule. Part A doesn’t necessarily pay co-pays unlike what most people think. Such as, if you now have the co-pay for the emergency location visit, its your responsibility to spend it.
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Video: Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans – Where Do I Start?

Nice Supplemental Medicare photos

But the most long run budget savings by far would be achieved by allowing younger workers to save and invest their Medicare payroll taxes in personal accounts. In retirement, those accounts would finance their health insurance vouchers, and would be able to finance far more because of the accumulation of all the market returns over the years. This would shift huge amounts of spending out of the federal budget altogether, and to the private sector. The general revenues currently used to finance so much of Medicare would be used for means tested supplements for lower income seniors to ensure that they could afford essential coverage and care. But these general revenues devoted to Medicare would be limited to grow no faster than the rate of growth of GDP, providing further huge savings over the long run.
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Selecting Supplemental Health Insurance For Senior Citizens

In Plans B via J there is provision for a Half A deductible that covers the Half A deductible amount per benefit period. Accessible on plans C, F, and J is a Half B deductible that covers the amount. There may be full coverage in plans F, I, and J and 80 % coverage in Plan G for Half B extra doctor expenses for such charges which can be limited to fifteen % above the Medicare standard. Nevertheless, if most of your medical doctors take Medicare task, you may not want this coverage. Plans D, G, I, and J offer coverage for at-house restoration costs for short-term at-house assistance. That is limited to sure number of visits by a supplier who is certified and fee can also be limited. Plans E and J cover preventive medical care deemed to be appropriate by your physician and past Medicare covered preventive companies to a sure amount. Excessive deductibles are required for Plans F and J in change for a decrease premium. Observe: in addition to the excessive deductible, there will be a deductible for international travel emergency.
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Advantages Associated With Supplemental Medicare Plan

It won’t go unnoticed that Medicare health coverage has been of great help in ensuring that people who were not once covered by any health policy enjoy the right nowadays. Most of the insurance companies were hesitant if not refused to offer health care support to the disabled, senior citizens and also terminally ill patients. These groups of people are now able to receive the various Medicare plans available through private insurance companies, and some of the plans are even subsidized to reduce the cost of obtaining health covers. Nonetheless, there are still a few scenarios that are not covered by the normal Medicare plans making the insured pay extra cost for the additional medical services. At times the costs may be high and burdensome to the patient. For this reason, one has to take an additional plan to complement their primary Medicare so that they can enjoy full Medicare services at affordable prices. One of the advantages of taking supplemental Medicare indemnity is that the charges asked for by the insurance companies is affordable. Its affordability is in the form of low deductibles, low premiums and low coinsurance. Due to this fact, many low income earners are able to boost their insurance through the additional complementary Medicare plan hence receiving better coverage for less.
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SummaCare Health Insurance

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Recognized nationally for its coverage of health insurance plan and Medicare health SummaCare has become one of the health insurance companies first in northern Ohio. Its members range from a service area of ​​18 counties in northeast Ohio, and maintain a network of over 6,000 providers and hospitals 30. To accommodate members who travel outside the coverage area, have also established relationships with other national provider networks to ensure the best possible coverage for their members.
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SummaCare Health Insurance

Recognized nationally for its coverage of health insurance plan and Medicare health SummaCare has become one of the health insurance companies first in northern Ohio. Its members range from a service area of ??18 counties in northeast Ohio, and maintain a network of over 6,000 providers and hospitals 30. To accommodate members who travel outside the coverage area, have also established relationships with other national provider networks to ensure the best possible coverage for their members.
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SummaCare Secure 2010 30 Second Commercial

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SilverSneakers Medicare Programs

[…] […] So, what exactly is SilverSneakers?  SilverSneakers is essentially a gym membership or fitness club membership to participating centers across the country.  You can find participating gyms by going to http://www.silversneakers.com and typing in your zip code.  You can find out if your Medicare plan offers Silver Sneakers by calling 1-888-423-4632.  Here are some of the features offered by SilverSneakers.Source: medicare-plans.net […]Source: medicare-plans.net […]
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Summacare House Calls Program

This entry was posted on Thursday, February 18th, 2010 at 12:38 pm and is filed under health care, medicare, medicare advantage, medicare supplements, ohio health insurance, Senior Health Insurance, Summacare. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site.
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SummaCare plans rank highest in Ohio

Other insurers in Ohio to make the list include: Anthem, 57th for Medicare managed-care and 62nd for commercial; Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Ohio, 35th for Medicare managed-care; the Health Plan of the Upper Ohio Valley, 44th for Medicare managed-care; Paramount, 36th for Medicaid managed-care, 48th for Medicare managed-care and 90th for commercial; Buckeye Community Health Plan, 60th for Medicaid managed-care; Medical Mutual of Ohio, 96th for commercial; and Cigna HealthCare of Ohio, 98th for commercial.
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Choosing the right Medicare plan during open enrollment

Review your services and benefits: You or your caregiver should list the medical services you used this year. Were your benefits a good match for those services? How much did you pay for deductibles and co-payments? Are the premiums or co-pays of your existing medical insurance expected to increase next year? If yes, by how much?
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The Employment Law Group® Managing Principal R. Scott Oswald Quoted in Medical Practice Compliance Alert Regarding Illegal Medicare Kickbacks

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R. Scott Oswald, Managing Principal of The Employment Law Group® law firm, was quoted in Medical Practice Compliance Alert, a biweekly newsletter aimed at assisting physicians with Medicare compliance so they do not run afoul of the Medicare rules and regulations, leading to charges of abuse or even fraud.
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Video: GBMC Primary Care – Debbie Jones, CRNP

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Payer Update: UHC Sticks With Consult Codes

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Choosing Supplemental Well being Insurance coverage For Senior Citizens

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THE NATURAL by SS&SSIn Plans B through J there may be provision for a Half A deductible that covers the Half A deductible quantity per benefit period. Accessible on plans C, F, and J is a Half B deductible that covers the amount. There is full protection in plans F, I, and J and 80 % protection in Plan G for Half B excess doctor costs for such fees that are restricted to fifteen % above the Medicare standard. Nonetheless, if most of your docs take Medicare task, you could not need this coverage. Plans D, G, I, and J supply protection for at-dwelling recovery costs for brief-time period at-dwelling assistance. This is restricted to certain variety of visits by a provider who is certified and cost is also limited. Plans E and J cowl preventive medical care deemed to be acceptable by your physician and beyond Medicare lined preventive providers to a certain amount. Excessive deductibles are required for Plans F and J in change for a decrease premium. Note: in addition to the high deductible, there will be a deductible for international journey emergency.
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Robert Hansen’s Blog: The Wyden/Ryan Medicare Plan

Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Paul Ryan have a new plan for Medicare. It has gotten a surprisingly low amount of attention — maybe the Republican primary is taking media precedence. The proposal can be read here. The main components of the plan are, in my order of interest/importance: 1. Seniors would choose their health coverage from competing plans on an exchange (the Medicare Exchange), similar to the way Medicare Part D works now. (Medicare Part D is prescription drug coverage. Companies wanting to offer drug coverage under the plan bid in regional markets and enrollees select their coverage from the offers made.) Plans would have to be approved, meaning that they would have to meet certain minimum standards of coverage. 2. The amount to be given to each enrollee as a subsidy for buying insurance would be determined by the auction. This subsidy would be either the second-lowest bid in the auction or the standard Medicare fee for service plan. See point 3 next. 3. One of the options would remain the standard Medicare fee for service option. This is not clear to me, but I guess the meaning is that the Federal government would have to put in a bid just like a private company. I am not sure what would prevent the government from always winning the auction, since they play with OPM (other people’s money). 4. Exchanges would be on a regional basis, as for Medicare Part D. 5. If costs rose faster than 1% above nominal GDP growth, unspecified cost controls would kick in. The idea deserves serious consideration. Moving Medicare toward a voucher/defined contribution plan makes a lot of sense to me. Such a change would get the government out of specifying how much providers are paid, leaving that to private insurers as is currently done (private insurers negotiate with hospitals and doctors to determine contract prices). Using a competitive bidding process to both select plans and to determine the subsidy amount seems to work well for Medicare Part D, so let’s extend the model. One of the interesting things will be if the subsidy is determined regionally or nationally. If done nationally, there will be some pain as enrollees in the high cost regions (see the Dartmouth Atlas) discover that their subsidy is not enough to buy any plan in that region. That would probably put more effective pressure on the high cost regions than anything the Center for Medicare and Medicaid seems able to do.
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Plan G Medicare Supplement Insurance

Prior to June 1 2010, Plan G only covered 80% of Part B Excess claims, but plans purchased after June 1 cover this benefit at a 100% level.   If you live in or often travel to a state that allows doctors to charge Part B excess, then it is wise to consider a Medicare supplement that covers Part B Excess completely.   Both Plan G and Plan F cover this benefit in its entirety, but no other supplements will provide benefits for this gap.
Source: ohioinsureplan.com

2012 Medicare Deductible Amounts

One such Medigap option available for purchase is Plan G.  Plan G covers everything that Plan F does except for the Part B deductible.  If Plan G happened to be $300 less (as can be the case) per year than Plan F and Plan F only covers $140 more in costs, then Plan G is a wise choice.  Plan N might also fall into this category if you live in a state (Ohio for instance) that does not allow for Part B Excess charges.
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Healthcare Economist · Bring Market Prices to Medicare

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What's In My Bag... by Amy DiannaAuthors also propose to eliminate the 25% tax on premiums. According to MedPAC, “Plans that bid below the benchmark also receive payment from Medicare in the form of a “rebate.” The law defines the rebate as 75 percent of the difference between the plan’s actual bid (not standardized) and its case mix-adjusted benchmark. The plan must then return the rebate to its enrollees in the form of supplemental benefits or lower premiums” The rebate structure gives plans a disincentive from lowering their bids since they only recover a share of the cost decreases.
Source: healthcare-economist.com

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Avert Delays in the Medicare Software by Generating Forms Adequately

You could solve this disorder with the aid of an remarkable and wonderful plan you may supplement any original Medicare coverage. And your plan is named medigap health insurance coverage plan. It is extremely useful to obtain all may enhance the your Medicare health insurance plan. It will encourage you to get all may enhance the the last plan. But you need to do the classic first towards claim many expenditures. Its called Medicare supplemental health insurance plan simply because these kind of plans cover Medicare Supplement Plans e gap from the Original Medicare coverage and the whole bill payable therefore, the name is going to be this. Now it must be told every one all these medigap strategies are employed by many private suppliers and offered by him or her only. No governmental body are designed for this schedule.
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What You Should Do In Case Of Medicare Fraud

There are different numbers to call depending on your area. Getting a receipt form your hea;th care provider will help reduce fraud. Doing your part will enable Medicare to continue with its mission to provide quality healthcare to Americans who cannot afford health care. You will also be doing your children a favor if you do this. They will also benefit from the health care service Medicare provides.
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Medicare short form leads

Welcome to the Lead Buyer Network. If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. Join the Lead Buyer Network Today! You must be associated with the Lead Generation Industry to be accepted as a member. If you are not sure if you comply with that statement, I suggest not joining.
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New Medicare ABN to be required Jan. 1

“ABNs that are issued after Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, and are prepared using the 2008 version of the notice will be considered invalid by Medicare contractors,” the CMS warned in an e-mail message to health care practitioners last month. The CMS released the new version of the form in May of this year and had previously announced it would require practitioners to begin using the updated form on Sept. 1. However, the agency last month postponed the deadline to New Year’s Day in order to give providers more time to exhaust inventories of older versions of the form. Practitioners can begin using the new version of the form as soon as they run out of older forms, the CMS said.
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Stay away from Delays on your Medicare Job application by Doing Forms Efficiently

You might solve this matter through the help of an remarkable and superb plan it is possible to supplement your own original Medicare policy. And this treatment plan is termed medigap medical care insurance plan. It is useful of having all some great benefits of your Medicare health insurance plan. It allows you to get all some great benefits of the preceding plan. But you need to do the initial first for you to claim almost all expenditures. It is actually called Medicare supplement plan sole because such plans cover Medicare Supplement Plans e gap relating to the Original Medicare policy and the whole bill payable which means the name is going to be this. Now it must be told that each these kinds of medigap options are applied by a lot of private businesses and purchased by these individuals only. No governmental body are designed for this package.
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Q&A with Terri Langford: Driving the Medicare Money Trail

The only thing I really found – which is still a great undone national story – is how Medicare’s recent reduction of emergency ambulance rates is putting a chokehold on municipal 911 EMS (i.e. local fire department) budgets. The first thing I received was the Texas health department’s EMS licensure database in Excel, which is easy to find online. You also can get the state health department to pull it for you. Free. Then knowing more about Medicaid, which is distributed for HHS by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, I went to the state agency and asked them for a six-year total of Medicaid claims and payments to Texas EMS companies, including the companies’ addresses. That, too, was free. I went to the state first, because their turnaround time is quick and I wanted a template for what types of payment data are available on the Medicaid side, which is good ammo to have when you go to the feds and they try to tell you that such things are not available on the Medicare side. In fact, I ended up sending the state’s Medicaid EMS spreadsheet to CMS. When the feds acted confused about my very simple request and said: I want it like this.
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