Medicare Open Enrollment: Things to Think About When Comparing Plans

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Only you know what’s most important to you and your family – that’s why we want to make sure you have all the information you need to make the best decision for you.  Look around for all the Medicare information out there [link to second blog in series]. And visit our Open Enrollment center, where we’ve gathered everything you need to walk through your options.  Now, what’s for dinner?
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What to Look for on Medicare.gov

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Q1Medicare.com Releases Updated Online Medicare.gov Plan Finder Tutorial : Fitness tips on Fitblogger

“The Medicare.gov Plan Finder provides a wealth of information, but for people unfamiliar with this site, the Plan Finder may add to the complexities Medicare beneficiaries face as they try to choose a Medicare Advantage plan or Medicare Part D prescription drug plan,” notes Dr. Susan Johnson, co-founder and technical director of the Q1Medicare.com site. “The goal of our tutorial is to provide a simple guide so the Medicare community can better navigate the Medicare.gov site and find the Medicare plan that most affordably meets their prescription and health coverage needs.”
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Save Granny from the Cliff! PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year 2011″ Award Goes to Democrats for Medicare Lies (video)

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Medicare.gov updates definition of optometry

The accommodative lag of the young hyperopic patient…These data from a relatively small but broad sampling of age and clinical status suggest that clinically normal young infants and children with low amounts of hyperopia have similar lags of accommodation from the first few months after birth. Subjects with greater than 4 D of hyperopia, or amblyopia or s […]
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Medicare to Begin Covering Obesity Treatment

CMS received 27 comments during the initial comment period, and 254 comments on the proposed decision during the second comment period.  Many of the comments were focused on the type of practitioner that can be reimbursed for providing service.  Commenters requested the inclusion of dietitians, mental/behavioral health providers, nutritionists, social workers, pharmacists, exercise specialists and physiologists, diabetes nurse educators, and certified obesity medical physicians.  CMS responded that primary care practitioners are the best positioned to coordinate care for all of a patient’s medical needs, while the suggested practitioners are not.  Additionally, commenters requested that locations other than the primary care setting be eligible for coverage.  CMS responded that the primary care setting is where the coordination of all care takes place, where care is given by primary care practioners. 
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I exported NoScript and reset it. When I went to medicare.gov and allowed medicare.gov that page appeared properly. I then clicked on a link and got the message to enable javascript again. I took a screenshot of both pages and I hovered over NoScript to show what is listed. This picture shows javascript enabled. The above picture shows the request for javascript on a link I clicked on. Is there anything else I can do? When should I import my settings back? Also, I can’t find the web bug setting which I did have checked. I also upgraded to version 2.1.22 after I first posted. Thank you. Sincerely, Libra
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5010 Version Update Information

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Last week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) will now accept 4010 standard claims up until and beyond Jan. 1, 2012   Previously, CMS set Jan. 1, 2012 as the hard deadline for switching over to the new 5010 version standard.
 In addition, Medicare Part A providers (Home Health and Hospice Agencies) will receive a longer transition period for switching over to version 5010 than physicians. Last month CMS announced that they were going to allow agencies an additional 90-day grace period for switching over to version 5010. The new transition deadline is set for March 31, 2012.
 CMS decided to allow additional flexibility regarding its deadline after determining that “there are many submitters that have not yet initiated testing with their Medicare Administrative Contractor.”   The new changeover plan will impact agencies based on their current testing status.
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NGS Announces Physical Therapy Edits on Frequency and Duration

In accordance with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Internet Only Manual (IOM), Medicare Benefits Policy Manual, Publication 100-02, Chapter 15, Section 220.2 PDF External (1 MB), services rendered must be reasonable and necessary. In order for a service to be covered, it must have a benefit category in the statute and it must not be excluded. Therapy services are a benefit under Section1861 of the Act. Consult the CMS IOM Publication 100-08, Medicare Program Integrity Manual, Chapter 13, Section 13.5.1 PDF External (233 KB) for full descriptions of reasonable and necessary services.
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Medicare Revalidation of Provider Enrollment Begins

Section 6401(a) of the Affordable Care Act requires all providers and suppliers who enrolled in Medicare prior to March 25, 2011 to revalidate Medicare enrollment information, but only after receiving notification from NGS. On Sept. 2, 2011, NGS sent the first batch of letters to those providers who are not currently in the Internet-based Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) system. Between now and March 23, 2013, NGS will send out notices on a regular basis to begin the revalidation process. Upon receipt of the revalidation request, providers have 60 days to complete the enrollment forms. Section 6401(a) also requires each “institutional” provider (855A) to pay an application fee of $505. Fees must be submitted by electronic check, debit, or credit card to pay.gov. Providers are encouraged to use the Internet-based PECOS system to revalidate. However, supporting documentation must be submitted to NGS by mail. Supporting documentation includes the signature page, copy of license, copy of the IRS form verifying legal name, and a copy of the application fee receipt. A CMS 588 EFT form is not required if the provider is already receiving reimbursement electronically. Failure to submit the enrollment forms as requested may result in the deactivation of your Medicare billing privileges.
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Secure Horizons Medicare Advantage – Medicare Full Or Medicare …

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meds: it's obscene by fallsroadThe 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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Congress, President Extend Endangered Medicare and Medicaid Programs : Health Care Reform Blog

The Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 extends numerous expiring Medicare and Medicaid programs, thus sparing physicians, hospitals and other health care providers significant Medicare and Medicaid payment cuts.  This On the Subject provides an overview of the most significant Medicare- and Medicaid-related provisions in the Temporary Continuation Act.
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U.S. Files Complaint Against National Chain Of Hospice Providers Alleging False Claims On The Medicare Program

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MyMedicareSupplementInsurance.com Works To Your Medigap Advantage – Get The Important Facts

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2. You can get further assistance from the long list insurance companies and health care providers on the site. The contacts that the website has prepared for its readers would also ensure further education and more beneficial management of the process. Insurance companies and health care providers that may interest the readers and visitors of the website – would have the additional information that they need to successfully meet their Medicare supplement insurance concerns.
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Why Medigap Plans are Crucial to Seniors

The importance of a good Medicare Plancan not be overstated. Depending upon the plan, Medigap plans make your healthcare costs completely affordable and predictable. Medicare by itself has no limits. If you have no gap coverage and you get really sick, your costs could be unlimited and it could ruin you financially. The Medigap Plan F is the most comprehensive. Sure, the rates go up every year, but compared to the cost of unlimited bills, the premiums will always be affordable. Medigap is not the same thing as Medicare Advantage plans. Those plans work instead of medicare, rather than alongside of Medicare as do the Medigap plans.
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Finding Medigap Insurance Reviews Online

Medicare insurance policy is a federal mandated insurance plan that handles your healthcare costs in time of illness and hospitalization when you are 65 years old or over. It could also pay for your medical bills if you have become disabled. However, your Medicare will not fully pay your medical expenses thus there is a need to buy a Medigap plans. Thus, you should read accurate Medigap insurance reviews from the many sources that provide information on Medigap plans. You need to buy a Medicare supplement insurance plan in order to cover all your medical costs in the future. Your Medicare plan will pay for all the covered benefits in your medical expenses and the extra expense will then automatically paid for by your Medigap insurance plan. You do not have to worry of expenses if you have a Medicare and a Medigap plan at hand. Purchasing the best Medigap policy can only be done by reading lots of information and Medigap insurance reviews. By having lots of user feedbacks, reviews, and Medigap information on the different insurance companies, you can better compare the benefits, advantages as well as disadvantages that each insurance company is selling. Since the benefit coverage are the same then what you should need is how much the insurance policy costs and whether the insurance company has a good customer support. The internet is a good place to look for Medigap insurance reviews and information concerning Medigap insurance companies and the policies they are offering. You need not go out of your homes just to get in touch with a private insurance company. All you need is an internet enabled computer and an internet connection. With just a click you can now have information within your grasp. You could also ask for Medicare supplement quotes directly from insurance company as they have enabled these features in their websites. There are also private insurance companies that let you be able to contact to their insurance agents by calling to their direct line. With all of this information you can surely arrive at the best Medicare supplement insurance policy that you prefer. Medicare supplement plans can bring you to a wide network of medical professionals and admittance to a lot of hospitals and medical treatment facilities. There are different medicare supplement plans that you could choose, from Plan A to Plan N. Some plans do not cover all extra expenses not paid by Medicare. Plan F, however, covers almost all the excess medical charges you need to buy. That is why there are a lot of people who have bought this plan. But this is pricier than Plan A and so you need to understand your needs in order to decide whether you want a Plan A, Plan B, Plan F or any other Medicare supplement plan. Medigap insurance reviews are very helpful in determining the kind of Medicare supplement insurance plan and to whom you will be purchasing it. Medicare supplement insurance policy is very helpful in making sure that you will be taken cared of when you turn 65 years old and beyond.
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Medicare Advantage Plans Are Available During Open Enrollment

Actually, this is only time that you can try out one of the Medicare Advantage (MA) plans after the initial sign up period when you first became eligible for Medicare. This is a once a year event where you can assess the type of MA plan you got out of the dozen choices laid out in front of you by different insurers and insurance companies. If you let this chance slip by, you might end up paying more and getting less coverage than what you bargained for.
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Why You Should Take Note of the Medigap Insurance Quote

To illustrate, let us take three private insurance companies that offer Medicare supplements as an example: Company 1, Company 2, and Company 3. Each of them would offer you Plan A. The basic benefits covered by this plan are essentially the same for the three companies. These would include Medicare Part A Coinsurance and Hospital Benefits, Medicare Part B Coinsurance or Co-payment, the first three pints of Blood, Hospice Care Coinsurance or Co-Payment and Medicare Preventive Care Part B Coinsurance. Now, the monthly payment for the same Plan A would be different for each company. Company 1 could offer this plan at, let us say, $140, while Company 2 could offer it at only $116. Company 3 could even offer it at around $210.
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The Medigap plans that offers the best benefits in addition to your Medicare plans

Health is wealth it’s well known, but sometime health does not stays well. We cannot predict anything before hand regarding about our health. We never know what’s going to happen tomorrow, what is going to happen to our health tomorrow so it’s always better to be in the safer side and get insured.  Getting medical insurance has become a very important thing in life. Medigap insurance provides all the things which make life secured and handy. Things become worst when in a bad day you get nobody beside you and you are running short of money. If you are covered by Medigap Insurance you don’t need to have somebody beside you .You are yourself a pillar. All you do from your end is to continue the insurance and keep on paying the premium. You might spend money for the time being but that will be something for your future. It will make your life simple in future stages. If you are having dental insurance, car insurance , business insurance  then why not to get  a health insurance from Medigap. It would be something for today, tomorrow and forever. Great feelings when you see there is a back for you.  Stay safe, be prepared, be clever, and get insured today.
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HCAF to Meet With Palmetto GBA Leadership in March…Submit Your Questions Now!

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HCAF Executive Director Bobby Lolley will meet with Palmetto GBA leadership on March 5 to represent Florida Medicare home health providers and discuss frequently asked questions by Medicare-certified agencies.
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Seeking Reimbursement Transparency, Palmetto May Deny Coverage for 'Investigational' Molecular Tests

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4010 Transactions Accepted after January 1st

, 2012 switchover deadline. Medicare has granted this additional flexibility due to many submitters that have yet to begin testing with their Medicare Administrative Contractor. GLMI, however has already completed testing for several of these payers and is in the testing process with several others.
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Medicare Administrative Contractor to Provide Coverage for AxiaLIF Next Year

Palmetto GBA has indicated that its medical directors reviewed the AxiaLIF clinical information and recommended coverage for the procedure, which has been supported in the literature as clinically effective. Palmetto provides care to approximately 9 million Medicare beneficiaries in seven states. With the addition of Palmetto coverage beginning next year, AxiaLIF will be covered for approximately 23 million people nationwide. Related Articles on Spine Devices: VertiFlex Completes Superion Interspinous Trial Enrollment Court Rules Spinal Kinetics Didn’t Infringe on Synthes Patent LDR Moves Headquarters to Bigger Texas Facility
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AMA Threatens to File HIPAA Complaint Unless CMS Halts Program Requiring Z

Genome-Scale Metabolic Network for Neisseria meningitidis Mendum, NewCombe et al., Genome Biology The University of Surrey’s Tom Mendum and his colleagues present a representative Tn5 library for Neisseria meningitidis, which they used to investigate the metabolism of the human commensal and pathogen. The team created a genome-scale metabolic network, which it says “was able to distinguish essential and non-essential genes as predicted by the global mutagenesis.” Overall, Mendum et al. say their study shows that the “application of a genome scale transposon library combined with an experimentally validated genome-scale metabolic network of N. meningitidis to identify essential genes and provide novel insight to the pathogen’s metabolism both in vitro and during infection.”
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What you should know about Health insurance plans

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The History of Romania in Fresco by Fergal of CladdaghThe indemnity plan provides more flexibility. This kind of insurance is more expensive, but for many people the freedom to choose their own doctors and hospitals during treatments is definitely worth the money. A managed care plan is less costly but you are only able to select from the list given by the insurance company. Both plans, however, require approval when trying to get treatments beyond preventive care.
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There are also alternatives to health insurance such as discount health plans. These plans are definitely affordable and everyone is accepted regardless of any existing medical conditions. Discount health plans are comprehensive and provide savings for everything from hospitalization and specialists to dental care, prescriptions and alternative medicine. Some discount health plan providers also offer low cost insured products such as Accident Medical, Hospital Indemnity plans that pay a cash benefit directly to the consumer and Long Term Disability plans. When choosing this type of health plan you should remember to check and see if there are sufficient providers in your area.
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The indemnity plan offers more flexibility. This kind of insurance is more expensive, but for a lot of people the freedom to select their own doctors and hospitals during treatments will be worth the funds. A managed care plan is more affordable but you are only able to select from the list given by the insurance company. Both plans, however, demand approval when trying to get treatments beyond preventive care.
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1. DOES YOUR System COVER YOU ON AND OFF THE JOB? Many health insurance blueprints have specific exclusions in which eliminate your benefits pertaining to anything that could have been covered beneath Workers Compensation or similar laws and regulations. Now read that previous sentence again. COULD HAVE BEEN Protected!? That is correct. Most independantly employed people and even some small business proprietors do not carry Workers Comp about themselves. There are designed insurance policies that will cover you on and off the job – 24-hours each day, if you are not required by law to get Workers Compensation coverage. 2. Will you be WRITING IT OFF? Independent trades-people (1099’s), home based business owners, professionals and other self employed people generally usually are not taking advantages of the tax guidelines available to them. Many people who are having to pay 100% of their own costs are eligible to deduct their monthly insurance installments. Just that alone can reduce ones net out-of-pocket costs of a proper plan by as much as 40%. Ask ones accounting professional if you are suitable and/or check out the IRS website to learn more. 3. INTERNAL LIMITS All true insurance plans use some form of internal controls to determine how much they will pay out for a particular procedure or service. There are two basic methods. -Scheduled Benefits Many plans, many of which are specifically marketed to independently employed and independent people, use a clear schedule of what they may pay per doctor office visit, hospital stay, or even limits of what they will pay for testing per 24-hr. period. This structure is generally associated with “Indemnity Plans”. If you are presented with one of these plans, be sure to see the plan of benefits, in writing. It is important that you realize these types of limits up front due to the fact once you reach them the firm will not pay anything over that amount. -Usual and Normal “Usual and Customary” refers to the rate of pay out for a doctor appointment, procedure or hospital stay that is based on what the majority of medical professionals and facilities charge for the particular service in that distinct geographical or comparable area. “Usual and Customary” charges represent the top level of coverage on most key medical plans. 4. There is an ABILITY TO SHOP! If you are reading this you, are probably shopping for a well being plan. Every day people look, for everything from groceries to a new home. During the shopping course of action, generally, the value, price, personalized needs and general current market gets evaluated by the purchaser. With this in mind, it is very disconcerting that most people never ask that of a test, procedure or even medical professional visit will cost. In this ever-changing medical care insurance market, it will become increasingly vital for these questions to be asked of the medical professionals. Asking price will help you complete out of your plan and reduce your own out-of-pocket expenses. 5. NETWORKS Plus DISCOUNTS Almost all insurance plans as well as benefit programs work with healthcare networks to access discounted rates. In broad strokes, sites consist of medical professionals and amenities who agree, by commitment, to charge discounted costs for services rendered. On many occasions the network is one of the determining attributes of your program. Discounts can vary from 10% to 60% if not more. Medical network discounts vary, but to ensure you minimize your current out-of-pocket expenses, it is imperative that you examine the network’s list of doctors and facilities before spending. This is not only to ensure that your local medical practitioners and hospitals are in the particular network, but also to see just what your options would be if you were to desire a specialist. Ask your broker what network you are in, uncover it is local or country wide and then determine if it matches your own individual needs.
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Virginia Residents Have Access to Variety of Health Plans

However the most popular medical policies are the Preferred Provider Organization or the PPO plans as they are commonly known. PPO oscillates between an HMO and an indemnity health plan according to the needs of the patient during his each visit. There is a network of doctors provided, but a patient can choose to refer to a doctor beyond the network. He only has to pay higher co-pay every time he does so. There is also no need to get the prior authorization of a primary care physician before consulting a specialist. The premium in a PPO is comparable to that of an HMO plan.
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Advantra Rx NOT Renewing Their Medicare Contract

one of my customer’s sent me a copy of the letter from AdvantraRX dates October 2. Here is what it says (sorry about typos, i type fast): Dear Mr. Smith, AdvantraRx Preimer by Coventry Life and Health Insurance Company, a stand-alone prescription drug plan with a Medicare Contract, will no longer operate as of January 1, 2011 so your Medicare Prescription drug coverage through AdvantraRx Premiuer will end December 31, 2010. If you want Medicare prescription drug coverage starting January 1, you need to join a new Medicare drug plan by December 31, 2010. Take Action by December 31 to avoid losing drug coverage. If you want Medicare Rx drug coverage after December 31, you need to join another Plan or medicare advantage plan that offers drug coverage. You can join a new medicare drug plan anytime between October 1 and January 31, 2011. However your AdvantraRx Premier coverage ends December 31, so you should join a new medicare drug plan by december 31 to make sure you have drug coverage january 1. If you join a new plan AFTER december 31, your new coverage won’t start until the month after you join. What happens if you don’t join another medicare drug plan? if you don’t join another medicare drug plan by January 31, your next chance to join will be from october 15 through december 7, 2011. You may also have a pay a late-enrollment penalty to join later. The the letter gives a list of a bunch of companies and the 1-800 Medicare number and website. It doesn’t state anything anywhere about automatically enrolling them into another plan if they do nothing. In fact, it states the opposite.
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[…] You can blame this on your congressmen, senators, and yes even the president. The funding for medicare and Medicare has been drastically cut causing  some companies to raise rates and lower benefits. Other companies have simply decided to drop out of the market (which produces less competition). I would suggest writing a letter to your congressman or senator.Source: wordpress.com […]
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Coventry Health Care Adds Cornerstone Health Care (P.A.) to their Advantra Medicare Advantage Provider Network in North Carolina.

Cornerstone Health Care has nearly 300 providers (including primary care and specialty physicians, and mid-level professionals) in more than 70 locations in High Point, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Summerfield, Thomasville, Archdale, Trinity, Jamestown, Kernersville, Lexington, Asheboro, and Advance.
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UPMC Cancer Centers reject new Medicare plan

The dispute between UPMC Cancer Centers and HealthAmerica continues as a March 21 deadline nears for state retirees to select which health insurance plan they will be covered by, beginning May 1. Negotiations over the issue had been held, but no agreement was reached, Naomi Wyatt, state secretary of administration, said during a news conference this week.
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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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. Her professional experience is in comprehensive financial planning with a strong emphasis on life planning strategies, retirement planning and portfolio management. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Economics from Temple University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Carol has been in the financial profession since 2001. Prior to entering the financial field, Carol was a Computer Consultant/Analyst for Capital Cities/ABC-Television assigned to the Olympics. She was also a Project Manager for Bank of America and Unisys. Carol was raised in the Philadelphia suburbs and has lived in Washington DC, California, New York and New Hampshire.  She is a  Registered Representative and Investment Adviser Representative with LPL Financial and works in the offices of Compass Financial Partners. She is licensed with the N.C. Department of Insurance as a Life, Accident and Health and Medicare Supplement/Long Term Care agent. Carol has a genuine commitment to working with women as their lives evolve and change to help plan and protect their financial futures.   She can be reached at
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CollaborateMD believes in keeping our customers informed of pertinent issues which may affect your business. Please read the following bulletin from Noridian Medicare Part B, which affects these payers: CPID 2454 SD Medicare CPID 2466 WY Medicare CPID 1459 OR Medicare CPID 2458 UT Medicare CPID 2453 ND Medicare CPID 1455 AK Medicare CPID 7400 MT Medicare CPID 1456 AZ Medicare CPID 1462 WA Medicare Action Required: Please be aware of the following information: HOLDING CLAIMS FOR SERVICES PAID UNDER THE 2012 MPFS The negative update under current law for the 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) was scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2012. Consequently, as on numerous occasions in the past, CMS will instruct its Medicare claims administration contractors to hold claims containing 2012 services paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for the first 10 business days of January (i.e., January 1, 2012, through January 17, 2012). The hold should have minimal impact on provider cash flow because, under current law, clean electronic claims are not paid sooner than 14 calendar days (29 days for paper claims) after the date of receipt. MPFS claims for services rendered on or before December 31, 2011, are unaffected by the 2012 claims hold and will be processed and paid under normal procedures and time frames. The Administration has stated their disappointment that Congress has failed to pass a solution to eliminate the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula-driven cuts, and has put payments for health care for Medicare beneficiaries at risk. They continue to urge Congress to take action to ensure these cuts do not take effect. CMS will provide notice on or before January 11, 2012, with more information about the status of Congressional action to avert the negative update and next steps regarding the claims hold. If you have any questions please contact CollaborateMD Client Services at 1-888-348-8457, Option 2.
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Medicare Physician Bonus Program

The Fed’s operate a Medicare Physician Bonus Program to encourage doctors to work in underserved areas and improve access to care for folks on Medicare.  Certain physicians (including MDs, DOs, dentists, podiatrists, and chiropractors) are eligible to receive a 10% bonus if they’re providing services to Medicare beneficiaries in a geographic primary care Health Professional Shortage Area (Psychiatrists practicing in a mental health shortage areas are also eligible).  It’s the provider’s responsibility to ensure they’re in an eligible area- which can be confirmed here.  For any questions, please contact Tracy Lenartz.
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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.
Source: medicare-health.com

Pharmacies, Medical equipment Suppliers, MCLEAN, VIRGINIA, (VA) USA

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Source: usa-hospitals.com

ENOUGH ROOM: Decreased Medicare Payments Threaten Finances of Doctors

Fat Free, gluten free, no cholesterol, no trans fats, no high fructose corn syrup. ENOUGH ROOM is a project of the Anti Censorship and Deception Union. See also enoughroomvideo.blogspot.com a video blog. “I learned that there are two ‘interpretations’ for every law; one for the very rich, and one for the rest of us…” Joe Stack, who flew a plane into the IRS building in Austin TX killing himself on February 18, 2010. Join search for truth learn to recognize it when you encounter it.
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Roundup: Fla. Medicare HMO Closed; Tufts And BCBS Resume Talks

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NewsHour: Kids With Toothaches: Lost In The Health Care Debate Teeth are crucial. When free health care clinics for poor people are held in California, the number one activity is extractions. The California Dental Association says the top chronic childhood disease is tooth decay. But a third of Americans say they skip dental checkups because of the cost. Until 2009, in California, dental care was part of Medicaid, or Medi-Cal as it’s called in California. More than three million poor, disabled and elderly adults had been eligible for subsidized care of their teeth. But cash-strapped California, looking for ways to save money, eliminated dental care for adults under Medi-Cal two years ago, and pocketed $109 million. At the same time the state gave up $134 million in federal matching funds (Michels, 11/17).
Source: kaiserhealthnews.org

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Medicare Supplement Plans

With a large variety of plans to choose from, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas makes it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. In fact, there are low cost sharing plans for those who are interested in keeping their premiums low, plans that cover your health care costs should you be injured while traveling overseas, plans that pay the excess charges above and beyond what Medicare will pay and even plans that eliminate all of your out-of-pocket expenses, taking the stress out of paying for health care. In our state, Plan F is the most popular because it completely eliminates all deductibles, copays and coinsurance. With Plan F from BCBS of Texas, you get the most peace of mind because you never have to pay a dime to visit your doctor and the deductible is taken care of.
Source: medicareinsurancetexas.com

Medicare Supplemental Insurance

Supplement Health Insurance Policy- A Better Option  The significance of Quotes in Planning Policy Cover  Medicare insurance Supplemental Insurance Underwriting Occasions Increase Significantly within the fourth Quarter  Medicare supplement Insurance Medicare insurance Supplements Impact on Home Healthcare  Charge Card Insurance Covers: Exclusions, Termination of Insurance and Claims  Medicare Insurance
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BCBS florida announcement on HIPAA 5010

Although January 1, 2012 is the official compliance date for submitting claims through the HIPAA 5010 electronic data interchange (EDI) standards, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Office of E-Health Standards and Services (OESS) will not initiate enforcement action until April 1, 2012.  Nonetheless, it is important to recognize that the 5010 compliance date is upon us and has not changed. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. (BCBSF) is now accepting transactions using the mandated 5010 standards. We are also accommodating the CMS 5010 enforcement grace period and will not reject 4010/4010A transactions until April 1, 2012. If you are not yet HIPAA 5010 compliant, BCBSF urges you to keep moving forward toward achieving compliance.  Reach out to your vendors and payers to confirm compliance. As you probably now know, conformity to 5010 standards is a crucial prerequisite step toward the greater ICD-10 code set mandate which is rapidly approaching.  The ICD-10 compliance date is October 1, 2013. Be sure to attend our HIPAA 5010 Open Line Friday teleconferences which will continue to take place weekly until further notice.  For direct access to valuable 5010-related information and resources, visit our website (www.bcbsfl.com) or simply click on the 5010 icon below.
Source: cms1500claimbilling.com

BCBS North Carolina Blue Medicare Advantage Open Enrolment

Seniors 65 and older have the choice to either participate in the original Medicare program or opting for Medicare Advantage through a private insurance company. Medicare Advantage is a guaranteed acceptance plan that is standardized. The plan is standardized which means that any senior that is eligible for Medicare but opts for Medicare Advantage will have at least the minimum coverage that Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B from the original Medicare program provides. Any other benefits above and beyond the minimum are not mandatory. BCBS Medicare Advantage plans go above and beyond the basic mandatory coverage. Source: abchealthplans.com
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Excellus BCBS Launches New Exercise, Healthy Aging Program for Medicare Advantage Members

Excellus BCBS Medicare Advantage members who are not able to participate at a fitness club or simply prefer to work out at home may participate instead in the Silver&Fit Home Fitness Program. Upon enrollment, those members receive a home fitness kit that may focus on strength and exercise, walking, aqua aerobics, Pilates, yoga, tai chi, dancing or stress management. Each kit includes tools to help members perform exercises at home. Members can also access e-coaching courses on SilverandFit.com, and some members are able to receive Healthy Aging DVDs for home-based health education.
Source: oneidacountycourier.com

Highmark Agrees to Sell Medicare Claims Processing Business to a Unit of BCBS of Florida

Highmark is selling off their Medicare claims processing business in order to clear a regulatory path regarding their acquisition of West Penn Allegheny.  It appears that Highmark is more interested in vertical expansion within the health care space than growing horizontally with ancillary Medicare service businesses.  A Highmark EVP is quoted as saying that they plan to expand more into the medical provider business.
Source: ritterim.com

MediBlue HMO by Empire BCBS

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BCBS Medicare Advantage Plans – One of The Best

Seniors 65 and older have the choice to either participate in the original Medicare program or opting for Medicare Advantage through a private insurance company. Medicare Advantage is a guaranteed acceptance plan that is standardized. The plan is standardized which means that any senior that is eligible for Medicare but opts for Medicare Advantage will have at least the minimum coverage that Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B from the original Medicare program provides. Any other benefits above and beyond the minimum are not mandatory. BCBS Medicare Advantage plans go above and beyond the basic mandatory coverage.
Source: abchealthplans.com

Reasons to Get Medicare Supplement

Choosing the best insurance plan is utterly confusing. With so many plans nowadays, the question always ends up on which insurance plan you should really buy. If you are one of those people who are still fickle-minded with the available choices out there, check out Medicare Supplement insurance plan first. So here are the reasons why people get this insurance plan: 1. Since this Medicare supplement is a tie up with the Medicare plan, it has lower out of pocket costs. It qualifies you to any benefits and any medical expenses. 2. This is not limited to one doctor or specialization. This plan can be used in any kind of checkup and can be accepted by any doctor. And since this is universally accepted by any hospital, health centers, and the like, it is very useful. 3. It can be used in any states. However, it is still essential to ask the hospital if they have certain rules and requirements about these things. To find out more, visit BCBS of Missouri today.
Source: atharfinedine.com

Wireless MedCARE and Senior Homestyle Living to Form Joint Venture

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Medcare Physican Fee Schedule SGR Cut Punted For 2 Months : Med Law Blog

The U.S. Senate last week voted to extend current Medicare payment rates for two months. After first balking at the two-month extension earlier in the week, the House reached an agreement Friday with the Senate to extend the payment rates, as well as the 2 percentage point Social Security tax cut and to extend unemployment benefits. A House-Senate conference committee will convene in January to work on a longer-term agreement.
Source: medlawblog.com

Wireless MedCare joins with Texas company to test features of bed monitoring system

Roanoke-based Wireless MedCare has signed a joint venture agreement with a Texas company that also includes placing its bed sensor patient monitoring device in senior living facilities being constructed by the Texas company.
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Welcome to MedCare Solutions

There’s no need for you to wait years for reimbursement of your LOP and lien-based A/R (assuming you eventually get reimbursed at all). Med-Care Solutions provides immediate funding, purchasing your PI and Worker’s Comp accounts receivables without recourse. By selling your medical accounts receivables you will avoid all of the interest and carrying costs associated with factoring and financing. If a purchased lien ultimately is not collectable, it’s simply not your problem.
Source: medcaresolutions.us

MedCare Finance now has online chat to help with your Healthcare Finance needs

PRLog (Press Release) – Aug 17, 2011 – http://www.MedCareFinance.com has added online chat for medical providers with questions related to healthcare finance. www.MedCareFinance doesn’t farm this out to anyone, this is staffed by in house experts in the healthcare finance field. MedCare Finance is striving to be the your best partner for healthcare finance. MedCare Finance has solutions for all types of medical providers, if you take any type of insurance or lien based case we have solutions for you from personal injury, workers compensation, contested workers compensation, third party payors such as Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross, CIGNA, really any type of third party payor insurance is fine.  MedCare Finance values your AR, not your credit, so if you are looking to get out of debt, get free of bank financing, or if you are looking to roll out additional facilities it doesn’t matter to us. Take a look at our website at www.MedCareFinance.com and “chat” with us. MedCare Finance offers the fastest payment in the industry and is here to serve your needs. www.MedCareFinance.com info@MedCareFinance.com 702-764-9929
Source: prlog.org

MedCare Finance now offers funding for Unbilled and Medicaid Pending receivables for Nursing Homes

PRLog (Press Release) – Aug 09, 2011 – MedCare Finance has a new program to fund unbilled receivables and Medicaid pending receivables for Nursing Homes. Many states have now delayed Medicaid payments to nursing homes, with a heavy reliance on Medicaid and capital more difficult than ever to get this program comes at a good time. This new program is available for all nursing homes regardless of credit history. The program evaluates your AR, and we all know Medicaid pays, they just pay slow. The process is simple, call us at 702-764-9929 or e-mail to info@MedCareFinance.com to discuss your immediate need. Click  on this link http://www.medcarefinance.com/
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MedCare Finance Toxicology program a wonderful success for Medical Providers

PRLog (Press Release) – Aug 11, 2011 – MedCare Finance has a wonderful new toxicology program for doctors treating injured workers, this program allows the doctor to keep 100% of the fee schedule. MedCare Finance can do a full 12 panel screen and you can exclude illicit drugs from the testing. You pay $8.25 for a sample cup, MedCare Finance pays postage, testing, and if you can do more than 10 on scheduled days MedCare Finance can provide a helper to collect samples and put into our pre-paid FedEx packages. The national average you will collect is around $400, you can perform this test every 60 days for pain doctors and 90 for orthopedic. This is now recommended for work comp patients, it provides valuable information on if they are taking the medications you prescribe properly. We can handle billing and collection as well at an amazing low rate of 2%. Bottom line, it is recommended, it only costs you $8.25, you can bill $400 (varies by state) and it is good information for you and your client. Some clients are not aware that they are taking medication incorrectly, this shows you the bottom line, and unfortunately some clients sell their medications, if they do not take it as prescribed it is a good discussion point for you and the client. This removes liability of the client selling their medications and telling you it still hurts, give me more… No we don’t take any of the amount you bill for, you keep 100% of the fee schedule, we process a lab bill separately and you are not at risk for that in anyway. MedCare Finance can also buy the receivable on your toxicology screen, you can get paid within 2 days of performing a test. The rest is up to you, contact us for more information on this amazing program. http://www.medcarefinance.com/
Source: prlog.org

Medicaid payments delayed in Illinois by 156 days

PRLog (Press Release) – Aug 06, 2011 – With the delay of Medicaid payments now at 156 days in Illinois, MedCare Finance offers a program for healthcare providers to cover this gap. This program is designed to value your AR, not your credit, Medicaid allows you to bill once per month and with payment delays now at 156 days we can provide payment before you were even allowed to bill for services you render. With states under greater financial pressure than ever before your state may be next, even if it isn’t our program is a valuable cash management tool. http://www.medcarefinance.com is offering this unique and exciting program to the especially hard hit nursing homes as well, As often is the case a nursing home runs on a fairly fixed and consistent budget. Delays of this are not at all factored into the budget process, and how many business can really afford to wait 5 or 6 months for the majority of their expected monthly income? This program works for all types of healthcare providers, hospitals, surgery centers, doctors, radiology, MRI facilities to name a few. If you take Medicaid or Medicare I encourage you to take a look at this new and exciting program! www.medcarefinance.com info@medcarefinance.com
Source: prlog.org