Medicare Experts Guide Texas Woman through Medicare Maze

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George W. Bush by cliff1066™Whether you’re new to Medicare or have been on Medicare for several years, you no doubt have questions. After all, Medicare itself is confusing enough on its own. Once you understand the gaps in coverage that Medicare can create, you’re faced with a daunting proposition: finding a Medicare supplement that can plug those holes so you can have peace of mind. Forgoing Medicare supplement insurance means that you’ll have to pay more out of pocket, and that could be the path to financial ruin at a time in your life when you should be able to breathe a little easier.
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Video: Medicare Supplements in Texas: What to Look For When Choosing a Plan

2012 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Medicare Part D Plans

With two plans to choose from, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas makes it easy to find the right prescription drug coverage that fits your medical needs and your budget. If you’re looking for the most affordable rates, the Value plan offers a lower monthly premium in exchange for a small deductible. With the Value plan, you still get comprehensive coverage with a small copay and discounts on brand name drugs. If you’re looking to have no deductible, the Plus plan offers the same quality coverage for a little more monthly and a small copay for all generic drugs. 
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Medigap Plans Available in Texas for all Seniors

Simply because plans are standardized does not mean different insurance companies will be the same. There are stark differences in cost, dependability and reliability that must be taken into consideration. You may be able to find a great plan for less, but be wise when choosing coverage and stay with household names you know and trust for delivering benefits on time and when you need them most. Companies like United of Omaha or Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas have worked hard to gain the trust of Texans by providing coverage they can depend on.
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MONDAY NEWS LINKS: <p>Medicare Overpaid Bonuses to Doctors for Years

Documents show primary care physicians in Hidalgo County were overpaid $64 million from 2003 until last year. Doctors at 31 other Texas locations also received a still undetermined amount in bonuses for providing medical and mental health care in parts of Spring Branch, the Third Ward, Pasadena, Baytown and Texas City, as well as parts of San Antonio and North Central Bexar County, among others.
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Golden Years Homecare Specialists II Celebrate New Location in Brenham

Working with skilled nurses (including RNs and LVNs), physical, speech, and occupational therapists, homecare aides, and other health specialists, Golden Years offers numerous day services for home-bound patients, including wound care, rehabilitation, health status monitoring, individualized healthcare education, fall injury prevention, home safety, home infusion nursing, 24-hour on-call nursing, and more.  The company serves as additional care to doctor treatments or as an alternative to hospital and nursing homecare.  Their compassionate staff offers peace of mind and improved health as they serve patients right within the comfort of their homes.  Every staff member undergoes background checks and license verification in order to insure only the most acceptable and qualified employees.   Golden Years is state licensed, Medicare certified, CHAP accredited, and currently in good standing with the Texas Association for Home Care.  All services are Medicare provided for qualified patients and are extended to include Veterans Administration clients.  More information and details can be found on their website.
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State Roundup: Mo. Bill Would Outlaw Federal Health Law

Houston Chronicle: Taxpayers Footed The Bill For Medicare Bonuses To Doctors The American public for years paid physicians millions of dollars in Medicare bonuses to treat the medically needy in parts of Texas and across the country — even though many doctors no longer qualified for the cash and federal officials knew it, a Houston Chronicle investigation has found. Documents show primary care physicians in Hidalgo County were overpaid $64 million from 2003 until last year. Doctors at 31 other Texas locations also received a still undetermined amount in bonuses for providing medical and mental health care in parts of Spring Branch, the Third Ward, Pasadena, Baytown and Texas City, as well as parts of San Antonio and North Central Bexar County, among others (Langford, 4/23).
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Texas laboratory named in Medicare kickback case

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HBO Obesity Series Showing Texas Schools Debuts

New York Daily NewsMedical charges vary widelySacramento BeeBy Roni Caryn Rabin When Augie Hong awoke with severe abdominal pain nearly two years ago, he went to the hospital emergency room closest to his home in San Francisco. The diagnosis was acute appendicitis, and doctors removed his inflamed appendix.Patients in the Dark on Medical Costs, Study FindsAB […]
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National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse: TX: Biggest Medicare Fraud in History Busted in February, Says Feds

Federal officials say they have taken down the largest Medicare fraud scheme investigators have ever discovered: a $375 million dollar home healthcare scam operating in the Dallas, Texas area. The alleged “mastermind” of the fraud, Dr. Jacques Roy, is charged with certifying hundreds of fraudulent claims for Medicare reimbursement, and pocketing millions in payments for services not needed, or never delivered. Prosecutors say the 54-year-old Dr. Roy, who was arrested today and could be sentenced to life in prison, operated a “boiler room” to churn out thousands of phony Medicare claims and recruited homeless people as fake patients “Today, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force is taking aim at the largest alleged home health fraud scheme ever committed,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer. “According to the indictment, Dr. Roy and his co-conspirators, for years, ran a well-oiled fraudulent enterprise in the Dallas area, making millions by recruiting thousands of patients for unnecessary services, and billing Medicare for those services.” Full Article and Source: Biggest Medicare Fraud in History Busted, Says Feds See Also: NASGA’s Open Letter to Congress: The Fleecing of Medicaid and the Taxpayer
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Medicare on Main Street: Medicare Access Issue Fuels Doctor Shortage

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Yarmuth Meeting 3 by Greater Louisville Medical SocietyAnd with 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, as noted above, the timing could not be worse.  Of course, it doesn’t help either that the president’s government takeover of health care law diverted over $500 billion dollars from Medicare, hastening the bankruptcy of the program relied upon by America’s senior citizens.  The Health Care System article concludes “the largest section of our population is knocking on Medicare’s door right now needing it as their only source of health insurance and there is a rise of doctors no longer willing to see patients on it.  This aging population will increase participation in Medicare which will mean a greater demand for physician services and we have a shortage of physicians….”
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Video: Medicare Physician Feedback Program: Payment Standardization and RIsk Adjustment

Cygnus: Total Hospital Computing, Charting Cabinet Solutions and Mobile Computer Carts for EHR/EMR

Fewer Medicare physicians attested and received payments in March than the previous month because the end of February was the cut-off date to be considered part of calendar 2011. However, the 8,651 physicians in March was an increase over January’s 7,668 doctors who received incentives. In February, 12,356 Medicare physicians obtained their payments. The number of hospitals that collected Medicare incentives, however, continued to increase in March to 115 from 84 in February.
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Medicare Trustees to America: A Bleak Future Without Real Reform

1. The short-term outlook of the Hospital Insurance (HI) Trust Fund says nothing about the long-term financial challenge posed by the Medicare program. HI Trust fund insolvency, focused only on hospital payments, is only one marker of Medicare’s fiscal health. The 2012 trustees report says that the HI program, financed almost entirely by payroll taxes, will remain solvent until 2024, the same target date for insolvency as stated in last year’s report. Since 2008, HI expenditures have exceeded income. If the HI fund is exhausted, it cannot pay for seniors’ hospital benefits. Some higher costs for Part A have been offset by the 2 percent reduction in Medicare expenditures are a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011. However, the likelihood of these cuts starting in 2013 as scheduled is problematic given the history of overriding prior cuts, such as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), which would theoretically cut the payment to Medicare doctors by 30 percent in 2013. However, Congress has always overridden the scheduled SGR reduction in the past.
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Experts See Challenges in New Medicare Payment System for Physicians

Dana Gelb Safran, who oversees quality measurement for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, said CMS likely will not evaluate individual physicians, but rather providers as part of groups. She added, “There really are very few measures that we can reliably evaluate on the individual doctor level. When they move forward with the value-based modifier, there is going to have to somehow allow physicians to identify other physicians with whom they say they practice and who they say that they share clinical risk for performance.”
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Health On The Hill: Medicare’s Payment Change For Physicians

JORDAN RAU:  It’s really interesting – this was part of the law that was least controversial when it was passed, because everyone thinks, well, pay more for quality and less for low quality, that doesn’t sound unreasonable.  But now that they’re getting to the details, it’s proving to be very difficult.  And it’s more difficult for physicians than just about anyone, because, first of all, there are fewer number of patients that a physician sees and you need a large sample or mass to really figure out how they’re treating the patients.  Because if you just have a couple and one patient is particularly sick or doesn’t do that well, you don’t want it to unfairly reflect on the physician.  So that’s one reason.
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Medicare Cracks Down on Unnecessary Payments

Notice: The State of California Legislative Counsel has rendered an opinion that it is ILLEGAL for PTs to be employed by any professional corporation except for those owned by physical therapists and Naturopaths. In its opinion, the Legislative Counsel confirms that, because the existing California Corporations Code does not specifically include physical therapists on the list of those who may be employed by a medical corporation, a physical therapist is prohibited from providing physical therapy services as an employee of a medical corporation, podiatric corporation, or chiropractic corporation. This ruling means that physical therapists in these employment situations may be subject to discipline by the Physical Therapy Board of California (PTBC).
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Medicare Physician Reimbursement: Modifiers GE & GC

To put it in other words, to support a 99202 claim, the ob-gyn would have to document an expanded problem-focused history, an expanded problem-focused exam, and straightforward medical decision-making. You should document ob-gyn presence for critical care. Documentation requirements for the claims are steep, however an ob-gyn can also code when he and the resident carry out critical care jointly. You should let supervision guide surgical claims. When you report minor surgeries and endoscopic procedures, you should ensure the ob-gyn documents that he directly supervised the entire procedure. This means that the doctor must be present in the room. For example, he can’t view the session through a monitor in another room. You need to keep the primary-care exception in mind. If your ob-gyn is also treating a primary care clinic patient, you might be able to use the primary care exception rule. To put it in a nutshell, in some instances Medicare allows a TP to get paid when a resident provides an evaluation and management service minus the TP’s direct supervision. For further details on this and for more information to boost Medicare physician reimbursement, sign up for a one-stop medical coding guide like Supercoder.
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Dr. Roger Stark Calls For The Repeal Of IPAB To Protect Medicare Beneficiaries

Stark, a health-care analyst with the Washington Policy Center, notes that 1 million Washingtonians make use of Medicare and, in Washington, “Medicare expenditures have increased by 8.2 percent per year on average over the past two decades.”  IPAB was created to keep Medicare costs in check and its 15 members, who are appointed by the president, have the authority to frame and implement cost-cutting measures to the program where seen fit.
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New Medicare Law, Help or Hindrance to US Physicians

That sounds pretty simple, but it doesn’t seem to consider patients with chronic illnesses or patients who don’t follow their doctors’ instructions. Some worry that doctors who want to receive the financial incentives may short shrift their patients or refuse to treat those with chronic or serious illnesses like asthma or Crohn’s disease. Any time the phrases “health care” and “manage costs” appear together in the same sentence, patients start to feel afraid. They naturally assume that in order to “manage costs,” their physicians will spend less time with patients, which could in turn lead to the doctors’ missing things that might have been caught during longer examinations or consultations.
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CMS Issues Amended Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for Home Health

Specifically, Section 101 of the MMEA averts the negative update that would otherwise have taken effect on Jan. 1, 2011. The MMEA provides for a zero percent update to the physician fee schedule for claims with dates of service Jan. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2011. While the physician fee schedule update will be zero percent, changes to the relative value units (RVUs) for 2011 require CMS make an adjustment to the conversion factor to make the changes budget neutral. The revised conversion factor to be used for physician payment as of Jan. 1, 2011 is $33.9764.
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Medicare Matters to Older Women

There is no question that refinements that reduce health spending and make Medicare more sustainable for the long-term are necessary.  There are also improvements in the program – like a sorely needed cap on total out of pocket expenses – that need to be made.  But any refinements must be done thoughtfully and carefully.  Changes that simply push more costs onto Medicare beneficiaries or cut provider payments in ways that deter physicians from accepting Medicare patients are short-sighted.
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Utah Academy of Family Physicians: Current Status of Medicare FFS Implementation of HIPAA Version 5010 and D.0

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OBAMA: THE SOCIALIST/MARXIST/COMMUNIST -- UNMASKED FOR ALL TO SEE by SS&SSPresentation and Webinar:  The presentation for this call will be posted at least one day in advance on the FFS National Provider Calls webpage.  In addition, the presentation will be emailed to all registrants on the day of the call.  CMS will be using an optional webinar feature as part of this National Provider Call.  Complete details on this feature are available on the CMS Upcoming National Provider Calls webpage. 
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Video: Utah Medicare Advantage Plans

Your Guide to Utah Medicaid

You May be Eligible for the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Program If: • You are entitled to Medicare Part A. If you do not have Medicare Part A because you cannot afford it, the QMB program may pay the Medicare Part A premium for you. • You have an income of 100% of the Federal Poverty Level or even less and your resources do not exceed twice the limit for SSI eligibility. The expenses covered by the QMB program are: • Medicare Part A deductible • Medicare Part B premium ($99.90 for 2012) • Medicare Part B deductible ($140 for 2012) • Co-insurance ( typically 20% of approved Part B costs not paid 
to doctors by Medicare—which is usually the beneficiaries responsibility) • Co-insurance for extended hospital stays and skilled nursing 
( normally an out-of-pocket expense for the beneficiary) • In some cases, the Medicare Part A premium if applicable • May also cover the cost of additional health services and prescriptions if you qualify for full Medicaid services as well (QMB Plus)
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Medicare Waste, Fraud and Abuse

The panel denounced Medicare’s “overly broad use of demonstration authority” and said “limited Medicare dollars should go to truly high-performing plans.” It said “the extension of quality bonuses to the vast majority of plans is likely to result in far greater program costs than the reward system enacted” by Congress, and that by spreading the rewards so broadly, “the demonstration lessens the incentive to achieve the highest level of performance.”
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Social Security And Medicare Programs Slide Closer To Insolvency As Funds Near Exhaustion

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The Medicare Daily Report: Utah Medicare Experiment, A Little Health Care History

“President Reagan, the great apostle of modern conservatism, persuaded a Democratic Congress in 1988 to enact the biggest expansion of Medicare since the program’s creation in 1965.  For the first time, there would be financial protection against catastrophic illness, with a limit on out-of-pocket payments.  To avoid worsening the federal deficit, the expansion would be paid for by the people benefiting from it: the Medicare beneficiaries themselves.  Poor people would pay little or nothing, and seniors making $35,000 a year or more would pay $800 a year for this new protection.”
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Medicaid News: Ore. Competitors Work Together; Calif. ‘Duals’ Project Launches

The Associated Press/Houston Chronicle: NC Medicaid Program Averts A Pair Of Fiscal Crises  North Carolina’s Medicaid program will dodge two immediate fiscal crises because federal regulators agreed Wednesday to extend the deadline to carry out new personal care service requirements and state officials outlined ways to close a projected $150 million shortfall. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wrote the state Medicaid office that it would have until January to enforce new regulations to ensure people living at home and residents of adult care homes receive comparable personal care services. The paid assistance helps people with disabilities, older adults and the mentally ill with activities such as bathing, dressing and cooking (Robertson, 4/4).
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Medicare Supplement Plans In Nevada, Colorado, as well as Utah

Usually the healthier the state the lower the levels. Every one of the of these states boast a good wellness rating. Whenever a Medicare Supplement Company has lower wellness claims they have lower costs which they usually pass along to the consumer since lower rate for there plans. Really these companies can look in many years last to test to determine there future costs for claims, once they see that in years last claims costs have been comparably lower than different states they can keep prices lower because of which. All these rocky mountain area states thus tend to be benefiting from a healthy life style, All of these states have a lot of outdoor activities which aide in keeping a great wellness rating reviews on Capsiplex.
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HATCH ON MEDICARE, SOCIAL SECURITY TRUSTEES REPORT

“As this report shows, leaving Medicare and Social Security on autopilot and allowing them to continue to grow beyond their means is no longer an option.  It’s time to fix these programs so our seniors aren’t put at greater risk, so our massive economy-threatening debt doesn’t go even higher, and so America’s sky-rocketing costs don’t keep soaring.  Those who say reform can wait ignore the serious financial situation facing the Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund which will go bankrupt in four years – putting millions of disabled Americans at risk.  Instead of pushing politically-motivated policies, the President needs to step up to the plate and lead to find a way to put Medicare and Social Security on a path to solvency once and for all.  We can come together to bring about real entitlement reform – there’s too much at stake to wait any longer.  The time to start is now,” said Hatch.   
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BEVERLY TRAN: Utah’s Child Medicaid Data Breach Worse Than Expected

“I am not the least bit surprised,” said Daniel Berger, president and CEO of Redspin Inc., a company that provides IT risk assessments at hospitals and other medical facilities. In an interview with InformationWeek Healthcare Berger said, “While the majority of healthcare data breaches to date have been the result of non-malicious incidents, it’s always been only a matter of time before the hackers arrived. Digitized medical records are now a high-value target.”
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Genesis Communications Network GCN News Two Takes on Medicare Slush Fund, Lessens Blow of Obamacare until after Election

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'The election of Obama would, at a stroke, refresh our country's spirit' by Renegade98The cuts to Medicare Advantage begin right away, with payment rates frozen in 2011 at their 2010 levels. The reimbursement rates for doctors continue to decline; between 2012 and 2017, the law phases in a new formula for setting maximum MA payments by region. This new formula will dramatically lower MA payments in every region of the country. The new law also makes large cuts to the payment rates for hospitals and other medical providers in the government-managed fee-forservice Medicare program, and a portion of these cuts automatically gets passed through to MA plans as well in the form of even lower maximum rates.
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Insurance plans’ bonuses hit

New York Daily NewsMedical charges vary widelySacramento BeeBy Roni Caryn Rabin When Augie Hong awoke with severe abdominal pain nearly two years ago, he went to the hospital emergency room closest to his home in San Francisco. The diagnosis was acute appendicitis, and doctors removed his inflamed appendix.Patients in the Dark on Medical Costs, Study FindsAB […]
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ARRA News Service: Manipulating Medicare

Gary Bauer, Contributing Author:  Barack Obama just got busted trying to manipulate Medicare for political purposes. Here is what’s going on. Beginning in 2013, ObamaCare eliminates Medicare Advantage — a popular program that 12 million seniors rely on. But in order for Medicare Advantage to be eliminated next year, seniors would have to register for a new program this year — about a month before the election. Desperate to avoid having millions of seniors ticked off weeks before the election, the political hacks in the Obama Administration found a way to postpone the phase out of Medicare Advantage. Federal law allows the Department of Health and Human Services to spend money on “demonstration projects” without congressional approval so long as it is conducting a legitimate study intended to improve the effectiveness and quality of various health care programs. It turns out that HHS has set aside $8 billion in “bonuses” for Medicare Advantage. Republicans have long complained that this spending has only one purpose — to delay the demise of Medicare Advantage until 2014, but the media and the White House have ignored their complaints. A report from the non-partisan Government Accountability Office strongly suggests the GOP complaints are valid. The Associated Press reports that government auditors say the bonus program should be cancelled. Consider this excerpt: “GAO, the investigative agency of Congress, did not address GOP allegations that the bonuses are politically motivated. But, its report found the program highly unusual. It ‘dwarfs’ all other Medicare pilots undertaken in nearly 20 years, the GAO said. Most of the bonus money is going to plans that receive three to three-and-half stars on Medicare’s five-star rating scale, the report said. … “But GAO questioned whether the bonus program will achieve its goal of finding better incentives to promote quality. ‘The design of the demonstration precludes a credible evaluation of its effectiveness in achieving (the administration’s) stated research goal.'” Of course it precludes a credible evaluation of effectiveness! HHS isn’t studying anything. Remember — the Medicare Advantage program is scheduled to be eliminated. So why are taxpayers providing billions of dollars in “bonuses” for average performance? As the AP notes: “Available through 2014, the bonuses will soften much of the initial impact of the Medicare Advantage cuts, acting like a temporary reprieve. This year, for example, the bonus program offset more than two-thirds of the cuts in the health care law.” Republicans should conduct a thorough investigation of this program and do everything they can — even though the media will ignore much of it — to expose this abuse of power. This is just one more example of the corruption of this administration. Obama’s willingness to bend the rules and waste your hard-earned money for political purposes knows no limits. And it is another example of why conservatives are right to resist Obama’s siren song of higher taxes, even on “millionaires and billionaires.” The problem in Washington is not a lack of revenue. It is too much spending! The Distractor-In-Chief – A number of conservative pundits have observed that the Obamas are everywhere lately. You can’t even tune into a major sporting event without it being interrupted for a gratuitous interview with Barack or Michelle Obama. In fact, this First Lady is anything but camera shy. In George W. Bush’s first term, Laura Bush appeared on 12 TV shows. Michelle Obama has already been on 44 shows! I have also noticed that Obama has a unique capacity to draw the media’s attention away from the serious and significant and toward the trivial and tedious — which is exactly what he will need to do to win a second term. You can read more in my weekly Human Events column. ————- Gary Bauer is is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families.
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CMS: Medicare Advantage, Part D To Get 3 Percent Boost In 2013 Reimbursements

Bloomberg: Nursing Homes Won’t Have To Hire Independent Pharmacists The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services backtracked on a plan that would have required nursing homes to hire independent pharmacists to assess residents’ prescriptions. Regulators “decided to further study the issue for future policy considerations,” Jonathan Blum, deputy director of the agency, said in a conference call with reporters late yesterday. The centers said in October it was considering stricter rules to oversee patients’ drug regimens, an announcement that sent the stocks of nursing home pharmacies, including Omnicare Inc. (OCR) and PharMerica Corp. (PMC), tumbling (Wayne, 4/3).
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$8 Billion Slush Fund to Shield Medicare Advantage from Obamacare Cuts

One of the few aspects of Medicare that contains some element of the free-market is Medicare Advantage.  Yet, that is the part of Medicare that Obamacare will cut.  In order to forestall those cuts in the popular program fro seniors until after the elections, Obama has created his own personal slush fund to fill in the gaps, according to the New York Post.
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Medicare Advantage premiums down 7% on average, enrollment up 10%

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Hiding Obamacare’s Results Before November

As we know, most provisions of Obamacare don’t kick in until after the 2012 election. But to prepare for massive changes to the Medicare Advantage program (a very popular and more market-oriented alternative to Medicare), 12 million seniors would have to learn by the end of this year about how their health insurance program will face slashes. Presumably most seniors would be herded back into traditional Medicare.
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How to Replace a Lost Medicare Card

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Deal 3, Table 7: Initiation enter Trick A~ contract taker leads King of Risks by KevinHutchins314Medicare is a program funded by US government which provides affordable health care to citizens above the age of 65. A red, white and blue Medicare card wiil be given to citizens as a proof . Whenever you are seeking healthcare under medicare program, production of medicare card is a must.If your card has been destroyed, lost or stolen, you need to get a replacement card as early as possible. Here I will describe the process of getting a replacement medicare card.
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Lawmakers looking to reduce risk of identity theft for Social Security recipients

When someone has suffered an injury or illness that has prevented them from working, they may be able to collect Social Security Disability benefits. Despite the potential issues with Medicare cards, SSDI provides people with the financial assistance they need to live a normal life. Anyone who is thinking about applying for disability benefits may find it best to consult with an experienced attorney who can guide an individual through the application process.
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Those things that a reality if you ever ever lost social security card.

The Medicare card has both the patients SSN and date of birth printed over the card, and that is a major cause for concern. Luckily one Senator provides seen the light, and it is now working towards adjusting this. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, (Democrat from The big apple) is seeking to stop the use of Social Security numbers with Medicare cards. Senator Gillibrand is shocked that Medicare cards still get patients Social Security numbers, and dates of birth built in. Gillibrand said that use of personal identification numbers relating to the Medicare cards puts millions of people at a major risk when it comes to having their identity stolen/ Gillibrand currently is hoping that the new bill will put an end to the use of Social Security numbers relating to the cards. A new plan for protection Many feel that Social Security numbers are generally over used, and that they are being used beyond their intended purpose. There are 33 states today that prohibit the the use of personal identification numbers with insurance cards, simply because are not needed for patients to receive treatment. The new legislation to create the Social Protection Number Protection Act , would help it become so that Social Security numbers could not be used on a federal level. This means that new Medicare cards may not have these numbers on them, which would also means that the millions of citizens to the Medicare program could carry their cards without having to worry about getting their number or their id stolen. Social Security numbers are tremendous to both you, and also to identity thieves because they are personal identification. When your SSN is utilized with your date with birth, identity thieves could easily open credit cards, or get other lines of credit with your personal information. If this were to happen your good name will quickly turn sour. This is the reason why Senator Gillibrand is fighting for any new protection act. Ways to protect yourself If youre currently on Medicare, and you are worried about carrying the Medicare card around with you, there is something that you can do to protect your info. If you get access to a scanner, or photocopier, simply create a copy of both sides to your Medicare card. Once youve got copied the card, cut the copies out of your paper. Carefully cut the last four digits of your personal identification number straight from the card. Then simply glue leading of the card to your copy of the back. Now you will have a copy of your Medicare card that does not have your entire Social Security number on it. You can carry this card around along with you knowing that if you lose, or have ones purse, or wallet stolen, nobody will have entry to your full Social Protection number. You will still be ready to receive treatment when showing this card at nursing homes and current doctors. Maintain your real Medicare card (or even any important document) in a safe place, like a fire proof safe in your house. The only time you will have to take the Medicare card out with you is when you go to a new doctor for the first time. Follow these simple steps and become one step before identity thieves. . Lost social security card
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The American Spectator : Obama's Latest Plan to Snooker Seniors

This is about “fairness.” It is the essence of socialism. Like the 1% that do not deserve their billions, 25% of seniors do not deserve better health care than the other 75% of seniors, or the poor. Obama is leveling the field and making it “fair.” If the IPAB death panels are good enough for anybody in 2013, it is good enough for everybody. Except of course the ruling class. They will be Martha’s Vineyard or Vale. This is what Rousseau, Hegel and Nietzsche believed. Only the elites of the day would be treated above the rest. Privilege was not to be gotten other than one’s personal achievements. So if you went to Harvard or Columbia, you get to live like king. Otherwise, you are part of the society and deserve no better than the worst off. Moynihan talked about “defining deviancy down.” Obama is “defining misery down.”
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GAO and CMS Spar over Research Methods: Media (as usual) Miss the Boat

Let me explain why it is pointless to focus on how the money is distributed among Medicare Advantage plans. The purpose of any pay-for-performance scheme is to provide incentives for improving quality. (A scheme that rewards the best plans but does nothing to alter the status quo really is a waste of money.) Some of the comments by the GAO and aped by the media would have you believe that the best way to improve quality is to reward the top achievers. Tell this to parents of a D student who would be grateful to see their child get C’s. Should they tell their child “we will take you on a nice vacation but only if you get all A’s?” Talk about killing motivation. The point is that there are some situations where a narrowly targeted pay-for-performance scheme would be best and others where it makes sense to offer a ladder of incentives that even the worst performers have some chance of reaching. It was kind of silly for the GAO to mention that the Medicare Advantage scheme is more like the latter than the former; it was a sure bet that the media would pick up on this as if it were some horrible idea. It is neither a horrible nor a splendid idea – given our current state of knowledge there may be no way to know if broad incentives are superior. That is why CMS wanted to do this demonstration! GAO does suggest that the demonstration methodology would not allow CMS to answer this question. This is the important part of the CMS critique but one that is likely to get lost amid the hoopla surrounding the alleged misallocation of $8 billion. Note that CMS has rebutted some of the GAO complaints about its research methods and I will leave this battle to them.
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Maine Social Security Administration Offers Informational Workshop : Maine Injury, Accident, & Disability Law Blog

The interactive presentation lead by Social Security Adminstration staff will guide participants through accessing and using www.socialsecurity.gov. The website, which offers services including but not limited to: retirement benefit estimates, online application for retirement, Medicare and disability benefits, applying for assistance with Medicare prescription drug costs, replacing a lost Medicare card.
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Documents needed in Application of SSA Card (Requirements)

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Medicare Cards Pose a High Risk for Identity Theft Scams

However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) recently made a request for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to take immediate action to issue new cards to beneficiaries. These new cards would not have the individual’s Social Security number printed on them. (See: References 2) This is according to a report by the New York Times. (See: References 2) It was also noted that most private insurance agencies have stopped printing Social Security numbers on their beneficiary identification cards. This is due to the fact that many states have forbidden the inclusion of such personal data, according to the Times. But the SSA doesn’t have the authority to prohibit CMS from placing Social Security numbers on beneficiary Medicare cards. However, Congress does have that authority, according to the N.Y. Times.
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Ask MTG Questions, MTG Help and MTG Rules

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Healthcare Reform Bill Facts

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Rep. Harris: “The Current Medicare System is Not ‘Stable’ as the Administration Claims; this Report Shows Medicare is Going Bankrupt”

“The current Medicare system is not “stable” as the Administration claims; this report shows Medicare is going bankrupt. Unless action is taken to save Medicare, beneficiaries will see dramatic cuts in benefits. Instead of the Obama Administration’s plan to impose draconian cost-cutting measures which will lead to rationing of care for beneficiaries, we need comprehensive reform to the system to ensure the federal government keeps its promise of Medicare to current beneficiaries and to future generations. I am ready to work across the aisle to preserve the Medicare program through physician-patient centered reforms.”
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Americans continue to benefit from the Affordable Care Act

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new and exciting data about the impressive savings for Americans because of the Affordable Care Act. According to CMS’ Office of the Actuary, through 2016, the ACA will help the Medicare program save more than $200 billion by implementing anti-fraud measures, changing providers policies to improve productivity and ending excessive payment to insurers who offer Medicare Advantage plans. For seniors and those with disabilities in the traditional Medicare program, the ACA will help them realize a savings of $59.4 billion through 2016 and $208 billion through 2021 by lower cost-sharing and premiums.
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Massachusetts Health Stats: Fact Checking PolitiFact Fact Checking Obama on Medicare Part D

It’s the combination of these co-pays by the senior and what the insurers pay that add up to the roughly $3000 in the “initial phase.” On average, a senior who goes all the way to the “top” of the initial phase pays 25% of the $3000 – plus premiums that average $30 a month or so – and the insurer pays 75% of the $3000 (Also, as noted above, 92% of seniors stay below this line and never leave the “initial phase” or are not even on Medicare Part D)
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The FACTS About Medicare Advantage

The Health Affairs study follows a series of studies by AHIP researchers comparing patterns of care among patients with Medicare Advantage coverage and in the FFS Medicare program. The most recent report, based on an analysis of hospital discharge datasets provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as well as state discharge data acquired directly from the states of Pennsylvania and Texas, estimated risk-adjusted readmission rates were about 27-29 percent lower in Medicare Advantage than Medicare FFS per enrollee, 16-18 percent lower per person with an admission, and14-17 percent lower as measured per hospitalization.
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FACT CHECK: Democrats' repeat ‘end Medicare’ cry is wrong, again

Republicans don’t dispute the $6,400 figure, except to say it unfairly assumes that the current Medicare system could still afford to pay the rising costs expected in 2022. CBO also notes that changes could come to Medicare as it currently operates because of those escalating health care costs: “Rising tax rates or surging federal debt might accentuate concerns about the budgetary situation and thereby lead policymakers to reduce benefits under Medicare, Medicaid, or other programs,” the CBO said. Meanwhile, Ryan himself has now signed on to a new plan to revamp Medicare with Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden. It would offer seniors a choice between traditional Medicare and a premium-support model. And this time, the premium support would grow at a faster rate. It would be tied to the lesser of the second-least expensive private insurance premium or Medicare. Wyden and Ryan don’t plan to push legislation on the plan until after the 2012 election.
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Words to Watch Out For 

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Social Security And Medicare Programs Slide Closer To Insolvency As Funds Near Exhaustion

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Social Security & Medicare Funds Run Dry Sooner Than Projected

Social Security expenditures exceeded the program’s non-interest income in 2010 for the first time since 1983. The $49 billion deficit last year (excluding interest income) and $46 billion projected deficit in 2011 are in large part due to the weakened economy and to downward income adjustments that correct for excess payroll tax revenue credited to the trust funds in earlier years. This deficit is expected to shrink to about $20 billion for years 2012-2014 as the economy strengthens. After 2014, cash deficits are expected to grow rapidly as the number of beneficiaries continues to grow at a substantially faster rate than the number of covered workers. Through 2022, the annual cash deficits will be made up by redeeming trust fund assets from the General Fund of the Treasury. Because these redemptions will be less than interest earnings, trust fund balances will continue to grow. After 2022, trust fund assets will be redeemed in amounts that exceed interest earnings until trust fund reserves are exhausted in 2036, one year earlier than was projected last year. Thereafter, tax income would be sufficient to pay only about three-quarters of scheduled benefits through 2085.
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Coffman’s comments on health care, Medicare (3 letters)

Let’s hope seniors appreciate their collective strength more than Congressman Mike Coffman does. Medicare works because its huge pool of insured seniors is a uniquely strong market force, ensuring that providers stay engaged despite cost controls. Coffman and House Republicans want to destroy that strong market force by dividing it among multiple insurers. Without national price controls, providers would chase from insurer to insurer after the highest pay, and seniors would see benefits and provider choice shift and shrink while health care premiums and copays rise year after year, soon outgrowing their voucher subsidies and fixed incomes. Worst of all, guaranteed health care for seniors would be no more. This sounds like the health care morass that Americans under 65 struggle with today. Congressman Coffman wants that for seniors too?
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Medicare Supplement Insurances

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In order to get Medicare Supplement Insurances when using a health quote service, you will need to provide basic information such as your age and gender.  You will get a number of different insurance policies from different providers to review the prices and policy figures from all the different providers.  You can pick out those insurance plans that give you exactly what you need and that are within your financial reach.
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Why you should consider an Illinois Medicare Supplement policy

When seeking a Medigap policy you need to consider your health care needs and your budget. You’re only allowed to purchase one Medigap plan, but you may be offered other health plans that provide benefits which overlap the Medigap coverage. Some of these could include coverage for specified diseases, cancer, long-term care, and hospital indemnity. If any of the benefits are duplicated they must be disclosed in writing. Remember, there’s no point in buying duplicate coverage since it’s not needed.
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Is it Time to Change to a Modernized Medicare Supplement Plan?

Consider how Medicare and Medigap plans work. Medicare, being the primary plan, leaves many “gaps” also know as deductibles and co-insurance for the insured to pay. Medicare Supplement plans (Medigap), fill this void. The majority of individuals purchase a Medicare Supplement when they turn sixty-five or begin Medicare for the first time. Obviously, for the most part, from an insurance company stand point, the younger the insured client, the better. Younger people typically are healthier than older people and therefore they file less claims. For an insurance company, less claims mean more profit. Now consider this fact regarding pre-modernized Medicare Supplement plans. They are in effect closed to all new enrollments. No individual newly aging into Medicare may purchase a pre-modernized Medigap plan. Obviously then the average age of the insureds in these pre-modernized plans is going to increase and, as the avearge age of the insureds increases, so will claims. What is the number one factor which causes premium increases for all Medicare Supplement plans? That’s right, claims!
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Illinois Medicare Supplement Plan G Plan Details and Cost

“We are new to Medicare and have recently selected BCBS as our Medigap insurance. We have done so on the recommendations of friends and relatives, but also because of the wonderful informational Medicare sessions presented recently by your SSI staff here in Bloomington, Illinois. We were fortunate enough to be in sessions led by Lily and Jason Vida. We found these sessions very informative and clarifying. We had so many questions and some confusion pertaining to Medicare. We greatly appreciated the organization of the material and the visuals used in the presentations. They were clear and easy to follow and understand. We also appreciated the fact that each and every question was answered and explained to our satisfaction. We also met personally with Jason to assess our policy needs and to better understand the various Medigap plan options and Medicare Part D. Jason was so personable and easy to work with! He spent as much time with us as we needed. He was very knowledgeable and helpful. We feel assured that we can call upon him at any time if we have needs, concerns, or questions. During this time of preparing for Medicare, we have received a myriad of mailings and phone calls. However, we appreciate the fact that SSI came to Bloomington, opened an office, and held these informational sessions. Jason and SSI made all the difference to us! “
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Medicare Supplement Plans Comparison – Some questions to make the process easier

Choosing a plan is the first thing that one should do. Price comparison is the second job that one must keep at the priority list. After having a right plan in hand, price comparison can be done without worrying for the coverage or features. Medicare supplement insurance is one of the best types of insurance policies that one can buy for the family. It is also essential to create a checklist of to –do things before getting involved in buying an insurance policy. What kind of services you want? What type of treatments or medications you could require in the coming years? If you have good understanding of all such things, it will be easy for you to decide upon a right policy.
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Medicare supplement insurance the help in need to get better benfits

Moreover, it is also a very crucial matter to make the choice of the Medicare supplement plans very carefully. In fact the point is that while choosing your Medicare supplement plans the most important thing that is needed is to compare Medicare supplement plans so that you can easily make the choice of the perfect plans matching your needs. In fact there are also several other options available for choosing Medicare supplement plans. In fact one of the most common means is to go online and look for the Medicare supplement services selling websites where you can easily get the best choice of the Medicare supplement plans comparing one with the other. However, it is always a better idea to go through the offer documents carefully and if you are able to go through the offer documents of all of them, it would be much better to get the best choice of the Medigap plans.
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United Healthcare Oxford Medicare Advantage Denies Coverage

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Health Insurance Plans For the Elderly

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Understand Your Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage

How well do you think you understand your Medicare prescription drug coverage?  Most people (myself included) defer to their doctor’s office to keep them informed of the insurance coverage for their products and services.  Well, what happens if they misinform you of the fine details of that coverage?  Are you responsible?  In an article written for medpagetoday.com, Joyce Frieden describes a recurring practice that is draining Medicare resources and taxpayer dollars.
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Pharmacy Coverage for Elders Spelled Out

Individuals with minimal earnings and assets may receive Extra Help paying their own Medicare prescription medication insurance coverage expenses. Extra Help is a government program to help individuals having limited earnings and assets afford Medicare prescription medication expenses. You might be able to get Extra Help, also called the low-income subsidy, if your yearly income and resources are beneath the recognized limits. Get in touch with your Medicare office to find out if you qualify.
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Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage For Dummies

PDFConfused about Medicare’s drug coverage? You’re not alone. Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage For Dummies explains Part D in plain English and shows you how to find the best deal among numerous drug-coverage plan options. Whether you’re new to Medicare or already in the program, you’ll navigate the system with more ease and confidence, avoid pitfalls and scams, and have plenty of help choosing the plan that’s right for you. This easy-to-understand, consumer-friendly guide helps you find out whether Part D affects any drug coverage you already have and weigh the consequences of going without coverage. You’ll find ways to compare plans, identify the one that covers your drugs at the least cost, and make sure you sign up at the right time. And you’ll learn how to minimize your expenses, use the “right” pharmacies, and troubleshoot any problems with your coverage. Discover how to:
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Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Improvement Act (2009; 111th Congress S. 1634)

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Improvement Act – Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a Federal Coordinated Health Care Office within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to bring together Medicare and Medicaid officials in order to: (1) integrate benefits more effectively under title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act (SSA) and SSA title XIX (Medicaid); and (2) improve coordination between the federal government and states for individuals dually eligible for benefits under both programs Amends Part D (Voluntary Prescription Drug Benefit Program) of SSA title XVIII to direct the HHS Secretary to: (1) offer one or more Medicare operated prescription drug plans with a service area consisting of the entire United States; and (2) enter into negotiations with pharmaceutical manufacturers to reduce the purchase cost of covered part D drugs for eligible part D individuals who enroll in such a plan. Provides a premium subsidy and cost-sharing for subsidy eligible individuals. Directs the Secretary to establish a formulary that meets certain requirements. Outlines accreditation requirements for all specialized Medicare Advantage plans. Revises requirements relating to specialized Medicare Advantage plans for special needs individuals. Requires continuous updating of eligibility and enrollment data for dual eligible individuals, continuity of prescription drug coverage for such individuals, and collection and sharing of drug utilization data and formulary information for them. Requires each contractor under the HHS Point of Sale Facilitated Enrollment process to enroll full-benefit dual eligible individuals into a Medicare operated prescription drug plan. Requires the Secretary to lower covered part D drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries by: (1) negotiating directly with pharmaceutical manufacturers for additional discounts, rebates, and other price concessions; (2) entering into rebate agreements with manufacturers; (3) educating physicians and pharmacists on the comparative clinical effectiveness of covered part D drugs; and (4) instituting prescription drug prices negotiated under the Federal Supply Schedule of the General Services Administration (GSA) for the reimbursement of covered part D drugs. Revises requirements for the financial assistance available to low-income Medicare beneficiaries, including those related to enrollment, a Medicare plan complaint system, and use of a single, uniform exceptions and appeals process.
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Medicare Terms and Definitions

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Medicaid And Medicare Benefits

Medicaid is one of the federal and state programs that aid individuals to pay for their medical premiums. This program is intended for individuals who have limited income as well as resources. They should be able to meet the requirement sand eligibility issues as well. Medicaid offers and provides benefits that are not normally covered by medicare benefits like personal care and personal or public transportation rides to physician’s appointments. If you are qualified on your state for a Medicaid then surely you are automatically qualified to get extra help in paying for your Medicare prescription drug coverage plan.
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Official Website of Congressman Brian Higgins (NY

Higgins voted against the Ryan Budget proposal which eliminates the Medicare guarantee.  Last fall Congressman Higgins wrote a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction calling for consideration of an effort to negotiate lower drug prices through the Medicare program, a change that could save the nation as much as $200 billion over the next 10 years. 
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