CMS established the star rating system to give Medicare patients a single summary score for each health plan to make it easier to compare different plans based on quality and overall performance. Plans are ranked on a scale of one to five stars. The overall score is based on more than 50 separate measures that rank member satisfaction, access to appropriate care, and managing chronic conditions. Summary scores for all Medicare Advantage plans can be found at http://www.medicare.gov by searching health plans by zip code. VIVA MEDICARE Plus? score of 3.5 stars is the highest in Alabama two years running.
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VIVA MEDICARE Plus Earns Highest Quality Rating Score in Alabama for Second Year in a Row : e Yugoslavia
[…] • Visiting medicare.gov, where they can get a personalized comparison of costs and coverage of the plans available in their area. The popular Medicare Plan Finder tool has been enhanced for an efficient review of plan choices. Spanish Open Enrollment information is available. • Calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) for around-the-clock assistance to find out more about coverage options. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. Multilingual counseling is available. • Reviewing the 2012 Medicare and You handbook. It is also accessible online at: medicare.gov/publications/pubs/pdf/10050.pdf — and it has been mailed to the homes of people with Medicare. • Getting one-on-one counseling assistance from the local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). Local SHIP contact information can be found at medicare.gov/contacts/organization-search-criteria.aspx, on the back of the 2011 Medicare and You handbook, by calling Medicare or through a listing of national stand-alone prescription drug plans and state specific fact sheets that can be found at cms.hhs.gov/center/openenrollment.asp.Source: mtdemocrat.com […] Source: mtdemocrat.com Source: medicaresupplementalco.com
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Viva receives ISO certification
This prestigious certification demonstrates that Viva’s departments and branches conform to internationally recognized administrative standards, and best industry practices. On behalf of Canadian SAI Global, Mr. Tawfiq Soukieh, Managing Director of Global Experience Consulting Company (GEC), one of the leading quality management companies in Kuwait, awarded the ISO certificate to Mr. Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Badran, Viva’s Chief Executive Officer. Commenting on the certification, Mr. Al-Badran, Viva’s CEO proudly stated: “We are proud to have received this prestigious certification; receiving the ISO certificate is an achievement that highlights our client-driven policy and our focus on providing the best available services and products that fulfill our clients’ needs and aspirations. It also reinforces Viva’s leading position among communication providers in the region. In collaboration with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), VIVA’s documentation procedures follow the highest international standards. The company’s main operations were documented and tied to the internal work procedure network covering all departments.” “The efficiency of these operations was assessed regularly against key performance indicators that were also documented within each operation. This allowed senior management to reach the highest technical and administrative performance and achieve expected outcomes and objectives within a record time in harmony with our corporate vision, policy, and aspirations of expansion in the local market, and in accordance with ISO 9001 : 2008 Quality Management System requirements,” added Al-Badran. The ISO 9001: 2008 certificate is an international quality assurance certification that provides guidance to companies on how to ensure the quality of their operations and services. Viva was keen on implementing these quality standards to offer services that comply with internationally recognised quality standards and best practices, in addition to work procedures and administrative practices adopted to continuously improve quality.
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Poor Economy Worsens Social Security’s Finances
The trustees also warned that their own Medicare projections could be too rosy. Based on current law, they assume cuts in payments to doctors that Congress routinely waives will actually take place. They also assume President Barack Obama’s health care law will squeeze the full amount of its $500 billion cuts from the program.
Recovery, Real Life, and the Road to Redemption: Medicare Coverage
If I am going to get on my soap box, here is the place to do it. Talking about state coverage is laced with politics and general life philosophy, which is something I try to avoid. As Dr. Suess says, “Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.” I see an article on NPR, that states that Medicare is increasing psychiatric care incrementally. In 2012, coverage is up to 60% and in 2014 it levels off at 80%. My understanding is that this is for outpatient services, and covers most antidepressants. This is desperately needed. Unfortunately, state coverage for inpatient services is lacking. I’m admittedly not as up to date on current state coverage here, as I would like to be. But mental health care has had to be scaled back because of the overall budget (deficit) of the state. The interesting thing is that our governor’s son is instituionalized, something that the governor does not overtly advertise, but this is why they push for better reform. It is encouraging to me to have anyone in power have this push towards better reform. The stakes for mental health are high. Treated, people with mental illness can have productive lives, contribution to society. Untreated, the toll is high. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty and point out that flocks of uninsured psychiatric patients going inpatient due to lack of proper medical care, does not save the state money. It costs them a great deal. People going untreated is a huge strain on the system. ER’s frankly aren’t equipped to handle that level of inundation, especially when you realize that the reason people are there is because they needed medication. If private insurance had covered them, even a little, or if the government reform had covered it, costs to patient, insurers, and goverment would be relatively minimal. So, for my care personally, an unisured out patient psychiatry visit is $110. And while my monthly uninsured costs levels out about approximately 2,100, a day in the psych ward is 1,000. Not pretty, but I’d rather stop short of paying 1,000 a day to stay alive. Additionally, while the governement may be paying for things like antidepressants, the uninsured cost of my antipsychotic and mood stabilizer alone is 1,200. This is only to say that not all medications are covered, but it’s safe to say that those are more important than my antidepressant. Suicide is a high toll. Families are destroyed, divorce, children taken away or else living in dysfunctional homes. Crime rate, homicide, assault, and incarceration. Drug use and other addictions. In essence, lives are destroyed. My personal fear is not having anything to offer others. I don’t care what I have to live with, I know what I have to go through. I made that choice a long time ago, though. A choice to live. Sometimes people think that psychiatric care (happy pills, peter pan pills – please, don’t even say it to my face) is the easy way out. Maybe if you have situational depression and won’t deal with life. Personal responsibility is a whole nother topic. What I’m talking about is definable mental illness, primarily the designation of SMI (serious mental illness). So I’m talking bipolar, schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, and personality disorders. I have long thought there is a price to pay with mental illness – and you will pay it. You pay the price of treatment, or you pay the price of suicide. Pure and simple. Suicide is horrific. But the private hell of the physical, emotional, mental, social, economic, educational, and career realities with something like a psychotic disorder, is not to be taken lightly. (And the people in your life pay that price with you, either way.) I do well that I have friends. I show up to work. I won’t elaborate. But it’s simple things that you take for granted. I only fight so hard, because of the above fear of not having anything to offer. I’m functional because I care about people. My reasons to fight have names and faces, and they are you. So laying aside issues of size of government and legitimacy of social reform, I just want to say that I’m not blogging about medicare because it’s interesting. I’m not blogging because I am all involved in mental health advocacy. I blog about it because it’s personal. No part of my life is unscathed. My entire lifestyle, schedule, financial decisions, and responsiblities I take on are oriented around managing the bipolar. Of course, this is not to say that every thought of every day is consumed by this. I am not fixated. It is much healthier than that, I rarely dwell on it. But that’s because it’s rote. I instinctively know how to use my time or when to be around people or when to withdraw, because it is habit. It is necessary. I am in the middle of making some major life decisions, which are affected by bipolar. One is the realization that I am not stable enough for school, something I’ve fought against for years. Maybe I’ll go back to school, I am highly intellectual. It’s the rigor I can’t handle. Something as simple as this affects insurance coverage, and I know it. I have started having conversations with various doctors I have about options once I go off my parents insurance. Realizing that disability is probable, even though my pride has long dictated I never do that. And that if that comes to fruition, I need to make some medical decisions now while I am on good enough insurance. The combined knowledge of how broken the system is, combined with my potentional need to be on SS, makes decisions like this of the government very important to me. I was discussing an issue surrounding this with a friend of mine. I eventually entrusted her with the knowledge I was bipolar, but never spoke much with her about it. One night I was speaking about a specific issue, and she told me that her (estranged) husband was untreated bipolar. It had destroyed their marriage. Her son is bipolar. He is getting treatment for the first time in his life. Because he is in the prison system. I know how it breaks this woman’s heart, because I know her son is not bad. Her husband is not belligerant. But just watch and see society give that man a chance. Let’s make treatment an option before the prison system is the provider. Amy