Connecticut Medicare Costs Among Highest In Nation

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Healthcare Costs by Images_of_MoneyMedicare payments can vary from hospital to hospital for many reasons, including the type of hospital, regional wages and salaries, the income mix and sickness of patients and the level of intensity with which patients are treated. Some hospitals may order more tests, have patients see more doctors or make higher use of intensive-care beds. Costs could also rise if subpar care extends a hospital stay or forces additional tests.
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Medicare Physician Payment: The RUC’s Hollow Victory

Judge Nickerson acknowledged the physicians’ core argument in the opening summary of the case facts: As CMS’ sole advisor on medical services valuation for two decades, the RUC is a “de facto” federal advisory committee that should fall under the public interest rules of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The physicians argued that this flawed process has resulted in an over-valuing of specialty care, an undervaluing of primary care and a distortion of health care markets, utilization and cost. But the ruling ignored their argument, explicitly avoiding any evaluation or discussion of the requirement that federal advisory bodies adhere to FACA.
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Medicare Spotlights Hospitals With Especially Costly Patients

The Medicare data indicated big spending differences in areas of the country that have not generally been thought of as high users of Medicare services. In Kansas City, Mo., the average patient admitted to St. Joseph Medical Center cost Medicare $19,247 during a stay and in the month afterward, 7 percent above the national median. Fifteen miles away, according to the data, an essentially similar patient admitted to Truman Medical Center-Lakewood cost Medicare $15,290, or 15 percent below the national median. The owner of St. Joseph, Corondelet Health, which is part of the nation’s largest Catholic nonprofit system, Ascension Health, declined to comment. Truman said in a written statement: “It is important that there be a comprehensive analysis of this data and its variables before final reimbursement conclusions are reached.”
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Study: Calif. Hospital Patients Costly to Medicare Program

Five out of the top 10 hospitals where patients cost Medicare the most money are located in California, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis of data published on the CMS Hospital Compare website. The five hospitals are:
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How Much Do The Nation’s Pre

The Health Services Cost Review Commission (“HSCRC” or “commission”) was established by the General Assembly in 1971. The Commission’s mandate includes reviewing and approving rates that Maryland hospitals can charge for their services and making Maryland hospitals’ financial information available to the public. The HSCRC sets rates for all payers including private insurance companies, HMOs, MCOs, Medicare and Medicaid. This system is referred to as the “all-payer” system, in which all payers pay their fair share of hospital costs. In establishing the HSCRC, the Maryland General Assembly set out to accomplish the following objectives: • keep hospital services affordable; • expand access to hospital care for those without insurance; and • provide accountability for hospital performance to the public and state government As part of its rate-setting activities, the HSCRC collects data from hospitals, which are used to monitor hospital utilization and charges, as well as to set inpatient rates. These data are used to generate the statistics reported in this guide..
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Why some hospitals cost Medicare more than others

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revealed wide variations in cost efficiencies among hospitals, some just a few miles apart from each other. For example, Los Angeles Community Hospital’s average patient costs Medicare $24,644 during the stay and in the following month, 37 percent above the national median ($17,988). A similar patient, however, admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center across town costs Medicare $17,628–2 percent below the median, Kaiser Health News reported. Since the agency quietly added the cost-per-Medicare-beneficiary scores of acute care hospitals to Hospital Compare last week, the data showed that patients treated at hospitals in Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale, Newark, Miami, Los Angeles and Orange County, Calif., had treatment costs higher than the median, according to the Kaiser Health News analysis. On the flip side, patients treated at hospitals in Anchorage, Des Moines, Honolulu, Minneapolis and Portland, Ore., tended to cost Medicare less.
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Iowa ranks high for low hospital costs

According to the study, the national median was $17,988 for a hospital visit for a Medicare patient, as measured from May 2010 to February 2011. In Iowa, the median average was $16,427, with the lowest costs at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Keokuk Area Hospital in Keokuk and Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. All three of those came in with a median average of $15,110. The study is based on federal Medicare data and was conducted by Kaiser Health News.
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Medicare and Medicaid Reforms That Can Help Curb Costs @PolicyMic

Innovation has resulted in major advances in clinical abilities, the development of new procedures and treatments (including treatments for previously untreated terminal conditions), and improvements in the scope of medicine covered through the health care system. Through effective health technology assessments, it becomes possible to explore strategies to control rising costs without stifling technological innovation. Health technology assessment, the process by which health care systems conduct cost-benefit analysis for new technology, is particularly important in determining the spread of innovation. Assessments should be carried out in conjunction with comparative effectiveness research (CER), which is “designed to inform health care decisions by providing evidence on the effectiveness, benefits and harms of different treatment options.”5 The $1 billion in funding for CER through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as well as the support for CER through the 2010 Affordable Care Act, present critical steps toward establishing the end goal of patient-centered outcomes research. While this research will determine the clinical effectiveness of medical treatments, new technology must also be assessed for cost-effectiveness and cost-benefits analysis when compared with existing technology. 
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“Right Wing Social Engineering”: What Romney’s Medicare Plan Actually Does

DC journos have spent much of the 2012 election trying to answer the question of how exactly a President Romney would govern. On one side, there are the skeptics who never bought into Romney’s rhetoric during the Republican nomination. They argue Romney is, at heart, still a moderate northeastern governor, a businessman unsuited for the extremism that has come to dominate his party. Others are equally convinced that Romney must be taken at face value. Sure he might have positioned himself in the middle while he governed a state dominated by Democrats, but he has spent the past five years running for president full-time, aligning himself with every right-wing whim over the course of his two campaigns. He’s the Republican who sought the endorsement of Ted Nugent, discarded a gay spokesman, and calls corporations people. Lest we forget, it was Romney who was poised to run as the right-wing challenger to John McCain and Rudy Giuliani in 2008 before Mike Huckabee swooped in to steal the evangelical vote.
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Report Shows Lower Costs in Medicare Due to the Affordable Care Act

Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—April 23, 2012.  The Medicare Program will save over $200 billion through 2016 due to the Affordable Care Act, and beneficiaries in traditional Medicare will enjoy $59.4 billion in lower costs, according to a report released today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).   According to estimates from the CMS Office of the Actuary, the over $200 billion in short-term savings to the Medicare program come from ending excessive payments to private insurers who offer Medicare Advantage plans, implementing anti-fraud measures, and changing provider payment policies to reflect improvements in productivity.  In addition, according to the HHS Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, seniors and people with disabilities in traditional Medicare will see lower cost-sharing and premiums as a result of the Affordable Care Act, totaling $59.4 billion through 2016 and $208 billion through 2021.
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What Medicare Doesn’t Cover

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MORE DIRTY TRICKS FROM YOUR SOCIALIST/MARXIST   PRESIDENT AND HIS NASTY LITTLE ADMINISTRATION HACKS by SS&SSMedicare is established to benefit the elderly people who can’t work to enjoy the employer’s benefits. Medicare is not applied on these elderly people who are eligible for Social Security or railroad retirement benefits. Medicare is also applied to those youngsters who have some specific disabilities. Every one who has kidney or renal failure can take the benefits of this plan. Medicare has two Basic parts A and B. both cover the different areas of the health and health related facilities.
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Are You Too Late To Apply For Medicare?

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Eligibility and Application for Nursing Home Medicaid QualificationElder Planning Alliance

The timing of applying for nursing home Medicaid / ICP Medicaid eligibility is an important aspect of strategic estate planning. Clearly, applying late could result in you and/or your loved one having to private pay rather than receiving payment from the government. As you are aware, this can be a significant and costly mistake. Additionally, applying too early could be costly if gifts have been made to loved ones within the “look-back period.” As of this writing, this period in the State of Florida is five years. This could trigger a disqualification for a certain time period. We will address gifting and disqualification in further detail in another article here. Briefly, in Florida, the math is as follows. If a gift is made within five years of nursing home Medicaid application, we look at what the gift was and the amount. For simplicity, if the gift was $100,000.00 to your daughter three years ago and you are currently applying for ICP Medicaid, you would be subject to a “disqualification” period. The applicable factor in Florida is currently $5,000.00. So, for a $100,000.00 gift we would divide that by $5,000.00 ($100,000/$5,000) which = 20. Therefore, the individual applying for nursing home Medicaid eligibility would be “disqualified” from receiving Medicaid benefits for a period of 20 months. Again, should you like a more detailed explanation of gifting, the look-back period, and the disqualification period, please click here.
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Social Security and You: Applying for Medicare

When each member of a married couple meets all other eligibility requirements to receive Social Security retirement benefits, each spouse receives a monthly benefit amount based on his or her own earnings. Couples are not penalized simply because they are married. If one member of the couple earned low wages or failed to earn enough Social Security credits (40) to be insured for retirement benefits, he or she may be eligible to receive benefits as a spouse.
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Novitas Solutions, formerly called Highmark Medicare Services, announces hundreds of health care jobs coming to Harrisburg, Pittsburgh areas

Claims processing requires a lot of training. It is a production-oriented job that requires computer knowledge and technical skills. Entry-level wages are typically low. Employees will be expected to maintain proficiency, accuracy and performance standards or they will risk losing their job…..for the liberals out there, this means that the newly hired employees will be expected to work for their pay.
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Seminar Announcement: MHK and Make A Wish Foundation Joint Presentation on Charitable Giving, Living Trusts and Medicare

Michael Clark is an expert on Medicare and will provide vital information on the nuances of the Medicare system and the different options that are available to those that are ready to apply. We know that Medicare can be a nightmare to try and navigate through and that is why we have partnered up with one of the leading experts in this field to assist our clients that are ready to start applying for their Medicare benefits. His knowledge will save you time and money, allowing you to receive the best medical coverage possible under the Medicare system, and will preserve more of your estate, leaving a legacy for those you love.
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Are You Over 65 And Finally Leaving Your Job? It’s Time To Apply For Medicare

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Applying for Medicare, Part III

Now I was thoroughly confused: I had three different amounts and a bill for one of those amounts. So I called my local SSA office and asked for help. A very nice person (who I had the sense has been through this a number of times) explained: Medicare charges most people a base amount to which is added the IRMAA. The first and second letters told me told me what my IRMAA would be; the third letter added the base amount and IRMAA together; the billing notice only covered the base amount for a three month period since St Louis was probably not up-to-date on my IRMAA. Her advice to me: pay the CMS billing notice amount and wait for St Louis to catch up on the correct billing.
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Colorado docs often refuse or limit new Medicare patients

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bag & contents - Stolen by quadrapopDr. Jonathan Zonca, of Ascent Family Medicine in Denver, is taking new Medicare patients. But he said he hesitated after figuring out that Medicare had paid half of what other insurance plans did, over three years.
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Colorado Medicare Now Covering CyberKnife Cancer Treatment

The change was made by a ruling in January and since then CyberKnife treatments at Denver CyberKnife in Lone Tree have gone from three to five prostate cancer patients a month to more than 20 to 30 patients a month.
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Pharmaceutical front group gives GOP Colorado congressman seniors award

Freshman Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton received an award recently for his work in support of senior citizens from a group called RetireSafe. Tipton was one of 20 Republicans elected to Congress from swing districts to have received the award, according to RollCall, but the award was fake, or at least the group that gave the award was fake. RetireSafe is an industry front group run by Republican and conservative politics figures and founded by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America to push policies that will boost industry profits.
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Viewpoints: America’s Mixed Views On Health; Contraception And Political ‘Excesses'; Colorado Medicaid Debate

Los Angeles Times: Obama’s Healthcare Albatross Most people tell pollsters they like the parts of the law that have gone into effect: health insurance for people with preexisting conditions, a clause that allows children to stay on their parents’ health plans until the age of 26 and discounts for prescription drugs on Medicare. And, as time goes by, Americans seem less worried that the law will have a negative effect on their own medical care … But the law itself isn’t any more popular than the day it passed (Doyle McManus, 3/11). 
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THE Consortium: Colorado’s Medicaid Incentive Program Registration & Attestation Site Now Open!

If you qualify for Medicaid and have previously registered for incentives on the CMS site, please be sure that you register for the Medicaid incentive (many of you registered last year when the CMS site only offered one option-Medicare). It takes 24 hours for the change (or if you are a hospital, adding Medicaid along with Medicare) on the CMS registration site to pass through to the HCPF site.
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107 Charged In Medicare Fraud Busts, Scams Totaled $452M

Doughnut Hole Read the latest about Medicare and insurance news and issues including Medicaid health care insurance and prescription drug coverage Find articles on Medicare Center Benefits Cost Coverage Plans Medicare, Enrollment Find in-depth information to help you choose the best Medicare Plan and Drug Benefits for you Welcome www ngsmedicare com NGSMedicare com offers valuable Medicare-related content for providers and suppliers of Medicare services and products To start exploring our Web site determine
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Colorado Medicaid expansion brings in new group, but limited to lottery

The Affordable Care Act intends to expand Medicaid to all those adults without children up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level in 2014. Congress agreed to pick up the new costs of the huge expansion until the states have to start contributing more of their share a few years later. But a large group of state attorneys general made Medicaid one of the base challenges to the act that were argued in front of the court last week. The fate of that expansion, the insurance mandate and other aspects of reform should be more clear with a Supreme Court decision over the summer.
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New Nebraska Network:: Johanns Votes To End Medicare As We Know It

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Now that would be interesting to know, since it didn’t get one Dem vote in either the House or Senate.  Bob probably thinks it doesn’t tax & spend enough, so he’d be against it before he’d vote for it.   At least the “Ryan plan” made an attempt at addressing the fiscal problems facing the country.  Not nearly enough IMHO but a start.  The President’s proposed budget just ignored all the fiscal issues period.   Cosmic Bob has already defined his position on fiscal matters…”if you aren’t for raising taxes, you’re part of the problem” sums it all up.  That’s probably the most honest thing he’s ever said while campaigning.  
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Which of these eight bribes best depict the Corruptocrats intent to fleece America via health care reform?

Question by MichelleMalkin: Which of these eight bribes best depict the Corruptocrats intent to fleece America via health care reform? 1. Sen. Ben Nelson’s “Cornhusker Kickback.” The CBO says the Nebraska Democrat sellout’s special Medicaid expansion subsidy will initially cost an estimated $ 100 million. The Hill reports that while Nelson credited Nebraska’s governor for giving him the idea to lobby for the government preference, Nebraska’s governor assailed the payoff: “Nebraskans did not ask for a special deal, only a fair deal,” Heineman said in a statement Sunday. In response, Nelson fired off a letter Sunday to Heineman saying he’s prepared to ask that the provision covering Nebraska’s Medicaid share “be removed from the amendment in conference, if it is your desire.”
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Iowa ranks high for low hospital costs

According to the study, the national median was $17,988 for a hospital visit for a Medicare patient, as measured from May 2010 to February 2011. In Iowa, the median average was $16,427, with the lowest costs at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Keokuk Area Hospital in Keokuk and Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. All three of those came in with a median average of $15,110. The study is based on federal Medicare data and was conducted by Kaiser Health News.
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Nebraska Medicare Part D Plans

Although there are those that would debate whether or not you should enroll in a Part D plan, the arguments against enrolling are weak at best. Even if you are not required to take prescription medications, the likelihood that you may in the future is pretty strong. Given the fact that you can enroll in a Part D plan available in Nebraska for as little as $15.10 per month, it seems foolish not to make that small investment. You spend more to ensure your property, why not invest a small amount to insure your health?
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Nebraska’s Regional Extension Center Surpasses Goal of Enrolling 1,000 Primary Care Providers

The ultimate success of Wide River TEC originates with the providers who embrace the technology and recognize its ability to elevate the quality of care for everyone. Like many of Nebraska’s successful practitioners, Dr. William Weeks of Southwest Family Health in Omaha has been effectively utilizing the functionality of his EHR systems, thus assuring a higher quality of care for his patients. Dr. Weeks was one of the first in the state to demonstrate the meaningful use of an EHR. “Patient care has improved dramatically. We have seen greater efficiencies in accessing records both in and outside of our office,” said Dr. Weeks. “Our staff and providers were unified in making this a success. It’s really a great example of how common vision, goals and teamwork can achieve this huge accomplishment in our small medical practice.”
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family health center: Medicaid

In 1965, the Social Security Act was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, which established both Medicaid and Medicare. The Social Security Administration was responsible for administrating Medicaid. Then, in 1977, the Heath Care Financing Administration (HCFA) became responsible for Medicaid and Medicare. In 1980, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) was split into two separate agencies now called the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HCFA moved under the Department of Health and Human Services. In July of 2001, HCFA was renamed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This change was done to give the agency a new direction and a new spirit to reflect the CMS’s mission to serve millions of Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries throughout America.
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Global Health Career Network: jobs, marshfield jobs, Wisconsin jobs, Patient Accounts Representative

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Medicare saves lives. by cometstarmoonAbout Ministry Health Care At Ministry Health Care, we earn trust by working together as One Ministry to keep patients first in everything we do. This is Our Promise to you – our patients, their families and our communities. Our Promise means when you walk into any Ministry hospital or clinic, you will see the healing ministry and values of our founders, the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, at work. Here, everyone works together, as one, to provide the best care possible for all patients, not just through state of the art….
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Medicare Spotlights Hospitals With Especially Costly Patients

The government has identified hundreds of hospitals whose Medicare patients are incurring especially high bills, a first step toward using bonuses and penalties to encourage more efficient care. Medicare believes that identifying discrepancies will help clamp down on excess medical care, which some health care researchers believe could comprise as much as a third of the nation’s $2.6 trillion health care spending and be responsible for much of Medicare’s fiscal woes. Interactive charts: Medicare Spending by State and Medicare Spending at Individual Hospitals.  (Source: Kaiser Health News)  [Read article]
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Feds Approve Wisconsin Medicaid Cuts

The Associated Press/Kansas City Star: Kansas Confident Feds Will Approve Medicaid Changes Top Kansas officials expressed confidence Friday that the federal government will allow the state to overhaul its Medicaid program, but critics questioned moving ahead before securing permission. Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration has formally applied for a waiver of federal Medicaid regulations that would impede efforts to redesign the state’s $2.9 billion-a-year program, which covers health care for the poor, needy and disabled. The application was submitted Thursday to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – a day before other, new rules changed how such requests are handled (Hanna, 4/27).
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Amazon Users Beware, Scam Fakes Cancellation 

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Medicare on Main Street: Refusing Clinic "Canary in the Mine" for Wisconsin

Wildwood Clinic’s no longer accepting new Medicare patients may be a new phenomenon in Wisconsin, but examples of this “bailing out” of Medicare, in one form or another, are growing in number throughout the country.  Unlike the president, House Republicans take on these challenges with a budget that ensures Medicare can fulfill the promise of seniors’ health security for generations to come.  Premium support, competitive bidding, and more help for those with lower incomes and greater health needs will ensure guaranteed affordability and improved access for America’s future seniors.
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AARP Wisconsin Fraud Fighters Educate Beneficiaries on Preventing Medicare Fraud

Medicare fraud costs the system an estimated $60 billion each year and contributes to higher health care costs. Scams using the names of federal agencies to fool consumers are on the rise and are particularly dangerous to seniors, who tend to be more trusting, said Sandy Chalmers, administrator of the state Division of Trade and Consumer Protection.
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Eye on Wisconsin: Disingenuous Ads Don’t Hide Health Care Agenda

One of the first misleading ads that Scott Walker launched during this recall campaign season, was the one that showcased a phony conversation on health care.  If you are paying attention to Walker’s actual positions on the issue, your disingenuous meter may have shattered from shock.  You really have to assume that Walker is overcompensating for his extreme agenda and major shortcomings in the area of health care. In Walker’s patented phony style, he says that his administration spent over $1.2 billion on health care.  However that increased spending happened in spite of him not because of him and for him to try and take credit is completely ridiculous and totally self-serving.  Walker’s budget initially proposed $500 million in cuts in health care programs that serve some 1.2 million Wisconsinites (by the way, I find it creepy that he proposed these cuts while at the same time increasing funeral funds for people on Medicaid). Here are a number of additional points that put Walker’s statement in its actual context:
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Iowa ranks high for low hospital costs

According to the study, the national median was $17,988 for a hospital visit for a Medicare patient, as measured from May 2010 to February 2011. In Iowa, the median average was $16,427, with the lowest costs at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Keokuk Area Hospital in Keokuk and Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. All three of those came in with a median average of $15,110. The study is based on federal Medicare data and was conducted by Kaiser Health News.
Source: thegazette.com

Elder Depression – Preventative Assistance

Medicare now covers the cost of annual depression screening in primary-care settings with no cost sharing for beneficiaries. Medicare also covers 60 percent of the treatment for mental health problems, including depression. (Under a 2008 law, that figure is scheduled to rise to 80 percent in 2014.) If you or an elderly loved one may be suffering from depression, taking advantage of Medicare’s annual screening benefit may be a good idea and can greatly improve quality of life.
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Baby Boomers U. S. (The Blog)

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Martin Place 1 by Greens MPsBe sure your dentist takes your plan. If you have a preferred dentist, find out what plans they accept before you enroll in a plan. Websites like eHealthInsurance, and the licensed agents in their call center, can help you search for plans with your dentist in them. Stand-alone dental insurance policies are typically going to give you a far better price for services performed by dentists in their network. Almost all policies use a tiered cost-sharing system, and you pay the least out of pocket for services when you use a dentist from the plan’s network.
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Features of Medicare Dental Plans ~ Insurance Information World Wide Free Tips And Tricks

Medicare and dental procedures: – In general, medicare does not cover the usual dental caring like teeth cleaning, cavity filling, dental extractions, implantations, crowning etc. But certain other dental health care policies cover routine dental treatments and checkups. In ordinary health care plans, dental care also will be taken up if certified by the physician as necessary along with other ailments. In addition, there are medicare dental coverages at reduced cost for the convenience of patients. Of late, basic dental care treatments such as yearly dental checkup and teeth cleaning are included in the medicare coverages. As per this plan, once in a year, the dental patients are charged only at 50 % for one cavity filling, one root canal treatment and crown repairs. The medical savings account as per the medicare plan is another alternative to cover the dental expenses. The deposit to this account is made from the medicare account of the policy holder.
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Supplementing Your Medicare Coverage With Dental Insurance – PlanPrescriber Provides Seven Recommendations for 2012 / eHealth

eHealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH) is the parent company of eHealthInsurance, one of the nation’s leading online source of health insurance for individuals, families and small businesses. Through the company’s website,www.eHealthInsurance.com, consumers can get quotes from leading health insurance carriers, compare plans side by side, and apply for and purchase health insurance. eHealthInsurance offers thousands of individual, family and small business health plans underwritten by more than 180 of the nation’s leading health insurance companies. eHealthInsurance is licensed to sell health insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, making it the ideal model of a successful, high-functioning health insurance exchange. Through eHealth’s technology solutions (www.eHealthTechnology.com), is also a leading provider of health insurance exchange technology. eHealth provides a suite of hosted e-commerce solutions that enable health plan providers, resellers and government entities to market and distribute products online. eHealth, Inc. also provides online tools to help beneficiaries navigate Medicare health insurance options through PlanPrescriber.com (www.planprescriber.com) and eHealthMedicare (www.eHealthMedicare.com).
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Important Things about Medicare Dental Plans

Medicare and also dental procedures Generally, Medicare does not cover the most common dental caring just like teeth cleaning, tooth cavity filling, dental extractions, implantations, crowning and so forth. But certain other dental health care policies protect routine dental treatment options and checkups. In ordinary medical care plans, dental care will be taken upwards if certified from the physician as necessary and also other ailments. In inclusion, there is Medicare health insurance dental coverage at inexpensive for the capability of patients. Of overdue, basic dental care treatments for instance yearly dental checkup and also teeth cleaning are within the Medicare coverage. Depending on this plan, once in the year, the dental individuals are charged simply at 50 % for starters cavity filling, a single root canal therapy and crown fix. The medical family savings as per the particular Medicare plan is another substitute for cover the tooth expenses. The deposit to the account is manufactured out of the Medicare account with the policy holder.
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What Medicare Beneficiaries Need to Know about Medicare Dental Services

“It’s important for Medicare beneficiaries to understand that part of their health care coverage needs to include their dental care,” notes Alan Weinstock, insurance broker, at www.MedicareSupplementPlans.com. “The problem is that Medicare coverage for dental care is very limited at this time. And typical Medigap policies don’t cover dental either.”
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How Well Does Medicare Cover Dental Services?

Exactly how does Medicare cover dental services? The short answer is that the original Medicare plan does not cover many dental services at all. If you get Medicare benefits, and you need routine dental care, you probably are on your own. The plan may cover some dental services, but only if they are associated with a covered illness or injury. This leaves a lot of retired people with high out of pocket costs when they need to care for their teeth. Of course, dental health is important for overall good health. So these older people have to find another way to pay for these costs.
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Cigna: A Lot Riding On Managed Medicare

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Higher debt levels of 60% of equity — the worst amongst its peers in our table above, has crimped profits and hurt its chances for further acquisitions. This industry, which is characterized by cut throat competition and little product differentiation, needs further consolidation and Cigna’s comparatively lower cash hoard makes acquisition led growth difficult in the future.
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Cigna To Increase Supplemental Health Insurance Offerings With Acquisition

Fox News/Dow Jones: Cigna To Buy Great American Supplemental Benefits For $295 Million Cigna Corp. (CI) has agreed to acquire American Financial Group Inc.’s (AFG) Medicare supplement and critical-illness businesses for approximately $295 million in cash, as the managed-care company looks to expand its presence in the individual and seniors markets. Cigna said its acquisition of Great American Supplemental Benefits Group, one of the largest manufacturers of supplemental health insurance products in the U.S., is expected to close in the second half of 2012. Great American generated approximately $325 million of revenue last year (5/10).
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Cigna Offers Medicare Advantage Plans For The Elderly

Cigna Medicare RX Basic would go side by side with most parts of Medicare and it is obtainable in every single state of the nation. The plan has a selection of helpful advantages. For example, it doesn’t include a deductable, which will keep you from having to spend with your own money. Additionally, it will continue to pay for prescription medications even through the Medicare donut hole, which will cut off the majority of healthcare coverage. Generally, generic medication through this plan would cost nothing out of pocket. Cigna Medicare Select Plus Rx is only included in the state of Arizona and it will work only with Medicare HMP plans. With this option, you will actually get some healthcare together with prescription medications. The plan doesn’t have any monthly expense and it has no deductibles to reach. Prescriptions are available at a discount and the plan would even help to pay on physician’s visits.
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Cigna Offers Medicare Advantage Plans For The Elderly

Cigna Medicare RX Basic will go in conjunction with most parts of Medicare and it is obtainable in every state of the United States. The plan has a number of helpful benefits. For example, it doesn’t include a deductable, which will keep you from having to pay with your own money. Furthermore, it would continue to pay for medications even through the Medicare donut hole, which will cut off the majority of healthcare coverage. Generally, generic medication through this plan will cost nothing out of pocket. Cigna Medicare Select Plus Rx is only included in the state of Arizona and it works just with Medicare HMP plans. With this option, you will actually get some healthcare along with prescription medications. The plan does not have any monthly expense and it has no deductibles to reach. Prescriptions are offered for much less and the plan would even help to pay on doctor’s appointments.
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Rhode Island Medicare Part D Plans

Once you narrow your list to a few potential choices, you should visit the plan websites to review the formularies as well as the required out-of-pocket costs involved in filling your prescriptions. Doing so will allow you to be certain that your drugs are covered as well as being able to get a true picture of the annual plan costs.
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Deutsche Bank Securities Reiterates BUY on CIGNA (NYSE: CI)

Moreover, price competition has been intense in the Med Supp business however the acquired AFG business produced attractive margins in 2011, benefiting from a Critical Illness product line that carries pre-tax margins in the double digits, the analysts add.
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Health Informatrix: Louisiana Issues First Medicaid EHR Incentive Payment to EPs for Meaningful Use

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Charity Hospital, in disuse...at nite..all blurry..but kinda cool.. by JustUptownLouisiana is the first state in the nation to issue an incentive payment to a Medicaid eligible professional (EP) for demonstrating meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals made the payment to the Winn Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center (FQHC), on behalf of three EPs. The Winn Community Health Center, a small rural community center staffed by a physician, a nurse practitioner, and a physician’s assistant, was also the first FQHC in Louisiana to enroll with the state health information exchange (HIE).
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Mutual of Omaha Medicare Supplement Rates in Louisiana

Please be aware as of June 1, 2010 Louisiana Medicare Supplement plans went through several important changes.  The total number of plans has been reduced from 14 to 11 that were previously offered.  Plans E, H, I, J and High Deductible J have been eliminated.  Recent changes also include the creation of plans N and M, which have higher beneficiary cost sharing, which means you share more in the costs with the insurance company.  But that also means your premiums are less.  Plan N has similar benefits to plan D, but with a $20 copay for doctor visits and a $50 copay for emergency room visits.  Plan M is also similar to plan D, but only covers 50% of the Medicare Part A deductible of $1,156.00.
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4 plead guilty to Medicare fraud

According to reports, Teryl C. Vincent, Todd D. Ulmer and Nancy N. Reed, of Baton Rouge, along with June M. Durio of Greenwell Springs, admitted they falsified documents that helped two businesses to collect $37.9 million through those billings.
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Chikenna Jones Pleads Guilty In Major Louisiana Medicare Fraud Case

According to court documents, Jones owned and operated Healthcare 1 LLC, Medical 1 Patient Services LLC, Lifeline Healthcare Services Inc., and Rose Medical Inc., Louisiana-based companies that fraudulently billed DME to the Medicare program from 2004 to 2009.   She and Henry Jones, who was her husband at the time, hired patient recruiters to obtain prescriptions for DME such as leg braces, arm braces, power wheel chairs and wheel chair accessories.   Specifically, the patient recruiters obtained information from Medicare beneficiaries and used the information to acquire prescriptions for DME from the beneficiaries’ primary care physicians.   Chikenna Jones paid the recruiters illegal kickbacks for the DME prescriptions, which she knew were not medically necessary.
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Healthcare Jobs: Louisiana Nursing Home Medicare Cuts Total $20.3 Million Resulting From Recently

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –A brand new Avalere Health analysis detailing a negative stroke on a nation’s Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) resulting from so called “bad debt” supplies passed in a Middle Class Tax Relief as well as Job Creation Act of 2012 finds Louisiana SNFs (more commonly known as nursing homes) will suffer a $20.3 million Medicare funding rebate a sixth largest cut nationally.”Like many states, Louisiana’s Medicaid program is fragile,” said Alan G. Rosenbloom, President of a Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care (AQNHC), which funded a analysis. “Because Medicare as well as Medicaid together pay for a caring of approximately 3 of every four Louisiana nursing home patients, it is consequential to recognize how these brand new federal Medicare cuts dissapoint facilities’ already frail funding environment.”Regarding health policy, a word “bad debt” is a misnomer, Rosenbloom said. “Nursing homes in Louisiana have no legal recourse to collect ‘bad debt’ from a Louisiana Medicaid agency — as well as is some-more accurately described as ‘uncollectible debt’ as mandated by federal law,” stated Rosenbloom. “We must go on to reinforce this fact with congressional leaders, as well as respectfully inspire Louisiana lawmakers to keep this in mind as a budget process progresses.”According to a Avalere Health analysis, a “bad debt” cut for nursing homes in a brand new tax law found Florida facilities will catch a largest Medicare rebate ($60.5 million), followed by OH ($30.5 million), IL ($28.8 million), PA ($24.2 million), NC ($22.6) as well as LA ($20.3 million). Additional report as well as methodology records available at www.aqnhc.orgRosenbloom pointed out a nation’s nursing home sector is already slated to catch another $48 billion nationally in Medicare reductions between FY 2012-21, as well as which facilities sojourn disproportionately reliant on Medicaid as compared to alternative providers — with Medicaid paying for 57 percent of patient days.Powered By iWebRSS.co.cc
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Louisiana Medicare Part D Plans

There are two types of Louisiana Medicare Part D plans: Basic and enhanced. A basic plan is less expensive and includes fewer covered drugs. An enhanced plan, although more expensive, includes many less common and more expensive drugs and generally does not require an annual deductible. An enhanced plan may also offer some additional coverage in the gap.
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Medicare expansion proposed in Senate draws opposition from Louisiana doctors

Mary Landrieu, D-La., one of the 10 senators who helped draw up the plan, said the proposal is far from a done deal because the Congressional Budget Office hasn’t completed a cost analysis. “We, all 10 of us, think that’s a very good idea given our negotiations,” Landrieu said. “But until we get a score, nothing will be settled.One of several Senate moderates who opposes a government-run option to compete with private insurance companies, Landrieu said the expanded age group for Medicare would cover many small-business employees and owners who can’t afford coverage on the open market but might be able to afford coverage through the existing Medicare program — without the need to set up a new federal program. Federal employee pool In addition to expanding Medicare, one component of the deal negotiated by the 10 Democratic senators, including some of the party’s most liberal and conservative lawmakers, involves a variation of the coverage now provided to federal employees, including members of Congress. Insurers participating in the lucrative federal employee pool, which is attractive to insurers because of the larger numbers of participants, would have to offer their coverage — regulated by the Office of Personnel and Management — to nongovernment workers nationally if the government can’t find two carriers to sell affordable plans nationwide to increase competition. Landrieu, chairwoman of the Senate Small Business Committee, said the existing health care bill already has incentives to help small businesses buy coverage for their owners and employees and that she’s working with other senators to expand those incentives. Smaller companies, she said, have the hardest time providing coverage because rates have been going up dramatically and firms are often hit with huge increases in premiums when a single participant suffers an expensive illness. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., continued to express optimism that the Senate will pass health legislation before it breaks for Christmas. “When we pass this bill, 31 million Americans who today have no health insurance whatsoever will at long last be able to afford it,” Reid said. But Republicans remained skeptical. “I don’t believe there is any ‘deal’ right now that has 60 votes behind it,” Sen. David Vitter, R-La., said. “In terms of Harry Reid’s brand new plan (the seventh mega-health-care plan and counting), it sounds like it would cost even more than the Reid bill currently on the floor and still involve a massive expansion of the federal government’s role, this time through potentially doubling Medicare, which is already going broke.” Melancon weighs in As the Senate continues debate, there are signs that the issue will bleed over into next year’s U.S. Senate race between Vitter and his chief Democratic challenger, Rep. Charlie Melancon of Napoleonville. While Melancon voted against the House version of the health-care bill, and Vitter is opposed to the Senate measure. Melancon on Wednesday sought to draw attention to an amendment proposed by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., to strip out $300 million in federal support to shore up Louisiana’s Medicaid program. Vitter, who has joined Gov. Bobby Jindal and the rest of the state’s congressional delegation in fighting for more Medicaid dollars, has not said how he will vote on the amendment. “It would be like the Saints (offensive) line just peeling away and letting the defensive rushers get Drew Brees,” Melancon said, who urged Vitter to oppose Coburn’s proposal. “If the senator from the state that’s affected will not stand up to the Senate and say, ‘I need your help for the people that I represent’ … that’s just wrong.” The Medicaid fix language was added by Landrieu, who used her leverage as a swing vote on the legislation. Vitter’s spokesman, Joel DiGrado, said the senator supports getting more money to fix Louisiana’s Medicaid shortfall, “but the best analysis he has received is that the language in the Reid bill is not a complete fix.” Louisiana Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine said calculations done by his agency suggest the language added by Landrieu would give Louisiana an additional $112 million in the 2010-11 budget year and $265 million the following year. But that’s hardly enough, he said, to shore up Medicaid shortfalls totaling $1.4 billion over the same time frame because of a loss of federal stimulus dollars and declining federal participation in the program. “What’s in the (Senate) bill is nothing more than a temporary, partial solution,” Levine said. “I know she’s worked hard to get it there. I do hope that she’ll continue to work with us after this debate, because this is going to be an ongoing problem.”
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Upcoming CMS Jurisdictionon JH Medicare Contractor Change

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) Jurisdiction JH contract to Novitas Solutions, Inc. (Novitas), formerly known as Highmark Medicare Services, for the payers listed below. The clearinghouse is currently working with Novitas to obtain additional transition information and will provide that information when it becomes available. Providers must be aware of the following: Transition dates to Novitas: Currently processed by Pinnacle Business Solutions, Inc: CPID 2455 Arkansas Medicare Part B: 08/13/2012 CPID 1526 Arkansas Medicare Part A: 08/20/2012 CPID 1460 Louisiana Medicare Part B: 08/13/2012 CPID 3579 Louisiana Medicare Part A: 08/20/2012 CPID 5556 Mississippi Medicare Part A: 08/20/2012 Currently processed by Cahaba Government Benefits Administrators (GBA): CPID 2451 Mississippi Medicare Part B: 10/22/2012 Currently processed by Trailblazers Health Enterprise, LLC: CPID 1547 Colorado Medicare Part A: 10/29/2012 CPID 1449 Colorado Medicare Part B: 11/19/2012 CPID 5566 New Mexico Medicare Part A: 10/29/2012 CPID 1457 New Mexico Medicare Part B: 11/19/2012 CPID 1558 Oklahoma Medicare Part A: 10/29/2012 CPID 1458 Oklahoma Medicare Part B: 11/19/2012 CPID 5502 Texas Medicare Part A: 10/29/2012 CPID 1440 Texas Medicare Part B: 11/19/2012 CPID 3650 J4 Mutual of Omaha CO, NM, OK, TX: 10/29/2012 Payer ID (Contractor Number) changes: The clearinghouse will manage the Payer ID changes for our customers so only the CPID is required in the claim. Providers should be aware of the dates and watch for future notifications regarding this transition. If you have any questions, please contact Client Services at 1-888-348-8457, option 2.
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Governors Seek Allies For Medicaid, Health Program Budget Cuts, Changes

The Associated Press/Chicago Sun-Times: Quinn Finds Unlikely Allies In Business Community Gov. Pat Quinn built his career on populism and consumer advocacy. But, in the middle of what might be his defining political moment, he finds himself in an unlikely alliance with major Illinois business groups in a battle against unions and advocates for the poor. Quinn has proposed sharp cuts in both Medicaid and pensions for government workers to save billions in expenses the state can’t afford to pay. In that, he for the most part has the support of the state’s business community (Mercer, 5/13).
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Iowa ranks high for low hospital costs

According to the study, the national median was $17,988 for a hospital visit for a Medicare patient, as measured from May 2010 to February 2011. In Iowa, the median average was $16,427, with the lowest costs at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Keokuk Area Hospital in Keokuk and Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. All three of those came in with a median average of $15,110. The study is based on federal Medicare data and was conducted by Kaiser Health News.
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Medigap Or Medicare Advantage?

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Senate Dems Protest Medicare Cuts by Talk Radio News ServiceNote that things change every year in the world of US Medicare plans. Medicare.gov and qualified, certified, and licensed local Medicare health insurance agents are great resources. I am not attempting to explain or promote any particular Medicare health plan here. I am simply trying to outline the basic differences between Medigap and Medicare Advantage (MA) plans.  I will provide some clarifications, graphics, and links to resources where you can get more information on specific topics.
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BARTH: GOP Medicare plan: You’re on your own

What the Wall Street Journal knows and what Kristi Noem and Senator Rave fail to mention is that the Ryan/Republican budget would change Medicare into a voucher-like system in which eligible participants (those 65 and older and the disabled) would receive $7,500 to purchase insurance instead of receiving the direct Medicare coverage they do now.
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Obama campaign: Romney will turn Medicare into a voucher system

“Romney’s plan for Medicare is simple:  turning it into a voucher program and forcing seniors to pay thousands more out of pocket each year for their health care.  The President has already made a down payment on his promise to preserve Medicare for future generations — extending its solvency by 8 years by passing the Affordable Care Act – and the administration has proposed reforms which would extend its solvency for another two years," Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said in a statement.  "Romney has committed to repealing health care reform on Day One which would make Medicare insolvent in 2016." "By making devastating cuts to Medicare and Social Security, Governor Romney would end America’s social compact with our seniors.  And he has proposed fiscally irresponsible policies that would make it much tougher to ensure that Medicare and Social Security remain solvent for the long-term, by proposing $5 trillion tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires that we simply can’t afford," LaBolt said.
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Gordon Marketing Awarded Number One Anthem Medicare National FMO 2011

Gordon Marketing has become a leader in the Medicare Supplement Insurance industry as well as Medicare Advantage plans and in Medicare Part D. This is part of Gordon’s commitment to seniors and in support of all of their agents that market these products. Continuing education seminars and telephone training classes is a hallmark of their company. Train, train, train is what Gordon Marketing does best. They don’t just ask for more business, they show HOW to make more business! Gordon Marketing was founded in 1980 by Dick and Margaret Gordon and has made a national name from humble beginnings. Gordon Marketing is an independent, family-owned and operated brokerage company located in the heart of Indiana. Gordon Marketing specializes in Senior, Health, Life & Annuity products for independent agents across the nation. President, Sylvia Gordon and Vice President, Rebecca Gordon work together with their brother Frank, sister Theresa and a wonderful staff of 45 to service agents in 49 states. Gordon Marketing has grown over 127% in the last 3 years in the areas of senior, life, health and annuity insurance products. Gordon Marketing will be moving into their new Corporate Office at 20236 Hague Road in Noblesville, IN on June 1st 2012. This facility incorporates a state of the art training center, and will serve to take the company to a much higher level of service to their clients and agents. In 2009 and 2010 Gordon Marketing was named the Small Business of the Year. In 2011 Gordon Marketing also received the Small Business of The Year Award by the City of Noblesville Mayor Distlear. Dick Gordon, founder of Gordon Marketing is also the founder of the Riverview Hospital Gordon “Brick Layer” Club. Gordon Marketing also supports various charities throughout the year in giving back to the local community. Gordon Marketing now has 75 full-time employees and is projected to build another Corporate Building within the next 5 years to house an additional 30 employees. Gordon Marketing not only markets to agents, but is using their current facilities to operate their retail and consumer based program. These agents sell life, annuities, senior and health insurance products. For more information about Gordon Marketing, their services and products, please visit http://www.gordonmarketing.com.
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“Right Wing Social Engineering”: What Romney’s Medicare Plan Actually Does

DC journos have spent much of the 2012 election trying to answer the question of how exactly a President Romney would govern. On one side, there are the skeptics who never bought into Romney’s rhetoric during the Republican nomination. They argue Romney is, at heart, still a moderate northeastern governor, a businessman unsuited for the extremism that has come to dominate his party. Others are equally convinced that Romney must be taken at face value. Sure he might have positioned himself in the middle while he governed a state dominated by Democrats, but he has spent the past five years running for president full-time, aligning himself with every right-wing whim over the course of his two campaigns. He’s the Republican who sought the endorsement of Ted Nugent, discarded a gay spokesman, and calls corporations people. Lest we forget, it was Romney who was poised to run as the right-wing challenger to John McCain and Rudy Giuliani in 2008 before Mike Huckabee swooped in to steal the evangelical vote.
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Even average Medicare plans get government bonuses

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Romney Medicare Plan Draws a Stark Contrast

Mr. Obama assails the Romney proposal for the same reason he denounced a similar plan devised by Representative Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin and chairman of the House Budget Committee: the government contribution, he says, would not keep up with the rising cost of health care, so Medicare beneficiaries — older Americans and people with disabilities — would have to pay more of the cost. Under the proposal, Mr. Obama says, the government would save money by shifting costs to beneficiaries.
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BDS Offers Individual Medicare Plans

“We have been very satisfied with the services and staff at Benefit Design Services. They started as our 401k plan administrators 10 years ago. Because of the trust developed and the professional way they handle situations, we have added Healthcare, Dental, Life Insurance and Short and Long term disability products. We would recommend them to any business.”
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Nursing home neglect and Medicare Fraud

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Try new Ryan Plan Senior Food - coming to a Republican Congress near you by EN2008It is estimated that owners of nursing homes take in $32.9 million from Medicare and Medicaid, but such funds are often pocketed by the owners and never used for resident care. Little attention paid to temperature control, trash piling up in residents’ rooms, the presence of rodents, and problems with mold and mildew were just some of the problems that have been routinely reported in many nursing homes.
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On Furlough from the Nursing Home

Nursing home residents and rehabilitation patients are not imprisoned. They have the right to come and go, with proper safeguards. With Memorial Day and the Fourth of July coming up, families should make plans to take their elderly and disabled family members to holiday get-togethers. Often, it only takes enough forethought to make sure someone drives a big enough vehicle to accommodate a wheelchair or other assistive equipment.
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Outrageous greed led to widespread nursing home abuse

It is absolutely unacceptable for a nursing home to neglect or abuse its residents. When the owner of an Albany nursing home or assisted living facility makes a profit by taking the money coming in from the federal government and residential fees and uses the money to live a life of luxury while his or her residents starve, New York law enforcement needs to take action. After a conviction for nursing home abuse, however, the families of the residents should file lawsuits against the owner for the pain and suffering their loved ones were forced to endure.
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The Cost and Coverage of Nursing Homes

People live longer these days and they reach the age wherein they are vulnerable to disease and it is easy for them to develop life-threatening conditions. With this things happening around you now, you obviously do not want to face your future with nothing. While you still have time and strength to work hard and save money, you should do whatever it takes to have full coverage for long term care services. Invest in policy that will provide you with full coverage for nursing homes. It is much better to do the necessary things as early as possible to free yourself from huge debts and to live a comfortable life during your retirement years. 
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Nursing Home Care: Don’t Count on Nursing Home Care

The bulk of that care – accounting for about 70 percent of that number, will come largely from family resources at any given time. But the facts are still startling: 4 out of every 10 Americans who make it as far as age 65 will enter a nursing home at some point – at a cost of as much as $85,000 per year and more, according to the Long Term Care Clearinghouse. About 1 out of 10 of those 4 will stay in that nursing home for five years or longer, again according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
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South Carolina Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney Applauds Medicare Initiative Against Misuse of Antipsychotic Drugs

The Louthian Law Firm, P.A., of Columbia, S.C., has been obtaining fair compensation for personal injury victims since 1959. The firm was founded by Herbert Louthian, who has more than 50 years of trial experience and is licensed to practice in all courts in South Carolina. In addition to claims involving nursing home abuse, the Louthian Law Firm also handles whistleblower claims, sexual harassment, personal injury cases involving medical malpractice; car, truck and motorcycle accidents; and other serious and catastrophic injuries throughout South Carolina. For a free, confidential case evaluation, contact the firm by phone at (866) 410-5656 or through its online contact form.
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