Bellavia on Medicare and NY

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Record shop Ithaca, NY by exaktaThe race for the newly drawn 27th congressional district could be one of the most interesting contests this year. Freshman Democrat Kathy Hochul is hoping to win re-election there, and two Republicans have already lined up to challenge. But David Bellavia has picked up several endorsements ahead of the June 26 primary, and he is confident he can beat former Erie County Executive Chris Collins and Hochul.
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What the Supreme Court Health Care Ruling Means for Older Adults

Thanks to the marvels of medical science, our parents are living longer than ever before. Adults over age 80 are the fastest growing segment of the population; most will spend years dependent on others for the most basic needs. That burden falls to their baby boomer children. In The New Old Age, Paula Span and other contributors explore this unprecedented intergenerational challenge. You can reach the editors at newoldage@nytimes.com.
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Medicare proposes PI settlement rules

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Simon Johnson: How the Banks Endangered Medicare

The economic mechanism through which a bank-led financial crisis has a broader adverse fiscal impact is straightforward. The recession that deepened sharply in 2008 implied a deep loss of tax revenue, mostly because people lost their jobs. Lower revenue means larger government deficits, particularly when the government also provides unemployment insurance, so spending also goes up. (In comparison, the Bush stimulus of 2008 and the Obama stimulus of 2009 added relatively little to the cumulative additional total debt, according to the Congressional Budget Office.)
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False balance and the Medicare scare : CJR

Trudy, excellent piece. I do wish, though, you had pointed out the insidious role of the “fact checkers,” notably PolitiFact, in enabling the news media in this bogus, false-equivalence coverage of the Medicare issue. PolitiFact’s most recent piece got a key fact wrong. It said the latest Ryan Medicare plan would cap Medicare spending at GDP plus 1%. In fact, Ryan’s budget bill — which the House passed earlier this year and which supersedes Ryan’s “bipartisan” Medicare proposal with Democrat Ron Wyden– would cap Medicare spending at GDP plus .5%, a difference which adds up fast. In addition, Henry Aaron has pointed out that talking with Ryan’s staff, it’s not clear whether that cap would apply to Medicare spending in total or to per capita Medicare spending, which makes a huge difference because if you cap total Medicare spending without adjusting for the large increase in Medicare enrollment over the next 20 years, you get a really really big cut in per capita Medicare spending, which would mean much poorer coverage. PolitiFact and the other “fact checkers” have consistently called the Democrats’ statements about Ryan’s and Romney’s Medicare proposals last year and this year false, when they are quite factually accurate. The NY Times, in its recent story quoting Romney saying Obama’s statement was dishonest that Romney’s Medicare proposal was a “voucher” plan, cited PolitiFact saying Obama’s ads were “mostly false.” In fact, as Trudy notes, Romney’s and Ryan’s proposals, which are quite similar, are precisely voucher plans. PolitiFact also missed the fact that Ryan’s proposal is no longer “bipartisan” because Wyden reportedly has refused to support it, on the basis that the GDP plus .5% cap is too low, Ryan’s plan would raise the Medicare eligibility age to 67, and Ryan’s block granting of Medicaid would hurt Medicare dual eligibles.
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Suddenly, NY Times Realizes Obamacare Prompts Doctor Shortages

Now that Obamacare has jumped the hurdle of the Supreme Court, the New York Times has decided to give us the bad news: there are nowhere near enough doctors in the country, and the problems will get exponentially worse with the addition of millions soon to be insured by Obamacare. The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates  that in less than three years the country will be almost 700,000 doctors short.
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Daily Kos: The coming Medicaid wars

If that is the motivation, then there should be no policy or political argument against offering Medicaid expansion on federal exchanges. Fishkin notes a problem with a system that in fact does not do so: [T]here is a big problem with this plan from a state budgetary point of view: not everyone who would have been covered by the Medicaid expansion will actually get health insurance on the exchanges.  Far from it. Most of these people—two thirds, says CBO—won’t even be eligible to participate in the exchanges.  This is because you need to be earning more than the federal poverty line to buy insurance on an exchange.  So let’s be clear: if a state like Texas says “no” to the Medicaid expansion, a childless, non-elderly, non-disabled adult earning less than the poverty line is not going to have any realistic way to get health insurance in the state of Texas.  She’s just out of luck. Here lies the policy imperative to offering Medicaid expansion through federal exchanges. But are the legal stumbling blocks too great? I think not. Consider the triggering event that permits the creation of federal exchanges: The Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) will establish exchanges in states that do not create their own approved exchange. So who tells the secretary of Health and Human Services what her exchange should look like? Well, she does, and do not doubt that the secretary will establish exchanges that will comply with ACA and the regulations she promulgates. Do the regulations disallow participation in the exchange if you do not qualify for subsidies? In my view, they do not. They merely provide for subsidies. If you accept my view, nothing in ACA prohibits the secretary from folding the Medicaid expansion into federal exchanges in those states that do not form exchanges and reject the Medicaid expansion.
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NY Doctor Convicted in Medicare and Insurance Fraud Scheme

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[POLL] Cut Military Spending In Favor Of Medicare?

“This is Insane and we must Stop the Madness. I propose that we Cut Military Spending by at least 30%, a savings of approximately $230 Billion Dollars! We would still have the strongest military on the planet and would still have the largest defense budget in the world. Let’s use the money saved to eliminate the Medicare Doughnut Hole and have money for important programs and yes, REDUCE THE BUDGET DEFICIT and pay down the debt!” said Mittman.
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Navigating Health Care in New York: Researching Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and Providers

Whether one’s health care provider must be chosen from a health maintenance organization or insurer, may provide health care as part of Medicare or Medicaid, or is recommended by family or friends, it is always wise to find out more about the health care provider. If your doctor practices in New York State, s/he is licensed by the New York State Department of Health and a good deal of basic and supplemental information is available about him or her in their New York State Physician Profile. In order to search the Physician Profile, it is necessary to have the proper spelling of the physician’s name which should be available from either your health insurance provider or from the office of the doctor. This site provides such basic information as whether this physician is licensed by the State of New York, whether the doctor went to an accredited medical school in the United States, where s/he did a residency or internship (a period of from one to several years of training after medical school but before receipt of a medical license) and whether s/he is "Board Certified" in the field. That is, after finishing formal medical training, s/he received post graduate training and supervision that indicates additional training in a specific medical field such as orthopedics or psychiatry. It should also indicate where his or her medical office is, what hospitals licensed in the State of New York s/he can practice in, whether s/he has published research papers in his medical field or has been teaching medicine or providing community service.
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Medicare Part D Resource for you by Mature Health Center

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Raging Grannies: No Private Parts by Grant NeufeldSome categories of beneficiaries are not bound by the lock-in rules and may enroll or disenroll from a PDP plan in other than the AEP. An individual may at any time, during a designated Special Election Period (SEP), discontinue the election of a PDP plan offered by an PDP organization and change his or her election to original Medicare or to a different PDP plan. Examples of situations which may entitle an individual to an SEP include the termination or discontinuation of a plan, a change in residency out of the service area, the organization violating a provision of a contract or misrepresenting the plan’s provisions, or the individual meeting other exceptional conditions as CMS may provide. CMS has also designated an SEP for individuals entitled to Medicare A and B and who receive any type of assistance from Title XIX (Medicaid), including full-benefit dual eligible individuals, as well as those eligible only for the Medicare Savings Programs. This SEP lasts from the time the individual becomes dually eligible until such time as they no longer receive Medicaid benefits. Individuals who are eligible for an SEP under the guidance for Part D enrollment and disenrollment may use that SEP to also make an election into or out of an MA-PD plan. from Medicare.gov, Prescription Drug Coverage (2012), Prescription Drug Coverage: Basic Information (2012) Return to top Source: stewardshipmatters.net
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Video: Guide to Medicare Part A and Part B

Prescription cards are part of Medicare program

The  uninsured and underinsured in the U.S. are now at a record high. Millions of people who lack insurance coverage or are without prescription medications inclusion are forced to pay out-of-network prices.  The prescription cards provides users with savings of up to 10-45% on prescription medications.
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Audit Finds Wrong Part Of Medicare Was Used To Pay For Hospice Patients’ Drugs

Modern Healthcare: Auditors Find Possible Excess Medicare Payments The Medicare program could be paying multiple times for prescription drugs for hospice beneficiaries, a new federal report suggests. HHS’ inspector general’s office conducted a nationwide review of prescription drugs for hospice beneficiaries between January and December 2009 and found that Medicare Part D paid for a variety of prescription medications — including analgesic, anti-nausea, laxative and anti-anxiety drugs and drugs to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — that should have been covered under the per diem payments made to hospice organizations under Medicare Part A (Zigmond, 7/4).
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Information on Medicare Part 1: Finding Medical Help for Seniors

There are many ways that information about Medicare coverage can be obtained online, several are fraudulent or unreliable. We only use information from government websites and simplify it to help you find reliable resources for seniors. In this post, we will only be using information from the government website and putting it in an easy to understand and simplified manner for you.
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Giant umbrella part of Medicare protest July 18

In April a Vector Poll indicated 57 per cent of Canadians disapprove of the Harper government’s refusal to negotiate a new National Health Accord with the provinces.  In the same poll, 58 per cent of Canadians said they feel the federal government should “set standards that the provinces have to follow” to make sure Canadians in different provinces have access to the same quality of health care.
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Marci’s Medicare Answers

If you feel that you are being asked to leave the hospital (discharged) before you are well enough to go, you can ask for an immediate (expedited) independent review of your case. It is a good idea to ask your doctor for support. If you make a formal request for an immediate review within the proper timeframe, the hospital cannot force you to leave before a decision has been made. You should be able to stay in the hospital at no charge while your case is being reviewed. Even if it is ultimately decided that you do not need continued hospital care, the hospital cannot charge you for any care received until noon of the next calendar day after you get the review decision.
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Medicare and misinformation : CJR

“Increased revenue from higher premiums along with cuts to Medicare—mostly in the form of payment reductions to hospitals and other providers—are part of a package of savings experts hope will reduce the cost of the Medicare program. IN ADDITION TO CALLING A PREMIUM INCREASE A “SAVINGS” IN TRADITIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY SPEAK, THE MEANS TESTING OR INCREASED MEANS TESTING OF THESE TWO PARTS OF MEDICARE IS ACTUALLY A SMALL PART OF THE MONEY THAT IS GOING TO BE TAKEN FROM MEDICARE AND GIVEN TO SUBSIDIZED NON-SENIOR INSURANCE. THE SECOND BIGGEST CUT AFTER THE CUTS TO HOSPITALS AND OTHER PROVIDERS (WHICH THE ACTUARY HAS PREDICTED WILL NEVER HAPPEN) IS TO PART C REBATES.
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Will Privatizing Medicare Work? A Few Clues from Part D Plans May Tell.

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What is Medicare and Do I Need it?

If you’re approaching age 65, you’re probably getting lots of advice from lots of people.  Some may be saying that it’s time to retire, while others might be advising you to work as long as you can. Some may be recommending that you sign up for Social Security benefits, but others might think this is a bad decision since your income checks could be higher if you put it off a year or two. And you’re probably getting plenty of advice about Medicare as well, but if you’re like most people, you may not even know what Medicare does. Don’t worry—while there’s a lot to learn, we can help get you up to speed.
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Cuts to Medicare Advantage Plans (PART C) not the deep dark secret it is made out to be

Now, why are these payments being cut? Well, the obvious answer is to save money and that is true, rather the truth is to save money to use somewhere else. The other factor is that these private plans compete with Medicare and before Obamacare Congress saw fit to pay these plans 114% of what the cost was for traditional Medicare. In other words they were being subsidized to a greater extent than Medicare. The idea was to make the plans more desirable to Medicare beneficiaries and the more beneficiaries who enrolled, the more risk was shifted from the government to the private insurers.
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Medicare Part D Enrollment Penalty « Insurance News from Crowe & Associates

If you sign up late for part B, you will pay a 10% penalty for every 12 months you didnt have part B, for life.   If you are over age 65, actively working and getting health coverage, you do not need to sign up for part B.  If you are not actively working and getting retirment coverage over the age of 65, you should sign up for part B because the penalty will count for you.
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Q1Medicare com Simplifies the Medicare Part D Plan Selection Process for Long

“Our online LTC drug tool was designed in partnership with a long-term care facility that was seeking an efficient way to help residents find a qualifying Medicare plan that best meets their prescription needs,” notes Dr. Susan Johnson, co-founder and technical director of the Q1Medicare.com site. “We hope that the admissions staff of other LTC facilities will also benefit from our new LTC drug tool and we welcome suggestions for updates.”
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Ask The Experts: Retirement

First, please review previous Q&As to see if your question already has been answered. If you cannot find the answer, submit your question to our Retirement expert at fedexperts@federaltimes.com PLEASE NOTE! Do not submit ANY questions via the Comments form. Questions submitted via the Comments form will NOT be answered!
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Why Did I Lose My Medicare Part D? »

handbook, the new Medicare rule was first explained and Social Security sent out letters informing Medicare beneficiaries that they would have additional premium including the Part D prescription drug premium.  The new IRMAA (Income Related Medicare Adjusted Amount) rule has never really been publicized and only if your income is higher can you be affected.  IRMAA states that if your income is above $85,000 for an individual or $170,000 for a couple, then, you may pay an income related adjustment amount (additional monthly premium), in addition to your Medicare prescription drug premium.  The IRMAA Part D premium can range from $11.40 to $66.40 which is based on your reported income.
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''''''''New Era Medigap Plan N Rates

The same is true for many hospitals. Some major hospitals in Atlanta and other parts of the state have not contracted with Medicare Advantage carriers which means if you have a Medicare Advantage plan and have to go to the hospital you could wind up paying thousands of dollars in OUT OF NETWORK charges!
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How to Request a Replacement Medicare Card If You Recently Changed Your Address

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Prescription cards are part of Medicare program

The  uninsured and underinsured in the U.S. are now at a record high. Millions of people who lack insurance coverage or are without prescription medications inclusion are forced to pay out-of-network prices.  The prescription cards provides users with savings of up to 10-45% on prescription medications.
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Coast2Coast Rx Continues to Increase Prescription Discount Access for Citizens

With more than 49.9 million uninsured individuals nationwide, according to a 2011 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services(1), the Coast2Coast Rx card discount program has already made a significant impact by providing access to more affordable medications, stated Chief Marketing Officer Marty Dettelbach of Financial Marketing Concepts, Inc., the company that provides the discount prescription card. And the benefits are not limited to those who are uninsuredunderinsured consumers, those who experience the Medicare Part D donut hole, and even those who are fully insured can benefit from using the card. I encourage residents to explore the money-saving benefits of the Coast2Coast Rx card to see what options are the most cost-effective for them.
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319 | Tragedies of Medicine by The DoctrThe initial enrollment period for Part A and Part B begins three months before the month of your 65th birthday. The period extends for another 3 months after your birthday month. It is a seven month period. For your coverage to begin the month of your birthday,nike free 5.0, you must sign up in the three months prior to your birthdy month. If you enroll after that, your coverage will be delayed.
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Information about Medicare Enrollment

The initial enrollment period for Part A and B begins three months before the month of your 65th birthday. It ends 3 months after your birthday month. It is a seven month period. For your coverage to begin the month of your birthday, you must sign up in the three months prior to your birthdy month. Otherwise, your coverage start will be delayed.
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Difference Between Medicare Part A B C D

It is also important to not the difference between Part C, otherwise known as Medicare Advantage, and Medigap policies. You Medicare Advantage policy may include similar coverage as a Medigap policy, so you do not need both. Medigap insurance is in addition to Medicare Part A and B. Medicare Advantage is a replacement for part A and B.
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Please Explain Medicare Part A B C D to Me

Medicare Part A and Part B do not cover all medical costs. There are deductibles and co-insurances required when you have a medical event. The coverage gap is the term used for the amount of out-of-pocket expenses you must pay. Private Medigap insurance came available to help fill the gap. Medigap policies are restricted to filling the coverage gap. Additional coverage for things such as hearing, vision, dental and prescriptions cannot be included with Medigap plans. Private insurance is required for these. So, to get total coverage, you would have to have three insurance plans: Medicare, Medigap and private coverage. That means for every medical episode, you could potentially file three claims.
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Cool Medicare Part A B C D images

Scenario Three: A primary care doctor sees a Medicare patient for an office visit. She thinks her patient has heart failure, starts the initial management. She orders labs and a echocardiogram. The echocardiogram is read by the cardiologist who recommends the patient come and see him. The primary care doctor spent around 15 minutes with patient and gets paid around for the office visit. The patient’s pharmacist later calls and says the medication that was prescribed must be changed due to insurance formulary restrictions. The doctor spends a minute or two reviewing that patients chart before deciding on an alternative medication. The doctor does not receive any additional reimbursement for this service. She was still only paid total. Later, the patient drops off some paperwork for the physician to fill out for the medical insurance. The doctor spends around 10 minutes filling out that paperwork and having his nursing staff fax the complete forms to the insurance company. The doctor does not receive any additional reimbursement for this service. She was still only paid total.
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Vitas Palliative Care Debuts New Center

The diagnosis of a serious illness can be overwhelming for patients and their loved ones. Patients and families benefit from the time-intensive consultations that are offered that address symptoms, and help them navigate through the complex medical system.  Symptom management is a priority for any patient experiencing distressing symptoms due to their illness, or the treatments they are receiving. Illnesses are not limited to cancer, but also include, but are not limited to cardiac disease such as CHF, lung disease, dementia, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDs and ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. 
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Medicare Health Insurance

Medicare Part C is the “private” portion of Medicare. In Part C, a private insurer has contracted with the government to take over the management of all of your Medicare benefits. You pay premiums directly to this private insurer. Your benefits are then all provided through this private insurer. That is the insurer and pays claims on your behalf. Part C is optional and you still have to pay the Part B premium. The difference is that your benefits are provided by a private insurer and not the government. Both Medicare Advantage and Medicare supplemental insurance covers the gaps left by the original coverage. You do not need both. The difference is that Medicare Advantage pays instead of Medicare, whereas supplements pay AFTER Medicare pays;
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Medicare Supplemental Insurance: Medicare Part A, B, C, D Benefits

A more complicated part of this government plan is known as Medicare Part C. This has also been referred to as the Medicare+Choice plan, and it provides options for people who have reached qualifying age. This is the part of the Medicare plan that allows people to still get their applicable benefits through a private insurance plan. Medicare Part C has been very important for those people who have their own insurance, but still want to benefit from the Medicare that they have already paid for over the course of their lives. When a person signs up for Medicare Part C, they are usually given a list of private health insurance companies that they can use, and they will pay a monthly premium on top of the Medicare provision for things that might not be covered by Part A and Part B. Some of those things include prescription drugs, which makes up an important cost for many older people. This is a plan that many fewer people take advantage of, but it provides a big time level of coverage.
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Medicaid/Medicare Show Path to Profits for Healthcare Providers

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Video: Call 12 for Action: Medicaid/Medicare Scam

UnitedHealth: Higher Earnings Despite Pressuers On Medicare, Medicaid Business

Bloomberg: UnitedHealth CEO Says Profit Pressures Squeezing Plans UnitedHealth Group Inc., the biggest U.S. health insurer, declined after Chief Executive Officer Stephen Hemsley said profit margins are being squeezed in its Medicare and Medicaid plans. … While UnitedHealth raised its 2012 profit forecast, the company is still coping with “minimal” rate increases in Medicare, the U.S.-backed plan for the elderly and disabled, Hemsley told analysts today on a conference call. He said the Minnetonka, Minnesota-based insurer may also consider pulling out of Medicaid markets in states where rates “aren’t sustainable” (Nussbaum, 7/19).
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Medicare Part D Resource for you by Mature Health Center

Some categories of beneficiaries are not bound by the lock-in rules and may enroll or disenroll from a PDP plan in other than the AEP. An individual may at any time, during a designated Special Election Period (SEP), discontinue the election of a PDP plan offered by an PDP organization and change his or her election to original Medicare or to a different PDP plan. Examples of situations which may entitle an individual to an SEP include the termination or discontinuation of a plan, a change in residency out of the service area, the organization violating a provision of a contract or misrepresenting the plan’s provisions, or the individual meeting other exceptional conditions as CMS may provide. CMS has also designated an SEP for individuals entitled to Medicare A and B and who receive any type of assistance from Title XIX (Medicaid), including full-benefit dual eligible individuals, as well as those eligible only for the Medicare Savings Programs. This SEP lasts from the time the individual becomes dually eligible until such time as they no longer receive Medicaid benefits. Individuals who are eligible for an SEP under the guidance for Part D enrollment and disenrollment may use that SEP to also make an election into or out of an MA-PD plan. from Medicare.gov, Prescription Drug Coverage (2012), Prescription Drug Coverage: Basic Information (2012) Return to top Source: stewardshipmatters.net
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47 Years Later, Medicare and Medicaid are Financial Disasters – John Malcolm

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, will substantially reduce the number of people in the U.S. without health insurance. Much of this reduction will occur as a result of expanded eligibility criteria for Medicaid, which we estimate will increase the number of Medicaid enrollees by about 20 million in 2019. Medicaid provides a relatively low-cost way to increase the number of people with health coverage, since its payment rates for health care services and health plans are low compared to other forms of health insurance. Even so, aggregate Medicaid costs will increase significantly as a result of the Affordable Care Act, due to the very large number of additional enrollees starting in 2014.
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VP Joe Biden Stands Behind Medicare & Medicaid to Ensure Retirement Security

July 30th marks the 47th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. Last week, Vice President Joe Biden, in an address to 100 community leaders representing millions of seniors and their families from across the country, reinforced President Obama’s commitment to preserving these two programs on which we all rely. What was apparent from the Vice President’s remarks was the stark contrast in values between the Administration and Republicans in Congress, who continue to launch assaults on older Americans by forcing through dangerous proposals that will end Medicare and Medicaid as we currently know them. These proposals will force millions of seniors and individuals with disabilities to pay far more for health care out of family budgets already stretched much too thin in retirement.
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Minnesota Medicaid, Medicare fraught with overspending

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform found that the state used an accounting trick in order to leverage federal reimbursement of state Medicaid spending as far back as 2010: “The state was intentionally lowering the rates paid to the managed care companies for plans outside the Medicaid program and increasing the rates within the Medicaid managed care program,” a House staff report reads.
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Medicare and misinformation : CJR

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Benefit Security Card .. HALF of the U.S live in households that receive government benefits (26 May 2012) ...item 2..Brevard man gets 4 years in Social Security fraud case (Jun 1, 2012 ) ... by marsmet481“Increased revenue from higher premiums along with cuts to Medicare—mostly in the form of payment reductions to hospitals and other providers—are part of a package of savings experts hope will reduce the cost of the Medicare program. IN ADDITION TO CALLING A PREMIUM INCREASE A “SAVINGS” IN TRADITIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY SPEAK, THE MEANS TESTING OR INCREASED MEANS TESTING OF THESE TWO PARTS OF MEDICARE IS ACTUALLY A SMALL PART OF THE MONEY THAT IS GOING TO BE TAKEN FROM MEDICARE AND GIVEN TO SUBSIDIZED NON-SENIOR INSURANCE. THE SECOND BIGGEST CUT AFTER THE CUTS TO HOSPITALS AND OTHER PROVIDERS (WHICH THE ACTUARY HAS PREDICTED WILL NEVER HAPPEN) IS TO PART C REBATES.
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New Studies Highlight Unintended Consequences of Medicare Drug Benefit

What are the lessons from these two new studies? Medicare Part D has been a godsend for many seniors—allowing them access to drugs that they otherwise might not be able to afford. But the benefit has also led to overuse of medications and unsupportable price increases in name-brand drugs. The AARP is calling “for action by Congress and the drug industry to bring more competition and transparency to the marketplace.” One place to start is to allow Medicare to more aggressively negotiate with drug companies on prices for name-brand drugs. In the case of the overuse of antibiotics—the authors of the Annals study suggest greater cost-sharing by Medicare recipients when their doctors write prescriptions for antibiotics to treat colds or other conditions when their use is unwarranted.
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Medicare trumps private plans in patient satisfaction

The study finds that Medicare beneficiaries have better access to care and greater financial protection than adults with private coverage. In 2010, about one-fourth of Medicare beneficiaries went without needed health care because of costs, compared with 37 percent of those with employer coverage. Adults with employer-based insurance (39 percent) and individual insurance (39 percent) reported medical bill problems at almost double the rate of Medicare beneficiaries (21 percent).
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More seniors confident in Medicare in wake of health reform ruling

“Since we started tracking seniors’ confidence in Medicare in December 2009, we’ve watched the numbers bounce up and down based on the intensity of political debates and news headlines.,” said Bryce Williams, managing director of Extend Health. “Comparing these two surveys side by side reveals that seniors’ views of the impact of the healthcare reform law on their lives parallel those of the general population. Regardless of what is actually in the law that might benefit or hurt seniors on Medicare, it remains a polarizing issue for Americans of all ages.”
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Medicare benefit Plans 2010

Many experts believe now is the best time to enroll. Fewer plans with zero supplementary cost over your Part B selected might be available in the time to come and the premiums are rising. With Medicare advantage you generally pay lower co-payments and get supplementary benefits such as coverage for extra days in the hospital, vision, dental, hearing, and preventing services like annual physicals and coverage for accident services while traveling or even fitness programs. It is certainly worth checking out your options of Medicare advantage Plans available to you.
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The ACP Advocate Blog by Bob Doherty: Facts challenge physicians’ views on Medicare spending

If you ask doctors about Medicare spending growth, most will tell you that Medicare payments to doctors haven’t increased in a decade, and that doctors are turning away Medicare patients in droves. But they would be mistaken on both counts. An authoritative compilation of current data from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission shows what is really happening with Medicare physician spending: Medicare spending per beneficiary on physicians’ fee schedule services steadily increased from 2001 to 2011.  In 2001, Medicare spent $1,374 per enrolled senior, and $1,160 per disabled enrollee; ten years later, it was $2,181 and $1,883 respectively. Volume growth is the reason Medicare is spending more.  From 2000 through 2010, Medicare payment updates increased by only 8 percent (due principally to the Medicare SGR formula), compared to a 22 percent increase in physicians’ costs of delivering care as measured by the Medicare Economic Index. But overall spending per beneficiary on Medicare physician fee schedule services increased by 63.7 percent during the same ten-year period. How could that be?  Because the volume of services—the number of tests, visits and procedures ordered by physicians on their Medicare patient’s behalf—increased at a much faster rate, pushing overall spending per patient upward, even as payment rates didn’t keep up with inflation.  More diagnostic testing and procedures are the main culprits.  From 2000 through 2010, the volume of diagnostic tests increased by 89 percent, the volume of imaging by 81 percent, and the volume of procedures other than major surgery by 65 percent. The volume of major surgical procedures, and evaluation and management services (office, nursing home, home, hospital, and other visits), increased at a much lower rate of  35 percent. Because of higher volume, physicians’ Medicare revenue has increased.  Even though the SGR has kept payment updates below inflation, MedPAC reports that “growth in the volume of services contributed more to the rapid increase in Medicare spending payment rate increases … both factors—updates and volume growth—combine to increase physician revenues.” Medicare patients have better access to physicians than the privately insured.  In 2011, 74 percent of Medicare beneficiaries, and 71 percent of privately insured patients, reported “never” having to wait longer than they wanted to get an appointment for routine care. Medicare beneficiaries also reported more timely appointments for injury and illnesses. Only 6 percent of Medicare enrollees said they were looking for new primary care physician, compared to 7 percent of the privately insured, suggesting that “most people are either satisfied with current physician or did not have to look for one.”  A larger, but still comparatively small, number of Medicare patients reported trouble finding a primary care physician. Of the 6 percent of Medicare beneficiaries who were looking for a new primary care physician in 2011, 35 percent reported having trouble finding one—23 percent of them reporting their problem as “big” plus 16 pecent reporting their problem as “small.” The Commission notes that “although this number amounts to about 2 percent of to the total Medicare population reporting problems, the Commission is concerned about the continuing trend of greater access problems for primary care.” I suspect that the first reaction of many physicians to these data will to insist that MedPAC must be wrong, that they know from their own experiences that Medicare payments haven’t kept pace with their costs and that they know of many doctors who are turning away Medicare patients.  And they may be right, in the sense that their own personal experiences may not match the data on national trends and the cumulative impacts of spending growth per patient and physician. But just as good physicians don’t ignore or dismiss clinical data that challenges their own perceptions and experiences, the medical profession shouldn’t ignore the data on what is really going on with Medicare spending and access. The fact is that spending on physician services in the aggregate has grown rapidly, even with the SGR-imposed limits on payment updates, and the culprits are more testing, imaging, and procedures being ordered for each beneficiary. And despite some evidence of greater access problems for primary care, most Medicare patients—so far—are not having major problems getting appointments or finding a primary care physician or a specialist. Armed with these data, Congress isn’t likely to spend hundreds of billions to just eliminate the SGR, absent a plan to control the volume of services. As MedPAC notes: “Volume growth increases Medicare spending, squeezing other priorities in the federal budget, and requiring taxpayers and beneficiaries to contribute more to the Medicare program . . . They are largely responsible for the negative updates required by the SGR formula. Rapid volume growth may be a sign that some services in the physician fee schedule are mispriced.” Last week, ACP’s President David Bronson, MD, FACP, told the House Energy and Commerce Committee about innovative, physician-led initiatives that could help solve the Medicare SGR problem, and today, he testified before the House Ways and Means on how ACP proposes “to transition from a fundamentally broken physician payment system to one that is based on the value of services to patients, building on physician-led initiatives to improve outcomes and lower costs.” Ignoring the facts will not heal a broken payment system, but offering the medical profession’s own diagnosis and treatment plan informed by the evidence just might help.  Today’s question: what is your reaction to the data on Medicare spending on physician services?
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Just Democrats Only: Mixed Message as Republicans Claim Health Law Cuts Medicare

But the $500 billion in reductions would come through cuts in the projected growth of Medicare and would mainly affect hospitals and other providers of medical care, some of whom supported the health care measure nonetheless because it would extend coverage to up to 30 million uninsured Americans, raising the number of paying customers. Other savings would result from lower subsidies for private insurers selling Medicare Advantage plans, which offer older people extra features like vision care and gym memberships. The insurers could not cut basic Medicare benefits.
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The Consequences of Missing Medicare Signup

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OOPS I THINK THE SHINE IS OFF THE PEACH ...........IT'S ABOUT TIME by SS&SSPaying for the gaps in Medicare Part A and B coverage out-of-pocket can be financially devastating for a prolonged or serious illness or injury. Supplemental insurance is very important to control this risk. One choice is to enroll in both a Medigap policy plus a drug plan, known as Medicare Part D. Another choice is to sign up for a Medicare Advantage Plan, also known as Medicare Part C. Neither enrollment is automatic. You will have to choose these plans from private insurers. Again, the “Medicare and You” handbook is very good at outlining the types of coverage plan choices. Once you decide on the type of plan(s) you want, choosing your policies from the array of available private insurers can be overwhelming. A good insurance broker can be very helpful at this point.
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Where you should Look for Medicare Supplement Quotations?

Medicare supplemental insurance plans can be purchased through personal insurance firms and therefore are created to populate the particular holes ignored through initial Medicare insurance plans. These types of plans support write about the prices associated with Medicare-covered expert services for instance co-insurance, deductibles and also co-payments. Many of the revealed area through initial Medicare insurance can be obtained treatment through Medicare supplemental insurance plans. Those people who are opted in for your initial Medicare insurance and Medicare supplemental insurance insurance policy, Medicare insurance insures a good authorized level of the medical treatment price there after the particular Medicare supplemental insurance insurance policy pays it’s write about. Medicare insurance benefit strategies such as a PPO and also HMO are techniques to receive advantages from Medicare insurance as opposed to Medicare supplemental insurance plans solely nutritional supplement some great benefits of Medicare insurance insurance policy. Though, distributed and sold through personal organizations, Medicare supplemental insurance plans have to follow legislation manufactured by Federal and state administration. Circumstances to Learn When you’re getting Medigap Estimates: Prior to someone seek out Medigap insurance quotes, he or she need to make sure potentially they are by now opted in for Medicare insurance Component Some sort of and Component H. People today, who are about to swap out of Medicare insurance benefit will initial Medicare insurance, have to apply for Medicare supplemental insurance before the conclusion in the insurance. Blueprints Age, , I and L are certainly not distributed anymore, although men and women is able to keep these people when they are by now opted in for it. One man or woman may be taken care of in a Medicare supplemental insurance insurance policy, hence in the instance of husband and wife your wife and husband need to acquire impartial insurance policy. An covered person is forced to pay back separate payments intended for Medicare insurance Component H and Medicare supplemental insurance insurance policy. Medicare supplement quality goes toward the individual firm you’re signed up using. Greatest time and energy to find Medigap Estimates: Plumbing service looking for insurance quotes is proper before the open up subscription interval intended for Medicare supplemental insurance. Each year personal insurance firms change their particular Medigap quotation, therefore it is wise to seek when you’re going to buy it, since then you’ll receive the modern insurance quotes. Insurance agencies are certainly not capable to employ professional medical underwriting do your best which means they won’t do any in the right after: Won’t sign on someone within Medicare supplemental insurance insurance policy in good reason associated with health problems. Impose someone a lot more than someone who has simply no health problems. Creates a man or woman delay before the insurance may start. Precisely why seek Medigap insurance quotes when you’re first qualified? People that sign up for join Medicare insurance insurance policy following open up subscription interval should undergo professional medical assessment out of medical professionals chosen because of the insurance carrier. The person may also be energized a lot more than ordinary charges appropriate in the course of open up subscription interval. beauty quotes As well as the most severe, criminal background will also be turned down the coverage because of the insurance carrier if it’s not pleased with the medical upshot of criminal background. So begin hunting for insurance quotes equally you are about to develop into qualified as well as open up subscription interval will be in.
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Medicare Part D Enrollment Penalty « Insurance News from Crowe & Associates

If you sign up late for part B, you will pay a 10% penalty for every 12 months you didnt have part B, for life.   If you are over age 65, actively working and getting health coverage, you do not need to sign up for part B.  If you are not actively working and getting retirment coverage over the age of 65, you should sign up for part B because the penalty will count for you.
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What is Medicare and Do I Need it?

If you’re approaching age 65, you’re probably getting lots of advice from lots of people.  Some may be saying that it’s time to retire, while others might be advising you to work as long as you can. Some may be recommending that you sign up for Social Security benefits, but others might think this is a bad decision since your income checks could be higher if you put it off a year or two. And you’re probably getting plenty of advice about Medicare as well, but if you’re like most people, you may not even know what Medicare does. Don’t worry—while there’s a lot to learn, we can help get you up to speed.
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Steady Hospital Readmission Rates Prove Costly for Medicare

Not everyone agrees with these findings. Nancy Foster, a vice president at the American Hospital Association, has stated that these findings downplay improvements made in the last year given the prior two years of readmission data. She suspects that more patients are being better managed in the ambulatory setting and that sicker patients, who end up being admitted, are more likely to return and be readmitted into the hospital. Additionally, industry and health policy experts believe that patients intentionally returning or being readmitted to the hospital for new, unrelated ailments, are not properly counted in Medicare’s calculations.
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Comments on “How to Avoid Medicare Land Mines”

Fourth, if you are on retiree coverage, make sure you sign up for Medicare Parts A and B because this type of employer coverage becomes secondary to Medicare Parts A and B at age 65.  Also, Schultz brings up a valid point about leaving retiree coverage which may be more expensive than Medicare, and not being able to get it back later if you change your mind.  Also, if your spouse is covered by your retiree plan and you leave the plan, your spouse will probably lose coverage.  Make sure they can get an individual plan or have another option before you leave.  If they have pre-existing health conditions that allow insurance plans to deny coverage, their only other option may be a Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) through the Affordable Care Act.  To be eligible for these PCIPs, you have to be without coverage for 6 months. 
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Medicare Advantage Enrollment Goes Up As Premium Costs Decline

The Hill: Report: Enrollment Up, Premiums Down For Medicare Advantage The 2010 healthcare law contained cuts to Medicare Advantage that were strongly opposed by Republicans and insurance companies. The program offers care to seniors through private insurers that contract with the Medicare agency. … The program now covers more than 13 million beneficiaries, or 27 percent of the Medicare population, the report stated. … The law’s cuts to the program are expected to save $136 billion over 10 years (Viebeck, 6/12).
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WebHot: Seniors Don’t Agree With Right’s Medicare Vision

Who would want to fix something so obviously not broken? Enter Congress. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, “Republicans, including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney . . . want to convert Medicare into what they call a ‘premium support’ program that gives beneficiaries vouchers to buy a private insurance plan of their choosing.” Forget the ad speak about “premium support.” You could stop reading at “vouchers,” which is code for the privatization of government assets; throw in a little Bain juju, and you can see where the “party of ideas” would take Medicare – right off a cliff.
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Office of Congressman Sam Johnson announces free Medicare information session for seniors

Benefits counselors with the NCTAA will be on hand to discuss the 2012 Medicare program and the annual enrollment period. These experts will be available to answer general questions regarding the process. For more targeted requests, the Wellness Center for Older Adults will be offering individual, confidential Medicare enrollment assistance on November 8, 15, 22, and 29 at the Plano Senior Center. Individuals must sign up for the one-on-one, interactive counseling due to limited spaces. Please call 972-941-7335 to make arrangements and find out what items you will need to bring for counseling (list of medications, etc.).
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Practical Insights: Dealing with Medicare Part B and COBRA Coverage

Generally, the Socal Security Act provides that individuals may enroll in Medicare Part B (which covers doctors visits and other outpatient services) when they reach age 65. If they fail to do so during a seven-month initial enrollment period surrounding their 65th birthday, they can enroll during an annual “general enrollment” period that occurs each January 1- March 31, with coverage becoming effective the following July1, though they will incur a penalty in the form of permanently higher Part B premiums (10% increase for each year of available coverage that is foregone). However, actively employed individuals who have employer-provided health coverage can postpone signing up for Medicare Part B until after age 65. When they lose the employer-provided coverage or terminate employment, whichever happens first, they are then provided an eight-month “special enrollment period” (“SEP”) during which they can sign up for Medicare effective immediately and without penalty.
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Medicare Chiropractic Billing Guidelines and the OIG 2012 Work Plan

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OBAMACARE WATCH: MORE DARKNESS THAN LIGHT AND OF COURSE TAXES AND PENALTYS by SS&SSMedicare pay for 20 days or less even though Medicare benefits will cover up to 100 days. This is because most patients simply cannot continue to improve beyond 20 days and are given the choice of being discharged or becoming self-pay. (Few Medicare patients have a secondary insurance that will pay for a non-covered Medicare stay. Most secondary insurances pay deductible and co-insurance of covered stays.) Medicare for the purpose of chiropractic and nursing home stays will only cover if the patient is actively showing improvement or rehabilitative services. Medicare does not pay for maintenance care. Please note, just because Medicare does not pay for services does not mean the services are needed.
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Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act; Hearing Care Unaffected for Now

The only part of the law struck down was the portion that would restrict a state from receiving all of its federal Medicare funds if the state chose not to expand Medicare coverage to more middle class households, another new provision in the law. As a result, states now can receive the extra subsidy provided to them under the Affordable Care Act for expanding Medicare, but they are not required to use the extra funds to expand coverage to more low income and middle class families. As written, the subsidy is not enough to cover the new people eligible in 2014, falling about 10% short in the case of some states.
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Hearing Health News: Medicare and Hearing Aids

The cost of hearing aids is a major concern for many people with hearing loss.  Our patients are often eager to know about insurance coverage for hearing tests and hearing aids, so here are the basics: Medicare will generally cover a diagnostic hearing evaluation (conducted by our audiologists here at J Waligora Audiology) to determine if there is a medical cause for your hearing loss.  Speak to your primary care doctor if you have concerns regarding your hearing and he/she can write you a script to have the hearing evaluation completed.  Unfortunately, Medicare does not provide coverage for hearing aids or for routine hearing evaluations thereafter. If you have secondary coverage or private health insurance, call the number on the back of your insurance card to locate a participating provider and determine if there are hearing aid benefits.  If there is insurance coverage for hearing aids, be sure to ask about the maximum amount covered, if the amount is per ear or total, and how often the benefit can be used.  For example, under the Empire Plan hearing aids are covered up to a maximum of $1500.00 per ear once every four years. The doctors here at J Waligora Audiology are participating providers for Medicare, most major insurance carriers including the Empire Plan, and other 3rd party payments. If you do not have insurance coverage, we offer several interest free payment options through Care Credit and can counsel you on other financial assistance programs that you may be eligible for.  Here at J Waligora Audiology we will work with you to select hearing aids that are appropriate for your hearing loss, lifestyle and economic needs.  Call us to make an appointment today 315.463.1724.        
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Medicare Coverage for Hearing Aids

Often Wisconsin Medicare Plans is asked: is there Medicare Coverage for Hearing Aids ?  The simple answer is no.  With original Medicare, there is no coverage for hearing aids.  However, we have a solution for hearing aid coverage.  We have partnered with Medico to offer hearing aid coverage for an affordable monthly price.  Please click on our easy Medico link below to review pricing and plan details :
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Does Medicare Cover Hearing Exams and Hearing?

There are two main types of hearing exams: regular (as in a general health check up) and diagnostic. Diagnostic exams are based on medical need, such as a hearing loss due to illness or surgery. The latter type of exam is prescribed by a physician and are generally covered by Medicare because of their basis on medical need. Regular hearing exams, if coded the same as a general health check up exam, are not covered by Medicare.
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HEARING AID INSURANCE: MEDICARE AND QUALITY OF LIFE

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Medicare Benefit Policy Manual

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Why does not Medicare spend for hearing aids for older individuals …

hearing aid insurance coverage, you must keep in thoughts: question of Colt : Why will not Medicare spend for hearing aids for seniors I wrote two senators and get answers form that have not responded to this query. It seems to me, is hearing loss, if the elderly were the quantity one issue, it really is pretty high on the list. High quality evaluation are hearing chers.Si Medicare will spend for motorized wheelchairs, why not pay for at least component of the expense of hearing aids Best
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Private Health Insurance in Australia over Medicare

There are actually over millions of Medicare users using the free hospital services. This is why there could be long stays for services in public hospitals. Getting a private health insurance can provide you with quality treatment available in private hospitals. With exclusive medical care, there is no need to wait in long lines for the services you will need. It could be a good option for busy individuals because the insurance policy lets you have weekend consultations with private hospital physicians.
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Oyster Radio News: DISASTER AID DOES NOT AFFECT SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE BENEFITS

Those who have experienced damage from the storms may be eligible for FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program.  This may cover expenses for temporary housing, home repairs, replacement of damaged personal property and other disaster-related needs, such as medical, dental or transportation costs not covered by insurance or other programs.
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Ypsilanti, Michigan Medicare Supplement Plan G

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32.Detroit by Tomato Geezer[…] […] […] In an earlier post on this blog, we looked at Medicare supplement plan F, and how it is the most popular supplement plan on the market.  With this post, we are going to look at Michigan Medicare supplement plan G, and how it might be the available product on the market.Source: cheapinsuranceinmichigan.com […]Source: cheapinsuranceinmichigan.com […]Source: cheapinsuranceinmichigan.com […]
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Michigan: Medicare Of Michigan

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Michigan Insurance News & Tips: Applying Online For Michigan Medicare Supplement Coverage

Also seen a in a press release that just came out, Michiganhealthbroker, INC is going to online applications for consumers looking for Medicare supplement coverage. Michigan is home to one of the most populous states when it comes to seniors.  With this understanding, the agency now is specializing more into the Michigan Medicare market.  When it comes to supplements, the agency now is representing some of the most popular carriers on the market.  They include HAP, Standard Life, Omaha Insurance, and many more.  Some of these carriers (not all), have the option of these consumers applying directly online with help from our agency.  This has been a tremendous advantage as some people just do not want brokers at the table. To learn more about the Michigan Medicare supplement market, contact us today.
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Wixom Man Pleads Guilty in Connection with Medicare Fraud Scheme in Detroit

According to court documents, Shaikh paid kickbacks and bribes to Medicare beneficiaries in order to obtain the beneficiaries’ Medicare information, which was then used to bill Medicare for home health services that were never provided. Shaikh created evaluations, therapy revisit notes, and other medical documentation memorializing purported physical therapy for patients he did not see or treat. Shaikh and his co-conspirators had Medicare beneficiaries pre-sign forms and visit sheets that were later falsified to make it appear that the beneficiaries had received home health services when, in fact, they had not. Shaikh knew that the documents that he signed would be used to support false claims to Medicare for home health services.
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Michigan: Medicare Of Michigan

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BEVERLY TRAN: Michigan Needs To Take A Lesson From North Carolina Attorney General Office

What I see is a partnership, far beyond a funded, mandated Medicaid Integrity Program.  I see referrals.  I see communication.  I see partnership in accountability and transparency.  I see innovation. I see program improvement, increased efficiency and improved delivery of services.  I see reduction in health care costs.  I see Electronic Health Records and functional information technology infrastructure of the state.
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Michigan Man Pleads Guilty in Connection with Detroit

WASHINGTON—A Michigan resident pleaded guilty today for his role in a $13.8 million Detroit-area home health care fraud scheme, announced the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services (HHS).
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Affordable Care Act Saved Medicare Recipients Billions on Prescription Drugs in 2011 : Michigan Health Law Link

The Obama administration reported that in 2011, the first full year of the new healthcare reform law, 3.6 million people in the Medicare program saved $2.1 billion on prescription drugs. According to Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, eventually healthcare reform will close the Medicare donut hole completely. The "donut hole" is the informal name for the Medicare Part D coverage gap. When a Medicare beneficiary has a Part D prescription plan, the beneficiary is responsible for paying an initial deductible. Then, the beneficiary enters the initial coverage phase, where the beneficiary is responsible for paying a co-payment on all prescriptions while their insurance pays the remaining balance. After a Medicare beneficiary surpasses the prescription drug coverage limit for the year, however, the Medicare beneficiary is financially responsible for the entire cost of prescription drugs until the expense reaches the catastrophic coverage threshold. Then, insurance will again cover the primary cost of the prescriptions until the end of the year. This "gap" when the beneficiary must cover the entire cost of prescriptions is known as the "donut hole". These costs can be extremely burdensome on Medicare beneficiaries, which is why the Affordable Care Act’s ("ACA") provisions that lower such costs are so appealing to beneficiaries. According to the Detroit News, the savings on prescription drugs created by healthcare reform had a substantial impact on Michigan Medicare beneficiaries in 2011. More than 84,000 Michigan residents receiving Medicare benefits saved nearly $49 million on prescriptions in 2011. This amounted to an average savings of $582 on prescriptions for each Michigan Medicare beneficiary who hit the donut hole. This savings is due to certain provisions in the ACA. Beginning in 2011, the ACA provided Medicare recipients a 50% discount on brand-name prescriptions. By 2020, these changes will effectively close the coverage gap and rather than paying 100% of the costs, beneficiaries’ responsibility will be 25% of the costs.
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Michigan’s John Conyers: Tireless champion for jobs and voting rights

To know the struggling, people centered, workers and oppressed, uplift legendary legal efforts of maybe the greatest people’s lawyer in the history of the U. S. , is to know John Conyers. He seeks unity, unity, unity of the workers and the people. Right wingers, starting with the notorious and disgraced Richard Milhouse Nixon, have, with fascistic passion, moved and yet move to stop our magnificent John Conyers. He has been the consistent counterweight to what U. S. Senator Tom Harkin warns us of today, attacks on workers, unions, and the U. S. Constitution itself. His body of legal work and legacy will serve as models for Missouri, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and especially the Southern States, to restore political and human rights there and the whole U. S. John Conyers legal policy work in the areas of political access and African American reparations will prove treasures for generations to come. Thanks to sister Joelle Fishman and the PW for this stellar article.
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Mich. Medicaid Director: “A Struggle” To Meet Deadlines If Law Upheld

We advantage the plans that have higher quality to get more of those auto-assignments.  We monitor the plans on various HEDIS and CAHPS measures.  And we even provide a scorecard, where we rate plans competing against themselves on a one, two and three-star system on different care components that go to beneficiaries to help choose a plan.  We don’t allow marketing.  We have an enrollment broker that’s a neutral party that provides objective information – tries to make sure, if an individual has a primary care doctor, they can choose a plan that that primary care doctor participates in.  So, we have a lot of safeguards around that.  In terms of network adequacy and making sure there are sufficient providers, Medicare has certain standards that they use.  We use, I think, similar standards to make sure that there is capacity. 
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SMH Listed Among Nation’s Top Two Hospitals for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia care

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Medicare for All by juhansoninSarasota Memorial was one of only two hospitals in the nation to perform well-above the national average in all three readmission categories studied. The data, which covers a three-year period from July 2008 to June 2011, was posted this month on CMS’ Hospital Compare website; an analysis this week by Kaiser Health News spotlighted Sarasota Memorial and Citrus Memorial Hospital (Inverness, FL) as the only two hospitals in the nation that had better than average readmission rates for all three conditions.
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CMS Selects First Accountable Care Organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) selects 27 Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) “to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program,” according to a release from CMS. “All ACOs that succeed in providing high quality care – as measured by performance on 33 quality measures relating to care coordination and patient safety, use of appropriate preventive health services, improved care for at-risk populations, and the patient experience of care – while reducing the costs of care – may share in the savings to Medicare.” Additionally, “Two of the ACOs announced today applied for a version of the program that allows them to earn a higher share of any savings, in return for which they have agreed to be held accountable for a share of any losses if the costs of care for the beneficiaries assigned to them increase” and “Five of the 27 ACOs that are starting in April will participate in the Advance Payment ACO Model established by the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) to encourage rural and physician-based ACOs to participate in the Shared Savings Program. Under this model, each participating ACOs will receive advance payments to help cover the costs of establishing the infrastructure needed to coordinate care for the beneficiaries they serve. The advance payments will be repaid from shared savings earned by the ACO. If an ACO does not complete the full, initial agreement period of the Shared Savings Program, CMS will in most cases pursue full recoupment of advance payments.”
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This Week in Polling: The Public on Medicare and Medicaid

Chock-full of health care questions, the latest AP-GfK Poll asks the public if health care is an important issue to them, how well the President is handling it, and who they trust – Democrats or Republicans – to deal with health care and Medicare. The survey dives deeper into Medicare and measures support for cutting spending on the program to balance the federal budget and ascertains whether people think they will rely on Medicare benefits throughout retirement. Quinnipiac’s poll in Florida queries voters on what Congress should do next on the health reform law. Finally, check out our latest Health Tracking Poll to see where favorability on the law falls this month. The survey also takes an in depth look at public attitudes toward and experiences with the Medicaid program.
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When Does Medicare Pay For Nursing Home Care?

There are twelve standardized Medigap plans, A straight through L. In most states, you can go to any physician or hospital that accepts Medicare without pre-authorization. Under plans C straight through J, days one straight through twenty are thoroughly paid for by Medicare. For days twenty one straight through one hundred, the Medicare co-pay for 2010 is 7.00 which is covered by the Medigap policy. From day one hundred one and beyond, the patient is responsible for the full cost.
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Higher Payments Are No Cure For Doctor Shortage

By Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News  Medicare should not try to address the shortages of doctors and health care providers in some areas of the country by raising reimbursements to lure practitioners there, the Institute of Medicine recommended Tuesday. The committee concluded that while “there are wide discrepancies in access to and quality of care across geographic areas, particularly for racial and ethnic minorities,” those variations did not appear to be due to Medicare payments and were unlikely to be influenced by changes in rates. The report, which was commissioned by the Department of Health and Human Services, said: The committee concluded that Medicare beneficiaries in some geographic pockets face persistent access and quality problems, and many of these pockets are in medically underserved rural and inner-city areas. However, geographic adjustment of Medicare payment is not an appropriate approach for addressing problems in the supply and distribution of the health care workforce. The geographic variations in the distribution of physicians, nurses, and physician assistants and local shortages that create access problems for beneficiaries should be addressed through other means. The committee noted that Medicare last year started providing bonus payments to primary care providers and for general surgery in some underserved regions of the country through 2015. But a more sweeping adjustment of payments of the type the panel discouraged would be much more controversial, as it could lead to lower reimbursements in areas of the country with a surfeit of providers, since federal law requires geographic adjustments to be budget neutral. Instead of altering payments, the committee recommended that Medicare pay for services such as telemedicine that improve access to medical care in underserved regions. It also encouraged states to change scope of practice laws so that nurse practitioners can provide more care, something the institute has pushed for in the past. Medicare already pays more to providers in areas of the country that are expensive to live or practice in. The first part of the Institute of Medicine study, released last year, recommended that Medicare make a “significant change” in the way it estimates these costs. Among the recommendations were that Medicare should use government data rather than hospital reports to calculate regional wages and to stop using the price of two bedroom apartments to estimate commercial rents. In its new report, the committee performed statistical simulations of those earlier recommendations and concluded that for most doctors and hospitals, their reimbursements would change by less than 5 percent on average. The report added: “The change in practitioner payments, however, would tend to redistribute payments to metropolitan areas from nonmetropolitan areas, including some that historically have been underserved.” Still outstanding are the results of a separate IOM committee looking into why Medicare spends more on patients in some areas of the country than others without always giving better care. ### Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy research and communication organization not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.
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ObamaCare : South Carolina Nursing Home Blog

5.  Privacy Breaks for Nursing Mothers (Sec. 4207) Requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide a private location at their worksites where nursing mothers "can express breast milk." Employers must also provide employees with "a reasonable break time" to do this, though employers are not required to pay their employees during these nursing breaks.
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Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center

I was really pleased last week when I learned that two of Oregon’s large hospitals scored an “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group for safety standards.  I was actually treated at one of them – Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center – and remember thinking that it was quite nice.  It’s located in Clackamas but I went there as I heard it had a good neo-natal unit for when Ethan was born.  I’m not familiar with the other one that scored an A – McMinnville’s Willamette Valley Medical Center – but I love the Cornerstone Coffee Roasters for their Jiminy Cricket Milkshakes!  But I digress.
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Medicare Advantage Enrollment Climbs, Premiums Fall

For brokers who want to engage Medicare, Word & Brown will help train them on how to sell these products and will help them establish relationships with carriers.  Brokers can also add Joppel – a CMS approved quoting engine to their own website. Gregg Ratkovic of Joppel said, “Every day 10,000 people are aging into Medicare and that trend is expected to continue for the next two decades. There are close to 50 million individuals enrolled in Medicare or Medicare Advantage plans with an increasing number of employers transitioning their retired workers into Medicare Advantage plans rather than keeping them in company-managed pension programs. Similarly, the individual and family plan market is a growth opportunity as employer groups reduce benefits, unemployment remains high, and group and government markets shrink. The implementation of health insurance exchanges and a growing desire among consumers for portable healthcare as frequent job changes become more common all point to opportunity as Americans look for quality coverage with flexibility and choice. With the recent Supreme Court decision to uphold the individual mandate proposed in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law in 2010, many employers may consider offering their employees lump sums so they can purchase Individual plans rather than maintain group coverage as early as January 2014.” For more information, visit www.wordandbrown.com. Source: calbrokermag.com
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