Medicare will pay a portion of these SNF costs (the rest of which are picked up by patients’ supplemental policies) for a up to 100 days for every benefit period. Once these days are used up, the patient will be financially responsible for any other skilled nursing benefits until the next benefit period begins. How does Medicare define a benefit period? A benefit period ends when you have not been in a hospital or in a SNF for 60 consecutive days. Once a new benefit period begins you will need another three midnight stay to qualify for additional SNF days (up to 100 days every benefit period). If Medicare won’t pay for additional days, neither will the supplemental policy as these policies will usually only cover the portion of approved days that Medicare doesn’t cover. Most patients who use up 100 days of SNF benefits would never go another 60 days in a row without being admitted to the hospital. They use up their 100 days for a reason. They cannot avoid living at home without avoiding frequent hospital level care. Clinically, what I see is that most patients who have used up their 100 days in a benefit period will are palliative care candidates or require long term care in a nursing home.
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GLOOM AND DOOM REPORT: PAUL RYAN MEDICARE EXPLAINED IN SIMPLE TERMS
ITS ALL ABOUT …. COUPONS…!! YOU KNOW WHAT A COUPON IS DON’T YOU…GRANNY…? LIKE FOR PANCAKE MIX AT THE SUPERMARKET… ONLY NOW ITS FOR YOUR DOCTOR AND HOSPITAL BILLS… Look… This is all just a way to get to single payer…which everyone else has had for decades… Single Payer works well enough for 98% of the population…save for a few cranks…who want to complain…but can’t really afford to pay for their own medical care… Yes, its a little less profitable for Insurance companies…and medical providers…but not that much… But it gives the system sustainability …which it does not have now… And perhaps…if SOME 90 year old with TERMINAL cancer…DOESN’T GET A HEART TRANSPLANT…? IE “DEATH PANELS…! WELL…LET THEM PAY FOR ONE IN INDIA…IF THEY CAN AFFORD IT… Postscript: OK…maybe its all a liberal plot to kill Trigg…! But I doubt it…!!
The Law Office of Marc June: Paybacks are a Pain: Health Insurance, Workers’ Compensation, Medicaid, Medicare
The most important priority for accident victims is necessary medical treatment. Whether paid by Health Insurance, Workers’ Compensation, Medicaid, Medicare, each payor is protected by “subrogation” or “lien” rights. This can best be explained as all medical expenses must be repaid out of any recovery. This is rationalized under the principles of “one cannot recover the same damages twice” and “this is how these programs minimize their costs.” Every dollar paid back is one less dollar for the client. Depending on the specific facts of each case, a lawyer may be able to negotiate reductions in these paybacks, sometimes entirely. You have to play your hand smartly. See www.junelawyer.com
The Medicare Hospice Benefit Explained
Congress established the Medicare Hospice Benefit in 1983 to ensure that all Medicare beneficiaries could access high-quality end-of-life care. Today, more than 65 percent of hospice patients are Medicare beneficiaries. The Medicare Hospice Benefit offers dying Americans the option to experience death free of pain, with emotional and spiritual support for both themselves and their families.
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Affordable Care Act Has Saved $3.9 Billion on Prescription Drugs for Those on Medicare, CMS Announces | HelpingYouCare™
As a result of the Affordable Care Act, over 5.2 million seniors and people with disabilities have saved over $3.9 billion on prescription drugs since the law was enacted. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) also released data today showing that in the first half of 2012, over 1 million people with Medicare saved a total of $687 million on prescription drugs in “donut hole” coverage gap for an average of $629 in savings this year.
Medicare Supplements Explained
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