GAO challenges CMS on cost of removing Medicare SSNs

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BITCH..beautiful individual that causes hardons .....item 1..Allen West calls Wasserman Schultz ‘vile’ and ‘not a lady’  (7/20/2011) ... by marsmet522Which number is larger, 800 million or 13 billion? The answer is obvious. So are why these numbers meaningful for healthcare? According to the Department of Justice, the financial costs associated with identify theft totaled an estimated $13.3 billion. Between 2009 and 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported more than 400 incidents of health data breaches affecting the protected health information of 500 or more patients, information that often includes a prime target of identify thieves — that, Social Security numbers (SSNs).  According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the cost to remove SSNs from Medicare cards in one of three ways numbers close to $800 million.
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Veronique de Rugy: The Facts about the Government's Medicare Cost Projections

This chart compares Congressional Budget Office long-term projections of the debt held by the public from 2010 with long-term projections calculated in 2007. In 2007, the CBO projected that the debt held by the public would surpass 60 percent in 2023. Note that this long-term projection incorporated policy changes that were deemed likely at the time. Using the same methodology last year, the CBO projected that the debt will exceed 60 percent of GDP by the end of 2010. In the three years between projections, the debt milestone has accelerated by 13 years. This unforeseen acceleration is worth careful consideration; as the government consumes more credit, less will be available to the private sector.
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Social Security goes up, but so do Medicare premiums

To P. D’Antonio, NOT EVERY PENSION PLAN IS THE SAME. MINE WAS FREE WITH THE AIRLINE THROUGH THE UNION. I also suffer with many Esophagus problems and I truly believe all the chemicals I worked with and ulcer in Esophagus from stress from the “Good Old Boys in the Union”. My husband gets a great PENSION as he made very little which co-incided with the city plan as all figured out to a tee as he paid in big monies for his Pension pretty much $200.00 to $400.00 in later years as made more but when he worked overtime and slept all wknd there and removed snow they took $600.00 of his overtime including the reg. month payments for his Pension. You young people know nothing or some older. Every pension plan is different!!! My friend hates it too but her company gives BONUS checks each year which she got a lump sum of $15,000 and others at that same company up to $34,000 per year. I worked for not much for 46 yrs. my hubby got NO Bonuses for Viet Nam. He will not get any Social Security for 30 yrs with City as part of the Pension Plan as he did not pay in unless worked other jobs. He has worked other jobs now for 16 yrs plus his 30 for city. Plus his 4 yrs Marine service plus 6 yrs reserves. He is 65 and still working for Health Ins. Him and I never saw Bonuses!!!!! I don’t get low free flying as quit early because of ulcer and many other throat problems working with so very many chemicals. Get your facts straight about Pensions!!!! I never heard of a 401K plan til 1991 in my whole life and neither did my husband. If they were around earlier must have been for the rich or high up people at jobs! Republicans wanted all the Soc. Sec. to INVEST, remember then we had the stockmarket fall with the Godlman Sacs and Wallstreet. My husband’s Pension almost went broke and had to be transferred to another pension which were still not sure of! If Republicans would of had their way all the Social Security would have been gone then. LOL Stockbroker’s would have taken a big share of soc. sec. How soon we forget Republicans went on and on about people invest their own and let stock people take over Soc. Sec. to invest and they would have lost all of it a long time ago!!! Every company has their perks and some are more generous than others!!!!! LOL
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2013 Medicare Drug Plan Premiums Will Be Similar To This Year — On Average

“Some folks won’t have access to plans at this price,” said Joe Baker, president of the Medicare Rights Center, a consumer advocacy group. “The bigger issue is that seniors have too much choice, or too much non-meaningful choice.” Seniors, he said, “tend to go for lower premiums, which look more affordable, but they can be surprised when their drug isn’t in the formulary.”
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Mitt Romney on Health Care

Deep Reads: The Daily Beast: The Answer Is Unleashing Markets, Not Government Our divide is fundamental: Republicans believe healthcare can be best guided by consumers, physicians and markets; Democrats believe government would do better. Some Democrats would have government buy healthcare for us; set the rates for doctors, hospitals and medicines; and decide what medical treatment we would be entitled to receive for each illness. If you liked the HMOs of the ’80s, you’d love government-run healthcare … But government can’t match consumers and markets when it comes to lowering cost, improving quality, and boosting productivity … The right answer for healthcare is to apply more market force, not less (Mitt Romney, 05/01/09). Boston Globe: Preston’s Blueprint Long before Mitt Romney unveiled his ambitious plan to provide health insurance to everyone in Massachusetts, he hired Ron Preston — “the best health and human services secretary in the nation,” as the governor once called him – to work on a plan to do in the Commonwealth what no other state has been able to do. Romney took the wraps off his vision in November 2004, and Preston, apparently no longer the best health and human services secretary in the nation, was nudged out by the next May. Preston and a tight group from inside and outside the administration spent 6 months answering Romney’s basic question: Could it be done? Their answer: Yes, Massachusetts could insure all its residents. But how the Preston working group planned to do it differed, in critical aspects, from what Romney eventually proposed (Bailey, 1/11/06). FactCheck.org: ‘Romneycare’ Facts and Falsehoods As the 2012 presidential campaign gets under way in just a few months (believe it or not), we expect to see an increasing number of attacks on so-called “RomneyCare.” So as part primer and part preemptive fact-checking, this article is our attempt to set the record straight (Robertson, 5/25/11). Boston Globe: Romney And Healthcare: In the Thick of History The former governor has faced a fusillade from the right for the plan they call RomneyCare. But a look back at the birth of the Massachusetts law shows why he can’t, and won’t, back away. It was an amazing political feat, and no one’s role was bigger than his (Mooney, 5/30/11). Boston Globe: ‘RomneyCare’ — A Revolution that Basically Worked The former governor’s health plan is a policy piñata among his rivals. But a detailed Globe review finds the overhaul has achieved its main goals without devastating state finances. The remaining worry is future costs (Mooney, 6/26/11). New York Times: Ted Kennedy Helped Shape Mitt Romney’s Career, and Still Haunts It When Gov. Mitt Romney signed legislation in April 2006 requiring most Massachusetts residents to have health coverage, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy stood by his side, beaming like a proud father. They were onstage at historic Faneuil Hall in Boston, a setting that had a special resonance for the two (Stolberg, 3/24/12). The Real Romney (book): Pride in RomneyCare Shows in Official Portrait In 2008, for Romney’s official portrait, he had been clear about the image he wanted to convey for posterity. He would be sitting on his desk in front of an American flag, next to symbols of two things he held dear. The first was a photo of his wife, the center of his personal universe. The second was the Massachusetts healthcare law, represented by an official-looking document with a caduceus — often used as a symbol of the medical profession — embossed in gold on the cover. Romney was deeply proud of the law and felt strongly that it should figure prominently in the portrait, which would hang alongside others dating back to the Colonial era. He wanted to be remembered for that (Kranish and Helman, p. 261-262, 1/17/12). NPR: Romney On the Health Insurance Mandate In 2006, as Massachusetts’ governor, he talked about the state’s mandate in decidedly non-ideological terms: “We’re going to say, folks, if you can afford healthcare, then gosh, you’d better go get it; otherwise, you’re just passing on your expenses to someone else. That’s not Republican; that’s not Democratic; that’s not libertarian; that’s just wrong” (Liasson, 5/25/12). New York Times: Jonathan Gruber, Healthcare’s Mr. Mandate After Massachusetts, California came calling. So did Connecticut, Delaware, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, Wisconsin and Wyoming. They all wanted Jonathan Gruber, a numbers wizard at M.I.T., to help them figure out how to fix their healthcare systems, just as he had helped Mitt Romney overhaul health insurance when he was the Massachusetts governor. Then came the call in 2008 from President-elect Obama’s transition team, the one that officially turned this stay-at-home economics professor into Mr. Mandate (Rampell, 3/28/12). Los Angeles Times: Romney’s Healthcare Plan May Be More Revolutionary than Obama’s As he pushes to “repeal and replace” President Obama’s healthcare law, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has turned to proposals that could alter the way hundreds of millions of Americans get their medical insurance. In public, Romney has only sketched the outlines of a plan, and aides have declined to answer questions about the details. But his public statements and interviews with advisers make clear that Romney has embraced a strategy that in crucial ways is more revolutionary — and potentially more disruptive — than the law Obama signed 2 years ago (Levey, 4/23/12). Boston Globe: Mitt Romney’s Plan May Undercut Mass. Law A proposal by Mitt Romney to curtail Medicaid spending would dramatically undercut the way the Massachusetts healthcare overhaul law has achieved near universal coverage. Although the specifics of Romney’s plan are not public, his overall intent — to rein in how much Medicaid money Washington sends to the states — would probably cripple the Massachusetts healthcare law, which was made possible by an expansion of Medicaid funding. If Romney succeeds, the result could have an ironic twist: the governor who ushered in the country’s first universal health plan would, as president, put in place policies that could undermine one of his signature achievements (Jan, 5/4/12). ### This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy research and communication organization not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.
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DownWithTyranny!: Paul Ryan’s Quest To Destroy Medicare And Social Security Is Coming To A Head

Buzz is heating up again that Romney’s hail Mary pass in his failing presidential campaign may be to pick Ayn Rand fanatic Paul Ryan as his running mate. Right wing propagandist Byron York reminds GOP zombies that “The heart of Ryan’s plan– controlling the terrifying growth of federal spending by transforming Medicare– isn’t at the heart of Romney’s agenda.” Romney doesn’t emphasize overhauling Medicare in his stump speech, either. Creating jobs, getting the economy moving again– those are the points he hits over and over and over.  Yes, Romney talks about bringing federal spending under control. But Ryan-like plans to curb entitlement spending? That’s just not something Romney emphasizes. That would likely change if Romney picks Ryan. Should that happen, the Ryan plan would immediately become a far bigger part of the Romney campaign that it is now– it would, in fact, move to the top of the Romney agenda. That’s something that unnerves a number of Republicans. They respect Ryan and the work he has done, but they worry that putting him on the presidential ticket would brand the Republican party as the party of austerity at a time when more voters are more concerned about job creation than budget cutting. Of course, Democrats are going to bash Romney on spending cuts and Medicare reform regardless of what he does. Since that is inevitable, say Ryan supporters, why not put the plan’s most articulate defender, Paul Ryan himself, on the ticket? One reason would be that Mitt Romney has shown no inclination to make the Ryan plan the centerpiece of his campaign. Perhaps that’s what he’s planning– perhaps he planned all along to run on jobs until mid-August, only to pivot to entitlement reform for the rest of the campaign.  But that’s not likely. Probably not but… all those Republican “jobs” plans do virtually nothing about creating jobs. That’s not just my opinion; that’s what most economists say. For almost a year, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) have plugged their jobs package at every opportunity. They regularly bring it up at press events, during floor speeches and in statements in response to just about anything related to the economy. Boehner even carries around in his jacket pocket a 4-by-8-inch card that lists off their jobs bills, and he encourages his members to flash their cards at campaign events. …The GOP jobs package, which currently includes 32 bills, represents Republicans’ hallmark legislative accomplishment over the past two years. In the months ahead of the election, they will lean on it as proof of two things: that they are not the do-nothing obstructionists that Democrats paint them as, and that they are working hard to address the 8.2 percent unemployment rate. But there’s a problem with their jobs bills: They don’t create jobs. At least, they won’t any time soon. In interviews conducted by The Huffington Post with five economists, most said the GOP jobs package would have no meaningful impact on job creation in the near term. Some said it was not likely to do much in the long term, either. “A lot of these things are laughable in terms of a jobs plan that would produce noticeable improvements across the country in the availability of employment in the next four or five years,” said Gary Burtless, a senior economist at Brookings. “Even in the long run, if they have any effect all, it would be extremely marginal, relative to the jobs deficit we currently have.” Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, agreed that the bills would have almost no effect on job creation in the short term, though he was slightly more optimistic about their long-term prospects. “These kind of changes will matter over a period of three to five years,” Zandi said. “It takes that long before businesses can digest changes and respond to them.” He noted, though, that legislation as narrowly targeted as the Republican package is unlikely to do much for real job creation. “For it to show up in a meaningful way in the natural economy, you can make specific changes that could affect a specific industry or a few companies, but it’s not going to make a big difference in terms of the monthly job numbers,” Zandi said. “It takes some very significant changes across lots of different industries to really make a big difference.” Carl Riccadonna, a senior economist at Deutsche Bank, said some of the bills could create jobs, but that they would amount to more of an afterthought in terms of achieving broader policy goals. “They are very narrowly targeted, and it gives the impression that maybe some of this is special interest really pursuing these, not really taking a macro view but a very, very micro focus in what the impact would be,” Riccadonna said. For most of the bills in the package, “jobs are a second- or third-order effect, not the main priority.” At the heart of the GOP jobs package is a push for rolling back regulations– and gutting environmental laws that regulate clean air and water– to spur job growth. The House Republican Conference website makes the argument that deregulation will “remove onerous federal regulations that are redundant, harmful to small businesses, and impede private sector investment and job creation.” But economists told the Huffington Post that regulation has had a minimal impact on the unemployment rate. Their claim is backed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which shows that just under 16,000 jobs, or 0.4 percent, were lost because of “government regulations/intervention.” …Ultimately, each economist was clear on one point: The GOP package is far more political than practical. “It’s game playing to try to pretend like they’re doing something,” said Jesse Rothstein, an economics professor at the University of California, Berkeley. “It’s silly season, and so they know they have to put up something that has the label ‘job creation’ on it, whether or not it would work.” Over the weekend I listened to the National Venture Capital Association trying to disassociate themselves from Romney and to point out that the kind of predatory vulture capitalism that he practiced– private equity– was never about creating jobs. “We’re the white hats,” explained their spokesperson, leaving to the imagination what color Romney’s hat was, but making it clear that venture capitalists create jobs by supporting fledgling startups whereas Romney’s business model was about destroying businesses (and jobs) in order to create profits for investors. His model defines sociopath and was, clearly, a cancer on society. Polling shows that only about a third of the public approves the Ryan budget (i.e., Republicans), In fact, polling shows that Obama’s lead over Romney doubles when voters learn of the Ryan budget. Educating voters about the budget will have a big impact in swing states around the country. By putting Ryan on the ticket, Romney would be playing right into the Democrats’ ideal scenario. As Rob Zerban, the Democrat running for the House seat Ryan currently holds, told his supporters last week, “The more voters learn about Ryan’s plans to kill Medicare, slash funding for Pell Grants and Stafford Loans and gut veterans’ benefits, the more they realize that Paul Ryan and the GOP are only representing their wealthy donors, not the average American… Paul Ryan’s budget is an albatross for the GOP, and educating voters on the budget is a winning strategy for us.” Meanwhile, the DCCC still hasn’t put Rob Zerban in their Red-to-Blue program, although he’s raised more money– without their help (to put it in as kindly a way as possible)– than most of the candidates they are backing. And, as we’ve discussed before, Rob in running in a district Obama won in 2010. So why won’t “ex”-Blue Dog Steve Israel allow the DCCC to get behind Zerban? Israel hates progressives and is more interested in packing the House Democratic caucus with corrupt transactional hacks and conservatives like himself than in regaining the majority for his party, a virtual impossibility under his hideously flawed strategy of trying to resuscitate the Blue Dogs and New Dem conservative coalition that were nearly wiped out– by the Democratic grassroots voters– in the Great Blue Dog Apocalypse of 2010. Zerban is a Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt populist Democrats who stands up for working families, not for Wall Street and not for the kinds of corporate special interests that have helped Israel and his careerist cronies gain and maintain power, The DCCC isn’t interested in helping candidates like that, no matter how badly the alternative impacts policy. Ryan, for example, is the biggest threat to Social Security since the program first passed during the Great Depression. That House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) supports the privatization of Social Security is well known. Ryan proposed $1.2 trillion in cuts and the partial privatization of Social Security upon taking control of the Budget Committee in 2011, and he has constantly warned about the supposed doom facing the program if major reforms aren’t enacted immediately. But Ryan’s attempts to gut the most popular entitlement program in America go back quite a few years, as Ryan Lizza’s New Yorker profile of the conservative hero makes clear. Ryan’s fight against Social Security has been ongoing since he pushed President George W. Bush to privatize the program in 2005: Under Ryan’s initial version, American workers would be able to invest about half of their payroll taxes, which fund Social Security, in private accounts. As a plan to reduce government debt, it made no sense. It simply took money from one part of the budget and spent it on private accounts, at a cost of two trillion dollars in transition expenses. But, as an ideological statement about the proper relationship between individuals and the federal government, Ryan’s plan was clear. […] Two weeks after Bush’s Inauguration, Ryan gave a speech at Cato asserting that Social Security was no longer the third rail of American politics. He toured his district with a PowerPoint presentation and invited news crews to document how Republicans could challenge Democrats on a sacrosanct policy issue and live to tell about it. Bush ultimately went with a slightly less radical proposal that still failed in the Senate and caused Republicans massive losses in the 2006 mid-term elections. But Ryan, undeterred, told Lizza that the failure of privatization was simply due to marketing, not that the plan was unpopular: What some might interpret as the failure of an unpopular idea Ryan insisted was mostly a communications problem. “The Administration did a bad job of selling it,” he told me. Bush had campaigned on national-security issues, only to pitch Social Security reform after reelection. “And… thud,” Ryan said. “You’ve got to prepare the country for these things. You can’t just spring it on them after you win.” The lesson: “Don’t let the engineers run the marketing department.” Aided by the mainstream media’s spreading of the lie that Social Security is “going bankrupt,” Ryan has been able to thrust Social Security “reform” back onto the table, and it was embraced during the primary by virtually every Republican candidate. What Ryan and his Republican colleagues continue to ignore, however, is how easy fixing Social Security would be if they weren’t so insistent on protecting the wealthiest Americans from a single tax increase. By lifting the payroll tax cap that currently limits Social Security contributions to the first $110,100 in income, Congress could ensure the program’s solvency for the next 75 years– longer than the program has been in existence to this point. That wouldn’t fit Ryan’s belief that the government doesn’t have a role in helping protect the financial security of the American people. But it would prevent millions of Americans from losing the much of their retirement savings, as they would have during the 2008 financial crisis had Ryan’s plan to privatize Social Security become law. That’s why Blue America has a special Stop Paul Ryan Page– and why we’ve had it for years. Steve Israel– another one not wearing a white hat– will never help unseat Paul Ryan. But, please, don’t let that stop YOU.
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The Red Electric: Regence returns my call

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ecounted my experiences with Regence MedAdvantage customer support . Because I wasn’t satisfied, I decided to track down one of three Regence executives I happened to be seated with at a recent Community Health Partnership honors banquet. I phoned and left a message for one to call back. All three did, on a pre-arranged conference call. I was impressed. We talked for about a half hour about the surprising jump in the premium from $45/mo. to $75/mo. You may recall that the customer service representative told me that premiums for the non-profit are based on claims from the previous year. Last year was not a good year, insurance-wise. My executive trio told me that there’s some discretion in setting premiums, and they readily admitted that the hike for next year is hard to swallow, but necessary. I joined the program early this year when, at reaching 65, I became eligible for Medicare. If I had joined in 2005, the year the Medicare Advantage programs began, I would have a different perspective on next year’s increase. Amanda, my customer service rep, told me that premiums could drop, but, because she had only been on the job a year and a half, she didn’t have a clue whether they ever had. Fat chance, I thought. I was wrong. My conferees informed me that indeed the rates had dropped. My $45 premium was the low over four years. In 2005, the premium was $79, in 2006 it was $72. It turns out that 2006 was a very good year, as Frank Sinatra used to say, so management decided to pass the savings on in 2007, hence my $45 premium, which I took to be the norm. So my advice to this august group was to level out the peaks and valleys of the premiums to avoid the appearance of a bait and switch. In the highly competitive health insurance industry, low rates are a selling point. That $45 snared me. “We don’t like to whipsaw our members,” said Mike Becker, Regence vice president of public policy and community affairs. “Leveling out the premiums is exactly what we’ve been talking about,” chimed in Alison Nicholson, manager for individual sales. Good, I replied. I had a few other ideas, which I won’t bore you with and which you probably won’t be interested in, at least until you turn 65. Suffice to say, I feel better about Regence Blue Cross — for now.
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Medicare Updates for 2011

What article on Medicare Part D would be complete without mentioning Humana.  There I have just mentioned it. Just kidding, Humana has good news also.   The Humana Value plan which was priced at $18.60 in 2010 has been rebranded and repriced for 2011.  It is now the Humana Walmart Preferred Rx Plan with a reduced price of $14.80. I guess the little yellow price slasher at Walmart has been at work once again. The plan ID numbers are the same, so technically it is the same plan but the benefits are totally different from 2010. For example, it has a $310 deductible for all drug tiers, but then many generics are priced at only $2 for a 30 day supply at Walmart or $10 at any other local pharmacy. When I first saw that I thought “What, that is a huge advantage for Walmart.” Then I read the fine print. The $2 co-pay is only for the generics on the Walmart $4 drug list, and other stores either have their own $4 list like QFC, or will match prices. But I still applaud Humana and Walmart for innovative thinking.
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Kathie Bracy’s Blog: Is the STRS Medicare Advantage program really an ‘Advantage’? Susan doesn’t think so!

A key player in this CORE group, Dr. Dennis Leone, initiated the investigation (2002-2004) against STRS that led to the dismissal of the Executive Director and the conviction of six Board members for ethics violations. Eventually elected to the Board, Dr. Leone was the only member to vote against the forced ‘move’ discussed in my paper. On the CORE website, click on ‘history’ to see the results of this group‟s vigilance and perseverance. To protect your pension and quality health care, follow this group and help them create a direct line to educators.
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High Deductible Medicare Supplement Plan F

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The Medicare supplemental insurance policy labeled high deductible Plan F is a standard plan F plan with a $2070 dollar yearly deductible and a significantly less monthly premium.  When choosing a form of Medicare insurance there are two common alternatives, they are:  Medicare A and B with a Medigap insurance policy or a Medicare Advantage plan.  A Medigap policy is the most popular alternative of these choices.  Once you have decided that a supplemental insurance policy is the best option for your health care needs the choice of which supplement policy comes next.  The Medicare Supplement Plan F is the Medigap policy with the most benefits and provides the best protection from medical bills.  A sometimes forgotten alternative to the plan F is the High Deductible Plan F.  The high F provides the exact same benefits as a standard F plan except it has a $2076 dollar yearly deductible.  The High F plan can be a less costly alternative for individuals that are in good health. The High Deductible F is an F plan with a $2070 yearly deductible.   For it to make good business sense your yearly charges for the High Deductible Plan F + your percentage of Medicare covered expense must be less than the cost of a Standard Plan F.  According to United American’s Company statistics a major percentage of policy holders have annual claims that are well below the deductible of $2070.  The actual numbers for 2010 are: 80% of United American policyholder’s ages 65-67 had annual claims of $524.
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Detailed program protection for each and every advantage is presented in the official Medicare publication, 2012 Choosing a Medigap Policy: A Tutorial to Well being Insurance policy for Individuals with Medicare. There are many reasons for the excessive discrepancies between what is paid in and what is compensated out in Keystone 65 positive aspects. The continuing rise in health care charges is the first purpose. Medicare supplemental overall health strategies, well-known among politically strong retirees, could arrive under the budget knife becoming wielded by the unique deficit-reduction panel of the U.S. Congress, according to sources retaining shut view on its perform. If there are no Medicare Edge Plans accessible in which you live, you will almost certainly have access to at minimum some of the Medicare Complement Programs that are also offered by means of private insurers. Medicare Component D plans could undoubtedly be a hard type of protection to navigate. There are lots of elements to it as nicely as so numerous programs that you could discover your brain spinning attempting to establish what is involved, what’s not, which elements you’ll need to have and which you do not. One particular thing that many guys and women would speculate if Medicare incorporates dental care. This is a really great issue. Needless to say, the reply will be rather detailed. There are a couple of things which you will want to know with regards to Medicare as properly as dental protection. All Medicare Health supplement Ideas should follow federal and state guidelines and must be identified as Medicare Health supplement Insurance. Insurance coverage firms can only offer standardized procedures. In other terms, they should all offer the identical standard benefits but some programs provide further positive aspects so you can pick the a single that matches your demands. Normally the only difference amongst the policies is price so it pays to compare apples to apples via distinct insurance policy companies when shopping for a specific prepare.
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Choose Medicare Supplement

We first make sure our client is able to afford a Medicare Supplement. Plan F costs usually start at $95 and goes up from there for a standard Plan F. The monthly premium for a Supplement Plans will vary by the area you live in, the insurance company you select, your age, whether or not you smoke, and sometimes by underwriting guidelines. You must also plan on choosing a Medicare Prescription Drug plan (avg. cost around $40-70/month and continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium). The cost of the plan will go up over time. If you are able to afford a Supplement plan you should buy one now, preferably when you first are eligible for Medicare and you no longer have any other creditable health coverage. When you are first eligible for a Medicare S you are not required to go through underwriting, the cost is lower, and your acceptance is guaranteed. The longer you wait the more you risk the chance of not being able to afford a plan or qualify for one. Although higher in price than a Medicare Advantage plan, the health insurance coverage provided by the Medicare Supplement is superior if you get Medicare Supplement Plan F.
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Medicare Supplement Plans M And N Have Lower Premiums

Either Plan M or N are good options if you would like to purchase a supplement but are on a budget. If you have disposable income in reserve and you feel because of your good health that a inpatient stay is less likely, you may be able to save some money with Plan M.
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'''''Social Security Point of Zero Return

taxes and benefits for people turning 65 in different decades. The lifetime value of taxes is based on the value of accumulated taxes paid, as if those taxes were put into an account that earned an annual 2 percent interest rate, plus inflation. The examples are for a married couple in which both spouses earned average wages ($43,500 in 2011). Projected benefits assume that both spouses have average life spans after turning 65. Want more benefits? Live longer.
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How To Choose Medicare Supplement Plan and Save Money?

We first make sure our client is able to afford a Medicare Supplement. Plan F costs usually start at $95 and goes up from there for a standard Plan nike shox torch 2 F. The monthly premium for a Supplement Plans will vary by the area you live in, the insurance company you select, your age, whether or not you smoke, and sometimes by underwriting guidelines. You must also plan on choosing a Medicare Prescription Drug plan (avg. cost around $40-70/month and continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium). The cost of the plan will go up over time. If you are able to afford a Supplement plan you should buy one now, preferably when you first are eligible for Medicare and you no longer have any other creditable health coverage. When you are first eligible for a Medicnike shox torch 2 are S you are not required to go through underwriting, the cost is lower, and your acceptance is guaranteed. The longer you wait the more you risk the chance of not being able to afford a plan or qualify for one. Although higher in price than a Medicare Advantage plan, the health insurance coverage provided by the Medicare Supplement is superior if you get Medicare Supplement Plan F.
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Anthem issues MLR refunds to qualifying Medicare Supplement members in several states

As you may be aware, Medicare Supplement premium changes are based on anticipated health care costs and claims trends. To support these changes, Anthem reviews Medicare Supplement premiums annually to ensure their cost estimates meet state regulated Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) requirements.MLR is the percentage of premiums that an insurer must spend on medical care.
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How One Panel Weighed The Evidence On Magnetic Pulse Treatment For Depression

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KNOW WHO YOUR CZARS ARE --ENOUGH TO MAKE YOU SICK ---ONLY OBAMA COULD CREATE POSITIONS FOR THESE INCOMPENTENT COMMUNISTS AND SOCIALISTS by SS&SSThe panel reviewed studies of how rTMS compared to other treatments for depression. It also considered an analysis that estimated that 24 insurers in six New England states currently spend $1.7 billion a year on patients with treatment-resistant depression. Using a complex formula, the report estimated that adding rTMS to a treatment protocol would add between 21 cents and 59 cents per month for every health plan enrollee in private insurance and Medicaid, or $19 million to $53 million a year.
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Maine Files State Plan Amendment To Implement Medicaid Reductions Enacted by Maine Legislature

In June, the Maine State Legislature approved changes in Maine’s Medicaid program that would eliminate coverage for 19- and 20-year olds, reduce coverage for non-pregnant, non-disabled adults to 100 percent of the Federal Poverty level and impose a 10 percent reduction in the Federal Poverty Level for those enrolled in various categories of the Medicare Savings Plan, which is a Medicaid program for individuals who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare..
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Anthem issues MLR refunds to qualifying Medicare Supplement members in several states

As you may be aware, Medicare Supplement premium changes are based on anticipated health care costs and claims trends. To support these changes, Anthem reviews Medicare Supplement premiums annually to ensure their cost estimates meet state regulated Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) requirements.MLR is the percentage of premiums that an insurer must spend on medical care.
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The ACA will not gradual a soaring expenses of health care. Maine a s health care expenses, At present 8500 for each capita per 12 months, will stay amongst the best Inside the united states. without any restriction With prices incurred by insurance companies, Many people will discover Even the lowest-tier policies unaffordable. other people is going to be unable to manage deductibles and also essential care. even now more is going to be bankrupted through out-of-pocket expenses when they obtain sick. Patients will be compelled to defer health care until They are desperately unwell, more eroding open public well being Within Maine and other country.
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GAO Finds States Need More HHS Guidance On New Medicaid Rules

CHCF Center for Health Reporting/Sacramento Bee: State Heeds County Woes Cash-strapped California is aggressively moving its poorest residents to managed health care, whether they’re seniors, rural residents or people with disabilities. So, when Gov. Jerry Brown proposed earlier this year to transfer the nearly 900,000 poor children in the Healthy Families insurance program into Medi-Cal, he saw it as another opportunity to reduce costs by expanding dental managed care. But something happened between then and now, and that something was Sacramento County. Sacramento County’s poorly performing Medi-Cal dental managed care program foiled Brown’s plans, legislators say (Bazar, 8/5).
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Health Education Centers: 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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Innovative approach to Medicare patients by Three Maine health groups

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Closing Maine ER to triple ambulance response times

Critical access hospitals are reimbursed differently for Medicare patients to help them stay afloat in areas with fewer patients. But for some hospitals, the trickle of patients is too low to justify the expense of full emergency and inpatient services, said Andrew Coburn, a rural health expert and chair of the Master of Public Health program at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.
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Medicare premium increases and the PP & ACA Act.

These are Provisions incorporated in the Obamacare Legislation, purposely delayed so as not to confuse the 2012 Re-Election Campaigns. Send this to all Seniors that you know, so they will know who’s throwing them under the bus.
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Visit the Maine Maritime Museum and Maine Attractions

As well as the historical Maine tourist attractions, there are a variety of other fun activities to experience and do. Do you remember camping when you were a child? You can fish and have an outdoor family vacation. Located within just a short drive, you can enjoy a variety of attractions and natural beauty. Explore the natural beauty of the state and experience the outdoors. Whether it is exploring the historical trails or swimming or camping, there are experiences for every member. These are just a few of the attractions you can enjoy, for more opportunities, check out this Maine attractions video.
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Is This Illegal to keep the Excess Reimbursements Medicare Pays??

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"Citizenship is a tough occupation which obliges the citizen to make his own informed opinion and stand by it." ~ Martha Gellhorn  by eyewashdesign: A. GoldenIn what scenarios do these excess payments occur you might ask?   Errors in medical billing and medical coding due to inadequate training in Medicare procedures has been found to be the most common reason for these overpayments in the first place.   This could range from a medical coder documenting services in an outpatient setting as a non-facility service, to someone not fully understanding the intricacies of same-day readmissions.  Or the source could be much before the medical billing and coding processes start, like in situations when the front-office fails to properly verify the eligibility of a patient to receive certain treatments like end-stage renal disease care etc.  It could also be someone from the medical equipment team, who instead of taking a faulty device to its OEM or original equipment manufacturer, advises his medical billing team to bill Medicare.
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Understanding Medicare Secondary Payer

It is important to understand Medicare billing requirements which can be somewhat complex. Consider attending training events and opportunities. Providers must ensure that those responsible for preparing and submitting claims to Medicare are aware of proper submission guidelines and regulations. Knowing the answers to the following questions can help your billing process a lot easier.
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Medicare Billing Certificate Programs for Part A and Part B Providers

Learn about the Medicare Program and the specifics for your provider type with a special focus on Medicare billing, and receive a certificate in Medicare billing from CMS for successful completion of the program. Successful completion consists of completion of all required web-based training courses, required readings, and a 75-percent or higher score on the post-assessment. To participate in either the Part A or Part B provider type program, visit
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What You Need To Know In A Medical Billing Training Course

George Kagan is the Marketing Copywriter for Allied Business Schools, Inc, a nationally accredited online vocational training school. Allied comprises the aforementioned ABS, which offers career training, Allied American University, which offers Associate and Bachelor’s degrees, and Allied National High School, which is an online high school program; all of which emphasize self-paced and uniquely personalized online education. One of our popular courses can be located here www.medicalbillingcourses.com He writes about medical billing courses, distance learning, real estate, green technologies, medical coding and much more.
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Medical billing practices

spatter is correct. At least for us in the medical field (not sure of dental). But it’s easy to give an example. Always, my "billed amount" vs my "collected amount" per month or year is half. So for example I might bill $100 but only collect on average $50. The $100 price is what we set as our price for a given service. It gets complex as some insurances will pay the full amount, some less, some not at all. So you might have a contract with BCBS that will pay you $95. BCBS HMO $80. Signa $60. Medicare is the most strict as they set a price across the board. Say $55. Every year this changes. One year Medicare might say they will pay less on X or a bit more on Y. Private insurance will also try to negotiate a lower rate on seeing Medicare rates etc. Medicaid for us it typically the most difficult as they pay less then the cost of doing business, say $30. Some/majority of medical practices won’t see medicaid patients because of this. Now imagine if the new nationwide medical plan goes thru where states are required to provide medicaid to all uninsured. The cost for these patients has to come from somewhere (tax). There is a cost to set this up (overhead). Then the payment to docs (less the cost of doing the work). In regards to the original subject of self pay/no insurance. It’s not 1/3. It just depends on the practice or doc or billing policy. One of my partners hates to devalue our services, training, risk, and work. If you have no insurance you get billed 100%. Period. Others might bill medicare rates for example. Then, there is the smattering all in between. If you don’t pay the full amount we typically send you to collections. The problem is with self pay/no insurance is that your accounts receivable (AR) times are the highest. So imagine selling something to someone, say a burrito from Chiptole. But that person doesn’t pay the bill for almost a year. Even when payment is received its for only about 10% of the total cost of the burrito!? That’s what happens with self pay/no insurance patients. To pay for the cost of doing business some docs say they will take "any pay", like a 1/3 because they know its better to collect something vs nothing. Also, they know that as time goes on, the cost for the billing department goes up as they have to keep submitting bills and trying to collect. That is how some of the collection companies make money and are in business. That is, a collection company will say we will get the collections for you. If we don’t collect, you don’t pay. But if we do collect we keep 50% and pay you 50%. For some practices (like ER’s where the collection rate is low), that is better than nothing. Speaking of ER’s. My friend is a ER doc. Their collection rate is about 30%. So imagine doing a business where only about 30% of the time you get paid. The hard part is that as an ER you are required to see any patient that comes in. Insurance or not. I can turn away at least some patients or sending them to another place that might take their insurance. so back to the original quote from who I think was from ?smoothoperator. No, paying in cash isn’t a guaranteed 3rd of the rate. It depends and is totally variable. Depending on the insurance, they do dictate what physicians get paid. Medicare especially. We as physicians have no say in what they establish as a justifiable payment. We can lobby, but thats about it. Private insurance are contracts. So practices will negotiate with a insurance carrier the rates they want to pay and we will accept.
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Medicare Billing Training

The cost of medical supplies is sky-rocketing making living expenses soar as well, making medicare a focus to the day to day lives of many seniors and the fact that it acts in a similar way to a single payer healthcare system is at least helpful. There are some eligibility requirements for one to be accepted into the program, you have to be at least 65 years of age for this reason most Americans plan there lives around this program, they just have to make it to 65 to be able to retire. A lot of people gain a lot of good out of this program which is known as AARP Medicare supplement, but Original Medicare is not always enough for many people. This is why they may end up seeking out supplement plans to help them be able to get through situations where they would otherwise need to pay up front:
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ConnectiCare Enters Medicare Advantage Market

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Consumers looking for a Medicare Advantage product will find many options to match their health insurance needs from ConnectiCare. Individuals, who enroll in our Medicare Advantage plans, will receive all the benefits of original Medicare plus benefits such as disease management programs, health and wellness support, limited dental benefits and more.
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This tool lets you see if your prescription drugs are covered by an Aetna Medicare plan. The Aetna Medicare Preferred Drug List, also known as our formulary, is a . CVS/pharmacy Aetna Medicare Premium deductible annual enrollment medicare drug plan. Generic drugs and monthly premiums information. Need Aetna Medicare aetna prior authorization Medicare forms? Find the Aetna Medicare enrollment forms and plan benefit documents you need here. H5736_7F_81010 (1/12/2009) 1 AETNA MEDICARE OPEN SM PLAN PROVIDER TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF PAYMENT Table of Contents 1. Introduction 2. When a provider is deemed to . WellPoint Inc., UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Aetna Inc. are weighing bids for XLHealth Corp., a provider of managed care for chronically ill Medicare members, said . Company Name Plan Name Prior Authorization Phone Number Customer Service Phone Number United Healthcare AARP MedicareRx Plan 1800-711-4555 1-888-867-5564 AARP . Health Insurance Company Plan Name Customer Service Phone Number Prior Authorization Phone Number Website Aetna Medicare Aetna Medicare Rx Essentials 1-877-238-6211 1 . Review Aetna’s Medicare Advantage appeals and Medicare Advantage grievances processes for member appeals, coverage issues, complaints and problems. For Answers To Any Authorization Question, Please Call Our Insurance / EDI Specialist at 931-7639 Participating Insurance List – Eastern Radiologists, Inc Aetna . REQUEST FOR PRIOR AUTHORIZATION. Please check Health Plan O Aetna O Cigna O Aetna Golden Medicare Plan O Health Net O Blue Shield 65 Plus O Health Net Seniority Plus . A collection of Oracle Forms 10g sample dialogs extracted from a complete Oracle Forms tutorial. The purpose of this article is not to teach how to build a new form . Aetna Medicare benefits and Aetna Medicare plans. Find out the best plan for the benefits you need, and which doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and prescriptions are . 2008 Medicare Part D Prior Authorization Information Provided by MassMedLine at the Massachusetts College of Medicare aetna prior authorization Pharmacy . Payor Aetna Medicare Advantage Anthem Medicare Advantage Connecticare Medicare Advantage Health Net Medicare Advantage United Healthcare Medicare Advantage Wellcare . Find about aetna Related links: Dextroamphetamine penalty group texas Drama sangkuriang
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Connecticare Sets The Stage For Fun In 2010

PRLog (Press Release) – May 25, 2010 – Inspired by timeless adages such as “Laughter is the Best Medicine” and “An Active Mind is a Healthy Mind,” ConnectiCare has created the 2010 “Setting the Stage” program for its VIP Medicare members. The program will provide free admission to events such as trivia game shows, dance classes, museums, movies, comedy shows and more to give members incentive to stay active and healthy. “Our ‘Setting the Stage’ program will provide free admission to a number of fun events around the state for our VIP Medicare members. It’s a great way to help keep our members feeling vital, fit and always smiling,,” says Tony Tedeschi, Director of Medicare Program Management with ConnectiCare. “Additionally, we are hosting four trivia competitions at locations around the state to see who knows the most about the 1950s through the 1980s. The top three contestants will advance to a final challenge in September in Cromwell hosted by Scot Haney of WFSB TV 3 and Better Connecticut, where the top finisher will be crowned the ‘Know it by Heart’ trivia king or queen. It should be lots of fun and an event-filled summer for all of our members.” Details about all of the ConnectiCare VIP Member exclusive events can be found on ConnectiCare’
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Flu shots available Tuesday in Fairfield

Insurance plans accepted for flu shots and/or pneumonia shots include: Aetna, Medicare Part B; Connecticare — commercial plans and Medicare Advantage plans; Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield — commercial plans and Medicare Advantage Plans. Without that specific insurance coverage plans, the cost for the flu shot is $25 and for the pneumonia vaccine it is $45. People getting inoculations should bring their insurance cards to the clinic.
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Aetna, ConnectiCare Push Collaborations With Health Providers In Private Medicare Plans

Treatment of some Medicare patients presents unique challenges, the insurers say. Patients who require more than basic care often have several doctors or other points of contact in the medical care system, which means coordinating treatments can be more difficult. For instance: ConnectiCare said a typical Medicare patient sees more than seven doctors in a year and uses nine different medications, so a key piece of its pilot program will be identifying high-risk patients and providing data to help coordinate their care.
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CT Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, Prescription Drug Plans

Our agency is expanding! Shortly we will be Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement brokers. (We will continue to help Connecticut residents buy medical insurance.) We will be offering Zero Premium Policies (that right, some of the policies require none of your money be sent to the insurance company!) as well as other policies with premiums and enhanced benefits.
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Medicare Advantage, Medicare « Insurance News from Crowe & Associates

Medicare Advantage plan designs are set for 2010.  The general trend was that everyone lowered benefits and raised premiums.  Some of the change can be attributed to the cut in funding for Advantage programs (approximate 4% decrease in funding vs. the traditional 4%-6% increase in funding) but some of it most surely be due to utilization and frequency.
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Aetna To Offer Health Savings Account Plans To Conn. Businesses

Wiley Long, President of HSA for America is passionate about saving Americans money on their healthcare and taxes. If you are looking to save money on your healthcare, learn more about HSA Insurance or get an instant HSA Insurance Quote so you can compare different HSA plan options from many different insurance companies. We also offer information on Medicare Supplement insurance for seniors.
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John Lott’s Website: More government intimidation in health care debate

More intimidation by public officials to keep companies from getting involved in the public debate over health care. State officials Friday demanded to know if the state’s five largest insurance companies have sent policyholders information about a possible impact on Medicare of health care changes debated in Washington. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Healthcare Advocate Kevin P. Lembo asked Aetna Inc., ConnectiCare Inc., Anthem Health Plans of Connecticut, HealthNet of Connecticut and UnitedHealth Group for information the companies may have sent regarding the impact of proposed legislation on Medicare Advantage and prescription drug programs. Blumenthal and Lembo said they are responding to recent mailings by Humana Inc. telling its Medicare customers that proposed federal legislation could slash their benefits. The missive urged seniors to contact lawmakers to ask them to oppose it. Aetna spokesman Fred Laberge said in an e-mail that the insurer has not sent letters to members or policyholders on the issue, though Aetna officials have been “strong advocates for health care reform.” . . . I reminds me of this.
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Best places to Hunt for Medicare supplemental insurance Quotations?

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Low Cognitive Ability And Poor Skill With Numbers May Prevent Many From Enrolling In Medicare Supplemental Coverage [The Care Span]

Because traditional Medicare leaves substantial gaps in coverage, many people obtain supplemental coverage to limit their exposure to out-of-pocket costs. However, some Medicare beneficiaries may not be well equipped to navigate the complex supplemental coverage landscape successfully because of their lower cognitive ability or numeracy—that is, the ability to work with numbers. We found that people in the lower third of the cognitive ability and numeracy distributions were at least eleven percentage points less likely than those in the upper third to enroll in a supplemental Medicare insurance plan. This result means that many Medicare beneficiaries do not have the financial protections and other benefits that would be available to them if they were enrolled in a supplemental insurance plan. Our findings suggest that policy makers may want to consider alternatives tailored to these high-need groups, such as enhanced education and enrollment programs, simpler sets of plan choices, or even some type of automatic enrollment with an option to decline coverage.
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Comparing Medical Insurance Quotes

When it comes to your well-being it is best to plan for the future as much as practicable. Although you could be in good shape right now, you never can tell what will happen in the future. Healthcare insurance is a way to help pay for hospital expenses, from preventative care to emergency room benefits. Medicare is one of the most popular programs, run by the US government for subjects over the age of Sixty five. Though the most basic kind of Medicare covers general outpatient and inpatient services, there may be other areas this does not cover.
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How To Pick Medicare Supplement Plan And Conserve Cash? » Yapperz.com

Detailed program protection for each and every advantage is presented in the official Medicare publication, 2012 Choosing a Medigap Policy: A Tutorial to Well being Insurance policy for Individuals with Medicare. There are many reasons for the excessive discrepancies between what is paid in and what is compensated out in Keystone 65 positive aspects. The continuing rise in health care charges is the first purpose. Medicare supplemental overall health strategies, well-known among politically strong retirees, could arrive under the budget knife becoming wielded by the unique deficit-reduction panel of the U.S. Congress, according to sources retaining shut view on its perform. If there are no Medicare Edge Plans accessible in which you live, you will almost certainly have access to at minimum some of the Medicare Complement Programs that are also offered by means of private insurers. Medicare Component D plans could undoubtedly be a hard type of protection to navigate. There are lots of elements to it as nicely as so numerous programs that you could discover your brain spinning attempting to establish what is involved, what’s not, which elements you’ll need to have and which you do not. One particular thing that many guys and women would speculate if Medicare incorporates dental care. This is a really great issue. Needless to say, the reply will be rather detailed. There are a couple of things which you will want to know with regards to Medicare as properly as dental protection. All Medicare Health supplement Ideas should follow federal and state guidelines and must be identified as Medicare Health supplement Insurance. Insurance coverage firms can only offer standardized procedures. In other terms, they should all offer the identical standard benefits but some programs provide further positive aspects so you can pick the a single that matches your demands. Normally the only difference amongst the policies is price so it pays to compare apples to apples via distinct insurance policy companies when shopping for a specific prepare.
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Signing Up For Supplemental Medicare

* As mentioned earlier, there are 12 types of Medigap plans which range from A to L. These plans provide different types and levels of coverage, that Medicare originally does not provide. Hence, you must watch outside for the Medigap plot that gives maximum secondary coverage to the kind of medical expenses which maybe accrued by the beneficiary. It is imperative that you know which Medigap plot provides coverage in the area you reside in, as some Medigap plans do not provide coverage in some geographical areas. It is also vital to know which companies (Medigap providers) offer, which plans. You can obtain all this data from the state department of insurance.
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Basics You Should Know About Medicare Health Insurance

Health insurance is a maze. It is often hard to maneuver and completely understand the ins and outs. With Medicare and available supplemental plans there are many online comparisons available to help individuals select a plan that will work with their situation. Many times people want information on paper and then seek out assistance from an advisor who is able to help them compare the plans and rates with real life examples and situations. These advisors have one sole purpose and that is to match the right Medicare supplement policy at the right price with Medicare eligible participants. To them the company that the individual purchase the policy from is not as big of an issue and they can help you see through the glitz of private insurance companies and keep the focus on coverage and rates.
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Physicians at Akron's Summa Health Move Forward Boldly on an ACO

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Like anything, it was all over the place. But most of the physicians were very excited, excited at the idea that we could improve care, could communicate among ourselves in a better way. In the past, everyone’s done their own thing in their own way. But this has been physician-led; the board has a physician majority. So this has very much been a physician-driven model, and the physicians are very excited. Of course, there’s always some skepticism; but the physicians have been very involved and have been working hard on this. And I’m very proud of them—the docs I get to work with, they’ve really done a wonderful job of embracing it and getting into it.
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Related medicine news : 1. INTEGRIS Health Selects Allscripts Care Management for Its 13 Hospitals 2. Berkshire Medical Center Selects Desktop Alert for Mass Notification Solutions 3. Jefferson Regional Medical Center Selects iSirona DeviceConX for Medical Device Integration 4. Park Avenue Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Selects PatientPlacement.com Web-based Long-Term Care Software to Automate Admissions and Boost Census Performance 5. Atrius Health Selects rL Solutions for Improved Patient Safety and Quality of Care 6. Kimball Health Services Selects HMS to Provide Information Technology Infrastructure 7. American Well Selects First DataBanks Drug Data for Use in Online Physician-Patient Care Consultations 8. Berkshire Medical Center Selects Desktop Alert for Mass Notification Solutions 9. National Cancer Institute Selects Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide for Comprehensive Multi-Year Communications Support 10. Simon Property Group Selects New York Merchants Protective Co., Inc. for Fire-alarm Services 11. Nonin Medical Selects nParallel to Design and Craft its New Tradeshow Exhibit
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Tom Strauss leads a new vision for patient care at Summa Health System

The first thing you’ve got to realize is that you can’t make everybody happy. That’s the hard one, especially for somebody like me who really prefers to have people holding hands singing ‘Kumbaya.’ The other area is trying to micromanage. You cannot in this environment micromanage. You’ve got to empower your people and let them go. They will make mistakes and that’s OK as long as they learn from their mistakes. I would think trying to stay in the old system, trying to stay in the old ways was a mistake that got us starting to transform toward population health and population management.
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SummaCare Health Insurance

Recognized nationally for its coverage of health insurance plan and Medicare health SummaCare has become one of the health insurance companies first in northern Ohio. Its members range from a service area of ??18 counties in northeast Ohio, and maintain a network of over 6,000 providers and hospitals 30. To accommodate members who travel outside the coverage area, have also established relationships with other national provider networks to ensure the best possible coverage for their members.
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Choosing the right Medicare plan during open enrollment

Review your services and benefits: You or your caregiver should list the medical services you used this year. Were your benefits a good match for those services? How much did you pay for deductibles and co-payments? Are the premiums or co-pays of your existing medical insurance expected to increase next year? If yes, by how much?
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SilverSneakers Medicare Programs

[…] […] […] […] […] So, what exactly is SilverSneakers?  SilverSneakers is essentially a gym membership or fitness club membership to participating centers across the country.  You can find participating gyms by going to http://www.silversneakers.com and typing in your zip code.  You can find out if your Medicare plan offers Silver Sneakers by calling 1-888-423-4632.  Here are some of the features offered by SilverSneakers.Source: medicare-plans.net […]Source: medicare-plans.net […]Source: medicare-plans.net […]Source: medicare-plans.net […]Source: medicare-plans.net […]
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Sanctions Blocking Medicare Sales Lifted

Aetna Inc. has admitted interest in acquisitions that would increase the presence of Medicare. Recently, the company announced the purchase of Genworth Financial Inc., which is a Medicare supplement company, for just under $300 million. Unaffected by the restrictive sanctions, Medicare supplement plans were bought by individuals that held coverage under traditional Medicare. Medicare supplement plans offer beneficiaries with protection against paying any out-of-pocket expenses that may not be covered by Medicare. According to Aetna Inc., the Genworth unit featured almost 150,000 members.
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United Health Care ??? Largest Health Insurance Company …

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The largest health insurance company is the united health care which offers all types of health insurance facility. If you are planning to purchase a united health care there are multiple plans choice available, you can get the best insurance suitable. Some of their plans include copay, short term medical, student coverage, and health saving accounts they also provide dental insurance for those who dont get coverage through their employer. Individuals and families who are looking for a United Health Care insurance plan with many of the same benefits as those provided by an employer should choose the copay option. You will need to pay a set fee for preventive care and office visits, but after copayment, 100% of exam costs will be covered. Health care reform is a new feature came into practice after Obama won the political battle. This is a very new service available to all Americans but hardly any have the knowledge of health care reform, this article totally aims at informing the American people about health care reform and the advantages they are about to receive due to approval of this plan. In this article I have listed all the benefits you are going to receive form health care reform below. United Healthcare is a popular choice and based on the company, they enroll one in five Medicare beneficiaries into their health plans. They also provide coverage through SecureHorizons, AmeriChoice, and Evercare. United Healthcare Medicare plans are offered in a number of options that include HMO plans, supplement insurance plans, special needs plans, and Medicare part D prescription drug plans. These plans offer different kinds of coverage and the best one for you will depend upon your individual health condition. United Healthcare Medicare plans also include supplement insurance. This insurance helps you cover the costs incurred in Medicare part A and part B expenses. The special needs programs are only for those with certain medical conditions and life situations and are not open for general enrollment. United Health Care is also accepted nearly anywhere, a huge benefit for students who may be attending school far from home. However, your school will have to offer United Health Care for you to take advantage of their special student insurance coverage. Hope this article was needful in providing all important informations about united Health care, if you want to know more about United health care log on to healthvote.com
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Why Insurers Want ObamaCare’s Medicaid Business

That trend likely will begin to reverse in 2014 when states have their exchanges up and running and most of us will be required to buy coverage if we’re not eligible for a public program. Millions of low- and middle-income individuals and families will be eligible for subsidies to help them buy private coverage. Nevertheless, the big insurers will still seek to get more business in the public sector. As Citigroup financial analyst Carl McDonald wrote in his report about WellPoint’s proposed acquisition of AmeriGroup, when the reform law is fully implemented in 2014 — and insurers will no longer be able to refuse to sell coverage to people who’ve been sick in the past or gouge older, less healthy policyholders — profit margins on the private side will come under pressure. That will not make shareholders happy, so insurers will continue to look for growth in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
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UNITED STATES WILKINS v. UNITED HEALTH GROUP INCORPORATED, No. 10–2747., June 30, 2011

Appellants assert that 42 C.F.R. § 423.509, pursuant to which CMS may terminate a contract with a Medicare sponsor that fails to comply with the applicable marketing guidelines, demonstrates “[t]he relevancy and materiality of compliance” with the marketing guidelines. Appellants’ br. at 23. Indeed, section 423.509 states that “CMS may at any time terminate a contract if CMS determines that the Part D plan sponsor ․ [s]ubstantially fails to comply with ․ [m]arketing requirements in subpart V of this part.” 42 C.F.R. § 423.509(a)(8)(i); 42 C.F.R. § 422.510(a)(11) (same for MA organization). The same regulation, however, provides that before CMS may issue a notice of intent to terminate a Medicare contract it will provide a plan sponsor “a reasonable opportunity of at least 30 calendar days to develop and implement a corrective action plan to correct the deficiencies.” 42 C.F.R. § 423.509(c)(1)(i); 42 C.F.R. § 422.510(c)(1)(i). The regulation further provides, in section (c)(2)(iii), an exception for the 30–day correction period if the termination is based on “credible evidence, [that the Plan Sponsor] has committed or participated in false, fraudulent, or abusive activities affecting the Medicare, Medicaid, or other State or Federal health care programs, including submission of false or fraudulent data.” 42 C.F.R. § 423.509(a)(4); 42 C.F.R. § 422.510(c)(2)(iii) (referring to 42 C.F.R. § 422.510(a)(4)). The regulation also contains an exception to the requirement that a sponsor be allowed a 30–day correction period where CMS’s delay in termination, or the financial difficulties of the Plan Sponsor, pose an imminent and serious risk to the health of the individuals enrolled in the sponsor’s plan. 42 C.F.R. § 423.509(c)(2)(i)-(ii); 42 C.F.R. § 422.510(c)(2)(i)-(ii). Thus, sections 423.509 and 422.510 clearly demonstrate that compliance with the marketing regulations is a condition of participation and not a condition of payment as the regulations draw a line between the type of violations which are correctible and, if corrected, will allow the sponsor to continue as a Medicare program participant and the type of violations which lead to immediate termination of a CMS contract.
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Tax Evasion and Medicaid/Medicare Fraud : South Carolina Nursing Home Blog

Since all Ameri-Choice checks come from the United Health’s home office they should be held equally responsible for any bribes, kickbacks, Stark, Fraud and inducements violations that may have occured. Federal and State Governments have developed such a depended position with this company, guess the laws and rules no longer apply for them. Protected vendor status sure, politics sure, limited government budgets sure, Federal and State officals looking the other way sure, and rather then stop these activities a strong desire not to rock the boat exists. The Government created this monster and now they don’t know what to do about it, like shooting yourself in your own foot etc. Tons of money to advance their national growth, its market positions, tons of money for political donations, tons of money to send 75 millon back to its home office from New York state alone, tons of money to suppot National TV shows, tons of money to pay hugh State fines, tons of money to hire the very best law firms, tons of money for hugh salarys and bonuses, all done on the back of the American taxpayor, you see this company receives all its money from the Federal State governments.
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Why insurers want ObamaCare's Medicaid business

That trend likely will begin to reverse in 2014 when states have their exchanges up and running and most of us will be required to buy coverage if we’re not eligible for a public program. Millions of low- and middle-income individuals and families will be eligible for subsidies to help them buy private coverage. Nevertheless, the big insurers will still seek to get more business in the public sector. As Citigroup financial analyst Carl McDonald wrote in his report about WellPoint’s proposed acquisition of AmeriGroup, when the reform law is fully implemented in 2014 — and insurers will no longer be able to refuse to sell coverage to people who’ve been sick in the past or gouge older, less healthy policyholders — profit margins on the private side will come under pressure. That will not make shareholders happy, so insurers will continue to look for growth in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
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Americhoice By Unitedhealthcare ~ Healthy future :)

Americhoice by unitedhealthcare and connecticut children’s medical center to provide services to husky participants – rocky hill, conn –(business wire)–americhoice by. Husky – participating plans abstract: when you are accepted into husky, you will be asked to enroll in one of our participating health insurers – aetna better health, americhoice by unitedhealthcare or. Unitedhealthcare of the river valley acts to help tennessee victims of february 3, 2009, 5:19 p m et americhoice by unitedhealthcare and connecticut children’s medical center to provide services to husky participants. Americhoice by unitedhealthcare and connecticut children’s medical about americhoice by unitedhealthcare americhoice by unitedhealthcare facilitates quality health care services for more than 180,000 medically vulnerable tenncare beneficiaries. Medco health online when you are accepted into husky, you will be asked to enroll in one of our participating health insurers – aetna better health, americhoice by unitedhealthcare or community. Americhoice healthcare, inc americhoice by unitedhealthcare and connecticut children’s medical center to provide services to husky participants-agreement assures access for members of state health programs. Apria – resources – news getinsurance news digital50 is an online business research solution, delivering business press releases via rss feeds, daily business news alerts, and direct access to our. Digital50: americhoice by unitedhealthcare and connecticut children’s we deliver directly to you home or residence and handle all your insurance needs we bill medicare, medicaid and most secondary insurances including united healthcare americhoice. Unitedhealth group – home after joining one of our aarp plans offered by ovations, ray has seen unitedhealth group businesses unitedhealthcare ovations americhoice.
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Medicare Supplement Plan G Rates

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Receiving Thanks from Seniors by ct senatedemsYour Medicare Supplement resource. Medicare, Dental & Medicare Part D options. Please use this website to search and review information. Compare rates, apply, find a doctor, hospital or dentist, you can do it all right here. Or better yet simply call me anytime, I’ll be happy to answer all of your questions. Thanks … John
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Ypsilanti, Michigan Medicare Supplement Plan G

[…] […] […] 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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Compare Medicare Supplement Plans Side By Side

As you can see, comparing plan benefits from one company to the next is mostly a non-issue. Although some companies such as United Healthcare seem to offer small benefits such as vision and prescription drug discounts, this is actually a benefit of being an AARP member.
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'''''Social Security Point of Zero Return

taxes and benefits for people turning 65 in different decades. The lifetime value of taxes is based on the value of accumulated taxes paid, as if those taxes were put into an account that earned an annual 2 percent interest rate, plus inflation. The examples are for a married couple in which both spouses earned average wages ($43,500 in 2011). Projected benefits assume that both spouses have average life spans after turning 65. Want more benefits? Live longer.
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Illinois Medicare Supplement Plan G: Is this your Best Option?

Remember, simply because providers must offer the same plans does not mean they are all reputable or dependable. And when it comes time to collect on your benefits, a low cost will not help you if the insurance company cannot deliver. Stay with the major names and get peace of mind in knowing you’re insured with a stable, reliable provider. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, for example, has been providing Medicare supplement insurance to folks just like you for years. Because they are dependable, they will continue to offer competitive prices and great benefits for years to come.
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View and Compare Medicare Supplement Insurance Online

Online Medicare Supplement Insurance help is never farther than a click or phone call away. Thankfully it is easier than ever to maneuver through the maze of Medicare Part A and Part B as well as the many Medigap plans used to fill in the holes. The first step when taking the leap into the world of Medicare is to find out as much as you can about what is covered and what is not by Medicare Part A and Part B. When it comes to taking the leap into gap insurance online advisors will guide you through what is available and help shop the Medigap market to find the best premiums that you qualify for. As rates change each year you will want to contact your online Medicare Supplement Insurance provider to get updates on lower rates from other Medigap Insurance providers. An online advisor is helpful in helping determine exactly what gap insurance program you should enroll in according to prior history and current lifestyle. An over view to Medicare Supplement Insurance plans will give clients the most basic look into the different plans available. A sample of the Supplement Insurance Plans Medicare has to offer is listed below. You can see just from glancing below how vary different the coverage is and why it is important to determine which plan is best on an individual basis. Medicare Supplement Plan F Medigap Plan F is the most comprehensive supplement plan available for 2012. 100% of the gaps left by Medicare Part A and Part B are covered under Plan F. Individuals are free to see any doctor or specialist, who accepts Medicare, without needing a referral. This plan allows individuals to pay nothing out of pocket for any Medicare approved expense. Plan F is the most widely used plan for Medicare participants. Medicare Supplement Plan G Medigap Plan G is often compared directly to Plan F; the main difference being that individuals pay the Medicare Part B deductible out of pocket as it is not covered by Plan G. Another popular option in Medicare Supplement Insurance plans to enroll in. Once the Medicare Part B deductible is covered, 100% of the Medicare Part A and Part B gaps are covered with Medigap Plan G. Lower premiums than Plan F. Medicare Supplement Plan N Similar to the above plans, Medicare Supplement Plan N offers the convenience of being able to be seen by any doctor that accepts Medicare without being part of a network. Lower monthly premiums than Supplement Plan F and Plan G. Cost-sharing option for emergency room visit co-pays, doctor visits co-pays up to $20 each visit after the Medicare Part B deductible has been met. When entering into the Medicare Supplement maze it is best to find a source for information that is reliable and up to date. Online Medicare Supplement Insurance advisors will help individuals find the best plan for your needs while offering the ability to compare rates from the hundreds of private insurance companies offering Medicare Supplement Insurance for sale.
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Texas Medicare Supplement Plan G

Plan G is also available in a money saving Medicare Select option. Basically, if you’re looking to save on premiums, you can receive the same benefits as the standard Plan G but for a reduced premium.  By agreeing to use Medicare Select hospitals and doctors, your monthly payment is reduced. Need emergency care? No problem, with Medicare Select, you can get treatment at any hospital for no extra charge. Plus, you can still choose your own doctor. Remember, to be eligible for Medicare Select Plan G, you must live within 30 miles of a Medicare Select participating hospital.
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Medicare prescription drug premiums to remain steady for third straight year

The upcoming annual enrollment period, which begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7, 2012, allows people with Medicare, their families and their caregivers to choose their drug plans for next year by comparing their current coverage and quality ratings to other plan offerings. New benefit choices are effective Jan. 1, 2013.
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