A large number of North Carolina “Baby Boomers” are now turning age 65. Those consumers can receive information on Medicare eligibility from the Social Security Administration. After becoming eligible, consumers can receive Medicare information in several ways. They can make an appointment with a SHIIP counselor at Rufty-Holmes. Consumers can also access the SHIIP website at: www.ncshiip.com or they may speak with a trained SHIIP counselor at 1-800-443-9354.
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New York Physical Therapy Association: Medicare info
Good Afternoon CMS Issues Cap Letter to Part A Beneficiaries; APTA Updates Patient FAQs The Home Health Section alerted APTA this week that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began issuing its therapy cap letter to Medicare beneficiaries who are receiving home health under Part A, resulting in patients cancelling appointments. To address these beneficiaries’ concerns, APTA has updated its patient FAQs to explicitly state that the cap does not apply to patients who receive skilled therapy at home under the Medicare home health benefit Part A, those who receive services under Part A in skilled nursing facilities, or those under a Part A inpatient hospital stay. In good health Matthew Hyland President NYPTA
Fixing Medicare With More Direct
As I’m sure you remember, when the Senate passed the Medicare bill in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson said, "We have proved, once again, that the vitality of our democracy can shape the oldest of our values to the needs and obligations of today." Now that you’re 47, it’s time we start thinking about the needs and obligations of a new day. When we think of the health care system, we should be thinking about how to better care for everyone in it — including workers.
eResource News: Medicare Drug Plan Info
According to a new analysis of Medicare and Medicaid Services by Avalere Health, seven of the ten most popular Medicare prescription drug plans will raise premiums next year. The seven plans with double-digit premium increases were: the Humana Walmart-Preferred Rx Plan (23 percent); First Health Part D Premier (18 percent); First Health Part D Value Plus (17 percent); Cigna Medicare Rx Plan One (15 percent); Express Scripts Medicare-Value (13 percent); the HealthSpring Prescription Drug Plan (12 percent); and Humana Enhanced (11 percent). In light of this new report and the fact that open enrollment season runs between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7, now is a good time to (re)familiarize yourself with Medicare.gov and the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder. The site provides a wealth of information on Medicare plans, including drug coverage, supplemental insurance, help with claims and resources to help you coordinate your care. Other online resources to check out include:
Alliance sees launch of largest international healthcare event in KSA: Saudi Health Exhibition and Conferences 2013
This launch is based on the strategic cooperation of Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions and REC with the integration of the long running and successful Saudi Medicare Exhibition. Under the patronage of the Saudi Ministry of Health, the Saudi Health Exhibition and Conferences will integrate the know-how and experience from these two events-industry giants to create the largest international healthcare event in KSA and to serve all aspects of this $20bn multispectral industry. According to Simon Page, Managing Director, Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, “We are extremely excited to become part of creating the most comprehensive healthcare event in KSA. With the partnership of Riyadh Exhibitions Company, we expect Saudi Health Exhibition to serve as the number one destination for business networking, clinical education and global partnerships that the Saudi healthcare industry has to offer. Our experience with the organisation of healthcare events across the Middle East and Asia, coupled with Informa Group’s extensive database with a global reach of more than 26 million, will ensure a successful and fruitful event for 2013.” “The 2011 Saudi Medicare Exhibition was a great success with 152 exhibitors from 20 countries with more than 8,000 visitors,” said Zeyad Al Rukban, Deputy General Manager of REC. “By merging this event with Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions to create Saudi Health, we anticipate a perfect environment for our exhibitors to solidify their brand and to interact with new buyers and key industry players from within Saudi Arabia and across the globe. Our purpose is to create a stimulating business-focused atmosphere while nurturing the educational needs of clinicians across the kingdom,” he added. Saudi Health 2013 is a three-day exhibition and conferences that will provide a unique platform for industry professionals to focus on the leading trends and developments within the Saudi healthcare industry. In line with Informa Life Sciences’ and REC’s philosophy of ‘exhibition with education’, Saudi Health offers a comprehensive multi-tracked congress including a diverse range of conferences covering a broad range of specific medical disciplines. Key global issues that will be debated at the conferences include imaging and diagnostic, medical laboratories, biomedical engineering, nursing, primary healthcare, rehabilitation and trauma. Commenting on the launch of the Saudi Health Exhibition and Conferences, Dr. Salah Al- Mazroa, Deputy Minister for Engineering Affaires and Supply for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia said, “The organisers of the Saudi Health are committed to ensuring that all of the scientific conferences presented as part of the event comprise of valuable and up-to-date topics that are relevant to the medical disciplines being addressed. They also aim to make sure that new advances, research and technologies are also highlighted to better inform and equip those attending. This is in line with the recent announcement by the Ministry of Health that a series of health contracts worth SR4bn has been signed for implementation and expansion of health services for Saudi citizens kingdom-wide. The Saudi Ministry of Health is pleased to ensure patronage for an event, such as this and just as it did for the previous editions of Saudi Medicare that will work towards furthering the interests of the KSA healthcare industry from both a clinical and market perspective.”
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What’s New for Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period
As these benefits continue, Medicare beneficiaries can expect the following with their 2013 coverage: Medicare recipients reaching the drug donut hole will benefit from increased coverage. The gap in prescription drug coverage starts when someone reaches the initial coverage limit, estimated at $2,970 for 2013, and ends when they have spent $4,750. (These are increases of $40 and $50, respectively, from 2012.) Catastrophic coverage begins at this point. During the donut hole, all costs are covered by individuals out of their own pocket. In 2013, individuals who reach the donut hole can receive a 50 percent discount on covered brand name drugs (the same as 2012), as well as 2.5 percent of coverage now paid by plans. Generic drug discounts increase to 21 percent from 14 percent. Cost for Medicare Part B coverage may increase. The 2012 monthly premium for Medicare Part B (medical insurance) coverage is $99.90, a decline from 2011. Preliminary forecasts indicate that Part B premiums are likely to increase for 2013. Factors such as the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and the federal fiscal year 2013 budget may affect the cost of premiums in 2013; however, more detailed information probably won’t be available until Medicare’s annual open enrollment period begins Oct. 15. Prescription drug (Part D) increases deductible; holds on premium costs. The Part D initial deductible will increase by $5 to $325 in 2013. Drug cost sharing during catastrophic coverage is $2.65 for generic or preferred drugs (multi-use source) and $6.60 for all other drugs. Premium costs in 2013 are expected to stay constant, averaging $30 per month (compared to $29.67 per month in 2012), according to the HHS. In addition to costs, individuals should review how any changes to drugs covered under their plan could affect their individual circumstances. Medicare Advantage plans see changes. Medicare Advantage participants should review 2013 plan changes as soon as they receive information from their providers. Changes could include costs such as premiums, deductibles and co-pays, as well as changes to covered procedures, tests and other provisions. Some plans may be eliminated, requiring enrollees to choose a new plan for 2013 or default to traditional Medicare Part B. Enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans continues to increase, with 10 percent more Medicare beneficiaries choosing these plans for 2012 compared to 2011. The average number of plans available to eligible individuals declined slightly from 24 plans in 2011 to 22 plans in 2012. The average number of plans for 2013 will not be known until later this year. According to Walters, most Medicare beneficiaries should receive their Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) and Evidence of Coverage (EOC) from their existing Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plan providers by Sept. 30. “Take time to review the information you receive and look at all of your Medicare options,” Walters said. “You may find more affordable coverage through a different combination of plans—whether Medicare Advantage or traditional Medicare with Part D and Medigap plans. Keep in mind that you may see a lot of ads for Medicare plans, but there could be a plan that’s perfect for you that isn’t getting a lot of attention with ads and mailers.” It’s important to compare this year’s coverage and understand the changes for 2013, especially when evaluating costs and anticipating healthcare needs for next year. “If finding the right Medicare plan becomes time-consuming, confusing or stressful, remember that an expert like Allsup can do the in-depth research, sort through plans, and make it easier to identify and choose the option that best meets your specific needs and lifestyle.” For an evaluation of your Medicare options, call an Allsup Medicare Advisor specialist at (866) 521-7655 or visit http://Medicare.Allsup.com. Ask questions and find Medicare resources during the Allsup True Help® Disability Web Expo on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST. This free, live online event allows visitors to talk directly with Medicare specialists via the Internet. Register to attend at WebExpo.Allsup.com. ABOUT ALLSUP Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Founded in 1984, Allsup employs more than 800 professionals who deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. The company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. Visit http://www.Allsup.com or connect with Allsup at http://www.facebook.com/Allsupinc. The information provided is not intended as a substitute for legal or other professional services. Legal or other expert assistance should be sought before making any decision that may affect your situation. Belleville, IL (PRWEB) September 05, 2012
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