The program is one of several Medicare is launching to make hospitals and doctors accountable for quality and more careful stewards of public money. In October, Medicare also began reducing payments to 2,217 hospitals because too many of their patients ended up back in their care within a month. Medicare already gives bonuses to the private Medicare Advantage insurance plans that score well on quality metrics. In 2015, the health law calls for the government to begin a quality payment program for physician groups of 100 professionals or more, and that is to be expanded to all doctors by 2017.
Video: Medicare’s Chief Actuary: Choice & Competition Have Successful History
Just Turned 65? Medicare Choice Comes Around Again
Is your Medicare plan changing in 2013? If you have a Medicare Advantage plan or a prescription drug plan, your plan will send you a document called an Annual Notice of Changes by the end of September. This is a big, thick doorstopper of a document. Don’t toss it aside. You need to review it carefully because your plan could make changes that affect you. For example, the co-pay could change for a drug you take, or a specialist you see may have dropped out of the plan’s network.
With Medicare Every Year You Have a Choice
In conclusion, seniors, different types of Medicare plans offer various advantages. These choices are to your advantage. They give you the freedom to choose whatever best fits your own personal situation. If the above seems a bit overwhelming, don’t worry- our team has over 20+ years experience in helping seniors navigate through the Medicare maze. Please, give us a call, we’d be happy to help answer all of your questions and guide you through our easy online plan comparison tool. We’ll help you assess your needs and wants and lay out all of your options for you in an easy-to-understand format. We are open Monday-Friday 7:00am-4:00pm PST. Call us at 1-800-568-2382. Se habla espanol!
A Season For Medicare Choices
• Get help if you need it. The Medicare.gov website lists all the plans in your area. You can call 1-800-MEDICARE for general information and to enroll in a plan. You can also get a referral for your local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). Every state has one, and they provide free counseling and advice to everyone with Medicare.
The Choice on Medicare (Infographic)
Who do you want making decisions for 50 million seniors? Mitt Romney says seniors should make their own decision, President Obama wants 15 unelected bureaucrats to make the decisions for them. Seniors deserve choice, not rationed care.
PPACA Provides Medicare Enrollees With More High Quality Choices
As a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Medicare is taking more proactive steps to promote high quality plans and communicate with beneficiaries who are enrolled in low performing plans about their options. People enrolled in plans with a 3 star or less rating for 3 consecutive years will receive notifications letting them know they can switch to a higher quality plan. 5-star plans are also rewarded by being able to continuously market and enroll beneficiaries, throughout the year.
United Healthcare Medicare Plans
United Healthcare is a popular choice and based on the company, one record five Medicare beneficiaries in their health plans. They also provide coverage through SecureHorizons, AmeriChoice, and Evercare. You may want to consider United Healthcare Medicare plan if you recently turned 65 and are just becoming eligible for Medicare. You may currently be enrolled in a health plan Medicare but not happy and want to change providers. You may be a situation where you move to a new location and can not receive coverage under your old plan. You might be interested in Medicare health plan if you are worried about getting coverage for your prescription drugs.United Healthcare Medicare plans are offered in a number of options including HMO plans, insurance plans supplement, special needs plans, and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. These plans offer different types of coverage and the best one for you will depend on your individual health condition.For example, United Healthcare Medicare HMO plans are simple to use and understand. You simply pay a set amount anytime you need medical services. You know in advance what your costs will be and not surprised by bill huge doctor. HMO plan charges you a set fee for an office visit, visit the emergency room, and hospital stay. The fees are lower than you would pay in traditional Medicare coverage. The only potential drawback only HMO plan is that you must use doctors within the network if you need emergency care. If you use a doctor outside the network, you must pay full out-of-pocket costs.United Healthcare Medicare plans also include supplement insurance. This insurance helps cover the costs incurred in Medicare part BA and party costs. The special needs programs are only for those with certain medical conditions and life situations and not open to general enrollment.United Healthcare Medicare drug prescription coverage can be vital for you if you want to take drugs on an ongoing basis. With this coverage, you pay a flat fee for drugs or get them for free. Coverage is extended to include the most commonly prescribed drugs for seniors.
Put it on your fall checklist: Medicare Open Enrollment
If your parents want to go online and sort through the details, they can get an early start, and you can help them navigate the process if needed. We’ve already made sure that the Medicare Plan Finder is fully updated with all new 2013 cost and benefit information for health and drug plans and is ready right now. All your parents need to do is start by entering the drugs and checking on the doctors and pharmacies they want to use. A few more steps will get them a personalized list of their plan choices and help them compare.
Medicare Open Enrollment: The Tools Are There to Help Your Loved Ones Make Good Plan Choices
A recent study found that seniors (often with the help of their support systems like you and me) are learning from their experience with Part D over time and switching plans when they can save money, or when a different plan better fits their individual health needs. The study, which we have highlighted in our Rx Minute newsletter this month, shows that seniors are adapting to get the best drug coverage for their money. Research PhRMA sponsored found that even in 2006, Part D’s first year, seniors disproportionately chose plans with lower premiums and deductibles and broader choice of medicines. In sum, choice works, benefiting seniors.
The Hard Choice for Medicare
So, in broad brush, the first path to prevent Medicare insolvency without reducing eligibility or benefits is for the Federal government to impose provider reimbursement reductions that will arguably cause many doctors to refuse Medicare patients. This path could lead to requiring doctors to serve Medicare patients at deep discount rates as a condition of holding a license to practice medicine.
Daily Kos: New Hampshire voters have a choice: Social Security and Medicare or private accounts and vouchercare
In New Hampshire’s first district, Republican Rep. Frank Guinta received that same RetireSafe backing. Like Bass, Guinta voted for the Ryan budget, but Guinta first supported the even more extreme Republican Study Committee proposal. When it comes to Social Security, this year, Guinta is all about preserving it. This year, he says that in 25 years he hopes to be able to tell his children, “Because Americans acted responsibly back in 2012, you will be able to count on Social Security and Medicare being there for you when you reach retirement age.” But in 2010, arguing that “future generations should seek different private-sector solutions” he said that “my kids are six and five. They shouldn’t know what Social Security is.”