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Doctor pleads guilty to taking kickbacks in Medicare scam
This week, two owners of Miami home health care agencies pleaded guilty to a $48 million fraud scheme. Rogelio Rodriguez, 43, and Raymond Aday, 48, paid recruiters to send patients to Caring Nurse Home Health Corp. and Good Quality Home Health Inc. Prosecutors said nurses and other staff at the agencies falsified patient files to make it appear as though they needed home health care services.
How Obamacare Will Affect Medicare Recipients in 2013
David, I sure wish you folks would come clean on the tough issues! Especially, now that you don’t have to worry about re-election again: More specifically, end-of-life treatment plans/living wills. A medicare financial expert on one of the financial news channels indicated that he suspected, "if everyone just documented their wishes for final care, we would save enough money to balance the federal budget". I believe there is fair consensus among experts that 25% of Medicare funds is spent on people in their final months of life. The suspicion is that most of us would say something to the effect: "When it’s my time just make me comfortable" versus the situation now which is, ‘without judgment, how can we keep this person alive?’. Would it be too much to ask every American to document their desires so that surviving family members don’t have feel like they are making life and death calls for a loved one?
Medicare open enrollment: Why should I sign up for Part B or Part D if I’m healthy?
If you don’t sign up for Part B when first eligible, you will be assessed a permanent 10 percent surcharge on your premium for every year you could have been on Part B, but were not. So already the woman, at 66, is looking at a 10 percent fine. Even worse, if you eventually do decide to go on Part B, you can only do it during the annual general enrollment period. The next one is Jan. 1 through March 31, 2013, with coverage to begin on July 1. So if you were to be diagnosed with breast cancer today, you’d have to foot the entire bill for your outpatient treatments for the next eight months.
Tricare Help – USFHP says I don’t have to sign up for Medicare; should I stick with them?
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Medicare, Other Entitlements Hanging In Balance As Fiscal Cliff Talks Hit Wall
ABC News: ‘This Week’ Transcript Sen. JOHNNY ISAKSON, R-Ga: “If we get down to the end of this year and the only choice we have is to save taxes going up on the middle class, then I would support that, but I wish we would have a comprehensive bill that dealt with spending, dealt with entitlements and dealt with taxes altogether. That’s really what we ought to do.”… GROVER NORQUIST: “There is a plan to actually solve the debt that’s been run up, the deficits that continue, the entitlement reform and tax reform to get more pro-growth tax reform, and that’s the Ryan plan, which has actually been passed twice by the House of Representatives. People can talk — GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: No support in the Senate, no support from the president. It’s not going anywhere. NORQUIST: But the Democrats in the Senate haven’t done a budget in three, four years, haven’t put anything forward that deals with entitlements” (12/23).
Medicare Cuts to Provider Payments or Actual Medicare Reform?
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Rancho Santa Clara: Medicare knocking at my door
AARP will sign you up and then clobber you with useless mailings, solicitations and lame publications as early as your fiftieth birthday, while you may still be working, and keep at it until long after you die unless some thoughtful relative mails in a cancellation notice in your stead. And with the ever-so-“flexible” and “efficient” American economy, your employer can lay you off and effectively send you into retirement without waiting for your fifty-fifth, sixty-second or any such arbitrary birthday. Losing your job is not necessarily a marker of old age or incompetence anymore. Often it’s just bad luck. The ticking of the Medicare clock, however, is precise and inexorable. If you choose to continue to work after your enrollment, goody for you, particularly if you love what you do and you’re not doing it just out of economic necessity. Indeed, I’m jealous of octogenarian artists, writers, scientists and other inspired sorts who whistle away the hours in their garrets or laboratories until they keel over their easels, typewriters or beakers without even a final “ciao.” Way to go, I say. That bliss, sadly, is relatively rare. Besides, even joyful work doesn’t necessarily extend your life though it certainly simplifies choices: It saves you the chore of deciding whether you’d rather spend a month in the Patagonia, take up scuba diving, write a novel or do anything else other than work. As I approach the sixty-five-year-old threshold–hey, there are three days left–what I feel most is the pressure of time, both short- and long-term. During the recent funeral of an uncle I noticed the Laniers seem to be long-lived tribe. My dad died a few days before his ninety-fourth birthday; my uncle at ninety-two; and my aunt Ofelia at ninety-six, though during her last couple of years her mind kept flickering like a fading shortwave station. My mom lived to be eighty-eight. Stew’s family is also of durable Norwegian stock, good for about ninety years, the last couple of which Stew’s dad spent in a nursing home reaching for the ass of a young nurse he fancied. Our actuarial tables would suggest that Stew and I might be around for another twenty years or so. A friend counseled us to divide that remaining time into three parts: The go-go years, when we can still climb Machu Picchu and trek through the Galápagos; the slow-go years, when cruises with off-shore excursions may be more appropriate; and finally the no-go years, which we might spend in a nursing home like Stew’s dad, though in our case hoping for a comely male nurse to join the staff. When we retired our friends kept posing the same tiresome question: But what do you do all day long? The question, though well-meaning, to me had a whiff of contempt, as in “what do you when you’re out to pasture or otherwise useless”? It’s a question that becomes more impertinent and irrelevant every day. Fact is that anymore I find time becoming a tyrant, not because of any boredom and emptiness it might bring, but because of the constant proliferation of interesting things and projects swirling in my head, clamoring to be mastered or at least attempted before the no-go years. Priorities suddenly are a preoccupation, though I haven’t developed a system for ranking–or abandoning–projects because I have only twenty or twenty-five years in which to accomplish them. I would like to write something substantial, a book-like creation, though the subject eludes me. Photography, an on-and-off hobby since I was a teenager, suddenly is taking more of my life now that I have more time and money to devote to it. Gardening beckons too, though I don’t know if it’s an avocation or in the hostile terrain of San Miguel a challenge, in the order of man-versus-nature. Having more time to read also constantly reminds me how much I don’t know. And with the usefulness of any new knowledge suddenly unimportant–remember, I’m not cramming for a final exam or to impress my boss–I’m free to careen from one topic to the next. I’m now on a tour of the battlefields of the American Civil War, which I know little about, after which I could take up a novel with no special practicality except it’s a fun read. My tolerance level also has dropped significantly. I don’t put up with boring books, articles, TV shows or movies. I don’t have to. There’s not enough time. It’s a pretty enjoyable existence I’d like to keep go-going as long as I can. And I’m not going to let the addition of my Medicare card to my wallet wreck the feeling.
Listen Up, White House! Take Medicare Eligibility Age Off The Table NOW.
…with the electorate. Act 1. A disaster scenario (created by the WH & Congress) aptly named a ‘fiscal cliff’ MUST be solved by Dec. or we’ll all die. Both parties posture and pose and pretend to hold out for a deal their base supports. Act 2. Media run non-stop stories about the fiscal cliff ‘disaster’. Theme: If no compromise is reached before (artificial) deadline life will end for us all. Good cop, bad cop drama ensues. Act 3.The WH/Congress leak Pete Peterson’s plan to a couple of insiders to float. Outrage from both bases. Media frenzy. WH/Congress wait out the storm. Act 4. Float a slightly more palpable plan with “tweaks”. Media insiders in both parties give it a tepid thumbs up claiming it was the best they could do given the intransigence of the other party. Act 5. Tweaked entitlement “reform” bill gets bipartisan support. Act 6: The public finds out 9 mos later about the poison pills lobbyists for Pete Peterson wrote into the bill. Act 7. Medicare age raised to 67. SS cola ‘tweaked’. Taxes raised 2% on millionaires. Captial Gains tax untouched. Defense cuts- not so much.
Social Security and You: Signing up for Medicare
However, WEP does not affect benefits paid to your wife as a widow in the event of your death. For example, a worker and spouse both claim their benefits at full retirement age. Because the worker receives a pension based on work not covered by Social Security, the benefit amount under the WEP benefit formula is $700. Based on the WEP benefit amount, the spouse’s benefit is $350 (one-half of the worker’s WEP benefit amount). When the worker dies, the WEP reduction is removed. The surviving spouse’s benefit is refigured using the regular benefit formula.
What Is A Medicare Supplement
There are ten different Medicare supplement plans. Each one is given a different letter. The letters skip a few here and there because plans that were once available have been retired and the labeled the new plans with the next letter in the alphabet so as not to create confusion for people who were grandfathered in on the old plans. The plans themselves cover a varying number of combinations of the nine different coverage gaps that were left by the coverage you get with Medicare Part A and Medicare part B. The Gaps include: the deductible, coinsurance, first three pints of blood and hospice care from Medicare Part A, The deductible and coinsurance for Medicare Part B, skilled nursing facility care, and expenses for foreign travel emergencies. Which plan you select dictates how many or what combination of these coverage gaps are covered. Plan A covers only four of the gaps while Plan F covers all nine.
How To Get A Medicare Plan After Annual Enrollment Ends
After all the attention Medicare’s annual enrollment period got from October 15 through December 7, other chances to sign up for a Medicare plan tend to be overlooked. You can actually get certain plans at different times of the year, and here are brief explanations about the kinds of Medicare plans that are available and when you can enroll.