The Medicare Hospice Benefit Explained

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Congress established the Medicare Hospice Benefit in 1983 to ensure that all Medicare beneficiaries could access high-quality end-of-life care. Today, more than 65 percent of hospice patients are Medicare beneficiaries. The Medicare Hospice Benefit offers dying Americans the option to experience death free of pain, with emotional and spiritual support for both themselves and their families.
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Video: Medicare & You: National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Entrenched Hospice Interests Oppose Hospice Cap Reform, and Any Hospice Reform. Why?

Oh and by the way, Medicare’s hospice eligibility criteria have never been empirically tested, are seriously flawed and result in long length of stay for non-cancer patients who are given a timely choice.  This causes hospices that honor those criteria to hit the Cap.  Consequently hospices are inventing their own eligibility criteria and, today, hospice eligibility standards vary by state, by community and by hospice.  So, if you’re terminally ill and eligible for hospice in Los Angeles, you may or may not be eligible in New York or Chicago or Phoenix.
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Prohibitive Medicare Reimbursement May Restrict Hospice Enrollment in Patients Requiring High

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2011, US News and World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 14th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation’s top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and US News and World Report and whose hospital is on the US News and World Report Honor Roll. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place.
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Medicare covers hospice & comfort care

, your loved one can get the care and support they need. This can include doctor and nursing services, counseling, medical supplies, pain medications, and other services. And, most importantly, hospice can provide much needed comfort while at home.
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Audit Finds Wrong Part Of Medicare Was Used To Pay For Hospice Patients’ Drugs

Modern Healthcare: Auditors Find Possible Excess Medicare Payments The Medicare program could be paying multiple times for prescription drugs for hospice beneficiaries, a new federal report suggests. HHS’ inspector general’s office conducted a nationwide review of prescription drugs for hospice beneficiaries between January and December 2009 and found that Medicare Part D paid for a variety of prescription medications — including analgesic, anti-nausea, laxative and anti-anxiety drugs and drugs to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — that should have been covered under the per diem payments made to hospice organizations under Medicare Part A (Zigmond, 7/4).
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Is it time for another lawsuit? Advocating to change the Medicare Hospice Benefit eligibility requirements

I have decided that there is compelling evidence that the Medicare Hospice eligibility requirements are outdated and need to be re-written.  These policies are not driven by patient need and the evidence is mounting that limiting access to hospice and palliative services actually increases the cost of health care at the end of life.  Those with concerns about the rise in the cost of the Medicare Hospice Benefit appear to put undue focus on the increasing length of stay of a number of hospice patients without considering that hospice and palliative care can be more cost effective than usual care.  This cost reduction does not come from “irrationally rationing” health care but by facilitating conversations that allow patients and families to understand prognosis and verbalize preferences and goals about end-of-life care.  These conversations enable health care providers to guide patients away from costly treatments and interventions that do not facilitate attainment of patients’ goals or add to the quality or length of their lives. If you agree that it is time for a change to the eligibility requirements, what can we do as hospice and palliative medicine providers to advocate for our patients to receive high-quality palliative and end-of-life care in a manner that makes sense? Do we wait until the results of the concurrent care demonstration project are in? Do we ask AAHPM, NHPCO, and HPNA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Committees to weigh in on the matter?  Or do we wait until the lawyers file another class-action lawsuit against Medicare? by: Shaida Talebreza Brandon (all opinions expressed are my own)
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Benefits of Medicare Hospice Services

WAXAHACHIE, TX—U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (second from left) meets with area staff members at Odyssey Hospice’s South Dallas office to learn more about the ways that Medicare-supported hospice services can benefit Texans with life-limiting illnesses.  Among those attending the session were (left to right): Seeley Avery, Odyssey’s Regional Vice President-Sales; Rep. Barton; Pamela Bailey, Quality Manager; Jennifer Leggett, Account Executive; Larry Chesney, Clinical Liaison; Doris Barnes, Registered Nurse; Mark Cook, Area Vice President-Sales; and Trivia Spencer, Community Liaison.
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Updating the Medicare Hospice Benefit

This also makes the physician’s decision to request hospice more difficult. In its current form, a physician requesting that their patient seek hospice care means that she believes that curative treatments are no longer beneficial.  While this is likely true, the firm line that has to be crossed by patient and physician can likely be misunderstood as the doctor giving up on their patient. The current system creates an artificial distinction between curative treatments and care geared towards the patient’s emotional needs while providing care to ensure their comfort. Even in Medicare Advantage, a program that promotes coordinated, streamlined care through its capitated payment system, the Medicare hospice benefit is excluded. A patient enrolled in Medicare Advantage who elects hospice care reverts back to regular fee-for-service Medicare.
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CMS to Host Home Health Open Door Forum on Jan. 9th

The Forum addresses the concerns of three unique health care areas within the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Issues related to Home Health PPS, the newly proposed competitive bidding for DME, and the Medicare Hospice benefit are all topics the forum has covered. Many of the issues covered bridge concerns within all three settings, and the combination of the topics under one Forum has been useful to many participants. Timely announcements and clarifications regarding important rulemaking, agency program initiatives, and other related areas are also included in the forums.
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Growing Pains for the Medicare Hospice Benefit

For 30 years, the Medicare hospice benefit has played a key role in shaping end-of-life care in the United States. Authorized by the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982, the benefit was meant to improve the dying experience for terminally ill beneficiaries and to reduce the intensity and cost of health care services at the end of life. After a slow start, hospice became an integral part of Medicare, and nearly half of all people who die while covered by Medicare now use the benefit before death.
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Court: You Can Appeal Medicare Decisions About Hospice Services

That’s a victory of sorts, because it makes it clear that beneficiaries have the right to challenge a hospice provider’s refusal to provide a service that a doctor deems necessary, Mr. Deford said. But it’s disappointing because it doesn’t ensure that people receive a notice of their right to appeal when they enter hospice care, or that any mechanism exists for expedited appeals – an important protection for people who are dying.
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Understanding the Medicare hospice benefit

While attending a national hospice conference a few years back, I recall listening to Mary Labyak, one of the earliest pioneers of hospice care in our country. I’d heard Mary speak previously and, although I never had the honor of knowing her, she was a mentor for me throughout my career. Mary stated, “When you’ve seen one hospice, you’ve seen one hospice.” I was puzzled for a moment but quickly understood—and she was certainly correct in her declaration. Hospices across the country were continuing to find new and innovative ways to deliver services, developing programs that meet the unique needs of their communities. One is as different as the next. Some hospices are small, focused on providing care within a small geographic area, while others are large with a nationwide reach. Some service urban environments while others meet the challenges of servicing rural communities. Some are not-for-profit providers, some are for-profit, and others are government sponsored. It can be a challenge to navigate through the array of programs that may be available to you, and for this I refer you to my prior blog “Choosing a hospice: Finding the right program for you and your loved one.”
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Appeal Rights Confirmed for Medicare Hospice Beneficiaries in Case Brought By Center for Medicare Advocacy 

Circuit Court of Appeals today also confirmed that Medicare hospice patients have the right to appeal denials of services. The defendant, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, acknowledged after this lawsuit was filed, that Medicare hospice beneficiaries have a right to appeal coverage denials. However, the plaintiff, Howard Back could not know that, or access the appeal system, since he was told otherwise at every attempt to appeal. The 9
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Medicare, Medicaid, and Other Health Provisions in American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Updated)

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"Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation, for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company." ~ George Washington. by eyewashdesign: A. GoldenExtension of Family-to-Family Health Information Centers:  This provision continues the Family to Family Health Information Centers (F2F HIC) to assist families of children and youth with special health care needs in making informed choices about health care in order to promote good treatment decisions, cost-effectiveness and improved health outcomes.  The centers are intended to help families navigate the health care system so that their children can get the benefits they need through Medicaid, CHIP, SSI, early intervention services, other government programs, and private insurance.  F2F HICs also train health care providers and policymakers and advocate for a family-centered “medical home” for every child. There is one F2F HIC in every state and the District of Columbia.
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Ask The Experts: Retirement

A. While your wife could disenroll from the Federal Employees Health Benefits program and both of you enroll in Medicare Part B, what she gained by no longer having to pay premiums for the former would likely be offset by the premiums you’d both have to pay for the latter. Although each of you would have to pay $99 per month in 2013, the fact that neither of you enrolled when you were first eligible would mean that those premiums would be increased by 10 percent for every year you failed to do so.
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Medicare Part B Premium Costs Likely To Cut Into Social Security’s Increase

The Wall Street Journal: Prices Rise 0.3%, Prompting Boost In Government Benefits The climb in prices means millions of Americans who rely on government programs such as Social Security will receive their first cost-of-living increase since 2009. It also will raise taxes on close to 10 million of the 161 million workers who pay Social Security taxes. That’s because in 2012, Americans will have to pay the payroll tax on their first $110,100 in earnings, up from the $106,800 in earnings in 2011. … Nearly 55 million Social Security beneficiaries will see their checks rise by 3.6 percent beginning in January. … The 3.6 percent increase could be partially or completely offset by a bump in the premiums that seniors pay for Medicare Part B benefits, which have been held flat for many beneficiaries because of low inflation in the last two years. … The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could announce their premiums and copayments for 2012 as soon as next week. Because Medicare premiums are deducted directly from Social Security checks, many Americans may never see an increase (Paletta and Murray, 10/20).
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Medicare part B, sign up for part B, Medicare part B cost, Enroll in part B

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AARP Statement on 2013 Medicare Part B Premium Increase

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for Americans 50+ and the world’s largest-circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for the 50+ audience; AARP VIVA, a bilingual lifestyle multimedia platform addressing the interests and needs of Hispanic Americans; and national television and radio programming including My Generation and Inside E Street. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.
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ABCs of Medicare: What is Part B?

What does Part B cover? Part B covers medical and preventive services. Coverage rules can differ depending on whether a beneficiary has a Medicare Advantage Plan or other Medicare plan. However,  your plan must give you at least the same coverage as Original Medicare. (Original Medicare is fee-for-service coverage under which the government pays your health care providers directly for your Part A and/or Part B benefits.) Additionally, some services may only be covered in certain settings or for patients with certain conditions.
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Monthly Premiums for Medicare Part B Set To Increase Slightly in 2013

Meanwhile, premiums for Medicare Part A — which pays for inpatient hospitals, skilled-nursing facilities and some home health care services — will decline by $10 to $441 in 2013. Part A deductibles will increase by $28, from $1,156 last year to $1,184 in 2013 (Zigmond,
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Office of Statewide Benefits provides information on Medicare Parts A, B enrollment

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Failure to enroll and maintain enrollment in Medicare Parts A and B upon eligibility may result in the subscriber being held financially responsible for the cost of all claims incurred, including prescription costs. Retirees and spouses enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B must provide a copy of their Medicare Identification Card to be enrolled in the state of Delaware Special Medicfill plan.
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Medicare open enrollment: Did Obamacare secretly increase Part B premiums?

Here’s what’s happening. The 2003 law that set up these high-income premium surcharges also stated that the income thresholds were to increase every year to account for general inflation. But the Affordable Care Act freezes the thresholds at their current level through 2019, which will over the next six years snare more and more beneficiaries as incomes in general rise (or at least we hope they do). The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that by 2019, about 14 percent of Medicare beneficiaries will be paying these higher premiums.
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Tricare Help – Can wife, over 65 but ineligible for Medicare, be put on Tricare Prime?

What you need to do is contact your local Social Security Administration office and make them aware that your wife is not eligible for Medicare Part A under either her own work history or yours. As such, she should be eligible to receive a “Notice of Disapproved Claim” from the SSA. Once you have that in hand, take it to your nearest military installation ID Card/DEERS office. DEERS is the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, the Defense Department’s eligibility portal for Tricare. The SSA’s “Notice of Disapproved Claim” should be sufficient to allow your wife to retain eligibility for Tricare Prime, Standard and Extra even though she is already past her 65th birthday, once you update your wife’s DEERs registration file and get a new ID card for her.
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3 Tips for Avoiding Pitfalls in Medicare Enrollment

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Demystifying Medicare Part D enrollment

Once you’ve found a plan that fits your budget and medication needs, don’t forget about convenience when filling your prescriptions. A pharmacy accepted as “preferred” by a Medicare Part D Plan is a network pharmacy that offers covered drugs to plan members at lower out-of-pocket costs than what the member would pay at a non-preferred network pharmacy. For example, Walmart is a preferred pharmacy on multiple plans including the Humana-Walmart Preferred Rx Plan. People with high blood pressure or who are concerned about heart health also should know that Humana and Walmart just announced that members of the Humana Walmart-Preferred Rx Plan will have access to 10 hypertension drugs for a penny each when filled at one of the 4,400 Walmart or Sam’s Club pharmacy locations.
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Medicare Plan Finder for Health, Prescription Drug and Medigap plans

Between January 1–February 14, if you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan, you can leave your plan and switch to Original Medicare. If you switch to Original Medicare during this period, you will have until February 14 to also join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to add drug coverage. Your coverage will begin the first day of the month after the plan gets your enrollment form.
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When Does One Become Eligible for Medicare?

One can become eligible for Medicare under the age of 65 if he or she is disabled or has been receiving Social Security disability payments for over 24 months. In order to enroll in Medicare one needs to go to the local Social Security office. One can ask questions about his or her eligibility, options and penalties in the office or by joining the American Boomer Network and visiting one of the forums there. It is imperative that one has understanding of his or her options, rights and penalties. For example if some people delay enrolling into Medicare after the age of 65 but decide to enroll later, they are subjected to a 10% penalty for every year of the delay.
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Are You Set for the New Year With Medicare Enrollment Over

You can switch to a Medicare Advantage plan or prescription drug plan with a higher quality rating. Whether you have traditional Medicare or Medicare Advantage, you can switch to a Medicare Advantage plan that has a five-star quality rating if one of these plans is available in your area. If you have a prescription drug plan, you can switch to one with a five-star rating. You can make the switch at any time during 2013, but you can only do it once.
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Baby Boomer Confusions About Medicare Soars as Enrollment Date Looms

More than a year after President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, many older adults still remain unaware of the most significant changes. The change in the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) affects all beneficiaries. Previously, the AEP began on November 15, but now it’s a month earlier. It now begins October 15 and ends December 7. During the AEP beneficiaries are able to choose or change their supplemental insurance, including Medigap plans that cover hospitalization deductibles, and Part D plans that cover prescription drugs. Less than 10 percent of the survey respondents identified the correct date and the majority still believe they have until December 31 to file.
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Medicare Surtax Regulations Are Out

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OBAMAS DEATH PANEL------ GUESS WHAT FOLKS IT'S ALIVE AND WELL---"CRAZY PALIN" NOT SO CRAZY NOW by SS&SSto help employers implement the additional .9% Medicare surtax for wages, self-employment income and other compensation. Effective January 1, 2013, employers must begin withholding this additional .9% Medicare tax for employees with wages in excess of $200,000. For a joint return on which neither spouse earns more than $200,000 but, when combined, results in earnings of more than $250,000, the tax is due but the employer will not be responsible for the added withholdings.
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Proposed Regulations Issued on Additional Medicare Tax

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Bryan Cave Tax Exempt and Charitable Planning Team IRS Exempt Organization Newsletter 2012

The IRS has issued final regulations, and temporary regulations, regarding the requirements to qualify as a Type III supporting organization. The IRS also issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking cross-referencing the new temporary regulations. Written or electronic comments and requests for a public hearing must be received by March 28, 2013.
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NAHC Rallies Behind Proposal For Tighter Medicare Regulations

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Significant Medicare Cases: The Year In Review

Hall v. Sebelius, D.D.C, February 7, 2012. There is no statutory avenue under 42 U.S.C. § 426(a) for those 65 or older and receiving Social Security retirement benefits to disclaim their legal entitlement to Medicare Part A benefits. Five retirees who automatically became entitled to Medicare Part A benefits when they became entitled to Social Security retirement benefits sued HHS and the Social Security Administration, seeking to disclaim their automatic legal entitlement to Medicare Part A so that they would be eligible to receive benefits from their private medical insurers not available to Medicare beneficiaries. 42 U.S.C. § 426(a) offered them no path to opt out of their legal entitlement to Medicare Part A benefits, the government was not required to offer them a mechanism to do so, and the agencies’ refusal to do so was not unlawful. One judge dissented, arguing that the group should be able to waive benefits and that there is no statutory basis for the SSA manual to say otherwise. The district court’s grant of summary judgment to the federal agencies was affirmed.
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2013 Medicare Guidelines Course

Are you bulletproof? This course will cover all aspects of Medicare requirements as well as the latest changes for 2013. From audits and billing procedures to documentation requirements, Dr. Fucinari, a certified Insurance Consultant and Medical Compliance Specialist, will clear the muddy waters of Medicare. Are you handling Medicare appropriately? This comprehensive course is designed for doctors, staff and billing personnel.
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Proposed Regulations Explain 3.8 Percent Medicare Tax on Net Investment Income : The Venture Alley : Entrepreneurs, Startups, Venture Capital, Angel Investors

These proposed regulations, released at the end of November along with accompanying frequently asked questions, provide taxpayers and their advisors much needed guidance in interpreting the statutory provisions imposing this tax. Despite application of the tax beginning in 2013, the effective date of the proposed regulations has been delayed until January 1, 2014. To assist taxpayers, the IRS has stated that taxpayers may rely on the proposed regulations for compliance purposes until publication of final regulations under Section 1411, which is anticipated to occur during 2013. The proposed regulations indicate that the IRS will closely review transactions that manipulate a taxpayer’s “net investment income” to reduce or eliminate the amount of tax imposed by Section 1411 and will challenge such transactions based on applicable statutes and judicial doctrines. Therefore, careful tax planning to accommodate this new tax is essential. Among other things, these proposed regulations provide definitions of operative phrases and terminology in the statute, indicate where definitions used elsewhere in the Code should be incorporated into the statute, identify how certain entities are treated under Section 1411, expand income categories potentially subject to the tax, allow taxpayers to regroup activities with respect to the passive activity grouping rules and describe how the tax applies to dispositions of interests in passthrough entities and income/distributions from certain foreign entities.
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IRS Issues Guidance On Additional Medicare Tax : ADP Compliance Insights

Background Effective for wages paid on or after January 1, 2013, the Medicare tax rate increases from 1.45 percent to 2.35 percent on wages earned above $200,000 for single filers and $250,000 for joint filers ($125,000 for a married individual filing separately).   This increase only applies to the employee portion of the Medicare tax. Employers do not have to match the increased Medicare tax amount. However, employers are still responsible for the withholding and reporting obligations with respect to the increased employee Medicare tax.  If an employer fails to withhold and deposit the additional Medicare tax amount AND the employee pays it with their tax return, the employer will not be required to pay the amount not deducted, but the employer will be subject to penalties for the failure to withhold the tax.   The employer is required to withhold the increased amount from all workers with wages exceeding $200,000 regardless of the marital status claimed on the employee’s Form W-4. Over- and under-withholding for the employee will be reconciled upon the filing of his/her individual tax return.
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The Official Medicare Set Aside Blog And Information Resource: New York Plaintiffs Once Again Attempt to Avoid Medicare Part C Reimbursements and Fail

, plaintiff Rebecca Meek-Horton filed suit on behalf of herself and all similarly situated Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans who settled New York personal injury or wrongful death insurance claims. The New York law passed in 2009 to encourage insurance settlements presumes that any such recovery does not include any compensation for medical expenses except where there is a statutory right of reimbursement; therefore, the plaintiffs felt they have no obligation to reimburse the MAO. The MAO plans disagreed and assert a statutory recovery right expressly exempted by the state law. The Court ultimately found the plaintiffs’ arguments were defeated by the plain language of the the governing statute. 42 USC 1395w-26(b)(3) expressly preempts all but a limited number of state licensing and solvency laws and the New York law in question does not fall into those categories. Furthermore, 42 CFR 422.108(f) also expressly states that “the rules established under this section supersede any State laws, regulations, contract requirements, or other standards that would otherwise apply to MA plans.” Because the plaintiffs exclusively plead their claims under the New York state law, claiming they were not seeking benefits or reimbursement for benefits so the Medicare Act did not apply, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of N.Y. found the federal preemption sufficient to dismiss the action for failing to state a claim upon which relief could be granted.
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Medicare MSPRC contract change

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Although there has not  been a formal announcement  it appears that the new contactor to perform recovery activities on behalf of Medicare will be Group Health Incorporated (GHI).  GHI is a familiar entity to Medicare as GHI has been the Medicare Coordination of Benefits (COB) since 1999. Under the new contract GHI will expand its role to include the recovery portion of the Medicare process.
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Intermittent Connectivity Issue Reported by NGS

National Government Services (NGS), a Medicare intermediary, is experiencing intermittent connectivity issues. As a result, some claim files have not been successfully received by the payer. The clearinghouse is retransmitting affected claim files as impacted files are being identified. NGS is working diligently to resolve this intermittent connectivity issue. The following payers may be affected: CPID 1452 Connecticut Medicare CPID 3533 Connecticut Medicare CPID 1463 New York Medicare Upstate CPID 3519 New York Medicare Empire CPID 4442 New York Medicare Empire CPID 1773 NGS American CPID 8522 NGS American CPID 2528 New Hampshire Medicare CPID 3547 Maine Medicare CPID 5506 Illinois Medicare CPID 5512 Wisconsin Medicare CPID 5527 Massachusetts Medicare CPID 5578 Rhode Island Medicare CPID 5954 Vermont Medicare CPID 7401 New York Medicare GHI CPID 7475 Medicare DME MAC Jurisdiction A CPID 7476 Medicare DME MAC Jurisdiction B CPID 7477 Medicare DME MAC Jurisdiction C CPID 7478 Medicare DME MAC Jurisdiction D Please be aware of this processing issue. If you have any questions, please contact Client Services at 1-888-348-8457, option 2.
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Deforming Medicare into a Competitive Bidding System (part 1)

FEHBP requires that all plans cover the same medical services. In spite of this, some plans offer more dental and vision coverage than others. However, the primary “choice” is whether to pay now or pay later. Those who choose plans with lower premiums (taken out of biweekly or monthly pay-checks) face higher deductibles and co-payments when they actually need medical care. Often this results in higher overall cost to those who choose what looks like a less-expensive plan. Seeing physicians “out of network” costs more in a “basic”plan than in a “standard” or “high option” plan. We know from many studies that higher co-payments lead low- and even middle-income people to postpone needed medical care. Since FEHBP premiums are independent of the employee’s income, lower-wage workers are likely to choose a “basic” plan and thus face the barrier of higher costs when they have to seek care. And many, of course, will not be able to afford to pay for any plan.
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D.A.: Podiatrist Charged in $84,000 Medical Billing Scam

I’ve used this Doctor for many years, even when she was in her own practice. My whole family has used her and by the way we get the medicare statements and the statements from our 2nd insurance and there has never been any issues of impropriaty. It seems to me there is more to this story than meets the eye. Any problem I ever had with the billing was with Rockland Podiatry, not Dr. Piluso. As far as I know she was employed by them. They had their own billing service. Unfortunately, her vindication will not be on the front page of the Journal News, it probably will be on Page 8. What a shame to destroy someones reputation like this.
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The U.S. Global Health Initiative’s Women, Girls, and Gender Equality Principle: A Roundtable Discussion

This document summarizes the discussion of a roundtable that took place at the Foundation in November 2010 examining the women, girls and gender equality principle of the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI). This principle, the first of seven core principles of the GHI, aims to sharpen the focus on women and girls across U.S. government global health efforts. The roundtable included experts from a variety of organizations, including officials from the U.S. government, and gender experts from NGOs and U.S. government implementing partners.  Much of the discussion centered on the draft guidance developed by the U.S. government to inform the implementation of the principle in countries by U.S. teams. In addition to the summary, the Foundation has also issued a matrix with country-level indicators related to women, girls and gender across all GHI countries. The matrix was designed to inform discussions related to the GHI principle. These materials are part of a series of projects being undertaken by the Foundation exploring the application of the women, girls and gender equality principle of the GHI.
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CMS Primary Plan Audits Expected in 2013

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A Simple Primer on Medicare Benefits Written for Patients and YOU!

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Mashing the Aussie State: Geocoding Medicare office location data by ChiefTechStrategist, Rehabilitation Management, MediServe a Mediware Company; Darlene is a PT with an MBA in Healthcare Management, in her role, as a Rehab Mgmt Strategist she brings information to leadership that help guide practice strategy. Her focus is to assist clients nationally in the use of charting data to drive clinical and financial performance in support of decisions for best practices in meeting rehabilitation compliance, outcomes, revenue and efficiency. Since February 2011, Darlene has visited more than 30 IRF locations to assist in guiding C.O.R.E. (Compliance, Outcomes, Revenue, Efficiency/Effectiveness), performance improvement plans. Working in rehab medicine for greater than 30 years, Darlene spent 12 years in executive leadership as a Director of Rehabilitation and Operations. Therapy oversight included three post-acute service lines: acute inpatient rehabilitation (IRF), skilled and outpatient hospital-based services and is LEAN trained in healthcare. At various points in her career, Darlene had oversight of rehabilitation admissions, marketing, quality improvement, dietary & maintenance. Her responsibilities have included compliance toward Federal Regulations and leading CARF and Joint Commission standards of practice. Her experience includes Quality Improvement Chair, Lean Healthcare Trainer Certification and Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Ohio Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (OARF). Darlene lectures and writes blogs on post acute care topics that include federal guidelines, post acute admissions, managing outcomes, documentation, and rehabilitation marketing. www.mediserve.com/blog
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Senior Care in Grand Rapids, MI: Open Enrollment for Medicare –Now through Dec 7, 2012

Would a small increase in premiums result in a large reduction in health care costs you pay? Check, for example, what coverage is available for prescription drugs you take? Medicare representatives can create a report containing the costs and benefits of various insurance products if you supply them with a list of your drug prescriptions. Ask questions about participating doctors and clinics. Some Medicare Advantage plans limit which physicians a patient can visit.
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Big Win for Medicare Recipients

The rehabilitative services that Mr. Smith receives in the nursing home are covered by the Medicare program.  The Medicare program will pay for up to 100 days of rehabilitative services for Mr. Smith.  The Medicare program pays the first twenty days of rehabilitative services in full.  Days twenty-one through one hundred have a co-payment.  Currently, the co-payment is $144.50 per day.  Many private health insurance programs cover this co-payment, so even if Mr. Smith receives the full 100 days of service, his rehabilitation may be fully covered by either the Medicare program or his private health insurance.
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The UsuryFree Eye Opener: Essential CRITICAL FACTS For All Americans To Read

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Newsweek Magazine (February 16, 2009) ... Lenders Add Bigger Fannie, Freddie Fee – Thanks to Payroll Tax Cut (January 15, 2012) ...item 2.. Dupuy: GOP trying to sell pyrmaid scheme to voters (September 3, 2012) ... by marsmet526The UsuryFree Eye Opener is the electronic arm of the UsuryFree Network. It seeks active usuryfree creatives to help advance our mission of creating a usuryfree lifestyle for everyone on this planet. Our motto is ‘peace and plenty before 2020.’ The UsuryFree Eye Opener publishes not only articles related to the problems associated with our orthodox, usury-based 1/(s-i) system but also to the solutions as offered by active usuryfree creatives – and much more for your re-education.
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Dreamers Are Us: Completed sample Form SS5 Social Security number application

If you are a DREAMer approved for a work permit in the United States and issued an employment authorization card (also known as EAD or I-766), you are eligible to receive a Social Security number from the Social Security Administration.  This will be your number for the rest of your life and once you have this, you will report it to your employer when you complete Form I-9, to report taxes to the IRS, to apply for credit, and whenever it is asked for by a business or government entity.  You cannot use it to work without a proper employment authorization at all times and it is illegal to let anyone else use your number with your consent. To apply for the SSN, you will need to go in person to the nearest SSA office (bring plenty of reading material while you wait and be prepared to go through security) with original documents that you have received from USCIS, specifically the EAD card, approval letters, unexpired passport and birth certificate.  In addition, bring a completed Form SS-5 Application for a Social Security Card, preferably typed on a computer and printed on white paper.  Also sign the application using a black or blue pen. Item 1:  In each box, put your names.  If you have more than one middle names, provide all of them in the box.  If you legally changed your name for any reason, e.g. after wedding, write your name at birth.  If you have used other names, for instance, you were known as Al Smith because your full name is Albert Smith, write Al Smith as well, particularly if you used it in the workplace or a lot of people may know you by that name.  There is no need to mention names that are only used by your family members.  In any case, the name should match that on your EAD. Item 2:  Leave blank.  DO NOT provide any fake SSN you may have used to work or provided it to school. Item 3:  Better use the same that you have in your birth certificate or passport.  For instance, Sydney, Australia. Item 4:  Same as your birth certificate. Item 5:  Check Legal Alien Allowed To Work.  For the purpose of this application, you are “legal,” even though DACA confers no legal status on DREAMers. Item 6:  Check whatever is applicable, or leave it blank, since the question is voluntary. Item 7:  Check whatever is applicable, or leave it blank, since the question is voluntary. Item 8:  Check the correct one. Item 9:  A.  Write down the complete maiden name of your mother.  B. If you are older than 18, there is no need to provide the mother’s SS# (though, you should if she has one), but if you are younger than 18 and she does not have a SSN (needless to say that if she does have a number, you must write it down), check unknown.  DO NOT provide any false numbers or numbers belonging to other person if anyone used them to work or for other purposes. Item 10:  Exactly the same as item 9 for your father. Item 11:  Most likely the answers is No for you but if you are not sure that someone acted on your behalf when you were a child and did something like that, then, check “Don’t Know.” Item 12 and 13:  Leave blank. Item 14:  Write the date you will be in the Social Security office. Item 15:  Provide your phone number that you will answer or can record a voice mail. Item 16:  Provide your mailing address in the United States. Item 17:  Sign in black or blue ink. Item 18:  Check Self if filing for yourself.  Otherwise, pick the right category.
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Daily Kos: Fiscal cliff discussions break down after Republicans demand Social Security cuts

The Boskin Commission, formally called the “Advisory Commission to Study the Consumer Price Index”, was appointed by the United States Senate in 1995 to study possible bias in the computation of the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which is used to measure inflation in the United States. Its final report, titled “Toward A More Accurate Measure Of The Cost Of Living” and issued on December 4, 1996, concluded that the CPI overstated inflation by about 1.1 percentage points per year in 1996 and about 1.3 percentage points prior to 1996. http://en.wikipedia.org/… Michael Jay Boskin (born September 23, 1945) is the T. M. Friedman Professor of Economics and senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He also is Chief Executive Officer and President of Boskin & Co., an economic consulting company.
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Are Social Security Forms Important?

Once you have applied for disability Social Security will mail you a long set of questions about what keeps you from working, what you do all day, what chores you can do, what limits you have, and places you spend a lot of time.
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JUDICIAL WATCH INC v. SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, No. 11–5246., December 11, 2012

We likewise conclude that the records requested by Judicial Watch are exempt from disclosure. FOIA Exemption 3 exempts records that are protected from disclosure by another statute. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(3). Here, the Tax Code protects the confidentiality of “return information.” 26 U.S.C. § 6103(a). Return information is defined to include any “data” that is “furnished to” the IRS “with respect to a return or with respect to the determination” of tax liability “of any person.” Id. § 6103(b)(2). An employer’s identity is “data” furnished to the IRS on the Form W–2 with respect to the determination of its employees’ taxes. See Landmark Legal Foundation v. IRS, 267 F.3d 1132, 1136–37 (D.C.Cir.2001). Therefore, the records sought by Judicial Watch would disclose “return information” and are protected from disclosure by the Tax Code. The records are in turn exempt under FOIA.
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Do I need to include my social security (retirement) income in the calculation of my plan payment in chapter 13 bankruptcy?

Do I need to include my social security (retirement) income in the calculation of my plan payment in chapter 13 bankruptcy? 22 December 2012 It depends. It is a legal question that is playing out in the courts right now. If you live in the fifth or tenth federal circuit (Massachusetts is in the first circuit), and arguably in the sixth or eighth circuit, then the answer is no. Generally anywhere else it depends on the individual judge. And this will likely change in the future. A good local bankruptcy attorney in your area might know the status in your area. This specific question is whether excluding social security benefits when calculating what your plan payment should be is legally considered “bad faith.” In bankruptcy, there are two important places that your social security income could be included, one is on Form 22C that determines the length of your plan and possibly the amount that should be paid to unsecured creditors (for above-median income debtors), and another is on the Schedule I, which is used to help determine your plan payment. There is little dispute that social security income is not considered in the former (Form 22C), but there is a dispute whether it should be included in the latter (Schedule I). (This does not mean the income does not need to appear on the forms, just if the income is counted in the calculations.) Those that argue it is bad faith to not include social security income in the calculation point to the “totality of the circumstances” and that the debtors could pay more to their creditors. Those that argue it is excluded point to a portion of the bankruptcy code they say excludes it completely from income calculations in bankruptcy. The two definitive federal circuit decisions on the issue that were rendered in the fifth and tenth circuits may be considered persuasive authority for other courts. The firth circuit decision can be found here. The tenth circuit decision can be found here. If you are planning on filing bankruptcy, there are many issues like the one described here that should be addressed. If you want to discuss your options, feel free to give us a call. Contact: George E. Bourguignon, Jr., Attorney at Law Phone: (508) 769-1359 or (413) 746-8008 Email: gbourguignon@bourguignonlaw.com Website: http://www.bourguignonlaw.com
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Ask The Experts: Retirement

Q. I’m 54 and have been working for the government for the past nine years. I’m planning on staying for 20 years but already spent 22 years in military and am receiving my monthly pension faithfully. If and when I’m done, do I receive a separate check or do they combine them as one, and do I still get my Social Security benefit at the proper age?
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For the second site of Social Security, we present to you: our brand new online statement. You?ll find it at www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement. The statement provides you with a personalized estimate of future Social Security benefits ? retirement, disability and survivors. It also provides your earnings record for your lifetime, allowing you to check to make sure your earnings are posted correctly.
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IRS Treatment of Social Security Benefits

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RFC Form Crucial for Social Security Disability Success

The GAF is a scale from 0 to 100 where higher scores indicate greater levels of functioning. Optimal mental health and coping capabilities are represented by scores in the 91 – 100 range. Persons with mild psychological problems fall in the 71 – 90 range. Dysfunction occurs in the 31-70 range. Severe problems fall in the 21 – 30 range and 1 – 10 is reserved for persistently suicidal persons or persons incapable of meeting even minimal personal hygiene standards. The GAF rating is made as a standard part of all psychiatric/psychological diagnoses.
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Ask The Experts: Retirement

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Benefit Security Card .. HALF of the U.S live in households that receive government benefits (26 May 2012) ...item 2.. Brevard man gets 4 years in Social Security fraud case (Jun 1, 2012 ) ... by marsmet481First, please review previous Q&As to see if your question already has been answered. If you cannot find the answer, submit your question to our Retirement expert at fedexperts@federaltimes.com PLEASE NOTE! Do not submit ANY questions via the Comments form. Questions submitted via the Comments form will NOT be answered!
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When should I apply for Medicare?

If you’re not receiving Social Security benefits, however, consider signing up soon. As does the Social Security Administration, Long recommends that you apply three months before your 65th birthday to ensure your coverage begins the month you turn 65.
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Significant Medicaid Cases

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare v. Sebelius, 3rd Cir., March 15, 2012. The district court’s decision to sustain an HHS directive requiring the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) to remit more than $5.6 million in overpayments it received under the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program was proper. Following the close-out of the AFDC program, HHS instructed the states to remit the federal share of recovered AFDC overpayments. The HHS Office of Inspector General conducted a nationwide audit, and pursuant to the audit, sent the directive to DPW. DPW challenged the authority of HHS to conduct its own audit on the grounds that §116(b)(3)(A) of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) prescribed a single audit procedure under the Single Audit Act of 1984 for the close-out of the AFDC program. However, the language of §16(b)(3)(A) of PRWORA did not apply to federal claims for recovered AFDC payments; the section focused on state claims for federal reimbursement. The district court’s judgment was affirmed.
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Tricare Help – Can wife, over 65 but ineligible for Medicare, be put on Tricare Prime?

What you need to do is contact your local Social Security Administration office and make them aware that your wife is not eligible for Medicare Part A under either her own work history or yours. As such, she should be eligible to receive a “Notice of Disapproved Claim” from the SSA. Once you have that in hand, take it to your nearest military installation ID Card/DEERS office. DEERS is the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, the Defense Department’s eligibility portal for Tricare. The SSA’s “Notice of Disapproved Claim” should be sufficient to allow your wife to retain eligibility for Tricare Prime, Standard and Extra even though she is already past her 65th birthday, once you update your wife’s DEERs registration file and get a new ID card for her.
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Saving money on health costs: Extra Help program

monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription copayments in your Medicare drug plan. Did you know that the Extra Help program is estimated to be worth about $4,000 dollars per person, per year? Even if you’re not sure you’d qualify, it’s worth filling out an application to see.
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How to apply for Medicare Health Insurance

For American Citizens over the age of sixty five and those who are physically impaired, applying for Medicare starts with contacting the Social Security Administration via their hotline, website, or by visiting one of their local offices. Through these avenues those interested in their eligibility can find out if Medicare can cover their situation. Necessary documents include a birth certificate, a valid Social Security Card, and a driver’s license (or other form of government assigned identification). In the event that these documents are unavailable, notarized copies are also acceptable. Proof of any other health insurance policies should also be brought when consulting with the Social Security Administration field office. It is important to keep in mind that not all conditions, medications, and medical procedures are covered by Medicare, which is why it is important to see if it is effective for one’s own specific situation.
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How to apply for Medicare Health Insurance

Part D (Prescription Drug Plan) Offers special assistance to beneficiaries with limited income, and a choice of prescription drug plans (PDP) to anyone enrolled in Part A and Part B. Medicare prescription drug plans (PDPs) cover only outpatient drugs for people in original Medicare who have no other drug coverage. You can not enroll both in a Prescription Drug Plan and in a Medicare Advantage plan. When you enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, you will automatically lose your current PDP coverage, even if the Medicare Advantage plan does not cover drugs. Every year Medicare has an enrollment period from November 15 through December 31 when it is possible to change prescription drug providers. Medicare imposes penalties if you want to enroll in a prescription drug plan and you were not previously enrolled in a creditable drug plan. The long list of Part D providers, and the many options for monthly fees, types of coverage, and deductibles make it very difficult to choose. It is important to think carefully before making a selection because the wrong choice can cost you hundreds of dollars more in out-of-pocket expenses. Medicare has an interactive Prescription Drug Plan Finder in its Prescription Drug Coverage web page.
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Medicare Discloses Hospitals’ Bonuses, Penalties Based On Quality

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.
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Too Young to Apply for Medicare but Need Health Coverage? Understand Your Options

If COBRA is no longer an option, you might consider a private insurance plan or, if possible, join your spouse’s employer-provided health plan. For those with pre-existing medical conditions that make it difficult to get coverage, PCIPs, or pre-existing condition insurance plans, are also an option. Once you have been uninsured for six months, consumers are eligible to apply for state-run PCIPs that accept “high risk” applicants at lower prices than private providers. These plans are available until December 31, 2013, after which insurance providers will be unable to turn away applicants due to a pre-existing condition.
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How to Apply for Medicare Part B

There are also circumstances sometimes where people do not apply for Part B. . . Usually, it’s because they are still covered by their employers’ health insurance. If this is the case, you have different options. You can apply while still employed or wait and apply after your employment ends. You must do this during the special enrollment period. If you sign up at this time, you will not have to pay any extra fees on top of the premium like those who apply during the general enrollment period.
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The Medicare age is still 65

There is no additional charge for Medicare hospital insurance (Part A) since you already paid for it by working and paying Medicare tax. However, there is a monthly premium for medical insurance (Part B). If you already have other health insurance when you become eligible for Medicare, you should consider whether you want to apply for the medical insurance. To learn more about Medicare and some options for choosing coverage, read the online publication, Medicare, at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10043.html or visit www.Medicare.gov.
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When can you apply for Medicare??

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IF I Drop Medicare Select Can I Get A Medicare Supplement Plan?

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Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center of Medicare at CMS Jonathan Blum visits Christiana Care to speak about accountable care organizations by Christiana CareDropping a Medicare Select plan does not mean a person has to go with a Medicare Supplement Plan. It just means he has to go with one of the standardized plans, provided he can find one. The Medicare select plans were offered prior to 1998. The process of getting the new plan is the same as it would be for someone else. Dropping one plan means he must go through the Medical underwriting process and he does not have a guaranteed issue rights, unless the company dropped him from a Medicare Select plan for any reason.
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What is Medicare SELECT and How Does it Work?

This kind of insurance has to give the same benefits as a regular Medigap policy but usually comes in at a lower cost based on its additional conditions. If you are prepared to be restricted to the plan’s network, then this could give you cheaper premium costs. You can, of course, choose to use a hospital/doctor outside of the network but, although Medicare will cover its costs as usual, you would then have to pay for any gaps otherwise covered in-network by a SELECT policy.
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Medicare Select Supplement Insurance Plans

Much like Medicare Advantage plans, the primary disadvantage is simply the constraints of the network. It is important to be certain of any network limitations by first checking with the insurance company and/or the agent before purchasing a policy. And consumers must be aware that certain doctor groups and facilities may be in the approved network one year and out the next.
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Medicare Open Enrollment Begins: Select Plans for 2013 by December 7th

While you can begin your search process at Medicare.gov. Houston CPA Alan Sandersen offers tips on finding the best health insurance choices for your situation during this open enrollment season. (Video: KTRK 13 News)
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Arlington Heights News: Northwest Community Hospital Adds Another Blue Cross/Blue Shield Plan To Help Seniors

Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) is set to expand the northwest suburban system’s Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BC/BS) coverage to include “Medicare Select Plan F. ” ( NCH also accepts the new BC/BS Medicare Advantage plan.). The change goes into effect on January 1, 2013 … Read this article on Arlingtoncardinal.com … http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?s=Northwest+Community+Hospital+Adds+Another+Blue+Cross/Blue+Shield+Plan+To+Help+Seniors health, medicine, health insurance, Northwest Community Hospital, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield
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Superior Care Provided By Medicare Plans

For getting complete coverage for your health care expenses, you need to select most suitable Medicare plans. You need to Compare Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Supplemental plans and then select the Best Medicare Advantage Health policies that are able to meet your varying health care or medicals needs. In order to get maximum benefits from Medicare plans, you have to take lot of care to choose most suitable one. Before selecting a plan, you have to analyze your health care needs and current health insurance. If you have a standalone prescription drug plan, then you don’t need to choose Medicare Part D plan. Overestimating the value of this will increase your overall cost. You have to choose plan that suitably fits your expectations, budget and lifestyle. Superior Care Provided By Medicare Plans
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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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Congress Passes Bill to Avoid “Fiscal Cliff,” With Medicare Doc Fix, Other Medicare/Medicaid Extensions

The legislation requires CMS, for services furnished on or after January 1, 2014, to adjust payments relating to the end stage renal disease (ESRD) bundled payment rate to reflect changes in utilization of certain drugs and biologicals. In making reductions, CMS must take into account the most recently available data on average sales prices and changes in prices for drugs and biological reflected in the ESRD market basket percentage increase factor. The legislation also delays until January 1, 2016, implementation of oral-only ESRD-related drugs in the ESRD prospective payment system. HHS also must conduct an analysis by January 1, 2016, of the case mix payment adjustments relating to ESRD bundled payments, and make appropriate revisions to such case mix payment adjustments. The Government Accountability Office (GAO), no later than December 31, 2015, must prepare a report to Congress on how HHS has addressed implementation of payments for oral-only ESRD-related drugs in the bundled ESRD prospective payment system.
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Medicare Select: Are sales opportunities passing you by?

The main difference is that a Medicare Select plans require patients to go to a hospital in the carrier’s affiliated network.  With several locations all over the United States, SELECT plans are especially beneficial to those seniors already utilizing the hospital in the network.  In cases of emergency, a hospital outside of the network may also be used and the costs still covered.
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My mind: Nebraska Medicaid Application

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DailySusan Humor Blog: NEBRASKA MEDICAID RECIPIENTS COULD FILL MEMORIAL STADIUM THREE TIMES OVER

Go Big Red Ink! As we focus on Saturday night’s big game, Nebraska vs. Michigan, and also on the upcoming elections, consider the impact of the longtime weak economy on the cost of taxpayer-provided services such as Medicaid. Joblessness, high prices and high taxes create more need for health care for low-income kids and adults, blind and disabled people, and the aged, when they can no longer care for themselves. The economy’s stress shows most of all in statistics like Medicaid. So get this: there are 235,354 Nebraskans receiving Medicaid benefits, according to the 2011 annual Medicaid report of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Think about it: Medicaid recipients would just about fill our gargantuan Memorial Stadium three times over.
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Questions about the Nebraska Medicaid’s new Managed Care Program?

Managed Care is the way some clients receive their Medicaid benefits.   It is a health care delivery system where Managed Care Organizations (MCO) are contracted to operate a health plan that authorizes, arranges, provides, and pays for the delivery of services in a basic benefits package to enrolled Medicaid clients.  The care of clients enrolled in the health plan is managed by the MCO through its network of Primary Care Providers (PCPs), Specialists, Hospitals, and other providers of care who contract directly with the MCO.  Managed care offers an opportunity to assure access to a PCP, coordination of medical care, emphasizes preventive care, and encourages the appropriate utilization of services in the most cost-effective settings.
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My story: Nebraska Counties List

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Medicaid sets temporary payment increase for primary care

Albert Strunk, MD, deputy executive vice president and vice president for fellowship activities with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, made the case for including ob-gyns in a June comment letter to acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. Medicaid programs in 30 states and the District of Columbia already have recognized ob-gyns as primary care professionals through their managed care organizations. Additionally, “27 state Medicaid programs recognized ob-gyns as providers of primary care case management,” he wrote, adding that the proposed rule failed to acknowledge these designations.
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State Roundup: Texas Medicaid Funding Fight Looms; Minn. Facing Federal Medicaid Scrutiny; Health Care Jobs ‘Boom’

Kansas Health Institute News: Mental Health Center Braces For Spending Cuts The head of a community mental health center that serves 20 counties in northwest Kansas said today that his agency will need to significantly cut its budget for children’s services because of the anticipated decrease in state tobacco settlement dollars it receives. … [Walt] Hill said the agency’s planned spending cuts were driven by a Kansas Children’s Cabinet decision Monday to include programs for mentally ill children and their families on a list of services that Gov. Sam Brownback could consider defunding (Ranney, 12/7).
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Nebraska: Medicaid In Nebraska

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Nebraska Did Not Expand Its Medicaid Program Insurance Families.com

Many states have accepted federal funding that will be used to expand their Medicaid programs. Nebraska is not among those states. The Governor of Nebraska, Dave Heineman, is opposed to the portion of the Affordable Care Act that allows states to expand their Medicaid programs with the use of this funding. This means that adults who live in Nebraska who are not pregnant, who are not disabled, who do not have dependent children living with them, and who are younger than 65 years of age, will not be eligible for Medicaid in Nebraska.
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Protecting Medicaid for Older Americans

Two issues are bubbling up around Medicaid. First is the program’s expansion in 2014 under President Obama’s health care law. Residents making up to 138 percent of the poverty threshold, or about $15,400 a year, would qualify for the program. The federal government would pay fully for the first three years of the expansion, and gradually reduce its share to 90 percent after that. The rest would be picked up by the states. Many states are pondering whether to accept the deal.
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Governors Could Be Heroes

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My world: Lost Dogs In Nebraska

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