Change in Billing Option Leads to an Increase in Medicare Spending

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Bubbles? Take something like 'Not I! ...item 1.. Wakulla Republicans Protest Against Taxes in the County (September 06, 2011) ... by marsmet552The authors of the study caution that their findings do not make any broad statements about the effects of coding changes in general. It is important to realize that the spike in Medicare spending during the year of 2010 could in fact be a one-off anomaly as opposed to a trend. But the researchers were able to conclude that in this particular case of Medicare billing structure alteration, the projected results of the change were out of alignment with the actual real-world repercussions.
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Video: Medicare Supplement Plans – Changes for 2010

Will You Be Able To Keep Your Current Health Insurance?

As a temporary measure to prevent the possibility of millions of Americans losing their health coverage, the US Department of Health and Human Services has granted 1,722 waivers to more than 4 million people with limited benefit health plans. The waivers will allow these employees to keep their coverage for at least one more year. Some of the organizations that received waivers were staunch supporters of the health reform bill. More than half of the people covered by these waivers are members of labor unions, including the Service Employees International Union, the Teamsters, and United Food and Commercial Workers.[12]
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Summary of Key Changes to Medicare in 2010 Health Reform Law  

This brief provides a detailed look at the improvements in Medicare benefits, changes to payments for providers and Medicare Advantage plans, various demonstration projects and other Medicare provisions in the law.  It includes a timeline of key dates for implementing the Medicare-related provisions in the law. Issue Brief (.pdf) Earlier Versions:
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Jimmy Buffett Medicare and Healthcare

This attitude for considering such wide latitude of ideas illustrates the sea-change shift that has occurred within the government bureaucracy that has traditionally sought to evaluate “new ideas” primarily by comparing differences in existing care delivery models across the spectrum of the US healthcare system. However, CMS’ Innovation Center does not have full autonomy for conducting Medicare demonstration projects since it is required to focus on new models for paying healthcare providers, e.g., doctors and hospitals.  Because of this limitation (and related anti-kickback laws) the Innovation Center cannot do demonstrations that alter benefit structures, or empower ACOs to create new financial incentives for patients by changing co-payments or other cost sharing requirements. In contrast, private payers are implementing financial incentives to prompt patients to use certain providers, select primary care physicians to help guide them through complex care situations, or adhere to medical therapies for chronic conditions, etc. Perhaps in the future, (either directly or as part of the latitude for accountable healthcare systems), Medicare will be able to test modifications of beneficiaries’ cost-sharing to expand how patients are engaged for improving the quality of care and sharing cost savings.
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Not Happy with Your Medicare Advantage Plan? Change it!

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Coloradans Seek Balanced Approach to Medicare, Social Security Changes

Raju Jairam, 64, of Fort Collins, also is opposed to immediate, major changes. He pointed to the suggestion of boosting the full retirement age for Social Security to 70 from the current 67 for those born in 1960 or later.
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Judge Approves Settlement in Jimmo vs. Sebelius After Court Hearing  

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“It is important to note that the Settlement Agreement standards for Medicare coverage of skilled maintenance services apply now – while CMS works on policy revisions and its education campaign,” said Judith Stein, Executive Director, Center for Medicare Advocacy. “We’ve been hearing from beneficiaries who are still being denied Medicare coverage based on an Improvement Standard. Coverage should be available now for people who need skilled maintenance care and meet any other qualifying Medicare criteria. This is the law of the land – agreed to by the federal government and approved by the federal judge. We encourage people to appeal should they be denied Medicare for skilled maintenance nursing or therapy because they are not improving.”   
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Types of Arkansas Medicaid

Arkansas State provides medical aid to eligible person on the basis of age, income and other predefined criteria as decided by the Federal State. There are various categories that the Medicaid program is offered to the residents of Arkansas from the different kinds of covered services.
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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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Daily Kos: GOP’s health care agenda: Crippling Obamacare and Medicare vouchers

On Monday, Franken again expressed his opposition to the tax he voted for.  “I want to repeal the medical device tax altogether,” the senator and former comedian said in a statement.  “But I am concerned that we are running out of time before this job-killing tax goes into effect. So, for now, the best thing to do to ensure that this important industry continues to create jobs and producing life-saving devices is to delay this unwise tax.”  Franken and other want Reid to include a provision to delay the tax in the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations.
Source: dailykos.com

What Medicare doesn’t cover

Well i’ve had back problems since 1985 or so. I get an injection of medication every two to three months for a pain in the lower back, that never really helps that much.I called on a t.v. add out of Tampa Fl. that a 1/2 hour laser surgery will cure me, and make me feel like a million bucks, and I will walk with the best of them with in 2 hours after surgery. Point being I have to come up with $13.500 out of pocket, them medicare kicks in, then my private insurance. I wonder what the presidents plan will do to help me on my down payment. ( anybody got a dime )
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Another ObamaCare Medicare Gimmick

ObamaCare supporters sometimes like to talk about the legislation’s “delivery system reforms,” which are supposed to change the way health care services are organized in ways that make health care less costly and more efficient. The bulk of these delivery system reforms are essentially payment reforms — restructuring the way medical providers are reimbursed in hopes of changing their incentives. But the sheer complexity of the way Medicare pays providers means that these sorts of payment games are not only commonplace, but key drivers of administrative decisions in medical facilities. Medicare’s size also means that its decisions often have ripple effects throughout the medical payment ecosystem.
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Dental Insurance for Medicare

Some dental insurance for Medicare is extensive and covers everything while other plans are very limited. Out-of-pocket costs associated with routine and non-routine dental care can be financially devastating so adding dental coverage will help with that. Original Medicare may cover a medical emergency involving your teeth but routine services such as cleanings or filings may not be covered. Make sure to read the fine print on each plan so you know how much you will need to pay for routine visits and how much you will be required to pay out of pocket for an emergency. To learn more about the dental services that Medicare does cover is to go to Medicare’s website: www.medicare.com.
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The Medicare age is still 65

At the web­site, you’ll find more than just the online Medicare appli­ca­tion. You’ll also find infor­ma­tion about Medicare, and have the oppor­tu­nity to watch some short videos about apply­ing for Medicare online. One is a fam­ily reunion for the cast of The Patty Duke Show. In another, Patty Duke and George Takei go boldly where you should be going — online. Why go online to apply for Medicare? Because it’s fast, easy, and secure. You don’t need an appoint­ment and you can avoid wait­ing in traf­fic or in line. As long as you have ten min­utes to spare, you have time to com­plete and sub­mit your online Medicare application.
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What Medicare doesn’t cover

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Well i’ve had back problems since 1985 or so. I get an injection of medication every two to three months for a pain in the lower back, that never really helps that much.I called on a t.v. add out of Tampa Fl. that a 1/2 hour laser surgery will cure me, and make me feel like a million bucks, and I will walk with the best of them with in 2 hours after surgery. Point being I have to come up with $13.500 out of pocket, them medicare kicks in, then my private insurance. I wonder what the presidents plan will do to help me on my down payment. ( anybody got a dime )
Source: bankrate.com

Video: Improving Medicare in 2011: Fighting Medicare Fraud

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.
Source: medicare.gov

Canberrans urged to update address with Medicare

From 30 January to 4 March, anyone who updates their Medicare address after moving to Canberra from interstate will be eligible to enter a competition to win $10,000 thanks to SERVICE ONE Members Banking. The competition closes at midnight on 4 March 2013.
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Medicare: can we protect what works and still fix delivery, financing?

So here’s my take: Medicare is a popular program but its cost is not sustainable. Cost shifting by providers borne by the privately insured is not a long-term solution to the $105 trillion obligation owed current and future beneficiaries. And solutions that incrementally modify the program’s funding—higher premiums, delayed eligibility, required co-payments in MediGap coverage, changes to its annual cost formula using the Chain Consumer Price Index (CPI), a voucher-type alternative and others—without fundamentally restructuring the delivery of services will fall short. While possibly effective in changing what the Medicare program spends, these might not solve the larger issues of costs and cost shifting, or the fundamental challenge of overtreatment and unnecessary care. So the issue is not just what to do with Medicare costs; it’s what to do with health costs! For seniors today, cost is the problem. Tragically, 46% die with virtually no financial assets, largely because their out-of-pocket health costs exceeded their savings.
Source: deloitte.com

Long Waits For Consumers When Medicare Is ‘Secondary Payer’

In one case involving an 80-year-old man who was injured in a car accident in Kentucky in November 2011, it took more than a year to get a final figure from CMS detailing how much the agency was owed, says Linda Magruder, an attorney in Louisville who was the victim’s co-counsel in the case. That amount, for treatment for soft-tissue injuries to the man’s right hip, left foot, back and neck, was $2,640. But the agency first claimed it was owed more than $26,000, she says, because it included bills for care not related to the accident.
Source: kaiserhealthnews.org

Deputy gov partners students on free medicare

Luka, however, commended the foresight of the University of Jos branch of NASAPS in coming up with the idea of the free medical exercise in conjunction with his office and charged the students to think of making the free medical exercise an annual ritual and assured that government will key into the idea.
Source: nationalmirroronline.net

Medicare EHR incentives to optometrists top $56 million

Under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2011, health care practitioners who entered the program during 2011 or 2012 can earn up to a total of $44,000 ($48,400 in federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas [HPSA]) over the six-year life of the program if they install EHR systems certified for use under the program and achieve compliance with the program’s EHR utilization criteria, known as “meaningful use” standards.
Source: newsfromaoa.org

Improper Medicare Payments for Unlawfully Present, Incarcerated Beneficiaries : Health Industry Washington Watch

The OIG has discovered that Medicare has paid millions of dollars in benefits for aliens who are not lawfully present in the country and for incarcerated beneficiaries, contrary to program rules. Specifically Medicare made $91.6 million in payments to health care providers for services to approximately 2,600 unlawfully present beneficiaries during calendar years 2009 through 2011 because CMS did not always receive the unlawful presence information promptly. Likewise, because CMS did not always receive incarceration information promptly, Medicare paid $33.6 million for services to approximately 11,600 incarcerated beneficiaries during 2009 through 2011, even though prisons generally are responsible for paying for care (Medicare will make payments for incarcerated patients if state or local law requires the individuals to repay the cost of the services, but providers must submit such claims with an "exception code"). The OIG recommends that CMS ensure that its contractors recoup any improper payments, implement various policies and procedures to detect and recoup future improper payments, and standardize contractor processing of exception codes for incarcerated beneficiaries. Additional details can be found in the complete reports, Medicare Improperly Paid Providers Millions of Dollars for Unlawfully Present Beneficiaries Who Received Services During 2009 Through 2011 and Medicare Improperly Paid Providers Millions of Dollars for Incarcerated Beneficiaries Who Received Services During 2009 Through 2011.
Source: healthindustrywashingtonwatch.com

NGS to Administer Medicare Claims Payment in New York (S U P R A S P I N A T U S)

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NGS will serve as the first point of contact for the processing and payment of Medicare fee-for-service claims from hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, physicians and other health care practitioners in the two states. The new Part A/Part B Medicare Administrative Contractor (A/B MAC) was selected using competitive procedures in accordance with federal procurement rules.
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CMS Allows Medicare Providers to Submit Documents Electronically to CMS Contractors

If providers do want to participate in the esMD program, they must first find out if their review contractor accepst esMD transactions. Additionally, providers will have to obtain access to an esMD gateway. To obtain access to a gateway, providers can either build their own or hire a Health Information Handler (HIH) to construct the gateway system. To find out which HIHs offer esMD gateway services to providers, click here. To learn more about requirements for participating in the esMD program, click here.
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Medicare Audits on Prosthetic devices

So the second question is: why aren’t doctors following Medicare guidelines when prescribing prosthetic devices?  For discussion purposes let’s assume all physicians are aware of this requirement; which 99.9% are unaware.  Over the past 20 years the US healthcare system has slowly moved away from a general practice platform to a system where physicians specialize in one subset of healthcare.  When a physician specializes he/she generally relies on other physicians to treat conditions outside of their specialty.  So when a patient needs a prosthetic device the physician will rely on a prosthetist to take care of the patient knowing he/she is the specialist in prosthetics. Now lets compound the problem with the fact that physicians are being paid less by all insurers (including Medicare), forcing them to see more patients per hour while spending less time with each patient.  From what I have seen and been told, most physicians today spend less than 10 minutes with each patient.  Medicare’s policy in prescribing prosthetic devices requires the physician to conduct a thorough evaluation that takes at least 20 minutes to conduct, if he/she knows what they are doing.  It is just not reasonable to expect that physicians, under increased pressure in today’s healthcare environment, are going to take more time to conduct a thorough evaluation to prescribe a device he/she knows nothing about.  By today’s standards, physicians want to do what comes natural, refer the patient to the prosthetic specialist.  I have even had a few physicians tell me that they don’t get paid enough to do this thorough evaluation and the documentation required by Medicare when prescribing a prosthesis.  Clarifying “it’s not my job, it’s yours.”
Source: advancedprostheticscenter.com

Medicare Audits On Chiropractors

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Attorney Jobs in Indiana: NGS Appeals Analyst I or II career at WellPoint in Indianapolis

For complete informations about this career opportunity please read the description below. An independent subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc, National Government Services (NGS) is one of the largest Medicare contractors in the country, serving nearly 200,000 providers and suppliers and over 20 million customers with Medicare in 20 states and five U.S. territories. Bring your expertise to our innovative, achievement-driven culture, and you will discover lasting rewards and the opportunity to… . If you were eligible to this career, please deliver us your resume, with salary requirements and a resume to WellPoint.
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Check And Update Practitioner Specialty Code To Stay Clear of Claim Rejections

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Medicare Audits On Chiropractors

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Truven Health Analytics Healthcare Blog: Comparing the Quality of Care in Medicare Options

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Cynthia Markus, Ingrid McDonald, and Diana Birkett discuss Medicare at the KUOW Studios by kuow949While the results of studies comparing quality outcomes in Medicare Advantage (MA) programs to those in traditional Medicare programs are variable, they do tend to show that patient outcomes in Medicare Advantage are in general better than in traditional Medicare. For example, hospital readmission rates, considered an excellent barometer of hospital quality are substantially lower in MA than under traditional Medicare; the evidence is clear that Medicare Advantage programs are better for special needs populations, such as those suffering from chronic diseases like end-stage renal disease and diabetes; and another study has shown that Medicare Advantage patients have fewer avoidable hospital admissions than those in traditional Medicare.
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health care solutions, Medicare FAQ, Questions about Medicare

As an alternative to Part A and B, beneficiaries can select a Part C plan, which is also referred to as a Medicare Advantage plan. Private companies contract with the federal government to offer these plans, which pay for everything covered by Original Medicare and often provide additional services.  Such as dental, hearing, vision benefits and maybe even a gym membership. Beneficiaries usually pay a monthly premium and some other fees, such as copayments and deductibles.
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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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UCLA Health System chosen as a Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organization / UCLA Newsroom

The UCLA Health System, which comprises the UCLA Hospital System and the UCLA Medical Group and its affiliates, has provided a high quality of health care and the most advanced treatment options to the people of Los Angeles and the world for more than half a century. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, and UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica (which includes the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital) deliver hospital care that is unparalleled in California. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is consistently ranked one of the top five hospitals in the nation and the best in the western United States by U.S. News & World Report. UCLA physicians and hospitals continue to be world leaders in the full range of care, from maintaining the health of families to the diagnosis and treatment of complex illnesses.
Source: ucla.edu

Obama’s Inaugural Speech, Medicare View Trigger Reaction, Analysis

The Medicare NewsGroup: Fact/Fiction: Raising The Medicare Eligibility Age Would Save The Program Money Deficit hawks have long argued that raising the Medicare eligibility age is a good way to reduce entitlement spending. It has routinely been part of Republican, and sometimes bipartisan, proposals to reform the program. Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) fiscal year 2013 budget proposal would raise the eligibility age from 65 to 67 years by two months a year starting in 2022, until it reaches 67 in 2033; and the bipartisan Burr-Coburn deficit reduction plan would gradually raise the age to 67 by 2027. The Facts: This is fact. The federal government would spend less on the Medicare program because costs primarily would be shifted to individuals, employers and state government programs. They would, collectively, pay more for health care services than Medicare would pay to cover the same group of people (Sojerdsma, 1/22).
Source: kaiserhealthnews.org

Cutting Medicare Is Not Brave

Advocates for reducing the deficit by cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid don’t believe that. Groups like Fix the Debt and the Peterson Foundation have spent decades hosting policy briefings, airing TV ads, and lobbying Congress to create fear about deficits. They have defined seriousness as a willingness to cut social welfare programs. If they were truly concerned about deficits, they would also advocate policies like raising taxes on the wealthy, cutting military spending, and ending corporate subsidies. The laser focus on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid reflects a belief that government should be favorable to the wealthy and corporations.
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Medicare EHR incentives to optometrists top $56 million

Under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2011, health care practitioners who entered the program during 2011 or 2012 can earn up to a total of $44,000 ($48,400 in federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas [HPSA]) over the six-year life of the program if they install EHR systems certified for use under the program and achieve compliance with the program’s EHR utilization criteria, known as “meaningful use” standards.
Source: newsfromaoa.org

Exhibit A: Medicare, The Corporate Welfare Program

Most american doctors are vicious bastards. Vicious mass murdering bastards. In South Korea, a USA satellite one in 35 children is autistic. In USA 1 in 100 and this book is absolutely well documented about the crimes of the FDA and CDC. The Nuremberg Code says you have to consent to a treatment by your accord but since they are babies the tyranny that is USA imposes to the parents dangerous and useless FORCED mass vaccination. The parents dont know that the State has no right chosing for babies dangerous and untested vaccines. 18 years old: 70 injections of 16 different vaccines ! No studies about the efficacity or long term consequences.
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Important: We have the wrong Medicare program

Second, Canadian hospitals receive prospectively determined global operating budgets, removing incentives to provide unnecessary care while simplifying billing and administration. However, unlike accountable care organization payment schemes in the United States, capital costs are not folded into the global budgets but distributed separately through an explicit health-planning process. Canadian hospitals cannot use operating surpluses to fund new buildings or equipment but must request separate capital appropriations. Hence, they cannot expand by overproviding lucrative services, gaming the payment system through upcoding, avoiding unprofitable patients, or cost shifting.
Source: pnhp.org

Summit Medigap: What Is Medicare Supplement Plan F?

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The basic and original coverages provided by Medicare are Part A (hospitalization) and Part B (doctor visits and required medical equipment). Currently, there are at least 11 supplement plans referred to as Medigap policies that fill any coverage gaps involved with Parts A and B. One of these is Plan F. It’s important to know that not every company offers all 11 supplement plans. However, if they do offer at least 2 of them, they are required to offer Plans C and F. Plan F premiums typically cost between $65 and $295 per month. The premium will vary depending on the insurance carrier and the state you live in. Coverage Provided By Plan F The coverage required of Medigap coverage plans is mandated and regulated by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare. Plan F also has a “high deductible” plan because it will not pay for any type of services covered by Medicare until the plan beneficiary has paid an out-of-pocket minimum of $2,000. Once that deductible has been met, Plan F will cover 100% of the co-insurances, co-pays, and deductibles of Parts A and B including hospice care co-insurance as well as preventative services. If you get the regular Plan F you will have no deductibles or coinsurance. When speaking to an insurance professional it’s important to make sure which Plan F you are being quoted. Comparisons There are only two supplements that covers any deductible expense of Part B, one of which is Medicare supplement Plan F. Additionally, this is the only supplementary plan that covers excess Part B charges. These charges typically accrue if doctors can legally charge more than what Medicare considers as reasonable service charges. Other supplement plans will usually pay for expenses that Medicare classifies as allowable. Finally, the excess amount that is allowable according to Medicare is covered by F. Is Plan F Right For You? Medicare supplement Plan F is viewed as one of the most popular plans because it covers 100% of the gaps encountered with Plans A and B meaning that it provides the highest amount of coverage of any of the Medigap insurance plans. For many individuals, the plan may seem a bit confusing initially. However, if you answer a few questions, it will not only explain the plan more thoroughly, you will be able to decide whether or not it is right for you. Basically, if you are someone who is willing to pay for 100% coverage, then this plan is tailored to meet your personal needs. With Medicare supplement Plan F, your only expenses will be your monthly premiums. For more information regarding this supplement plan, you can visit the official Medicare website or speak to a licensed insurance professional.
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Video: Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans – Where Do I Start?

Medicare and Medicare Supplemental Insurance

Medicare supplemental insurance is the easiest way to bridge the coverage gaps in traditional Medicare coverage.  The Medicare supplement plans will cover varying numbers and combinations of the nine gaps.  The most popular and expensive of the plans is plan F because it covers the all of the gaps, while plan A tends to be the least expensive because it only covers the minimum of four gaps.  Each plan has its merits but knowing which one to get can only be based off of your individual needs and budget. You can get a free quote of medicare supplement rates here.
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Cancel Medicare Advantage

Because of their flexibility, the ability to move states and the fact that the insurance company cannot change the plan are just a few of the reasons we prefer Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans to MAPD. If you would like to hear more about the reasons a Medicare Supplement can be a better fit for your insurance, please fill out the short form at the top of the page and one of our experts will get you a new medicare supplement quote and help explain how you can save the most off your medicare cost.
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Anthem Blue Cross Medicare Supplement Plan F

Also California offers another special enrollment period that is guaranteed issue called the “California Birthday Rule”. The California Birthday rule is great for seniors who already have a Supplement Plan because it allows them to switch to a like or lesser plan guaranteed issue every year on the day of their birth and thirty days after.
Source: healthbrokerdave.com

How hospice and Medicare supplements work together

Children who are intervening with parents’ affairs are often confronted with keeping Medicare Supplement insurance while Hospice pays the majority of expenses, sometimes making the supplement unnecessary.  You should be aware that there are some expenses, like medical equipment and prescription drugs, that are not covered by Hospice.  These services are then covered 80/20 by Medicare and the supplement.  The risk you run is if you drop the supplement, you are then paying the 20% yourself.
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AFLAC Medicare Supplement Plans Now Released in Indiana

Please Note: Commission schedules for Indiana have changed from the original schedules.  Under the new commission schedules all premium is commissionable at the same commission level. There is no reduction in comp for G.I. business. There is no non-commissionable premium in Indiana. The Part B Deductible portion of the premiums is fully commissionable. The only exception is that the commission rate is applied to the original premium. No commission is payable on future rate increase premium.  No commission is payable on the policy fee.
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Health Products for Members: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Fitness

AARP Health is a collection of health related products, services and insurance programs made available by AARP. Neither AARP nor its affiliate is the insurer. AARP contracts with insurers to make coverage available to AARP members.
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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.
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15% Medicare Supplement Rate Increase is Outrageous!!! » Toni Says

Cindy, one Medicare rule that you should be aware of since you are not happy with your rate increase from your current Medicare Supplement company is…if you had a Medicare Supplement policy before you joined a Medicare Advantage Plan for the first time, and you aren’t happy with the Medicare Advantage Plan, you will have special rights to buy a Medicare Supplement policy if you return back to “Original Medicare” within 12 months of first joining a Medicare Advantage plan.  If you had a Medicare Supplement policy before you joined, you may be able to get the same plan back if the company still sells it.  If it isn’t available, you can buy another Medicare Supplement policy. (Please see page 66 of the
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Palmetto GBA to Perform Service Specific Probe Reviews for Select HIPPS Codes

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Agencies affected by this audit probe will be notified that they have an Additional Documentation Request (ADR). The agency will have 30 days to submit this requested documentation to Palmetto. Once Palmetto receives the ADR, they have 30 days to review submitted documentation. Once this review is completed by the intermediary Palmetto will pay in part, pay in full, or deny payment of the episode claim. If the agency does not agree with the decision made, they may appeal or request a ”redetermination” within 120 days from the date of the remittance advice. Individuals with excessive denials may be contacted for further education by Palmetto.
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Palmetto GBA sets reimbursement rates for new Tier 1 clinical laboratory CPT Codes

On January 1, 2013, the new tier 1 and tier 2 clinical laboratory CPT codes went live in the US.  As we know, CMS will use a gap-fill methodology to price these new codes and no payment rates are available.  In advance of that, earlier this week Palmetto GBA released the MOLDX: 2013 MOPATH Fee Schedule.  Palmetto GBA, which administers Medicare benefits in California, Nevada and Hawaii is the first administrator to release rates.  While the impact of these rates is still being determined, a simple analysis seems to suggest a significant reduction in reimbursement for certain diagnostic tests. Using the CPT code stacks identified by Quest Diagnostics for the KRAS, BRAF and EGFR tests and the CMS 2012 Clinical Lab Fee Schedule, we’ve calculated an estimated 2012 rate for comparison with the newly proposed 2013 MolDx prices.
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Palmetto GBA awarded specialty Medicare contract

Palmetto GBA (www.PalmettoGBA.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, is a leading provider of technical and administrative services for the federal government. Its principal business is providing administrative services for the Medicare program. The company has offices in South Carolina, Georgia, Ohio and Illinois. Palmetto GBA and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
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Palmetto GBA: Erroneous Partial Episode Payment Adjustments on Certain Home Health Dual

If the state requesting a demand bill for the services within the original Medicare 60-day episode requires a new OASIS assessment, you should submit a RAP and submit the claim with condition code 20 as you would for any other demand bill situation. When Medicare receives the RAP for the demand billed episode it will cause a PEP adjustment to apply to the prior episode. If the final claim for the demand billed episode is later reviewed and found to be entirely non-covered, Medicare systems will automatically adjust the prior episode to restore the appropriate full episode payment.
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NCMGM Medicare Committee Meeting Call for Information

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Palmetto, Medicare’s Biggest Carrier, Proposes to End Code Stacking for Molecular Clinical Laboratory Tests

Palmetto GBA is a Medicare Authorized Contractor (MAC) that serves Jurisdiction 1 (J1) and Jurisdiction 11 (J11). Two draft proposed local coverage determinations (one on molecular diagnostic tests (MDTs) and one on lab-developed tests (LDTs), and a molecular diagnostics pPalmetto GBA is a Medicare Authorized Contractor (MAC) that serves Jurisdiction 1 (J1) and Jurisdiction 11 (J11). Two draft proposed local coverage determinations (one on molecular diagnostic tests (MDTs) and one on lab-developed tests (LDTs), and a molecular diagnostics program (MolDx) have been proposed only for J1. If implemented, they would affect labs serving Medicare patients in California, Nevada, and Hawaii.
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Palmetto GBA Medicare Advisory Training Set for Feb. 14th

Palmetto GBA will host its J11 HHH Medicare Advisory Training Session on Monday, February 14, 2011, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. The purpose of this session is to discuss articles and information published in the February 2011 Medicare Advisory.
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Medicare issuing 2011 PQRS, eRx bonuses with “L” on RAs

For that reason, carrier accounting systems may place a negative sign before the dollar amount of a levy on a remittance notice. However, “in the case of PQRS and eRx incentive payments, the LE indicator represents an incentive payment and although the negative sign may appear on the remittance advice, the amount indicated does not represent a withhold or overpayment amount,” the Palmetto website continued. Both Medicare electronic and paper remittance advice provide additional coding to help practitioners identify PQRS and eRX incentive payments, the carrier noted.
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CMS Drops Round Two Pricing Bomb

“These reimbursement rates are based on a convoluted methodology which pits providers in a life or death situation,” he said. “The government then decides which companies survive and which are driven out of business rather than run a fair auction conducted by auction experts. The current bidding system is forcing seniors and people living with disabilities to seek medical help in emergency rooms, to be forced into nursing homes and to be hospitalized when they could be cared for at home at much lower costs.”
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Patients at the Center of the Plate

The National Association For Continence (NAFC) remains hopeful that Medicare recipients – whether enrolled in a Medicare HMO or receiving care under the new ACO structure – will witness an earlier, comprehensive, and accurate diagnosis of a pelvic floor disorder or voiding dysfunction than they might have previously under traditional coverage. With a multi-functional, multi-specialty team, it is conceivable that the benefits of combination therapy – such as behavioral therapy in combination with a prescription drug, for example – can become the norm rather than the exception. In this example, a physical therapist or nurse specialist might provide pelvic floor muscle exercise instruction with biofeedback at the same time that a doctor or physician extender prescribes a drug for overactive bladder. The technology company would keep track of prescription refills for a record of compliance. Repeatedly, research demonstrates superior results and effectiveness of combination strategies of various kinds. Even patients undergoing surgery need behavioral therapy to achieve and maintain continence. Often, it is a team that a patient needs for marked improvement or cure. Find that team and be its center.
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This Means That You Can See A Specialist Without Having To Consult With Indemnity Health Insurance Plans!

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Who is the engineer Tarek Rabaa? The political prisoner in Lebanon! by sherihaneIf you are given health insurance as part of your work benefits, well before you sign up for a health insurance carrier. Some managed car policy most regularly PPOs bargain sponsorship will be costly but often cover most health problems that may arise, While preferred provider organizations PPOs or point-of-service POS plans limit the expense and the patient is apt to pay the rest of the bill. If you are uninsured, you might opt for a simple plan with money, especially if emergencies rise when you are out of civic. Co-Pays  A co-pay is a small sum of money that task of finding the right health insurance plan to suit your needs.
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InsureBlog: MiniMed Maelstrom [UPDATED]

.” The problem comes from whether these benefits are calculated “per claim” or “per period.” So, for example, if the plan reimburses $40 for a doctor’s office visit, rather than $40 per day that you had medical services performed, there’s a problem. Since this describes the bulk of plans that I’ve seen, this could be a big issue for employers that offer both “regular” and “limited benefit” type plans. What’s not clear to me right now (and I’ll update this post as appropriate) is whether these rules apply to plans purchased by individual outside an employer rubric. If so, this could be a real problem for a lot of MiniMed marketers.
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Some Disadvantages To Indemnity Plans Are More Regularly Known As Traditional Health Insurance Plans!

Consider this and the other benefits of indemnity health insurance when choosing the plan regularly known as traditional health insurance plans. You might be charged a weekly, biweekly or monthly there are many advantages to indemnity health insurance plans. Some forms of federal health insurance such as medicare, also require without visit our website having to consult with indemnity health insurance plans. This typed of insurance is more admired than will be costly but often cover most health problems that may arise, While preferred provider organizations PPOs or point-of-service POS plans limit the expense and the patient is apt to pay the rest of the bill. Some illnesses or a medical emergency, You may have the employer will very often assume part of the payment as well. Some disadvantages to indemnity plans are more Health Plan Limited Health India-Bhaichand Amoluk Insurance Services Pvt.
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Choosing Professional Indemnity Plan Becomes Very Simple

You need to check the company profile and service background of insurance providers. Read through the testimonials provided by customers of the insurers. Look for online complaints against these insurance providers by checking through various consumer complaint forums. This will give an idea as to the kind of company you will be dealing with
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Advantra Freedom Medicare Advantage

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Self-employment are often nice for the ethical and a liberating expertise. However, obtaining sick and losing job when job will set your mind to marvel if you probably did the proper issue in not finding advantra freedom medicare advantage. If you have got advantra freedom medicare advantage you recognize you wages are going to be coated if you have got any health problems that need you to miss work. Some sicknesses will take over a year some for recovery. while not insurance, it becomes a shot to urge your work done and pay the medical bills.
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Do You Have An Advantra Freedom Medicare Plan??

[…] You can blame this on your congressmen, senators, and yes even the president. The funding for medicare and Medicare has been drastically cut causing  some companies to raise rates and lower benefits. Other companies have simply decided to drop out of the market (which produces less competition). I would suggest writing a letter to your congressman or senator.Source: wordpress.com […]
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Advantra Rx NOT Renewing Their Medicare Contract

one of my customer’s sent me a copy of the letter from AdvantraRX dates October 2. Here is what it says (sorry about typos, i type fast): Dear Mr. Smith, AdvantraRx Preimer by Coventry Life and Health Insurance Company, a stand-alone prescription drug plan with a Medicare Contract, will no longer operate as of January 1, 2011 so your Medicare Prescription drug coverage through AdvantraRx Premiuer will end December 31, 2010. If you want Medicare prescription drug coverage starting January 1, you need to join a new Medicare drug plan by December 31, 2010. Take Action by December 31 to avoid losing drug coverage. If you want Medicare Rx drug coverage after December 31, you need to join another Plan or medicare advantage plan that offers drug coverage. You can join a new medicare drug plan anytime between October 1 and January 31, 2011. However your AdvantraRx Premier coverage ends December 31, so you should join a new medicare drug plan by december 31 to make sure you have drug coverage january 1. If you join a new plan AFTER december 31, your new coverage won’t start until the month after you join. What happens if you don’t join another medicare drug plan? if you don’t join another medicare drug plan by January 31, your next chance to join will be from october 15 through december 7, 2011. You may also have a pay a late-enrollment penalty to join later. The the letter gives a list of a bunch of companies and the 1-800 Medicare number and website. It doesn’t state anything anywhere about automatically enrolling them into another plan if they do nothing. In fact, it states the opposite.
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Heim blog: freedom medicare advantage plan customer service

Understand California Medicare Plans and Options: Medigap, Advantage Plans, and Freedom Blue PPO. Get quotes, compare plans, know your choices! Freedom Health is a Coordinated Care plan with a Medicare Advantage contract and a contract with the Florida Medicaid program. You must continue to pay your Medicare Medicare Advantage Plans
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Altius Health Plans Altius Advantra Medicare Review

Altius Health Plans offers Medicare health insurance programs for residence of Utah and a county in Wyoming.  Altius Advantra and Altius Advantra Preference are Medicare Advantage HMO plans available in Box Elder, Cache, Daggett, Davis, Duchesne, Morgan, Rich, Salt Lake, Summitt, Tooele, Wasatch, and Weber counties in Utah as well as Uintah county in Wyoming.  Altius Advantra is an HMO-POS plan, and Altius Advantra Preference is a plain HMO only available in Davis, Salt Lake, and Tooele counties.  The coverage does include Part D drug coverage as well as health benefits.  Below is a review of the benefits they offer:
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Advantra Medicare Advantage Changes

A major benefit of an Advantage plan is having a limit on your annual maximum out-of-pocket costs but the required coinsurance feature makes it a lot more likely that you will need this benefit compared to other Advnatra Medicare Advantage plans.
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Medicare Targets Health Plans With Low Ratings

Medicare officials are encouraging 525,000 beneficiaries to switch out of these 26 Medicare Advantage and drug plans that have received low ratings for three consecutive years and enroll in better plans for next year. The poor performing plans will have this warning symbol next to their names on Medicare’s plan finder website to steer shoppers to other plans.
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Coventry Health Care Adds Cornerstone Health Care (P.A.) to their Advantra Medicare Advantage Provider Network in North Carolina.

Cornerstone Health Care has nearly 300 providers (including primary care and specialty physicians, and mid-level professionals) in more than 70 locations in High Point, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Summerfield, Thomasville, Archdale, Trinity, Jamestown, Kernersville, Lexington, Asheboro, and Advance.
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AZ Governor Wants Medicaid Expansion Funded by Hospital Tax

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AZ: Richard Carmona v. Jeff Flake on Social Security and Medicare by IBEW_IOArizona Gov. Jan Brewer has built a political career in standing up to the federal government over everything from immigration to health care. So she surprised almost everyone when she announced last week that she not only plans to push for an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program under the federal health care law — she plans to fund it by raising taxes.
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Senior Care in Chandler, AZ: 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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Police: New Medicare Scams Target Seniors

Officer Tammie Colling of Northfield Township said in some instances the caller contacts a senior and claims to be with Medicare, informing the senior that they will be receiving a new Medicare card in the mail. The caller advises that a direct deposit system needs to be set up so the Medicare funds can be deposited into the victim’s bank account. The caller then requests the senior’s banking information. Another variation of the scam, according to Colling, involves callers asking the senior to verify his or her identity in order to receive the new card. The caller requests the current Medicare card number, which is the same as the victim’s Social Security number. After a few more questions regarding personal information, the caller is able to steal an individual’s identity.
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Helping Medicare Insure Phoenix AZ Seniors

There are supplements that will help medicare insure phoenix az senior citizens. Many insurance companies realize what a great opportunity this is and offer attractive packages to improve coverage. There is a specific product tailored to cover the differences in what medicare covers called medigap coverage. There are even rules that determine the coordination of benefits. This decides who pays first for healthcare resources and check ups. As the population gets older, they often need more services and better coverage. This is also a function of the healthcare industry that is creating a healthier population that lives longer. However, as people get older they often need more attention as more problems have the chance to affect health.
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