US To Increase Medicare Advantage Payment Rate

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The final rates were released Monday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in a turnaround that came after more than a month of intense lobbying from the health insurance industry and members of Congress. Companies that sell Medicare Advantage plans had warned that a sharp cut would impact the benefits available to seniors and might cause carriers to drop plans in some markets. 
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Munich Re has agreed to acquire Windsor Health Group, Inc.

The acquisition is expected to close by December 31st, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Going forward, the combined companies will serve more than 200,000 members across the United States, with a more complete range of products to meet their needs. The companies will leverage each other’s strengths to enhance the outstanding service we both provide to our members and healthcare providers. The acquisition is totally consistent with our efforts to build a financially strong, competitive company that balances the needs of our members, providers and other stakeholders.
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CPIDs 2161 and 1620 Guardian Healthcare No Longer Accepting Electronic Claims Effective 01/01/2012

Effective immediately, t he following payer will no longer accept electronic claims with dates of service on or after 01/01/2012: CPID 2161 Guardian Healthcare – Professional CPID 5975 Guardian Healthcare – Institutional Electronic claims with dates of service on or after 01/01/2012 must now be submitted to the following payer: CPID 6111 Sterling Medicare Advantage – Professional CPID 1620 Sterling Medicare Advantage – Institutional If you have already submitted electronic claims to Guardian Healthcare this year, those claims may have been rejected and will need to be submitted to Sterling Medicare Advantage. Please be sure to submit electronic claims to the correct payer. If you have any questions, please contact Client Services at 1-888-348-8457, option 2.
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Welcome The Proud Americans

As a national marketing organization our most significant strength is our reputation and relationship with insurance carriers that have a regional, national and global focus.  We have worked hard to achieve prominent positions with our insurance carriers.  These long term relationships enable us to better serve you and deliver services that are important to you.
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Munich Re agrees to terms for acquisition of Windsor Health Group, Inc.

Munich Re stands for exceptional solution-based expertise, consistent risk management, financial stability and client proximity. This is how Munich Re creates value for clients, shareholders and staff. In the financial year 2009, the Group – which pursues an integrated business model consisting of insurance and reinsurance – achieved a profit of €2.56bn on premium income of around €41bn. It operates in all lines of insurance, with around 47,000 employees throughout the world. With premium income of around €25bn from reinsurance alone, it is one of the world’s leading reinsurers. Especially when clients require solutions for complex risks, Munich Re is a much sought-after risk carrier. The primary insurance operations are mainly concentrated in the ERGO Insurance Group. With premium income of over €17bn, ERGO is one of the largest insurance groups in Germany and Europe. 40 million clients in over 30 countries place their trust in the services and security it provides. In international healthcare business, Munich Re pools its insurance and reinsurance operations, as well as related services, under the Munich Health brand. Munich Re’s global investments amounting to €182bn are managed by MEAG, which also makes its competence available to private and institutional investors outside the Group.
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Dallas Morning News Article

Soon after enrolling, the 73-year-old Dallas woman learned that doctors she had had for years didn’t participate in the plan. What most upset her, though, was that her prescription drug costs jumped by a couple of hundred dollars a month.
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Medicare Advantage Enrollment Up, But Participation Varies by State, Carrier

A new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds a small number of firms dominate Medicare Advantage enrollment both nationally and in most states; for example, in 14 states and the District of Columbia, a single firm accounts for more than half of all Medicare Advantage enrollment. This is true despite the fact that the average Medicare beneficiary has 33 Medicare Advantage plans available in their area, with the average enrollee paying a monthly premium of $44 per month, a 22 percent increase since 2009 ($36 per month). The health reform legislation of 2010 gradually phases down payments to Medicare Advantage plans over time, which is expected to ultimately affect plan participation, enrollment, premiums, and extra benefits. Yet, even with these changes, Medicare Advantage plans can be expected to remain an important option for many beneficiaries. By using this information, agents can understand what clients in their area might be interested in purchasing, and make educated decisions based on buying habits.
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Former Congressional Staffer Faces Scrutiny In Medicare Advantage Leak

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OBAMA: THE SOCIALIST/MARXIST/COMMUNIST -- UNMASKED FOR ALL TO SEE by SS&SSPolitico: Chuck Grassley Eyes Former Aide In Medicare Advantage Leak A Washington law firm and a former congressional aide are facing scrutiny over a leak of sensitive details on Medicare Advantage payment rates that may have sparked hundreds of millions of dollars in stock trading on insurance companies before the information was made public. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is questioning whether a lobbyist at Greenberg Traurig, a K Street law firm, tipped off Height Securities, a political intelligence firm, regarding a soon-to-be-announced increase in Medicare Advantage rates. Height quickly put out an investor alert before the markets closed on April 1 — and before the government announced it was raising the rates after earlier proposing the largest cuts in the history of Medicare Advantage (Millman, 4/17).
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Video: The Story of Medicare: A Timeline

The Story of Medicare: A Timeline

Written and produced by Foundation staff, The Story of Medicare: A Timeline serves as a visual timeline of Medicare’s history, including the debate that led to its creation in 1965 and subsequent changes, such as the passage and repeal of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act in the 1980s, the Medicare Modernization Act in 2003, and the Affordable Care Act in 2012. The seven-minute video also highlights the program’s impact on the 50 million elderly and disabled Americans it serves today, as well as the fiscal challenges it faces to ensure its long-term sustainability.
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A Short History on Medicare

After 50 years it is clear that universal medicare has been a dismal failure. In the last half century healthcare in Saskatchewan has stagnated. Every 20 years or so spending goes out of control and the province responds with more centralization of services. ? Medicare gives preference to politicians and creates jobs for union administrators. The public suffer long wait times, are denied access to the latest drugs, and have a lower survival rate than Americans for every major disease.
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Obama’s Social Security, Medicare Cuts

Photo: Courtesy USC Roybal Institute on Aging Traducción al español WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Social Security and Medicare cuts President Obama included in his proposed budget would disproportionately harm Latino Americans and are deeply unpopular in our community. Rather than being part of a “Grand Bargain” offered to Republicans in exchange for possible tax increases, these cuts are a great betrayal of a group that proved essential to the president’s victory in the 2012 election. President Obama won an unprecedented 71 percent of the Latino vote nationwide, allowing him to edge out Mitt Romney in the key swing states of Colorado, Florida, Nevada and New Mexico. What many may not know is that like most Obama supporters, Latinos voted for the president in no small part, because they believed they could rely on him to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Latinos Depend More on Social Security Latino voters believed President Obama in his 2011 State of the Union speech when he said we must “strengthen Social Security . . . without putting at risk current retirees, the most vulnerable or people with disabilities; without slashing benefits for future generations; and without subjecting Americans’ guaranteed retirement income to the whims of the stock market.” Social Security matters to Latinos, because we depend on it more than any other group. Three in four (77 percent) Latino households ages 65 or older rely on Social Security for a majority of their income, and over half (55 percent) rely on it for 90 percent of their income. That means Latino seniors are 18 percent more likely than the overall U.S. population to rely on Social Security for a majority of their income and 52 percent more likely to rely on it for 90 percent of their income. A major benefit cut in the president’s proposal would be to switch the formula for calculating annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in Social Security and other programs. This so-called chained-Consumer Price Index (chained-CPI), would allow inflation to erode program benefits over time—and would hit Latinos especially hard. Because we are more likely to have lower career earnings, our Social Security benefits tend to be more modest to begin with—$12,491 each year for the average Latino senior and only and $10,438 per year for the average Latina senior. After 20 years receiving benefits under the chained-CPI—when they would be in their 80s–the average older Latino would lose an accumulated $7,774 in benefits, and the average Latina elder would lose $6,307. After 30 years, the cuts would grow, resulting in total benefit cuts of $17,049 for average Latino seniors and $13,832 for average Latina seniors. Change Would Increase Poverty Worse still, the chained-CPI punishes Latinos for being blessed with higher-than-average life expectancy, often combined with greater levels of chronic illness. Because the chained-CPI cuts benefits more as beneficiaries age, it would hit long-living Latinos harder than most. It’s no coincidence then that some experts fear that the chained-CPI will increase poverty among Latino seniors. More than one in four Latino seniors already lives in poverty—nearly twice the rate among white seniors. The White House claims it will protect “the most vulnerable” chained-CPI, with a special “birthday bump” increase for those seniors at age 76. But in the past, such carve-outs have proven inadequate. An analysis by Social Security Works showed that protecting all vulnerable groups from the chained-CPI would erase half of the budget savings from the measure. Even if significant numbers of Latinos were shielded from the chained-CPI due to their lower incomes, this birthday bump might have unintended consequences. Carve-outs—special treatment–of any kind are likely to be misconstrued as handouts for ethnic groups. We already have to deal with enough nasty stereotypes portraying us as recipients of “welfare” or “government handouts.” Proposed Medicare ‘Pain’ The Medicare benefit cuts President Obama proposes are also a step in the wrong direction that would cause Latino seniors real pain. Rather than dealing with the high costs of health care, the budget shifts health costs to beneficiaries by increasing deductibles, premiums and co-payments. The president’s plan would also create a new surcharge. The White House claims these cuts will make Medicare beneficiaries better health care consumers, but this is a flawed argument. Doctors–not beneficiaries—make medical decisions, so the idea that seniors can shop around for health care is ludicrous. As a result, Latino seniors who cannot afford the higher out-of-pocket costs are liable to forego needed care—until their conditions become more acute and costly to treat. So-called means testing of Medicare will not only affect the rich—over time, it would increase premiums for Latino seniors making up to $47,000 a year. Seniors already spend three times more of their incomes on their direct health care costs as the rest of the population. Under the president’s budget, the reduction in Latino seniors’ income would be two-fold: They would be hit by the chained-CPI, and their out-of-pocket health care costs would increase on top of that. In addition, the president’s budget provision requiring a $100 co-payment per episode for home health care services could severely impact those who depend on home health aides to treat their diabetes and other chronic diseases. This would disproportionately affect Latino seniors who have higher rates of diabetes than the overall population. For example, in Chicago, where diabetes is the most prevalent in the country, 25.8 percent of Latinos over 65 suffered from diabetes compared with 15 percent of non-Hispanic whites. The White House has defended the proposed Social Security and Medicare reductions as “not ideal” measures needed to achieve a compromise with Republicans in Congress. Not the Problem—But a Solution There is no question that the president faces difficult choices as he navigates unprecedented Republican obstruction. But at times, President Obama appears to have adopted the Republican framing as well: That our budget problems are due to over-generous Social Security and Medicare benefits. In fact, Social Security does not and legally cannot contribute one penny to the annual deficit and cumulative national debt. Medicare’s rising costs are due to skyrocketing private health care costs. In fact, Medicare has proven far more effective at controlling medical inflation than its counterparts in the private insurance market. Latinos voted for a president bold enough to start a new conversation about the challenges of aging, health care and economic security, not someone beholden to the same old Republican talking points. A real “adult” conversation on our aging boomer population would begin by acknowledging that America has a retirement security and health care crisis. Social Security and Medicare are the solutions to those crises, not the problem. The Latino community appreciates President Obama’s leadership on immigration rights and health care reform. Now it is time for him to honor his promise to Latinos and other vulnerable elders to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare. Eva Dominguez is the executive director of Latinos for a Secure Retirement, an advocacy group in Washington, D.C.
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A Brief History of Kickback Schemes at Chicago Hospitals

Vice president Roger Ehmen and medical director Dr. Ravi Barnabas were able to turn the nearly bankrupt hospital into a lucrative profit center. The pair tapped Dr. Sheshiqiri Rao Vavilikolanu and Dr. Kumar Kaliana to recruit potential patients. For years the doctors sent hospital employees into the Chicago community to find potential patients. It did not matter if they did not have heart conditions, were drug addicts, were unable to speak English or even had no health insurance coverage. Recruiters instructed the potential patients how to feign symptoms in order to mandate services rendered by Edgewater Medical Center. In return the patients were offered money, food, cigarettes and other amenities for their cooperation.
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Here’s the Most Ignorant Part C Medicare Advantage Blogpost The Left

Again, what ignorance about Medicare reform history and current Medicare. “Conservative economists?” Premium support as it relates to Medicare – or vouchers as Democrats prefer to call it although it is an ignorant use of the English language — was “invented” by the two Democrats I mentioned in item 1 above. One of them is now a Medicare trustee, appointed by President Obama and as far left wing as anyone can get. Premium support already exists for anyone on Part C Medicare as well as Part D
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Medicare Advantage Plan Provides Model for Improving Care for Patients with Diabetes

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Cynthia Markus, Ingrid McDonald, and Diana Birkett discuss Medicare at the KUOW Studios by kuow949The new study, “Medicare Advantage Chronic Special Needs Plan Boosted Primary Care, Reduced Hospital Use Among Diabetes Patients,” examines the model of care used by the largest Medicare Advantage chronic special-needs plan, Care Improvement Plus, and compares utilization rates among its members with diabetes in Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, South Carolina and Texas with those of similar beneficiaries enrolled in fee-for-service Medicare in the same five states.  Care Improvement Plus’ Model of Care emphasizes direct contacts with patients to help identify gaps in care and promote primary and preventive health care, including periodic home visits with plan clinicians.
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Video: The Path to Prosperity (Episode 2): Saving Medicare, Visualized

Defective Medicare Bidding Program Forces Severe Hardships on California Business Owners and Beneficiaries

Sunny Oh, owner of Aroma Medical Supply in Artesia, has run his store since 2006. “I have followed every single requirement stated by Medicare to uphold the integrity of the industry,” he said. “However, with every new year the fiscal requirements of maintaining my license with Medicare have grown exponentially. To put things into perspective, I am a small business owner. I have three employees, myself included, to run our entire operation. We have grown and maintained great relationships with the local hospitals, adult care centers, and our patients. To have to now place competing bids with larger companies that can take on a smaller profit margin by amassing large quantity orders seems to be unfair business tactics placed on us by Medicare.”
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CMS expands Medicare savings program for durable medical equipment

Blum emphasized that the price cuts had not resulted in any adverse health indicators, such as lack of access, downgraded quality of care, or an increase in hospital admissions in the areas where the agency tested competitive bidding. “No one has challenged the data. It has given us tremendous confidence,” he said in a media conference call. By 2016, the program is scheduled to expand to the rest of the country.
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A Cancer Doctor’s Take on Medicaid Expansion

Third, compromise.  I agree with the governor that we need to reform health care and make it more accountable.  We at Mercy are “all in” when it comes to accountable care.  We have already developed an accountable care plan for our own employees.  We have developed an accountable care plan for our Medicare patients and we have developed an accountable care plan for a segment of our privately insured patients.  We have already had a meeting with the Medicaid office to discuss developing accountable care around Medicaid.
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Medicare Advantage – or DISAdvantage?

Following a 20-year career as a corporate insurance executive, Wendell Potter left his position as head of communications for Cigna in 2008 to advocate for comprehensive health care reform. He is now an analyst at the The Center for Public Integrity and president of Wendell Potter Consulting. He has also served as a consumer representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. His book, Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans, was awarded the Ridenhour Book Prize for “outstanding work of social significance” in 2011. Previously, he wrote A helping hand for Marsha Blackburn and  Want to fix health care? Watch this movie. for the Health Insurance Resource Center Blog.
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The New World of Medicare Decisions

Medicare Ratings System To assist consumers, Medicare now rates Medicare Advantage programs using a star system. Using member satisfaction surveys and plan evaluations, plans are rated between one and five stars. In fact, at any time, you can switch into a five-star Medicare Advantage plan, but only if one is available in your region (only a few states have a five-star plan). Even if your area does not offer a top-rated plan, every state offers at least a four-star plan.
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An Overview of the Medicare Program and Medicare Beneficiaries' Costs and Service Use

Juliette Cubanski, Associate Director of the Foundation’s Program on Medicare Policy testified on Feb. 27, 201 before the Senate Special Committee on Aging, to provide an overview of the Medicare program and Medicare beneficiaries’ costs and service utilization.
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Sequester cuts 2% from Medicare EHR incentive program payments

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Q and A: Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs (Post 1 of 5)

Because most CMAs (AAMA) work under the direct supervision of “eligible professionals” (as defined in the rules of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS]), this is the first of five upcoming posts focusing on some common questions surrounding the provisions of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program that are applicable to eligible professionals, not those provisions that are applicable to “eligible hospitals” and “critical access hospitals.”
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UnitedHealth Issues Warning Over Medicare Advantage Cuts

Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Despite Win, UnitedHealth Criticizes Medicare Rates, Eyes Pruning Business If the Obama administration expected the biggest health insurance company to give thanks for this month’s decision to reverse cuts to private Medicare plans, it was wrong. UnitedHealth Group CEO Stephen Hemsley said Thursday that Medicare Advantage rates are still far too low and that the company may shrink its business of managing care for seniors. … But in Thursday’s call to discuss the company’s quarterly profits of $2.1 billion on revenue of $30.3 billion, Hemsley said other changes — including the Affordable Care Act’s long-term reduction in Medicare Advantage payments – would still lead to a net reduction next year of more than 4 percent. That’s inadequate when medical costs are rising in the 3 percent neighborhood, he said” (Hancock, 4/19).
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The Medicare Free Wellness Visit: I’d Rather See a Veterinarian

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OBAMA: THE SOCIALIST/MARXIST/COMMUNIST -- UNMASKED FOR ALL TO SEE by SS&SSThe wellness visit is neither new nor an improvement over existing Medicare laws. Through the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 and the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008, a physician can actually perform an exam during the once-in-a-lifetime free Initial Preventive Physical Exam (IPPE). The IPPE is a beneficiary’s introduction to Medicare and must be done within the first 12 months of Medicare Part B (physicians’ services) enrollment. This visit focuses on health promotion and disease prevention. It is not a “head to toe” physical examination. Medicare’s payment for this service is also $155.89.
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Video: Law Book Review: Medicare Handbook 2012 Edition by Judith A Stein, Alfred J. Chiplin Jr.

Need Help Picking Right Medicare Advantage Plan for Mom!! » Toni Says

*Some plans are $175 co pay per day for 20 days which can be a maximum                                       $3500 if you are in the hospital for over 20 days or might be $150 co pay per                             day for days 1-5 with a maximum of $750 maximum stay if you are                                                 inpatient hospital for more than 5 days (example only)
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Council on Aging Director Informs Medicare Recipients About Observation Status

This was just brought to my attention. How can our medical system get away with this without us being informed. Getting old and having health issues is bad enough with knowing this. I am going to print this out so I have it with me next time I go in for something. This evilness and our government isn’t taking care of the people that have made this country what it was. Thanks for fighting this battle and I will write to have a say.
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The Government Wants Seniors Out of Bad Medicare Plans

Time will tell whether the half million Medicare beneficiaries will leave their poor performing plans or will stay put until the government closes them down—if it does. Earlier this year, a report from the National Bureau of Economic Research, a private nonprofit group, showed that seniors rarely switch plans even when they might get one with a cheaper premium. Other factors like restrictions on drugs or whether their doctors are in the plan may trump price, meaningless satisfaction ratings, and yes, the government’s stars. Perhaps the shopping process CMS has set up is just too darn hard.
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1. Protect yourself with Medicare supplemental insurance

Eligible employees may be able to get free quotes from select Medicaid and Medicare supplement companies. A consumer mostly looks for generic dental services and most of them preferred to avoid out-of-pocket fees. Employers offer multiple benefits monthly to covered workers. Pre-existing medical conditions determine the eligibility if the retiree as reported on this website: http://www.medigapplansguide.com. Wellness is a focus for the HMO. Hospitals actively endorsed wellness when purchasing a plan. Services sometimes vary. Companies make sure that a client is enrolled on the correct one. They may also qualify to file for copayment for their spouse or may switch over to another service. Replacement services and agents are available. Assistance is available online.
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Finding a Medicare Supplement Plan: Medicare & You Handbook

By law Medicare must have written permission “an authorization” to use or give out personal information for any purpose that isn’t set out in the privacy notice contained in the Medicare & You Handbook. You can revoke or take back permission at any time as long as Medicare has not already acted based on your written permission. The Medicare & You Handbook is a summary of Medicare benefits, rights and protections, and answers to the most frequently asked questions about Medicare. This handbook also contains the privacy notice that outlines purposes where Medicare may disclose your personal health information without your authorization. We specialize in Medicare Advantage plans and  Medicare Supplement plans so contact our agency and an agent can assist you and make sure you fully understand your options and make sure you get the best rates available. We cover Southern California,counties of Riverside, San Bernardino and surrounding area’s. We also cover Nevada and all of Utah.  Please visit  us online at Medicareplansdirect.net or call 760-413-9749. Sincerely, Tom Caress 760-413-9749
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Download the Medicare and You 2010 Medicare Handbook

The federal Department of Health and Human Services has released the 2010 Medicare and You consumer handbook. This is the official government benefit description manual issued to Medicare members. The handbook contains information on the following:
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Medicare hike could also hit some in middle class

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George W. Bush by cliff1066™The latest proposal ramps up the reach of means testing and sets up a political confrontation between AARP and liberal groups on one side and fiscal conservatives on the other. The liberals have long argued that support for Medicare will be undermined if the program starts charging more for the well-to-do. Not only are higher-income people more likely to be politically active, they also tend to be in better health.
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Video: FL Senate Debate-Medicare

An Economic and Policy Analysis of Florida Medicaid Expansion

French economist Frédéric Bastiat introduced the concept of the “fallacy of the broken window.” Economics instructors use this classic parable to explain opportunity costs and alternative uses for resources. In the parable, a shopkeeper’s son accidently breaks a shop window pane. As a result, the store owner will have to pay someone to haul the broken glass away; then order a new glass pane, hire a craftsman to install it and possibly someone else to clean up afterward. This is an example of “economic activity” created by a simple broken window. The broken window pane will create work and wages for the glassmaker, carpenter and anyone involved in the repair; but the shop owner will suffer a loss of disposable income. Moreover, society is worse off by one pane of glass that was needlessly broken. The resources employed to remove the broken glass and install a new pane could have been employed to produce something else that would please the shopkeeper more and possibly make society richer.
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FL House GOP’s balking at Medicaid cash could hurt party, Florida

They said they didn’t care to take nearly $9.8 billion from the federal government over three years to help provide coverage to as many as 816,000 low-income Floridians. Their plan covers fewer people and costs the state treasury more money than proposals by Republican Gov. Rick Scott or the GOP-led Senate, who want to take the federal money for at least three years by expanding the Medicaid program.
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Medicare Fraud Investigator

Further informations about this job opportunity please give attention to these descriptions. – 1132671 Description SafeGuard Services (SGS), a subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services, performs data analysis, investigation, and medical re! view to detect, prevent, deter, reduce, and make referrals to recover fraud, waste, and abuse. Since 1999, SGS has prevented approximately $4 billion in inappropriate payments utilizing proactive claims processing system edits. SGS has additionally identified over $1 billion in overpayments recovered on a post-pay basis. Our experience with fraud and abuse analytics has resulted in the referral of hundreds of cases to law enforcement and resulted in successful criminal and civil prosecution and civil monetary penalties. Position Overview: The position requires the individual to use a variety of tools to initiate investigations, identify subjects and develop cases for future action, including referral to law enforcement, education, over payment recovery and other administrative actions. Will work with internal resources and external agencies to develop cases and corrective actions as well as respond to requests for data and supp! ort. Qualifications Education and Experie! nce Required: Bachelor degree preferred and three to five years investigative experience Knowledge and Skills: Prerequisite: Strong investigative skills Strong communication and organization skills Experience in reviewing claims for technical requirements, performing medical review, and/or developing fraud cases Strong PC knowledge and skills Essential Functions: Ability to travel abroad to perform actions required in order to show continuous progressions on investigations. Fluent in English and Spanish is required. Ability to perform research and draw conclusions Ability to present issues of concern, citing regulatory violations, alleging schemes or scams to defraud the Government Ability to organize a case file, accurately and thoroughly document all steps taken Ability to compose correspondence, reports and referral summary letters A! bility to educate providers, provider associations, law enforcement, other contractors and beneficiary advocacy groups on program safeguard matters Ability to communicate effectively, internally and externally Ability to interpret laws and regulations Ability to handle confidential material. Ability to report work activity on a timely basis. Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to deliver high quality work REQUIRED to attend meetings, training, and conferences, overnight travel. Career Path: Individual performer roles with increased levels of responsibility, complexity of work or leadership roles are available based on performance. Job – Services Primary Location – United States-Florida-Miramar Schedule – Full-time Job Type – Experienced Shift – Day ! Job Travel – Yes, 25 % of the Time – ! . If you were eligible to this job, please give us your resume, with salary requirements and a resume to HP.
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FL Hospital Denies Medicare Fraud But Repays $3M In Overpayments

The repayment is too little and too late, according to the attorney representing the Florida whistleblowers. Had the two never come forward with evidence of illegal billing practices within the Adventist Hospital System, the overbilling would still be going on today. The voluntary repayment is a credit to the strength and courage of the whistleblowers who chose to stand up against the fraudulent Medicare billing practices.
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Scott: Medicaid expansion a ‘tough choice’ for Florida (responding to Alan Grayson)

Source: Orlando Sentinel Confronted by one of Congress’s most passionate supporters of Obamacare, Gov. Rick Scott Friday refused to say he would be willing to accept the act’s Medicaid expansion program but left the door open that he might drop his previously firm opposition. “It’s a tough choice, and it’ll have to get made in the next few months,” Scott told U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, at a gathering of more than 300 political leaders and politically-involved people at the Tiger Bay Club’s monthly meeting. “I’ll look forward to working with the federal government to see what we can do.” Grayson’s question went to the heart of one of the last remaining political fights between Democrats and Republicans over President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, approved in 2010 and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last summer against almost-universal GOP opposition. Read more: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/os-scott-tiger-bay-speech-20130208,0,2995209.story
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Presidenting.com: VIDEO : Medicare Expansion: Will it happen?

PICO United Florida is a non-partisan, multi-county network of congregations representing 90,000 families who are working to improve the quality of life for low-income and working families in the state of Florida. In 2012, PICO United Florida led the fight to defeat Amendment 3 by mobilizing over 260 congregations and contacting nearly 1.5 million voters. As an affiliate of PICO National Network, PICO United Florida is non-partisan and does not endorse or support candidates for office.
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Why Tea Party Gov. Rick Scott Flip

A study by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute backed up their claims, finding that the biggest problem with the "reform" was that insurance companies got into the program thinking they’d make a lot of money, only to discover that they actually had to care for people who were expensively sick. Nine plans dropped out of the pilot project in a year, leaving many patients without access to any primary health care. There were horror stories, too: the woman denied a kidney transplant, the man with a lifelong seizure disorder who suddenly found he couldn’t get the Botox injections that calmed his seizures. If the patients weren’t getting dropped by the managed-care plans, they were fleeing them for whatever other options they could find. There’s no evidence that the private plans saved the state any money.
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How Medicare Covers Diabetes

Screenings: If you don’t currently have diabetes, but you do have pre-diabetes or some other health conditions that put you at risk of getting it — such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, are overweight, or have a family history of diabetes — Medicare will pay 100 percent of the cost of up to two diabetes screenings every year.
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Florida Healthcare Lawyers

GAO estimated that cumulative Medicare Advantage (MA) risk scores in 2010 were 4.2 percent higher than they likely would have been if the same beneficiaries had been enrolled continuously in Medicare fee-for-service (FFS). For 2011, GAO estimated that differences in diagnostic coding resulted in risk scores that were 4.6 to 5.3 percent higher than they likely would have been if the same beneficiaries had been continuously enrolled in FFS. This upward trend continued for 2012, with estimated risk scores 4.9 to 6.4 percent higher.
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1 Drug, $1.3M Medicare Overpayment in FL

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President’s Budget Aims To Create New Income Brackets for Medicare

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Congressman Brad Sherman, California’s 27th District (D) by cliff1066™Well, it’s clear that Obama has seriously decided to make life for high income consumers not that sweet. He plans to raise taxes for rich people and now he wants them to pay more for Medicare. It’s the way for Federal government to get more money and I hope that this strategy will bring expected results. The US is in quite difficult financial situation now, the debt of Federal government slows the economic development and that’s why it’s necessary to try to make more money inside of the country to make more money for debt elimination.
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ICYMI: Physicians and Other Health Care Stakeholders Raise Concerns about CMS’ Proposed Cuts to Medicare Advantage

“As a bi-partisan organization focused on the future of Medicare, we are deeply concerned about CMS’ announcement on proposed changes to the Medicare Advantage program. These across the board cuts are short-sighted with little consideration of their impact on the quality of care currently delivered to beneficiaries. Such an action is disruptive to the system, driving more beneficiaries to the unreformed fee-for-service model that will in no way help improve the health of beneficiaries or the long-term sustainability of Medicare. While we recognize the urgent need to address budgetary pressures, broad and indiscriminate cuts to Medicare Advantage and providers are counterproductive to the long-term vision for the future of Medicare, and, as a result, are not the answer for solving our entitlement crisis. Any reform must also improve quality of care and reduce costs so we can ensure the sustainability of the Medicare program for future generations.
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California Duals Demonstration Project

Last week, the California Department of Health Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reached an agreement to implement a dual eligible demonstration that will transform the way Medicare and Medi-Cal services are delivered to Californians that qualify for both programs.  Under the agreement, or
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Sequester Causes Concerns for Medicare Cancer Patients

Doctors say reduced funding for Medicare makes it difficult for clinics to afford expensive chemotherapy drugs. Comprehensive Cancer Care of Nevada has a list of 15 drugs that they are now losing money on when they administer the drugs to patients. Some clinics around the nation have stopped using those drugs.
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Medicare Battle Heats Up California House Race

Bera was a newcomer to politics in 2010 when he ran a surprisingly strong campaign against Lungren, losing by 7 percentage points in a year in which Republicans made record gains in the House. But in this year’s rematch, Bera is placing greater emphasis on his medical background: he served as chief medical officer for a large California hospital chain and later in the Sacramento County public health department, tasked with providing medical care for some 225,000 uninsured people.
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Will California’s Eldercare Reform Help or Hurt?

Amid all the recent worry about people lacking health insurance, one vulnerable group of Californians appears to be suffering from too much, not too little coverage. Low-income older adults who are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medi-Cal (California’s name for Medicaid). That might sound like a good thing. But the lack of coordination between the federal program for seniors and the state-federal program for the poor may be hurting their health. It is also costing the taxpayers a ton of money. Now the California is among a number of states trying to fix the problem by combining all of the services available to these people under one administrative roof. That will include not only their health care but social services too, such as in-home workers who bathe and feed patients who can’t take care of themselves but don’t need to be in a nursing home according to a recent report at newamericamedia.org
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Cardiologist pleads guilty to largest health fraud in N.J., N.Y.

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Dr. Jose Katz admitted to conspiracy to commit health care fraud in a federal court in New Jersey that resulted in more than $19 million in fake bills sent to private insurers, as well as Medicare and Medicaid.
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The New Jersey Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS) announced an opportunity for Medicare and Medicaid-eligible beneficiaries (Dual Eligible) to sign up for Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs).  A Dual Eligible D-SNP serves consumers with Medicare and Medicaid. A group of New Jersey consumer advocates has been evaluating the feasibility of D-SNP for persons with a mental health diagnosis. Please click here for advice about how to research the plan to assure that it will appropriately meet individual needs. 
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New Jersey Medicare Spending Outpaces Rest Of The Nation

There is some speculation about the spending gap between New Jersey and other states. One theory is the access to “robust health care infrastructure,” said Alan C. Monheit, associate director of the Center for Health Economics and Health Policy at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
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NJ health system pays millions to settle fraud allegations

“After more than three years of extended discussions with government lawyers, we decided, in the best interests of Cooper, to settle our dispute without the admission of wrongdoing to avoid the burdens and uncertainties of a protracted litigation,” the company said in a statement. “This allows us to focus our full energies on serving our community.”
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3 Facts About Medicare Supplemental Insurance

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Michigan House and Senate reject Medicaid expansion

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32.Detroit by Tomato GeezerYesterday the Republican-controlled Michigan House and Senate passed budget bills that rejected the expansion of Medicaid in our state. The impact of this is that hundreds of thousands of working poor Michiganders will continue to go without adequate health care coverage, saving the state exactly nothing. In fact, we will still pay into the program but the only states to benefit will be those that wisely chose to expand Medicaid. In other fact, we actually will be in the hole by $200 million a year which will need to come out of other programs like, you know, food assistance for the poor and stuff.
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Los Angeles Times: What California Should Learn From The 1-800-GET-THIN Saga Today, 19 months after her death, we may finally have a good idea of what killed Paula Rojeski. According to a lawsuit and public autopsy records, the causes included her doing business with the 1-800-GET-THIN folks and the slicing of her aorta during weight-loss surgery at one of their affiliated surgical centers. There was also regulatory indifference on a truly majestic scale (Michael Hiltzik, 4/19).  Forbes: Home Health Medicare Co-Pay: A Study In Unintended Consequences The budget that President Obama submitted to Congress last week contains a call for, among other things, an increase of $1.4 billion in discretionary spending for the administrative expenses related to implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). In a budget that claims to reduce the deficit, where is all this money coming from? Some of it — $730 million — is supposed to come from instituting $100 co-payments for Medicare patients who use home health care (Robert A. Book and Doug Holtz-Eakin, 4/19).
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MICHIGAN DISTRICT COURT HOLDS THAT MEDICAL PROVIDERS CAN BRING MSP PRIVATE ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS WHEN INSURER DENIES COVERAGE

, 656 F.3d 277 (6th Cir. 2011), which held that a health care service provider may bring a private action to enforce the MSP Act before a court or other adjudicative body has determined whether or not the insurer/primary payer is liable for the medical charges incurred. This means that where an insurance carrier refuses to cover a Medicare beneficiary’s bills for medical services rendered by a medical provider, the medical provider can sue the insurance carrier seeking double damages even when no determination has been made that the insurance carrier was liable for the beneficiary’s medical treatment.
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Michigan panels reject governor’s Medicaid expansion

Backers of expansion also say it would avoid an unintended consequence where thousands of low-income earners could neither enroll in Medicaid nor qualify for subsidized premiums when buying private insurance in a new online marketplace created by the federal health law. A recent study by Jackson Hewitt Tax Service said if Medicaid is not expanded, Michigan employers could pay $54 million to $81 million in annual penalties if certain employees purchase a government-subsidized plan.
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Michigan Fraud Lawyer: Penalties Severe for Pharmacy and Medicare Fraud

If convicted of conspiracy to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance, such as OxyContin, Defendants are looking at up to 20 years in prison and more if death or injury resulted from the use of the controlled substances.
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Penalties Spur Hospitals to Slow Revolving Door

“Some changes at nursing homes included a push to hire more nurses, educate them more, keep an eye on diagnosis and, if necessary, ask doctors to see patients within 24 hours,” Thwainey said. “Heart failure and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) patients need to be evaluated more often” to prevent readmission or emergency.
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More partners join Medicare improvement effort launched by U

Rion, who leads the Packard Health team that cares for insured and uninsured patients at two locations in Ann Arbor, MI, says, “We’re delighted to be able to join two outstanding organizations like the University and IHA in the Pioneer ACO. At Packard Health we care for patients who are medically and socially complex in an integrated fashion with significant on-site support, and believe this is a very useful skill set to bring into the ACO.”
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On March 11 the Michigan Health and Hospital Association released their annual report, which paints a grim picture of the current financial state of many Michigan health-care facilities. According to the report, hospitals in Michigan spent an excess of $1.8 billion on health care for patients who were unable to pay for these services in 2011. Of these expenses, $868 million were incurred as a result of unreimbursed Medicare and Medicaid services. To address these massive fiscal shortfalls, the report calls on Michigan politicians to expand Medicaid coverage and implement a health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act. From both a financial and social standpoint, Michigan needs to adopt these expansion policies in order to be a national leader in accessible and high quality health care.
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Newsroom – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan broadens Medicare options with new Medicare Advantage PPO product

October 1 is the first day BCBSM and Medicare Advantage carriers across the nation can market their Medicare Advantage products for 2010. Beneficiaries in BCBSM Medicare Advantage products will receive letters in the next 10 days about the new product line-up. "Blue Cross remains fully committed to providing products to Medicare beneficiaries and will continue to have the broadest array of Medicare Advantage products in the state," said Mark Owen, BCBSM vice president for federal and individual business. "It’s important for Medicare beneficiaries to know that there is no immediate change to their coverage. They have until the end of the year to make their selection for 2010." In addition to the three BCBSM products for 2010, seniors also can select from three Medicare Advantage products offered by Blue Care Network, the BCBSM-affiliated HMO. "We will be working with insurance agents and other groups across the state to reach out to Medicare beneficiaries to help them navigate these product and premium changes," said Owen. Seniors who meet low income guidelines can receive subsidies from the state and/or federal government to pay for all or part of their premiums. Medicare Advantage premiums vary by product and region. The new PPO product is expected to provide beneficiaries with value for their premium. For example, the BCBSM Medicare Plus Blue PPO, which includes Part D prescription drug coverage, will cost between $61 and $141 a month (premiums vary by geographic region), while traditional BCBSM Medicare Supplemental (Medigap) Plan C plans cost $183 when combined with a stand-alone Part D BCBSM prescription drug program. Medicare Advantage plans offer Medicare benefits through private health insurance plans and most include Part D prescription drug coverage. When you purchase a Medicare Advantage plan, you do not need to also purchase a Medigap policy. Medicare Advantage plans are regulated solely by the federal government, while Medigap plans are regulated by the state. The announced product changes are only for Medicare beneficiaries who directly purchase their Medicare Advantage products, not for beneficiaries enrolled in a group plan. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are nonprofit corporations and independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
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