Since 2006, Medicare has paid plans under a bidding process. Plans submit “bids” based on estimated costs per enrollee for services covered under Medicare Parts A and B; all bids that meet the necessary requirements are accepted. The bids are compared to benchmark amounts that are set by a formula established in statute and vary by county (or region in the case of regional PPOs). The benchmarks are the maximum amount Medicare will pay a plan in a given area. If a plan’s bid is higher than the benchmark, enrollees pay the difference between the benchmark and the bid in the form of a monthly premium, in addition to the Medicare Part B premium. If the bid is lower than the benchmark, the plan and Medicare split the difference between the bid and the benchmark; the plan’s share is known as a “rebate,” which must be used to provide supplemental benefits to enrollees. Medicare payments to plans are then adjusted based on enrollees’ risk profiles.
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Garance Franke-Ruta is the politics editor of TheAtlantic.com, but when she’s not trying to understand the mysterious charm of Rick Santorum or why Newt Gingrich would post a picture of himself jauntily posing in front of Auschwitz, she’s maintained a sideline in writing about women in politics. She was the first person to report, in a 2002 American Prospect article, that the baby-bust among high-achieving women was a myth, related only to their greater unwillingness to become single moms and not to any kind of reproductive issues inside marriages. Before joining The Atlantic, she was an online politics editor and blogger at The Washington Post, and in 2006 she spent a semester at the Shorenstein Center at the Harvard Kennedy School studying why there are so few women in opinion media.
ObamaCare Clusterfuck: RJ Eskow endorses Medicare for All (kinda)
So what about Switzerland? Reinhardt mentions it as having successfully applied an all-payer system. In another previous message on the OECD/WHO report on Switzerland, I stated, “It is not clear why so many in the U.S. are enamored of the Swiss health insurance system when this OECD/WHO report confirms that it is highly inefficient and fragmented, with profound administrative waste, inequitably funded, with regressive financing and with wide variations in premiums, has the highest out-of-pocket costs, has an increasing prevalence of managed care intrusions, and is controlled by a private insurance industry that has learned how to game risk selection at significant cost to those on the losing end.”
Fact Check:Will Increased Longevity Bring Down Medicare?
The customary formulation of this myth is that Medicare is doomed by its own success in keeping its beneficiaries alive. Not only will the ranks of the program’s beneficiaries increase as the vaunted baby boom generation reaches the statutory age of eligibility, but because people are staying alive longer, Medicare’s costs will explode. The first part of this contention is indisputably true: entitlement to Medicare occurs when a person reaches age sixty-five, and the baby boom generation that is generally calibrated as starting in 1946 has arrived at that threshold. As a result, additional Medicare beneficiaries enter that program every day, and because the baby boom generation dwarfs any preceding age cohort, it is highly likely that more beneficiaries will be added to the program than are lost as older beneficiaries pass away. Consequently, the number of Medicare beneficiaries will inexorably increase over the next decade or so. Ceteris paribus, more beneficiaries mean higher aggregate costs.
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Study: Public Medicare Trumps Private Medicare
The one percent figure is the one that should be used to analyze several hotly debated health reform issues, including whether to expand traditional Medicare to all Americans and whether to turn Medicare over to the insurance industry, either by expanding the Medicare Advantage program of by converting Medicare to a voucher program as Rep. Paul Ryan has proposed.
All Medicare patients dumped by Pdoc.
Hi everyone. This still upsets me, so I want to share it with all of you. I originally went to my Psychiatrist – name given to me by my Internist – over 16 years ago. It takes me a long time to trust, especially men, but in a few years, I felt very comfortable with him. He’d gotten my, at that time, depression well under control, he saw me through a divorce after a 40 year marriage, my son (last one home) leaving for College in Electrical Engineering and afterwards Law School, illnesses, surgeries, and the death of my Dad from Alzheimers. I felt totally safe with him even though I would only see him every 4 months for a med. check. I was (and still am) in therapy at the time with a Psychologist. Well, Feb. 7, I got a letter from him, dated Feb. 1, saying that effective immediately he was no longer taking Medicare at all. And, he would not be putting codes on receipts, if we wanted to pay first ourselves and then submit it ourselves, thus we were not able to do even that. He said he would still provide Rx’s for 4 months, and if we wanted, he would give us the name(s) of another doctor. Well, I did find another doctor, I’ve been there once, and he seems like a nice enough man, but it takes me forever to trust someone. He knows nothing of my history, background, abuse, family …. nothing about me. I see him for the 2nd time next week, and I dread it. I’ve been really rapid cycling lately, with most of the time in the depression, and I’m just so afraid to tell him anything. My therapist has me doing a mood chart, which he thinks I should give to him, to help. I’m just afraid he’ll "put me away." I just think this was handled so poorly …. cruelly actually. And for a mental health professional to do this …. well, I once again feel like I’ve been thrown away … a common scenario in my life. And I wonder how many others feel the same way. One of my other regular doctors is no longer going to take Medicare either, but, he has told us 1 year ahead of time, and he is keeping the ones he already has. That makes more sense to me and is far more gentle and kind. Thanks for listening to me blather on. abby
Insurance Success Story : Tufts Medicare Preferred
Before Tufts Medicare Preferred started to use the HubSpot software to assist with their marketing, their main challenges stemmed from generating new leads from a very fragmented website. They needed a way to connect the dots and figure out how users on their website use each of the tools they provided and what they could do to improve their experience. They had no way to track how visitors were navigating their website, nor a great way to capture lead information on each page. As Baby Boomers begin to retire, that core demographic of 65+ individuals are driving more online traffic than ever before, and Tufts Medicare needed new data on how to reach them more effectively.They discovered HubSpot’s end-to-end enterprise marketing software and originally bought because of the ability to quickly create landing pages. They soon realized however, it also provided them with the tools they needed to track visitors and get even more data than they ever thought possible.
Medicare Part D: Coverage, Costs, Eligibility
Ross Blair has applied more than 26 years of technology experience to develop PlanPrescriber.com, a website that makes it easier for seniors and their caregivers to select and enroll in the best Medicare products for their specific needs. In his role as CEO, he has worked closely with pharmacists, insurers, physicians, caregivers and seniors to identify the most critical and complex aspects of Medicare and create a system that delivers this information to consumers in a format that is easy to use and understand. Google+