MHANJ Offers Free Medicare Benefits Counseling through “SHIP”

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Counseling is free, objective and confidential and encompasses assistance with questions about Medicare, Medigap, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, Long-Term Care Insurance and Dual-Eligibility. Sessions are conducted by telephone so that travel is not necessary.       
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Does Medicare Call Your House? » Toni Says

            **I have been invited to participate in a panel discussion about small businesses and healthcare reform.  Westchase Biz Zone is sponsoring a healthcare reform workshop for small businesses at West Houston Medical Center on Tuesday, June 11th from 9:30 AM to 12:30 pm. Small business owners nearing retirement or Medicare eligible should attend. $10 advance reservations only.  Seating is limited. For more information, contact Theresa Allen at 832-495-9934 or email theresa@westchasebizzone.com.
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The CareGiver Partnership: The Goose That Laid The Golden Medicare Egg is Dead

When that call to action is supported with just under $200 million a year in continuous bombardment television advertising (and radio, direct mail), it makes people want to get the free stuff. Lately, you may have seen non-stop ads from a company called SafeLink which is giving away free phones and minutes to those on food stamps and Medicaid.  The free phones and minutes are funded by The Universal Administrative Company (USAC) which takes money we pay to phone companies in our bills and they fund the free phones with it (and other programs).  When you peel back the layers you discover that USAC is the administrator and the fund manager referred to as USF of Universal Service Fund.  Digging even deeper, you find this leads back to Washington  and the FCC which actually has oversight for USAC.  SafeLink is a company taking advantage of this government program that we are all paying for and creating the expectation for a free cell phone and minutes.
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Boston Globe: A Fingerprint Does Not Contain Your Genetic Code The power of genetic information has shaped virtually every aspect of medicine. On one hand, we have learned about diseases and treatments that are now defined by patients’ genomes. Certain genes can predict colorectal cancer with near certainty and, in women, the BRCA mutations, famously discussed by Angelina Jolie, can denote a greater than 80 percent risk of developing breast cancer. We can screen newborns for dozens of genetic diseases and immediately know which diets to avoid giving them or which medications to begin early. Physicians are using genetic markers to better tailor therapies to individual patients. We are certainly entering a new era (Nathaniel Morris, 6/10).
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Get the Official 2013 Medicare Handbook

official US government Medicare handbook  for 2013 by clicking here. Learn about new benefits available to seniors in 2013 under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), including more coverage for preventive services and lower prescription drug costs. You can also find out more about how Medicare works, determine whether a particular test or service is covered by Medicare, and verify your 2013 Medicare copays and deductibles.
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North Carolina Medical Society

 Based on the 2013 Physician Fee Schedule final rule, which took effect January 1, 2013, Medicare pays for two CPT codes (99495 and 99496) that are used to report physician or qualifying non-physician practitioner care management services for a patient following a discharge from a hospital, skilled nursing facility or a community mental health clinic stay, outpatient observation or partial hospitalization.
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The High Cost of “Free”

Our economic analysis shows that retirees who worked for 40 years and then live 20 years past retirement will receive more than twice what they, and their employers, contributed over their lifetime of working. Only retirees who survive a decade or less after their retirement do not take more out of Social Security than they contributed. Most people will agree that the retirees should receive his/her Social Security benefits at retirement. But with people living longer, who will pay for all the additional benefits now promised? Most people who have not done their homework (including Congress) fail to realize that the numbers for Medicare benefits exceed those for Social Security. Since 1965, Medicare required less than a 3 percent contribution from a worker’s gross wages, yet most people receive over $250,000 in medical benefits before reaching the age of 74, assuming no catastrophic illness. You can do the math on your own wages, assuming a lifetime salary of $100,000 per year for all 40 working years, a worker will have paid in only $120,000 into the Medicare system. Congress, after agreeing to take care of everyone after retirement for the rest of their lives, has broken a sacred trust and used incoming contributions to fund other government expenditures, instead of letting the contributions build over the past 50 years.
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Cigna Dental Providers Memphis

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The Health Maintenance Organization or the HMO plans are known to be the least expensive. But, they provide restricted health facilities. There is a list of doctors covered under such policies. Should you visit a doctor who is not a part of this family, you need to bear the expenses for the same. Fees for regular visits to the doctors are covered under this plan and you need not pay any extra amount for the same. These Cigna medicare plans cover both regular and preventive care. There is a designated network of specialist doctors who are referred to in the event of injuries and illnesses or related emergencies. For regular medical care, you need to choose a PCP or a Primary Care Physician who would look after your general health-related matters on a regular basis. However, medications for commonplace illnesses like drug pressure or diabetes is not included in these Cigna medicare plans and you would be completely responsible for the bill, should you require them.
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Many Kids on Medicaid Don’t See a Dentist

Even though this number has improved by 16% between 2002 and 2007, there are still many children who cannot access care due to the loss of school-based dental education programs, state budget cuts, low reimbursement rates that prevent providers from accepting Medicaid patients, and the overall lack of Medicaid dollars going toward dental care. Although the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has put goals in place for preventive services, the only long-lasting solution will be an increased investment in dental care.
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Stealth Dental Clinic Operator Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud www.privateofficer.com

Bridgeport CT June 5 2013 Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut; Susan J. Waddell, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General for New England; William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of IRS-Criminal Investigation in New England; and Kimberly K. Mertz, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced that Gary F. Anusavice, also known as “Gary Andrews,” “Gary Andrus” and “Gary Francis,” 60, of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, pleaded guilty today before United States Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel in Bridgeport to health care fraud and tax evasion offenses stemming from his involvement in a $20 million Medicaid fraud scheme. “This defendant’s illegal operation of three Connecticut dental clinics and his failure to pay income on the substantial amount of money he received from his involvement in this scheme have siphoned millions of dollars from the Medicaid program and the U.S. Treasury,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Daly. “Health care fraud increases costs and threatens the integrity of our health care system, and we are committed to protecting American taxpayers by prosecuting these crimes. I want to thank HHS-OIG, IRS-Criminal Investigation, and the FBI for their investigative efforts, and thank the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office, which has provided important assistance during the course of this investigation.” “Although this defendant was barred from Medicaid and other government health programs after his health care fraud conviction in 1998, he continued to bill these programs using an elaborate scheme to conceal his involvement,” said HHS-OIG Special Agent in Charge Waddell. “Working with federal and state partners, our investigators effectively penetrate such schemes and help bring suspects to justice.” “When a health care provider steals from the government via Medicaid Fraud, the money is part of the untaxed underground economy,” said IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Offord. “Gary Anusavice admitted his guilt today and also agreed to forfeit significant assets that he purchased with the proceeds of the Medicaid fraud scheme.” “Despite being excluded from participating in both Medicare and Medicaid, Mr. Anusavice devised and orchestrated elaborate schemes to defraud these government-sponsored health care programs with undaunted avarice and greed,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Mertz. “His frauds not only greatly undermined the financial security of these vital programs but also impacted the ability of legitimate medical professionals to provide important health services to those truly in need.” According to court documents and statements made in court, in July 1997, Anusavice was convicted in Massachusetts state court for submitting false health care claims in relation to his involvement in dental clinics. He subsequently surrendered his dentistry licenses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island for five years. After additional investigations, Anusavice surrendered his right to practice dentistry in Rhode Island for 18 months in 2005, and the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry permanently revoked Anusavice’s license to practice dentistry in Massachusetts in 2006. As of May 1998, Anusavice has been excluded from participation in Medicare and state health care programs, including Medicaid. From 2008 to April 2011, Anusavice owned and operated several dental clinics in Connecticut but used a licensed dentist to act as the nominal head of the clinics. The clinics included Landmark Dental in West Haven, Dental Group of Connecticut in Trumbull, and Dental Group of Stamford. Anusavice and the licensed dentist provided false Medicaid Provider Enrollment Applications to DSS that did not disclose Anusavice’s controlling interest in the clinics or his disciplinary history. As a result of this fraud, the Connecticut Medicaid program reimbursed Anusavice’s dental practices nearly $21 million. Anusavice actively managed the dental clinics, recruited dentists, and oversaw their hiring. At various times, he trained personnel on Medicaid billing codes and procedures and also determined salary and compensation for the clinics’ doctors and support staff. Anusavice attempted to conceal his involvement in these dental practices by establishing multiple nominee entities, including AMZ Consulting, Inc., Haven Consulting Inc., and New England Preservation Services Inc., and he directed his business partners and employees to make checks payable to these entities. Anusavice deposited the checks into bank accounts he opened for the entities and then used the funds to purchase assets for his personal use, including a residence in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, a 33-foot yacht and a Mercedes Benz. Anusavice received $3,325,272 in income from the dental clinics but did not file federal tax returns for the 2008 through 2011 tax years, resulting in a tax loss to the government of more than $1.2 million. Anusavice pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, and one count of tax evasion, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years. He is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford on August 23, 2013. Anusavice has agreed to forfeit his Rhode Island property, yacht, and Mercedes Benz, as well as $91,700 in cash that was seized from his residence on May 24, 2012. He also has agreed to pay back taxes in the amount of $1,894,258.71, plus applicable interest and penalties. The tax loss figure includes more than $600,000 in federal taxes that Anusavice failed to pay from 1990 to 2003. In a related matter, the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office today announced that it has reached a settlement with Anusavice and six of his management and consulting companies. Under the terms of the settlement, Anusavice has agreed to pay the state $9.9 million, which represents treble damages under the Connecticut False Claims Act and restitution under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act. Anusavice was arrested on May 24, 2012, and has been released on a $500,000 bond since October 2012. This matter is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Connecticut Attorney General’s Office provided assistance and cooperation throughout the investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Susan Wines and Richard Molot and Trial Attorney Sean Beaty of the Tax Division of the Department of Justice. Acting U.S. Attorney Daly encouraged individuals who suspect health care fraud to report it by calling the Health Care Fraud Task Force at 203-777-6311 or 1-800-HHS-TIPS.
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Dental insurance and Medicare – the Medicare Dental & Vision Benefits

Medicare is health insurance plan in US for the seniors as well as disabled people. It gives the basic medical policy, and really helps the seniors & disabled pay for the health care. However, original Medicare doesn’t pay out for everything, as well as dental and vision benefits are limited. The routine care, such as checkups, fillings or glasses, aren’t generally covered in dental insurance and Medicare. The services are covered in case, they are linked with the medical issue such as illness and injury. For instance, dental insurance and Medicare might pay for the hospital stay in case of the complicated dental method. However, it might not at all cover actual dental work. For other example, the Medicare doesn’t generally cover the eyeglasses and contacts. But, it can pay after cataract surgery.
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Marci’s Medicare Answers

Original Medicare, the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program offered directly through the federal government, only covers eyeglasses after you have had cataract surgery. Original Medicare generally does not cover routine eye care, such as examinations for prescribing or fitting eyeglasses. However, Original Medicare will cover a standard pair of untinted prescription glasses or contacts, if you need them after cataract surgery. If considered medically necessary, Medicare may cover customized eyeglasses or contact lenses following the procedure.
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Stand up for medicare this summer!

Traditionally, a Health Accord is also a time for governments to expand public health care to cover new services, like a national drug plan, home and community care, vision and dental care. Without an Accord, Canadians will have a much more difficult time trying the expand public health care so that all Canadians get their medical needs covered, regardless of where they live or what stage of life they are in.
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Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Implants

Despite many advances in dental care, millions of Americans suffer tooth loss, usually through gum disease gingivitis, injury, or tooth decay. In the past, people with missing teeth have had few options, such as bridges or dentures. Today, dental implants offer an alternative cosmetic solution. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots, and provide a strong base for either permanent or removable replacement teeth. Here is a quick look at some of their advantages and disadvantages.
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Extending Social Security and Medicare Eligibility Ages

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In light of the increase in life expectancy after age 65 and the decline in physically demanding jobs, it would be reasonable for the eligibility age for social security to rise to 68 or 70. The average age of retirement from the labor force for Japanese males is already only a little below 70, which shows that much higher retirement ages is feasible. Persons who are physically or mentally incapable of working would then opt for disability status. This is a rapidly growing category in most developed countries, despite the increase in physical and mental health of older persons, because of a weakening of qualifying standards. With more flexible labor markets for the elderly, such as reducing the fear of companies that they will be sued for discrimination against older workers, older men and women could retire from more demanding jobs, and take jobs that are less taxing. This is what happens to older men in Japan.
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Taking Medicare’s eligibility age off the table

CARNEY: Again, as part of a big deal, part of a comprehensive package that reduces our deficit and achieves that $4-trillion goal that was set out by so many people in and outside of government a number of years ago, he would consider that the hard choice that includes the so-called chain CPI, in fact, he put that on the table in his proposal, but not in a cherry-picked or piecemeal way. That’s got to be part of a comprehensive package that asks that the burden be shared; that we don’t, as some in Congress want, ask seniors to bear the burden of further deficit reduction alone, or middle-class families who are struggling to send their kids to college, or parents of children who are disabled who rely on programs to help them get through.
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The Bonddad Blog: A thought for Sunday: the best jobs program = allow Medicare eligibility at age 55

- by New Deal democrat Regular economic blogging will resume tomorrow (and I know, because the post is already cued up). In the meantime, consider the following thoughts over my Sunday morning coffee, which hopefully aren’t too incoherent…. One of the many ranting points I see on progressive blogs is against “the top 20%” who are apparently presumed to be the functional equivalent of Jamie Dimon. Not so. Many of “the top 20%,” in terms of wealth as opposed to income, are also known as “mom and dad.” If you look at the Census Bureau’s breakdown of average wealth by age group, the most prosperous are those on the verge of retirement. They’ve had 30 or 40 years to gradually build up savings. For example, a couple who each have $50,000 jobs (in today’s dollars) and live frugally by spending half of their net earnings and saving the other half (roughly giving them $30,000 savings per year) will become millionaires in about 25 years (thanks to compounding and return on investments). Obviously this isn’t the majority – the median wealth of people in the 55 – 64 cohort is something like $200,000 – but a non-trivial percentage of middle class workers ultimately reach this milestone. And you know what they would like to do more than anythings else? Retire! I know this not only from personal conversations with my fellow fossils, but also through a discussion with an accountant recently in which he told me that the number one reason most of his older clients haven’t retired yet is because they are afraid to before they are eligible for Medicare. Or they have to continue to work after age 65 themselves because they need their health insurance to cover their spouse until their spouse reaches age 65. Meanwhile, people like David Leonhardt in the New York Times are writing about Today’s Idled Youth,” describing how the ongoing Hard Times have hit the young perhaps harder than any other group. They bought into the American Dream of studying for a degree, becoming a professional of some sort, and hoping for a decent middle class existence. Instead, they are taking clerical or entry level service jobs, or even worse, unable to find a job. You can see where I’m going with this now, right? Here we have the older workers, hobbling to the finish line, but unable to end the race. And here we have young workers, itching to get started, and they can’t because there are no jobs, or no middle class jobs, for them. And the one thing that would cause the many older workers who have saved for retirement to be able to leave the workfoce, and clear the way for those frustrated younger workers, is guaranteed medical care. Fortunately, we have a program that provides exactly that: it’s called Medicare, and according to those already on it, it works really really well. And it works at much lower administrative costs than for-profit private coverage (If I recall correctly, Medicare’s administrative costs are something like 3%, vs. 15% for for-profit plans)(UPDATE: According to the CBO, Medicare’s administrative costs are 2%, vs. 17% for for-profit plans. And Medicare premiums have consistently risen less than private health insurer premiums) . And also unlike for-profit plans, in Medicare there’s no incentive to deny coverage. As in, yes you can buy into a private plan at age 60 for example, but it will be very expensive and you’d better pray they don’t come up with an exclusion if a disease of age catches up with you. Atrios has written a number of times about increasing Social Security payments. Balderdash, say I. If you really and truly want to make a dent in the persistent employment problem facing younger workers, allow anyone age 55 or above to buy into Medicare. Charge them annual premiums equal to what they would have to pay into Medicare at their same wage or salary until age 65 if they continued to work. You would be amazed to see how quickly Boomers can still move, cleaning out their offices and cubicles, when properly motivated. And then younger workers could move right in. It’ll never happen, of course, because it smacks of the New Deal, not the “21st Century” privatized solutions Barack Obama has touted since 2009. And of course the GOP will never allow it, not just because it smacks of the New Deal, but because if Obama came out in favor of it, they would oppose it for the simple reason of opposing everything Obama wants. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t acknowledge that it is a real solution to a real problem, and collectively rub Washington’s Very Serious People’s noses in it.
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What Raising the Medicare Eligibility Age Means

Raising the eligibility age saves very little money, on the order of a few billion dollars a year. That’s because the 65 and 66-year-olds will have to get insurance somewhere, and many of them are going to get it with the help of the federal government, either through Medicaid or through the insurance exchanges, where they’ll be eligible for subsidies. However, since many Republican-run states are refusing to expand Medicaid in accordance with the Affordable Care Act, lots of seniors who live in those states will just end up uninsured, which will end up leading to plenty of financial misery and more than a few premature deaths. Put this all together, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that while the federal government would save $5.7 billion a year from raising the eligibility age, costs would increase by more than twice in other parts of the system—for the seniors themselves, employers, other enrollees in exchanges who would pay higher premiums, and state governments.
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Medicare Eligibility Age on the Table?

What the Democrats have been doing for the last four years is to look for, and then offer, concessions that they think might sate the Republicans. What Obama needs to start doing is to say, “OK, I’ve laid out my plan, and you say you refuse it. So what is your plan? Don’t say I have to provide more detail, I’ve provided plenty of detail. What do you want? I’m not making any new proposals until you give me a target to aim at. What, exactly, do you want?” Because the Republicans don’t have any reply. Their goal is to destroy Obama, not to achieve any particular policy. Sure, they don’t want to raise tax rates on people making over $250,000. They keep talking about “broadening the base and lowering rates” but until they get specific about what “tax expenditures” they are willing to remove there’s no way to know what they mean by that. It’s just a mantra repeated over and over until all meaning is gone. Until they say what programs they want cut, there’s no way to know what would be acceptable. They don’t want to say, because then people would blame them the cutting popular programs, so they won’t say, and as long as they won’t say there’s no way forward.
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Viewpoints: Rising Cost Of Tricare; GOP Needs To Better Explain Medicare Eligibility Age Issue; Don’t Forget Adult Immunizations

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Mental Health Needs The Nation’s Attention Millions of people in our country are struggling every day with mental illness — but most aren’t getting help. Many don’t have a support system. They may not have parents or friends who understand or have resources to help. They may not have health insurance that covers the cost of treatment. Or perhaps they feel ashamed or embarrassed to seek help, because mental illness still carries a stigma in our society. As my family searches for some type of meaning and comfort in the depths of our grief, we hold out hope that perhaps Andrew’s story will help people have a greater understanding and compassion for those who struggle with mental illness (Chris Bauer, 3/25). 
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Ryan’s Budget Proposal Could Seek Changes to Medicare Eligibility Age

House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has been privately circulating the idea that his budget proposal might include changes to future Medicare retirement benefits for people who currently are as old as 59, despite GOP leaders’ pledge that the program would not be altered for people ages 55 and older,
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Listen Up, White House! Take Medicare Eligibility Age Off The Table NOW.

I haven’t even addressed the political downside of doing something like this because it seems obvious to me. Nearly two-thirds of Americans support leaving the Medicare eligibility age right where it is. There is no excuse for a benefit cut that leaves people hanging out in the wind for two extra years. Furthermore, framing the debate in these terms sets up an intergenerational battle that is needless and plays right to Republicans’ goals. Of course, Republicans won’t vote FOR this deal. Rand Paul is already selling them on the notion of voting “Present” so they can hang tax increases around Democrats’ necks. With a deal that raises the Medicare age, they’ll do far more damage.
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Uhcmedicaresolutions.com UnitedHealthcare Medicare Solutions

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Uhcmedicaresolutions.com has 5 years old, it is ranked #260,836 in the world, a low rank means that this website gets lots of visitors. This site is worth $45,555 USD and advertising revenue is $21 USD per day. The average pages load time is 1.233 seconds, it is very good. This site has a very good Pagernk(5/10), it has 1,625 visitors and 5,525 pageviews per day. Currently, this site needs more than 302.78 MB bandwidth per day, this month will needs more than 8.87 GB bandwidth. Its seo score is 70.2%. IP address is 168.183.36.59, and its server is hosted at Minneapolis, United States. Last updated on Sat, 01 Jun 2013 17:30:16 GMT.
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Hawaii Ranks 6th For Senior Health

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with 780,000 physicians and other health care professionals and 5,900 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.
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UnitedHealthcare cutting 191 Medicare telesales jobs in Florida

To assist affected employees, UnitedHealthcare created additional customer service positions to which those employees losing their jobs have been encouraged to apply. Employees hired into the new positions will be re-trained and remain with the company, according to Burns.
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Independent Career Agent Opportunity

Why contract with one of the leading organizations in health care to help improve the lives of millions? Entrepreneurial opportunity. Independence. The amazing velocity of our industry. The door-opening power of UnitedHealthcare. Not to mention the 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 every day*. You run your own business. And you reap the rewards with exceptional earning potential°. This is no small opportunity. It’s where you can do
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Big trading bump for CardioNet after its heart monitors get UnitedHealth coverage

The company has direct contracts with 400 commercial payers for its monitoring services, which along with its Medicare participation, covers more than 200 million patients, CardioNet said in its annual filing. (http://link.reuters.com/zak78t)
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UHC ICA Bad Experience in Bay Area, CA

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IRS Issues Guidance On Additional Medicare Tax : ADP Compliance Insights

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

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Barry Rosen: Tax planning for new 3.8 percent Medicare taxes

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Budget: cover uninsured, trim Medicare, tax cigs

Upper-middle class and well-to-do seniors would pay higher monthly premiums for outpatient and prescription drug coverage, a significant expansion of a policy already in effect. The current premiums would be boosted, and the share of beneficiaries exposed to the higher rates would keep growing until it reaches one-fourth of all those in the program. Now, only about 6 percent of Medicare recipients pay higher “income related” premiums.
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Some GOP Lawmakers Are Shifting Focus From Medicare To The Tax Code

Medpage Today: HIPAA Being Misinterpreted, Congress Told Health care providers often misunderstand or over-interpret a 1996 health privacy law and as a result frequently do not share vital health information with family, caregivers, and others, lawmakers heard Friday. Some members of Congress have expressed concern that certain provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act — called HIPAA for short — have prevented providers from sharing information with loved ones and law enforcement that may have saved a patient’s life or the lives of others. The law restricts the sharing of information in most circumstances unless the patient grants permission (Pittman, 4/26)
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Taxpayers score victory against Medicare and Medicaid fraud

The injunction stemmed from the American Medical Association’s concern over the privacy of the doctor-patient relationship. But, as the Carter administration argued at the time, it made Medicare and Medicaid fraud harder to detect. Medicare and Medicaid are unusually susceptible to fraud because they use a “pay and chase” model: first, the government pays the provider of a service, then, if the expenditure looks fraudulent, the government can chase the provider.
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Payroll Tax Extension Includes Important Provisions for Medicare Beneficiaries 

Qualified Individual program extension.  Over 400,000 low-income Medicare beneficiaries rely on the Qualified Individual (QI) program to pay their Medicare Part B premium ($99.90 for most people for 2012) each month.  Those eligible for this assistance are Medicare beneficiaries with incomes between 120% and 135% of federal poverty limits (between $1089 and $1226/person/month in 2011; 2012 figures are not yet available) and limited assets. The program, a fixed-amount block grant to states to administer through their Medicaid programs, has been extended for short periods ever since its initial authorization expired in 2002.  The extension legislation authorizes $150 million dollars to continue the program through February 29, 2012.
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Seniors See Value in Medicare Supplement Plan G

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Why would an insurance company charge a consumer $500 to cover a $147 expense? The better question might be; why would anyone pay it? The answer to the first question is two-fold, first of all, because they can and secondly, because of Federal laws which require Medicare supplement companies to accept without underwriting individuals losing group insurance and/or leaving a Medicare Advantage plan, companies incur greater claims losses since they can’t weed out the sick individuals. This law does not apply to Medicare Supplement Plan G. Now to answer the question, why would anyone pay so much to cover such a little difference? The answer is simply because they don’t know any better. Whose fault is it that they don’t know any better? That blames rests on the consumer themselves for not doing adequate research, the insurance agent who is not knowledgeable or unscrupulous, the insurance company which is profit driven and the Medicare system for not providing proper education.
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Blended Medicare Plan Could Save $180B Over 10 Years, Study Finds

Both studies — the Commonwealth Fund Medicare reform proposal and the Rand analysis of others’ Medicare reform proposals — are seriously flawed and illustrate no real-world understanding of Medicare. It is good that the Commonwealth Fund includes the catastrophic coverage and annual OOP limits that are not included in Original Medicare. All Part C plans and a few Medigap plans include such protection today. In fact, the Commonwealth Fund looks like a Part C health plan — except that it costs more than the average Part C plan and does not have as many other benefits (other than the OOP limits). The one-size-fits-all drug plan proposed by Commonwealth Fund will lead many low-income seniors back to the two-tier VA-like prescription drug coverage that pre-dated Part D (one inferior tier for low-income seniors, one better plan for the rest of us seniors). Because I cannot take Essential without taking this inferior two-tier drug plan is bad news for we middle-income seniors also
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Government to Leave Plan F Alone

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Medicare Supplement Plan F

Purchasing a Supplemental Plan F policy should prevent any out-of- pocket costs for the recipient. One of the benefits covered by Supplemental Plan F is hospitalization for up to 365 days after Medicare coverage ends. The plan will cover up to 20 percent of all Medicare approved expenses. If blood is required three pints of blood each year are covered under the plan. The plan also covers the expense of a stay in a skilled nursing care facility. One of the greatest benefits is that Supplemental Plan F covers any emergency medical assistance that may be required while traveling abroad.
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Higher Deductible Medicare Supplement Plan F De Qui Buy It!Studio 99

Exactly why are people interested in Medicare Supplement Decide N? The bottom line could price. Medicare Supplement Plan D will be cheaper on a 31 day basis. However, if you have to have any Medical services at all, you will likely pay more in the long term and have greater out of savings costs if you purchase Plan T. The experts at Medicare Supplement Shop simply just recommend Plan N if you are typically extremely good health AND are within a strict budget. Keep in mind you may also need more medical services as you obtain older and you only have always on Guaranteed Issue period, which means you will need to make a wise decision one time you purchase a plan.
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Education Medicare And Supplemental InsuranceECNS 2010

Living in addition, the elderly are being motivated to pay sigificantly higher premiums during their Medicare supplement plans while stress a reduction in coverage both through the process of Medicare itself and by the assortment of supplemental plans offered by private rrnsurance policies Blue Cross adds benefits to medicare supplement plan f policies in California. Medicare has also drastically discounted its payments to specialists.
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Medicare Insurance Supplement Plan F

A segment C is known for providing Appeal Plans, such as PPO or The hmo plans. Part C plans have proven to be implemented by private healthcare companies regarding are approved by Medicare. Online players receive their healthcare services directly outside of those private companies. Generally, Medicare insurance Part C includes Part A together with Part B coverage as well just as a prescription drug coverage plan. Discharge Medicare Supplement Plan that requires of which you pay a flat co-payment at your physician or for Urgent Care is Coverage N. The co-payment for work out routine doctor visits is and each co-payment for Urgent care is . While these co-payments arent huge, there are plans available, such whilst Plan G and Plan F, what your will never have to pay any co-payments regardless of how many financial times you go to the doctor also known as see a specialist. The specific Partnership to Protect Medigap is your own coalition of seniors, their families or health care providers advocating for often the preservation of Medicare Supplement insurance other possibilities. They do a good job of keeping up although rumors, and non-rumors, of government . Yet the consequences of the ObamaCare law has led directly to long waiting to be exposed lists for patients as they hunt for to be treated by specialists. The first phase of coverage from the new law was implemented just two weeks ago, and immediately patients came across that the waiting lists for qualified grew by several months, particularly for many the nation’s elderly, who are smash hardest under ObamaCare. Thought agents know that renewal income themselves will not provide a long phrase secure retirement click here to learn about medicare supplement plan f plans and exclusions. They understand of the fact that the only way to grow take-home pay year after year, even after retirement, is to create “Leverage”. An alternate new option for people who take a budget is Medicare Supplement Procedure N, which is one of least expensive plans, but only has an 12-monthly 5 deductible. The coverage is a lot better than high deductible Medicare Medigap Plans F, and it is one slightly more expensive. Medicare Enhancers Plan N will be available Summer 1st, 2010 and will be accessible several well-known companies. As well as advice on Skyrim go a endless way, but there are times when it helps to have a more indulgent. Trust me; your grandchildren probably discover all of them. But wearing case they dont, you can make sure out Skyrim console commands let your organization cheat on PC Gamer, The Parent Scrolls V: Skyrim Cheats on GameRevolution, and a number of other articles and other content that can give you a unique edge when starting and progressing by the game.
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Tufts Medicare Preferred Hosts Free Information Meeting

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Representatives will be onsite to review 2013 plan benefits and Medicare Advantage enrollment periods. The meeting is part of Tufts Health Plan’s statewide effort to provide seniors with the opportunity to meet with a Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred representative, provide general information about Medicare Advantage-type plans, review enrollment periods and answer questions.
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Tufts Medicare Preferred Hosts Free Information Meeting

Representatives will be onsite to review 2013 plan benefits and Medicare Advantage enrollment periods. The meeting is part of Tufts Health Plan’s statewide effort to provide seniors with the opportunity to meet with a Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred representative, provide general information about Medicare Advantage-type plans, review enrollment periods and answer questions.
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Tufts Health Plan: Keeping Data Security Healthy

About Tufts Health Plan Tufts Health Plan is a nonprofit organization nationally recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality health care coverage. The plan offers members and employers an array of health management programs, which support evidence-based approaches to health and wellness. Quality is a hallmark of the plan: its HMO and POS are ranked second in the nation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)*. Its Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO earned a 4.5 star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for 2013. Network Health, a subsidiary of Tufts Health Plan, is ranked third in the country for Medicaid plans, according to NCQA Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2012-2013. Headquartered in Massachusetts, Tufts Health Plan also serves members in Rhode Island. Visit us at www.tuftshealthplan.com.
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Tufts Medicare Advantage?

For a company Ive never heard of they sure do have a lot of Med Advantages in your state. Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO Basic $16.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO Basic $0 Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO Basic Rx $38.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO Basic Rx $22.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO Basic Rx Plus $48.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO Basic Rx Plus $32.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO Prime $96.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO Prime $72.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO Prime Rx $118.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO Prime Rx $94.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO Prime Rx Plus $128.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO Prime Rx Plus $104.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO Value $58.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO Value $42.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO Value Rx $80.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO Value Rx $64.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO Value Rx Plus $90.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO Value Rx Plus $74.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred PFFS Basic $50.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred PFFS Basic $45.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred PFFS Basic Rx $72.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred PFFS Basic Rx $67.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred PFFS Basic RxPlus $82.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred PFFS Basic RxPlus $77.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred PFFS Prime $111.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred PFFS Prime $92.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred PFFS Prime Rx $133.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred PFFS Prime Rx $114.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred PFFS Prime RxPlus $143.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred PFFS Prime RxPlus $124.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred PPO $87.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred PPO $82.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred PPO Rx $109.00 Tufts Medicare Preferred PPO Rx $104.00
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Making Sure You Have The Primary Care Physician You Want

[…] Recently I enrolled a new client onto a Medicare Advantage plan and listed her current physician as her primary care physician.   My client is currently  a private pay to this physician until her Part B becomes effective (which then allows her to go onto a Medicare Advantage plan).   Although my client had advised her current physician that she would need an HMO, my client only discovered after receiving her new ID card that her doctor had dropped out of HMOs.   We were able to identify a new physician for her that has the expertise my client needs and will accept the Medicare Advantage Plan.  Per HMO plan requirements, my client is required to contact the Member Services number on her new ID card to make the change; she will then receive an updated card to show at her appointments beginning 7/1.Source: personalmedicareadvisor.com […]
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Roundup: Fla. Medicare HMO Closed; Tufts And BCBS Resume Talks

NewsHour: Kids With Toothaches: Lost In The Health Care Debate Teeth are crucial. When free health care clinics for poor people are held in California, the number one activity is extractions. The California Dental Association says the top chronic childhood disease is tooth decay. But a third of Americans say they skip dental checkups because of the cost. Until 2009, in California, dental care was part of Medicaid, or Medi-Cal as it’s called in California. More than three million poor, disabled and elderly adults had been eligible for subsidized care of their teeth. But cash-strapped California, looking for ways to save money, eliminated dental care for adults under Medi-Cal two years ago, and pocketed $109 million. At the same time the state gave up $134 million in federal matching funds (Michels, 11/17).
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Cape Cod Medicaid Home Health Care Introduced for 2013

Generally, the same requirements apply whether the applicant is applying for long term care in a facility or home health care. The individual cannot have any more than $2000 of assets (except for the certain exemptions described in our MassHealth & Medicaid information page). And, most importantly, the applicant and his spouse cannot have made any “gifts” defined by MassHealth as “disqualifying transfers” within the past 5 years. Qualifying for MassHealth is an area that we specialize in as attorneys, and we recommend that every family come see us before proceeding with an application. The risk of inadvertently disqualifying an applicant all too common, and all too expensive.
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Tufts Health Insurance Low Insurance Rates

This section was developed to be. Welcome to Catastrophic Health Insurance! Everyone knows how important it is to have health insurance, but what about coverage for events such as a bicycle or auto. Vanguard Health Systems Inc. and Tufts Medical Center have received $88.5 million in federal funds to launch a first-of-its-kind health plan in Massachusetts that. 15 Tufts Health Plan salary reports. A free inside look at Tufts Health Plan salaries posted anonymously by employees. Health Insurance Plans Accepted by Harvard Vanguard. Harvard Vanguard accepts most health insurance plans and most indemnity and Medigap plans. (For Behavioral Health. Health Services Hours: Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri: 8:00am6:00pm Wed: 10:00am6:00pm Sat & Holidays during school year: 10:30am5:00pm More info > Aetna Insurance WAIVER. Dear Human Resources Director: I am writing to express my interest in applying for the position of Research Assistant. In May of 2011, I will graduate from Tufts. Practical information on dealing with behavior problems in children for teachers and parents. Includes behavior management strategies, home and classroom behavior. Benefit Highlights Plans as of April 2012 (Scroll down for 2011 info)
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Somerville, National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare host public forum

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Congressman Michael Capuano, and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare will host a public forum on Friday, September 28 to discuss current proposals to address long-term funding and benefits issues affecting these long-standing and popular federal programs.  The forum will be held at Tufts University’s Cohen Auditorium (in the Aidekman Arts Center, Talbot Ave., Somerville), and will offer a panel discussion followed by a Q&A session with the public.  Opened and moderated by Mayor Curtatone, the panel includes Congressman Capuano, Health & Human Services New England Regional Director Christie L. Hager, Massachusetts’ Secretary of Elder Affairs Ann L. Hartstein, Dan Adcock from the National Committee,  and Associate Professor Raymond R. Hyatt, Ph.D., from the Department of Public Health & Community Medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine.  Hundreds of attendees from Councils on Aging across the region are expected to be in attendance, as are students from Tufts University.  The event is free of charge, but RSVPs are encouraged.  Attendees can confirm their interest by contacting Jackie Rossetti in Mayor Curtatone’s Office at 617-625-6600 ext 2614, or JRossetti@somervillema.gov
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Redesigned with you in mind – your Medicare Summary Notice

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The Medicare Summary Notice has a new look to help you better understand your Medicare information. We’re excited to announce that you will soon start to see the award-winning, redesigned Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) hitting your mailboxes.  The new design puts clear language in an easy-to-follow format, so that your Medicare information is easier to understand.
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I’m Unhappy With My Medicare Advantage Choice And Want To Change Now!

[…] […] […] .   Medicare however does not allow individuals to make changes during the year unless it is during a specified election period.   Although he would have the opportunity to make one switch during the year to a 5 star Medicare Advantage plan, he did not want to leave his doctors and that would have been required with the only 5 star plan available .  If this was the beginning of the year, Medicare does allow for a disenrollment from a Medicare Advantage plan within the first 45 days of the year; however, you cannot switch to another Medicare Advantage plan.  Your only option during this Annual Disenrollment period is to Medicare only and a stand-alone drug plan.Source: personalmedicareadvisor.com […]Source: personalmedicareadvisor.com […]Source: personalmedicareadvisor.com […]
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I NEED TO DISENROLL FROM MY MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN!! » Toni Says

            Receiving Medicare Supplement Open Enrollment (Guaranteed Issue): Because you enrolled in Part B in December and are within your 6-month Medicare open enrollment period which ends on May 31, 2013, you can receive guaranteed issue.  Medicare’s definition for guarantee issue is your acceptance in any Medicare Supplement plan is guaranteed during your Medicare supplement open enrollment period which lasts for 6 months beginning the first day of the month in which you are either age 65 or older and have just enrolled in Medicare Part B.
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How to Report Suspected Medicare Fraud

Medicare sends you a summary notice every three months, if you have Original  Medicare. You can also see these documents online at MyMedicare.gov. You’ll need  to register on the site. If you have a Medicare Advantage plan or a prescription  drug plan, your plan sends you a monthly statement (EOB). Many plans also have  member web sites where you can register to view your EOBs online.
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The Good Will Hunting Paralegal: Use MyMedicare.com to Get Lien Information Fast

Shortly thereafter, I was chirpily advised my place in the queue was 147. Then Medicare played muzak by some Yanni wannabe that sounded like a cat practicing yodeling, followed by creepy Twilight Zone music (the hairs on the back of my neck rose, and I almost bailed on the call at that point, which I think was Medicare’s intent). Occasionally a recorded voice message came on and made me jump in surprise. Midway through the call, I regretted the 36 oz big gulp sweat tea I had with lunch, but figured out it would be completely uncool to take the phone headset with me to the loo.
Source: practicalparalegalism.com

Link Of the Day: MyMedicare.gov

Visit the site, sign up, and Medicare will mail you a password to allow you access to your personal Medicare information. MyMedicare.gov also allows you to view your adjudicated claims information, access online forms and publications, and receive important messages from Medicare. If you are uncomfortable entering your information into the website, you can also assign a family member or other caregiver the right to check your statements online for you. The important thing is that you can keep track of your claims and will know the moment something is fishy!
Source: myhealthcafe.com

Woman Gets Prison Term for Defrauding Medicare

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For the tax years 2006, 2007 and 2008, Phankonsy prepared and submitted false individual tax returns by underreporting the income she earned from the Medicare fraud scheme. She underreported roughly $7.8 million in gross receipts, resulting in a total tax loss of $2.4 million. Phankonsy also attached fraudulent W-2 forms to her returns and falsely represented that she made significant estimated tax payments, when she had not.
Source: 8newsnow.com

Video: DNC Chair Gets Blitzed By Wolf On False Medicare Attacks

Stand up for medicare this summer!

Traditionally, a Health Accord is also a time for governments to expand public health care to cover new services, like a national drug plan, home and community care, vision and dental care. Without an Accord, Canadians will have a much more difficult time trying the expand public health care so that all Canadians get their medical needs covered, regardless of where they live or what stage of life they are in.
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Latest Report On Medicare Shows The Program Is Getting Stronger

The upward projections are likely a consequence of several factors. First, the 10-year revision from 2009 is a direct result of Obamacare. The health law takes $700 billion of excessive and wasteful payments made to private providers that service the Medicare Advantage program and reallocates it to traditional Medicare. Conservatives have made the outlandish claim that this “robs Medicare,” when in fact it does the exact opposite, and Republicans have included the same savings in their own budgets.
Source: globalpossibilities.org

Northridge Man Gets Prison In Medicare Fraud Plot

U.S. District Judge Lance Africk sentenced 50-year-old Jerayr Rostamian to 40 months in prison and ordered him to pay a $250,000 fine. Africk also ordered the company Rostamian owned, Med-Tech Technologies Inc., to pay more than $3.7 million in restitution.
Source: cbslocal.com

Miami Therapist Gets Nine Years For His Role In $63 Million Medicare Scam

Layman was aware that HCSN-FL personnel were fabricating patient medical records, federal prosecutors alleged. Many of these medical records were created weeks or months after the patients were admitted to HCSN-FL for purported PHP treatment and were utilized to support false and fraudulent billing to government sponsored health care benefit programs, including Medicare and Florida Medicaid. During his employment at HCSN-FL, Layman signed fabricated PHP therapy notes and other medical records used to support false claims to government sponsored health care programs.
Source: miaminewtimes.com

Medicare spent $1.4B more on brand name drugs than VA, but was there a benefit?

For example, 51 percent of Medicare statin users nationally took a brand name version, compared to 18 percent of VA statin users. Likewise, 35 percent of Medicare beneficiaries on oral hypoglycemics and 13 percent of their VA counterparts were prescribed brand name drugs, the researchers reported Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Source: medcitynews.com

Sequester Fallout: Where Will Medicare Patients Get Chemo?

The process has begun, reports the Washington Post’s Sarah Kliff: “If we treated the patients receiving the most expensive drugs, we’d be out of business in six months to a year,” said Jeff Vacirca, chief executive of North Shore Hematology Oncology Associates in New York. “The drugs we’re going to lose money on we’re not going to administer right now.”
Source: aarp.org

Daily Kos: How the GOP gets it all wrong on Medicare in five charts

What these three charts tell you is simple: It’s all about health care. Spending on Social Security is expected to rise, but not particularly quickly. Spending on everything else is actually falling. It’s health care that contains most all of our future deficit problems. And the situation is even worse than it looks on this graph: Private health spending is racing upwards even faster than public health spending, so the problem the federal government is showing in its budget projections is mirrored on the budgets of every family and business that purchases health insurance. Klein’s warning that “private health spending is racing upwards even faster than public health spending” is especially true for Medicare. While there is heated debate about the size of the gap, there is little doubt that the administrative overhead of government-run Medicare is significantly lower than that of private insurers. That is also true of the private Medicare Advantage programs currently used by about 20 percent of beneficiaries. As it turns out, Medicare Advantage policies on average not only feature higher administrative costs, but cost the government much more in monthly premiums than the traditional “public option” Medicare. As Klein explained two years ago: The Medicare Advantage program, which invited private insurers to offer managed-care options to Medicare beneficiaries, was expected to save money, but it ended up costing about 120 percent of what Medicare costs. In 2011, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman turned to data from the Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services to illustrate the comparative cost-savings to the United States Treasury.
Source: dailykos.com

Congress gets more time to fix Medicare; long

The SCHHA is a state-wide organization founded in 1987 and consists of 28 homestead associations which represent over 30,000 beneficiaries on Hawaiian Home Lands. The SCHHA protects and promotes the interests of beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, enacted by congress in 1920, that established a land trust for homesteading and commerce for native Hawaiians.
Source: schha.com

Medicare Financing Plastic Surgery

Aging Americans worried about their droopy upper eyelids often rely on the plastic surgeon’s scalpel to turn back the hands of time. Increasingly, Medicare is footing the bill. Yes, Medicare. The public health insurance program for people over 65 typically does not cover cosmetic surgery… In recent years, though, a rapid rise in the number of so-called functional eyelid lifts, or blepharoplasty, has led some to question whether Medicare is letting procedures that are really cosmetic slip through the cracks — at a cost of millions of dollars. …From 2001 to 2011, eyelid lifts charged to Medicare more than tripled to 136,000 annually, according to a review of physician billing data by the Center for Public Integrity. In 2001, physicians billed taxpayers a total of $20 million for the procedure. By 2011, the price tag had quadrupled to $80 million. The number of physicians billing the surgery more than doubled. …surgeons also acknowledge an increased awareness of the surgery fueled by reality television, word-of-mouth referrals, and advertising that promises a more youthful appearance. And doctors concede they face increased pressure from patients to perform eyelid lifts, even when they do not meet Medicare’s requirement that peripheral vision actually be impaired.
Source: townhall.com

Obama’s pick for Medicare and Medicaid finally gets a hearing

“Her skill in doing that [controlling costs] is a skill that’s very precisely matched with the need of the moment," Kaine said. "How to keep patient care first – because that’s her first attribute – but nevertheless wrestle with difficult cost control issues…Cost control is ultimately about health care access and Marilyn understands that.”
Source: mcclatchydc.com

CMS Quality Star Ratings Offer Opportunity for Adherence Evidence Generation

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Through my panel titled, “Improving Medicare Star Ratings: Evidence in Support of the Use of Patient Medication Adherence Packaging as an Effective and Measurable Adherence Intervention,” we pointed to the fact that for health plans, achieving a five-star rating from Medicare has not only positive financial implications to payers due to its bonus structure, but 5-star plans are permitted to enroll beneficiaries year-round. Pharmaceutical companies can help health plans evaluate technologies to achieve higher adherence rates by offering  evidence of interventions that increase adherence and improve related clinical outcomes. Importantly, we focused on a roadmap for evidence generation to demonstrate improved adherence using the example of a unique adherence technology.
Source: healthcare-exchange.com

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Second Guessing Medicare’s Star Rating System

But insurance executives made them a priority after the 2010 healthcare law attached large financial rewards to them. The first round of ratings last fall showed that most have a long way to go. Only 12 earned a perfect score of five, on a scale of one to five, and about 9 percent were below average. The majority received scores of three, or three and a half stars– enough to get them bonus money this year. After 2014, plans will need four or five stars to get bonuses. And if they have fewer than three stars, they won’t be allowed to enroll beneficiaries through Medicare’s website, and risk being booted from Medicare altogether, according to HHS spokesman Tony Salters. 
Source: kaiserhealthnews.org

Power in Comparing Medicare Stars

But star ratings are just one factor to consider if you are shopping for a Medicare plan.  You also want to make sure that the plan includes your preferred physicians and facilities.  So check to see if your doctors and hospitals are in the network. Going out of network with a Medicare Advantage plan can add up!  And when you are shopping price compare not just the premium, but the co-pays and deductibles you will be responsible for each time you use the plan.
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