Senator Asks States If They Alert Medicare to Problem Physicians

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Chicago psychiatrist Michael Reinstein wrote an average of 20,000 prescriptions for the antipsychotic clozapine in Part D each year between 2007 and 2009, and another 14,000 in 2010. Last year, he was suspended from Illinois Medicaid, and the Department of Justice has sued him for fraud. But he remains able to provide services under Medicare. Reinstein has treated patients at more than 30 Chicago-area nursing homes and long-term care facilities. He has defended his prescribing in media interviews.
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Transparent Medicare Physician Payment Reform Process Gains Momentum

The advanced draft legislation unveiled today incorporates feedback received from a broad range of bipartisan lawmakers and over 80 stakeholder organizations, representing ideas of committee Republicans and Democrats. The policy would repeal SGR and, in return, replace it with an improved fee for service system in which providers develop quality measures that will lead to better care in a more efficient manner. Better quality care will lead to better outcomes and put a greater emphasis on efficiency which can lead to cost savings. In addition, providers will have the option of leaving the fee for service system and opt instead for new ways of delivering care that put an even greater emphasis on quality and efficient care, particularly those that can mean more time with patients and more savings to the system. 
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Doctor Ratings Data Added to CMS Physicians Compare Website, Medicare

The federal health care law requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to publish performance data on doctors, including how patients rate them, how well the physicians’ medical interventions succeed and how well they follow clinical guidelines for basic care. The site has been up since 2010, but contained only basic information about doctors and group practices, such as their addresses, specialties and clinical training.
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Secrets of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

The PFS is released in draft form each year in the Proposed Physician Rule and is finalized in late October in the final rule. RVUs get most of the attention because RVUs measure physician work and determine payment. CMS assigns CPT codes three values: work RVUs; practice expense RVUs; and malpractice expense RVUs. Work RVUs have become the most common measure of physician work, used in compensation agreements and to distribute bundled payments. Each of the three values is multiplied by Geographic Practice Cost Indices (resulting in different payments for the same CPT code, based on location), and then the sum is multiplied by a conversion factor to calculate how much is paid for the service. Some procedure codes have both facility and non-facility values— the practice value is lower than the facility value. Non-facility rates are higher and apply when the service is performed in a physician office or the patient’s home.
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Inspector General Faults Medicare for Not Tracking ‘Extreme’ Prescribers

The inspector general’s report calls on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which oversees the program, to step up scrutiny of doctors with questionable prescribing patterns. It urged CMS to direct its fraud contractor to expand its analysis of prescribers and train the private insurers that administer Part D on how to spot problem prescribers.
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10 Reasons Why Your Doctor Won’t See Medicare Patients

The National Institute for Mental Health estimates that as many as five million elderly people in the U.S. suffer from subsyndromal depression, which can lead to major depression if left untreated. Depressed elderly are at high risk for suicide. Although senior citizens comprise only 12 percent of the U.S. population, they accounted for 16 percent of all suicides in 2004 (NIMH, 2007.) Helping patients with these types of issues often falls to the primary care physician, who may have a long-standing relationship with the patient. Although it is not condoned by Medicare, we know that many physicians do not charge adequately for counseling-type visits.
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A Viable Medicare Physician Payment Policy’ that Will Repeal SGR

ACP, Dr. Cutler noted, strongly believes that the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and PCMH-Neighbor models are ready to be a part of this new, value-based health care payment and delivery system

Utah Medicare Plans 2013 and beyond

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Medicare in Utah and throughout the U.S. has had a scare recently because of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. The people in charge, on both sides of the aisle,  want to try and scare us all with threats of cuts and drastic changes to Medicare Plans in Utah. While there is some concern for the future about how the federal government is going to be able to afford all their new ideas about national healthcare, it appears as though Medicare plans and Medicare coverages are going to be ok for the time being. Utah Medicare Advantage plans and plans nationwide have seen a 3.3% increase for funding for the 2014 calendar year, and by all appearances that should continue down the same path for the next 10 years or so barring a complete collapse of our financial system. As always it is best to have an agent or advisor who can help you wade through all questions you may have. Feel free to call us with any questions 801.979.6365
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Medicare is a Smarter Payer

According to the authors’ propensity-adjusted estimates, a patient with 1 or more complications results in a $39 017 (95% CI, $20 069-$50 394) greater contribution margin than a patient without complications if the care is reimbursed by a private payer. In contrast, for Medicare, the gain in complication-related contribution margins is only $1749 (95% CI, $976-$3287). This observation contradicts the prevailing perspective that private insurers are axiomatically assumed to be smarter payers than government-run Medicare. However, if, as the authors imply, many of the observed postsurgical complications were avoidable, then perhaps Medicare should more appropriately be considered a smarter payer than private insurers. By having moved to the bundled DRG payments for inpatient care as early as the mid-1980s, Medicare appears to have largely avoided rewarding hospitals financially for avoidable mistakes.
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Utah's Largest Cancer Clinic System Is Sending Away Medicare Chemo Patients, Per Obama's Sequestration Cuts

The Utah situation is a repeat of what is happening to community cancer clinics across the country. The Obama Administration refuses to take action. A bill to restore full funding for Medicare chemotherapy was filed April 9 by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), whose office is providing updates on the impact of the cuts to Medicare chemo patients in her state. The bill is HR 1416, "Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2013," which so far has remained in a House Subcommittee since April 12. HR 1416 has a bipartisan group of 56 co-sponsores as of today.
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Purchase Utah Medicare Support Plans

Anticipated to array of plans that you will likely need to obtain at particular moment in your. Medical coverage is one of these experts. When you get older, this will likely turn up comprising Medicare. Although Medicare is to your benefit on its own, it does though not always satisfy the has to those who utilize it. While that takes place, tasks like those readily available through Medigap New jersey are at on this occasion to supplement urge for food furnished as consequence of Medicare therefore whom seniors can previously obtain the form of bill protection they must. Here is a look at what some of that particular new protection accomplish for you thus you can remain living over how the Mexican border.
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Analysis: Utah Home Health Medicare Margins on Steep Decline

Analyses developed with the support of Dobson DaVanzo and Associates and Avalere Health indicate that the current trajectory of Medicare home health reimbursement is on track to produce negative margins by 2017 in 10 states, even if home health payments are not subjected to further legislative and regulatory reductions.  Under this ‘best case’ scenario, using the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) methodology for calculating margins (which has been found to exclude many costs that home health agencies routinely bear),
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PoliticsPR . Files at Web . com: Analysis: Utah Home Health Medicare Margins on Steep Decline

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today released data demonstrating that the rebasing of Medicare home health payments within the proposed Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) rule for 2014 would negatively impact Utah’s home health sector and the nearly 18,500 vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries receiving home health by driving Medicare margins to an all-time low.  Home health leaders are urging regulators to carefully consider home health sector’s current-law economics when implementing this policy. …… Read more: Link
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Utah Health Policy Project Cheers Analysis Of Medicaid Expansion

“We now have the facts and figures to support the existing moral argument to expand health insurance to Utahns with no other alternative for coverage,” says Matt Slonaker, Medicaid Policy and Collaborations Director at UHPP. “The question for expanding Medicaid is simple: Do we want to make health care more affordable for Utah workers and their families, or are we going to continue to ask a family that earns $30,000 a year to do the impossible and pay $15,000 for private insurance?”
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Medicare Advantage Enrollment Reaches Record High

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CQ HealthBeat: Medicare Advantage Plans Worry About Cuts, But Enrollment Keeps Growing The number of seniors in the private Medicare Advantage plans tripled in the past seven years, according to an analysis released Monday. But future payment cuts could cause insurers to reduce benefits or increase cost-sharing, says a Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association official. The Medicare Advantage program grew from 5.3 million people in 2004 to a record 14.4 million in 2013, according to the analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Mathematica Policy Research Inc. From 2012 to 2013 alone, the program grew by 10 percent — or by 1 million people (Adams, 6/10).
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Medicare latest news, medicare advantage plans

Another aspect up for debate is if changes are made, at what age would these changes begin to affect? Some proposals would not touch anyone who is at least 55 years of age. Others are arguing the age should be 59 and others think 56 is the magic age. One of the more critically proposed issues is the use of a voucher system. The voucher would be issued when the beneficiary turns 65 in lieu of coverage for healthcare expenses. Basically, the voucher allows a check to be issued to the beneficiary to purchase insurance. The voucher amount would be tied to the amount required to purchase Medicare. Additionally, beneficiaries would be able to choose private insurance instead of Medicare. If the private insurance costs more, the beneficiary would have to pay the difference. If insurance costs less, they could bank the difference.
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Medigap insurance provider in San Diego

Medicare Advantage plans are comprehensive when it comes to coverage, and you can get all of your healthcare needs covered under one source. Some Medicare Advantage plans are cheaper than a combined Medicare and Medigap policy combined – it all really depends on your personal health needs. Medicare Advantage plans may require you to see certain specialists and doctors within a specific network of providers. Although Medicare Advantage plans can certainly be cheaper than other options, you may still need to pay a co-payment depending on the doctor visit and treatments sought.
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Get 'rock solid' with Medicare Advantage

When providers partner with Benefits365, they receive educational pieces on Medicare Advantage that they then provide to beneficiaries. One way to do that is through monthly statements. The idea: A beneficiary calls Benefits365 to switch from Medicare to Medicare Advantage, and both the beneficiary and the provider benefit from working with the latter vs. the former.
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Medicare Advantage 2013 Enrollment Update

This analysis finds that 14.4 million Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in private Medicare Advantage plans in 2013, up nearly 10 percent from 2012. Since 2010, enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans has grown by 30 percent in spite of concerns that the payment changes enacted in the 2010 Affordable Care Act would lead to significant reductions in enrollment. While about 28 percent of Medicare beneficiaries nationally are now enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, the share varies greatly by state — ranging from 49 percent in Minnesota to less than 1 percent and 3 percent in Alaska and Wyoming, respectively. Medicare Advantage enrollment continues to be concentrated among a small number of organizations. Beneficiaries in Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans (MA-PDs) pay about the same premium ($35 per month) in 2013, on average, as plan enrollees in 2012, with somewhat lower premiums in health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and higher premiums in other plan types. While the vast majority of beneficiaries (98%) have access to a MA-PD with no premium, slightly more than half (55%) of beneficiaries are enrolled in a zero-premium plan in 2013, varying by plan type and locale. All Medicare Advantage plans have a limit on out-of-pocket spending, and nearly half of all Medicare Advantage enrollees are in a plan with a limit at or below $3,400 per year.
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Medicare advantage costs often exceed traditional Medicare costs

Using newly available government data, Marsha Gold, a senior fellow with Mathematica Policy Research, found that risk-adjusted MA plan costs in 2009 were, on average, 4 percent higher than those for traditional Medicare. Among plan types, only health maintenance organizations (HMOs) had lower average costs, while costs for more than 75 percent of local preferred provider organizations (PPOs) and private fee-for service plans exceeded traditional Medicare’s. According to Gold, the wide variation in MA plan costs relative to traditional Medicare suggests there is room for many of these plans to deliver care more efficiently and keeps costs down.
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July 02, 2013

How Do I Obtain A Replacement Medicare Card?

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When ordering a Medicare Card you have a few options. You can do this by internet, the telephone, or you can visit one of your local Social Security Offices. To order a Medicare Card by internet you can visit www.socialsecurity.gov/medicarecard, to complete the application. To order by telephone, the toll free number is 1-800-772-1213. If you prefer to order your card in person, you can call the toll free number to find the nearest Social Security Office or go to www.socialsecurity.gov/locator and type in your zip code to find the location nearest you.
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Replacing Your Vital Documents

 – Go to the National Archives website for guidance on requesting personnel records for former federal civilian employees. Current federal workers can get personnel records from their human resources office.
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Medicare Cards Pose a High Risk for Identity Theft Scams

However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) recently made a request for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to take immediate action to issue new cards to beneficiaries. These new cards would not have the individual’s Social Security number printed on them. (See: References 2) This is according to a report by the New York Times. (See: References 2) It was also noted that most private insurance agencies have stopped printing Social Security numbers on their beneficiary identification cards. This is due to the fact that many states have forbidden the inclusion of such personal data, according to the Times. But the SSA doesn’t have the authority to prohibit CMS from placing Social Security numbers on beneficiary Medicare cards. However, Congress does have that authority, according to the N.Y. Times.
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July 02, 2013

Get The Facts First Medicare Supplement Insurance Medigap

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Since Medicare supplement insurance is meant to help Medicare recipients, it should come as no surprise to learn that these insurance policies are restricted to people who meet their requirements. First and foremost, eligible Medicare recipients must be signed up for Parts A and B of Medicare. Each eligible Medicare recipient has an open enrollment period that lasts for six months. The period begins as soon as the eligible Medicare recipient reaches 65 and enrolls in Plan B of Medicare. During the open enrollment period, eligible Medicare recipients can enroll in a supplement without undergoing medical screening. It is important to remember that private insurance companies are not required to sell these insurance policies to Medicare recipients under 65, though the exact rules are not the same from state to state. For example, 25 states require private insurance companies to sell such insurance policies to all Medicare recipients, while other states might demand the same for smaller subsets of Medicare recipients. In most cases if you are under 65 and have Medicare A and B, the Medicare supplement would be a very expensive option as most carriers charge a great deal to get the coverage if you are under 65. However, Medicare Advantage plans could be available for such people.
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Medicare and ACA Facts and Updates; Jimmo Update 

The Center for Medicare Advocacy continues to work to effectuate terms of the settlement in Jimmo v. Sebelius (No. 11-cv-17 (D.Vt.), filed January 18, 2011).  The media have quickly picked up the story after Robert Pear ran an exclusive article in The New York Times last week, and beneficiaries, advocates, and other organizations with an interest in the clarification of coverage under the settlement have been contacting the Center daily, as well as reaching out to media themselves.  For example, the National Parkinson Foundation sent a letter praising the decision to The New York Times, citing a study they co-authored which supports that improved access to skilled maintenance care will result in preventing or shortening hospital stays, thus saving the Medicare program money on more intensive, expensive care.
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3 Facts About Medicare Supplemental Insurance

It always seems that Medicare Supplement Insurance is a big topic that has been floating around. The hard part is that not everyone is getting the correct information about this coverage. With so much information being thrown left and right about it, the false can get mixed up with the truth very easily. Here are three facts about Medicare Supplement Insurance.Lets talk about the first fact which is that medicare insurance will stay the same no matter who,what,where,when, and how you bought it and who you bought it for. This insurance coverage was made to help fill any gaps that were in the coverage previously. With that in your mind, they also made about twelve different levels worth of benefits. Making sure that it could fit everywhere. While there are many different levels the coverage will always stay the same no matter who you buy it from. If you are told otherwise, they are just trying to mislead you with a purpose.Secondly, the cost of medicare supplement insurance will vary depending on where you bought it from. Although you will always be getting the same coverage no matter where you buy the plan, the plan may differ in pricing itself. So whether it is a Florida Medicare supplement or a Medicare supplement policy from Georgia, the coverage will be identical (unless you live in Wisconsin, Minnesota, or Massachusetts, where they have adopted their own plans). It is solely up to the insurance company you plan on buying it from to give you the price they want to sell it for. The biggest suggestion is to always shop around before jumping towards one company instantly.
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Medicare Fact Sheets for Professionals: Medicare Information

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“Obamacare” and Its Impact on Medicare: Separating Fact from Fiction

Change in payments to Medicare Advantage plans. Medicare Advantage plans have consistently cost the government more than traditional Medicare, averaging 14 percent more than traditional Medicare in 2009. Under the Affordable Care Act, the excess payments to private plans will be reduced to two percent while also providing financial incentives for plans to focus on providing high-quality care to enrollees. This should lead to better, more economically efficient care.
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The Immigration Bill and Public Health: Less Rhetoric More Facts

Despite such evidence to the contrary, myths regarding immigrants’ cost to health care resources persist, and they have driven members of Congress to propose immigration reform provisions that would even further limit immigrants’ access to health care. A bipartisan working group in the House agreed not to make ACA subsidies available to immigrants legalizing under the program, but talks still hit a rough patch when the group could not agree whether newly legalized immigrants should be required to purchase private health insurance or pay for even emergency services they incurred. The Senate bill would allow registered provisional immigrants (RPIs) – those benefiting under the proposed legalization program – to purchase health insurance in the new marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, but would disqualify them from receiving tax subsidies available to U.S. citizens and LPRs under the Act designed to make insurance affordable for low-income families. The path from RPI to LPR status is proposed to take at least ten years, and new LPRs will be subject to the same rules currently in place disqualifying them from access to Medicaid and other federal benefits until spending five years in LPR status.
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July 02, 2013

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BBB Tip of the Week: Scammers posing as Medicare officials

Phishing occurs when someone pretends to be associated with a legitimate organization and their intention is to gather personal and sensitive information for exploitation. When phishing occurs over the phone, the scammer is often a convincing and fraudulent telemarketer. Once scammers have your personal information, they can drain your finances, run up debt and commit identity theft for gain, including accessing your medical care and services.
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Protecting against Medicare fraud

A 68-year old Vietnam veteran from California has a medical condition that often makes him dizzy and in danger of falling.  His daughter and his doctor arranged for him to have a motorized chair to help him get around.  But the chair that arrived was not the chair that he ordered.  It was smaller, flimsier, and made by an entirely different manufacturer.  His daughter called the supplier, but their hands were tied—Medicare had already processed the payment for the chair.  So they turned to the SMP for help.  After weeks of investigating, they uncovered that someone had intercepted the order and replaced it with the less sturdy chair.  The SMP was able to work with Medicare to correct the problem, get the veteran the correct chair, and make sure that Medicare wasn’t charged twice.
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Firm Relies On Medicare Experience As It Prepares To Open Federal Health Exchange Calls Centers

Shortly after the Medicare prescription drug benefit was introduced in 2006, the HHS inspector general found that 44 percent of callers reported problems accessing information — despite a similar 2004 inspector general’s finding — and 21 percent of callers waited so long for responses that they hung up. When Medicare introduced a new prescription drug discount card in 2004, the Government Accountability Office reported that 29 percent of the call-center answers were inaccurate and 10 percent of the calls were disconnected.
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What is my Medicare Claim Number?

Robert Bache aka MedicareBob owns and operates Senior Healthcare Direct. Senior Healthcare Direct is a National Telephonic Insurance Agency that represents over 26 Medicare Insurance Companies in 40 States. It is our job to help you understand Medicare and your all of your Medicare insurance options.
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Senator Asks States If They Alert Medicare to Problem Physicians

Chicago psychiatrist Michael Reinstein wrote an average of 20,000 prescriptions for the antipsychotic clozapine in Part D each year between 2007 and 2009, and another 14,000 in 2010. Last year, he was suspended from Illinois Medicaid, and the Department of Justice has sued him for fraud. But he remains able to provide services under Medicare. Reinstein has treated patients at more than 30 Chicago-area nursing homes and long-term care facilities. He has defended his prescribing in media interviews.
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Better Business Bureau warns elderly to beware Medicare/Medicaid scams

These people are asking for personal information such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, credit card or bank account numbers in order to provide free services such as medic alert alarms, back braces, and other products that assist the elderly and infirm and are paid for by Medicare and Medicaid.
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July 02, 2013

MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT INSURANCE STILL IN VOGUE

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When a Medicare enrollee purchases a Medicare supplement Plan N they are making a commitment to participate in their healthcare costs, while still maintaining their freedom to use the services of any physician or hospital. Plan N requires the insured to pay their annual Medicare Part B deductible, up to a $20 physician’s office co-pay, a $50 emergency room co-pay unless admitted to the hospital and any excess charges over and above the Medicare approved charge. One should note that Medicare excess charges very rarely even exist as almost all physicians and hospitals accept the Medicare approved charge as full payment. This is called Medicare assignment and the consumer can contact their physician’s insurance billing office to confirm that they accept assignment and are considered a “participating” provider. Healthy, typically younger Medicare enrollee’s see Medicare supplement Plan N is a viable alternative to a Medicare Advantage plan. Medicare supplement Plan N offers substantially reduced premiums when compared to a Medicare supplement Plan F while maintaining the “freedom of choice” not offered by a Medicare Advantage plan.
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The Ins and Outs of Medicare Supplemental Insurance

Yes! So how does this relate to Medicare’s coverage? There is a general rule of thumb that is called the “80/20 rule.” Outside of some of the preventative items like mammograms, colorectal screenings, and some psychiatric care, Medicare covers the first 80 percent of medical bills, leaving you to cover the last 20 percent. Medicare will also cover certain medically-necessary pieces of equipment like seat lift mechanisms and diabetic shoes (fitted by a specialist, of course). It doesn’t seem so bad at first, especially if you’re a healthy individual, but if something happens that requires you to need urgent medical care or even an operation, you may have to spend tens- to hundreds-of-thousands of dollars. A June 2011 report from the Kaiser Family Foundation predicted that by the year 2020 the median out-of-pocket spending for seniors with Medicare is projected to reach 26 percent of all income, with the most money being spent in the last five years of their life. This is why supplemental Medicare insurance is a necessity for every senior. Not only do you really need Medicare supplemental insurance, you need it before something happens to you, and you likely won’t use it much until the last 5 years of life. So two points to keep in mind 1) If you wait until a procedure is needed or something unexpected happens to you, you’ve waited too long, and 2) Don’t make the mistake of cancelling your Medicare supplement policy because you’ve’ paid in more than you use. It’s health insurance and in this case it works best if it’s held to its natural end point.
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Per Medicare Supplement May Help Cover Your Individual Health Care Will Cost You

On top of the other hand, Medicare advantage markets the services presented by original Medicare health insurance. Advantage techniques fall into so many different categories like desired provider organizations quite possibly PPOs that payment less fees due to in-network providers, healthiness maintenance organizations or possibly HMOs that request the plan stands to use in-network providers, private service fee for service or even PFFS that consent to the plan holders and cases to visit many physician and super needs plans along with SNPs for the particular patients in ought of special consider or admitted near nursing home. Moreover, these intentions sometimes offer Well being Savings Accounts or even HSAs to and the original Medicare give away dollars that could certainly be used designed for healthcare services.
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Medicare Supplement Studies > Minnesota Medigap Companies > MedicareSupplement.com

While most of America (47 states) must consign to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) standardization of Medigap policies, Minnesota does not. Minnesota is one of the three waiver states that standardized their Medicare supplement plans before NAIC’s involvement in 1990. Because of this, so long as the plans offered cover the basic requirements, Minnesota (along with Massachusetts and Wisconsin) is able to continue issuing their Medicare supplement plans.
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Why Do You Need Medicare Supplements?

Those seniors who are already sick should get Medicare Supplement Insurance. Also, anyone who has a family history of illness should look into it as well. If you have a Medicare Advantage plan you do not need Medicare Supplement Insurance. You also would not need it if you are under another governmental program such as Medicaid or the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary program. Medicare has a cap that a person can reach. They pay so much of your medical bill and then your portion of the bill starts to increase while their payment portion is decreased. This puts you at being 100 percent responsible for your medical bills. This includes hospital stays and outpatient services such as physician visits, your routine visits and other medical needs
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Medicare Supplemental Insurance

By way of example, Medicare supplemental Plan A is the most basic policy and is offered by all companies selling Medicare Supplemental plans. This plan covers the 20 percent of outpatient expenses not covered by Medicare and provides additional insurance for a hospital stay. This includes an additional year of hospital coverage. It does not cover any deductibles under Medicare Parts A and B. This plan is the lowest cost because it is the most basic coverage. You may want to get additional coverage in a supplemental policy, but for those on a tight budget, Plan A may be best. On the other hand, although it costs a little more, Medicare Plan F is the most popular plan because it covers nearly all the gaps in Medicare coverage.
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Ask The Experts: Retirement

A. You are asking for an opinion, which I can’t give. All I can tell you is that the combination of a Federal Employees Health Benefits plan and Medicare reduces out-of-pocket costs to a minimum. You’ll have to compare the costs and benefits of your current FEHB plan with those provided by a Medicare supplement plan and reach your own decision. Note: If you were to cancel your FEHB coverage, you wouldn’t be able to re-enroll if you were displeased with your Medicare supplement plan or you lost that coverage.
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You Important Information On Medicare Vitamin Supplements Plan N

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Possible Medicare Supplement Offers In Texas

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Comparison of Medicare Supplements and Private Medical Insurance

These figures show that individuals with private medical insurance actually are paying more money in total premiums than what an individual with Medicare actually pays. So, an individual is going to pay more for private coverage than what they would with Medicare. This is something important to consider when it comes down to standard coverage. Of course, Medicare does not cover everything and does not provide the same in-depth coverage insurance companies. Essentially, Medicare covers inpatient hospital care, nursing facilities, hospice care and other general requirements (in addition to some medication, if the individual is enrolled in the Medicare D plan). However, there are other services Medicare does not cover that health insurance does. This includes
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July 02, 2013

Oxford Medicare Advantage

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Situated within the Northern part Carolina Department using Insurance, SHIIP had to be established in 1986 to help prepare Medicare beneficiaries with reference to Medicare, get details on this here, or long-term care insurance coverage coverage. Medicare insurance Advantage, Medicare Some D prescription drug abuse plans, and a variety of other health insurance various options for people featuring Medicare are today included in SHIIP’s services. Possibilities actual Medicare package is can find yourself confusing, and scenario always subject to alter. There are books offered by the government and also the Medigap insurance policies issuer that boost explain what is roofed and what isn’t. There are also good books published engage on behave within the insured and grant wonderful resources to suit advocacy when necessary. The actual had the superior fortune of emailing an impartial Certified Healthcare Specialist who will was part associated with large agency. These individuals tasks along with nearly every insurer in the state run. They just give good results with Medicare insurance coverge. And as well as while they the office with numerous packages they don’t care and attention who you choose if they undoubtedly that you eat picked the advisable option for one’s own particular situation. They are better like advocates besides salesmen. Additionally you can see these “Defined Contribution combined with Participant Behavior Reference point Program.” This product was initiated living in 1994 in step to increasing interest out of EBRI members in the impact of backer and/or provider instructional efforts on the cost behavior of contestants in participant-directed detailed contribution plans. Typically the revised or so-called modernized supplements wager farewell to these At-Home Recovery and then Preventive Care helps (preventive benefit features become part out of Medicare), and greets the addition relating to Hospice Care – all plans, guys are before that selling point had been cordoned off to few a few plans, but then i all die, simply no? And some out of us do hardly go gently straight into the that dark evening time. It pays to obtain the pharmaceutical drug copay and also involves a respite medical care benefit (5 the complete days). Scheme F includes a person’s basic features most typically associated with all Medicare supplements: Part A as well as , B coinsurance, the actual costs of a great additional 365 events of hospital treatment after Medicare-coverage ends, the first three positive units of blood, the hospice copayment of up so that it will for every and every prescription drug, as well the coinsurance pointing to 5% for respite care.
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Oxford Medicare Advantage

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United Healthcare Oxford Medicare Advantage Denies Coverage

ABC NEWS/GOOD MORNING AMERICA: Senior With Fractured Back Battles UnitedHealthcare Oxford Health Insurance Company Medicare Advantage Plan GMA segment shows UnitedHealthcare/Oxford’s Medicare Advantage Plan would not authorize woman’s care due to alleged age discrimination. Audit shows Medicare Advantage providers with backlogs of unanswered patient complaints, plans that improperly denied claims, and concerns about marketing practices which do not follow government
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Pennsylvania Medicare Advantage Lead

I have a client (prospect) in the Pittsburgh area. I will be writing a Highmark PPOBlue plan on his wife and children. He turns 65 in a month or so, and wants an MA…maybe a Med-Supp. I generally don’t write Senior products, so I told him I would find another broker for him. Here’s the info he gave me about his coverage: Perhaps someone (Arn-Do you handle Pittsburgh area?) could make a suggestion and I will email it to him. And then I’ll put him in touch with you (if int.) On the latter, I’ve had a proposal from Bankers Life which would cost me about $250/mo between their monthly fee, Part B plus drug coverage, the latter of which would likely be coming from one of the following 5: CVS Caremark Complete (PDP) (077) AdvanttraRx Premier Plus (PDP) (036) Medco Medicare Prescription Plan – Access (PDP) (176) UPMC for Life (PDP) (005) AARP MedicareRx Enhanced (PDP) (093) Of those I’m probably partial to the Medco plan since that’s what we’ve been using under my company-paid plan, but I’d appreciate your thoughts. On the Advantage plans I’ve also (I think) narrowed it down to 5 that look sort of good. They are (not necessarily in order): UPMC for Life PPO Rx Enhanced (PPO) (002) SecurityBlue Deluxe n(HMO ( 021) Advantra Gold (HMO) (002) Freedom Blue PPO Platinum (PPO) (026) Freedom Blue Select (PPO) (022) I’m probably partial to the Security Blue from Keystone since that’s essentially what we’ve had for the past 15 years under the company-paid plan. Again, your thoughts would be appreciated.
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TREZZA v. TREZZA, , December 26, 2012

“Preemption analysis begins, as always, with reference to the well-familiar Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution, which provides that federal laws ‘shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every state shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding’ “ (People v. First Am. Corp., 18 NY3d 173, 179, cert denied ––– U.S. ––––, 132 S Ct 1929, quoting U.S. Const, art VI, cl 2). “Under the doctrine of federal preemption, Congress may preempt state laws, either expressly or impliedly” (Sharabani v. Simon Prop. Group, Inc., 96 AD3d 24, 28, citing Jones v. Rath Packing Co., 430 U.S. 519, 525). “Federal preemption of state laws generally can occur in three ways: ‘where Congress has expressly preempted state law, where Congress has legislated so comprehensively that federal law occupies an entire field of regulation and leaves no room for state law, or where federal law conflicts with state law’ “ (Sharabani v. Simon Prop. Group, Inc., 96 AD3d at 27, quoting Wachovia Bank, N.A. v. Burke, 414 F3d 305, 313[2d Cir], cert denied 550 U.S. 913; see Barnett Bank of Marion Cty. N.A. v. Nelson, 517 U.S. 25, 31). “In determining whether federal law preempts state law, the United States Supreme Court has instructed that a court’s ‘sole task is to ascertain the intent of Congress’ “ (People v. First Am. Corp., 18 NY3d at 179, quoting California Fed. Sav. & Loan Assn. v. Guerra, 479 U.S. 272, 280).
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July 02, 2013

The Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Fact Sheet

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CBO estimates that Part D spending will total $60 billion in 2013 (net of premiums and state transfers).  The average annual Part D per capita growth rate was 3.7% between 2006 and 2011, but is projected to rise at a more rapid rate (5.6%) between 2011 and 2021 (2012 Medicare Trustees), in part due to slowing of trend toward greater generic drug use. Total spending depends on several factors: the number of Part D enrollees, their health status and drug use, the number of low-income subsidy recipients, and plans’ ability to negotiate discounts and rebates with drug companies and manage use (e.g. promoting use of generic drugs, prior authorization, step therapy, quantity limits, and mail order).  The MMA prohibits Medicare from negotiating drug prices directly.
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Medicare recipients in ‘donut hole’ to get price break on some drugs in 2011

“Regardless of what happens to the donut hole, the influx of the first wave of baby boomers will increase the demand for drugs and other medical services,” Moffit says. “All things being equal, that will mean increased costs for seniors and taxpayers alike.” According to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, your actual drug plan varies depending on what kind of prescriptions you buy, which plan you choose, whether you go to a pharmacy in your plan’s network, whether your drugs are on your plan’s formulary (list of approved drugs) and whether you belong to the Extra Help program. Extra Help is a Medicare program to help low-income people; it pays for Medicare prescription drug program costs, such as premiums, deductibles and coinsurance.
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Top Medicare Part D Plan Costs Spike in 2013

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Kaine signs on to Medicare medication bill

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Medicare prescription drug coverage

Creditable prescription drug coverage (also called “creditable coverage”) is coverage that meets Medicare’s minimum standards since it’s expected to pay, on average, at least as much as Medicare’s standard prescription drug coverage. Most plans that offer prescription drug coverage, like plans from employers or unions, must send their members an annual notice explaining how their prescription drug coverage compares to Medicare prescription drug coverage and if it’s creditable coverage. If a person with Medicare doesn’t get a separate written notice, the person’s plan may provide this information in its benefits handbook. If the person doesn’t know if the prescription drug coverage he or she has is creditable, the person should contact the plan. To understand your enrollment options and choose the right Medicare plan contact::
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CMS Promotes Value for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities in Medicare Plans

With today’s regulation limiting overhead and profits for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans, the Affordable Care Act continues to promote value for consumers’ and taxpayers’ health care spending. These new requirements apply to Medicare health and drug plans offered by private insurance companies serving over 37 million seniors and persons with disabilities, and build on a similar regulation we issued last year requiring a minimum medical loss ratio for health plans serving consumers in the private insurance market. Medicare health and drug plans, beginning next year, must meet a minimum medical loss ratio, limiting their spending on non-health related items such as administrative costs, profit, or overhead. More specifically, this means that the plans must spend at least 85 percent of their revenue on direct benefits to Medicare enrollees such as clinical services, prescription drugs and quality improving activities.
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Complementary Coverage in Canada’s Medicare Program 

[…] Drawing on linked survey and administrative data in Ontario, the authors found a positive association between possession of private insurance and medication utilization. There were increased direct costs (by 16%) to the public drug program for those with private insurance. This was assumed to be due to the fact that the average direct costs of medications were 6% higher for those with private insurance than those without private coverage. Anti-hypertensive drug claims were higher among those with private insurance (86%) than those without (75%). However, statin and anti-diabetic medication utilization was fairly similar in both groups.Source: policyprescriptions.org […]
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HealthSpring, Cigna Use Both Names To Market Medicare Plans

The television campaign is within the company’s existing marketing budget, said HealthSpring spokeswoman Graham Harrison. Cigna and HealthSpring researched each company’s brand to determine how to best market Medicare products in the future. The campaign is meant to build on Cigna’s strength as a known health service company and HealthSpring’s expertise in Medicare.
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Medicare Supplement Questions > Does Medigap Cover Drugs

Disclosure: “We are not connected with or endorsed by the U.S. Government or the federal Medicare program. Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed the information contained on this website. Disclamer: This is not a complete listing of plans available in your service area. For a complete listing please contact 1-800-MEDICARE or consult www.medicare.gov (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048), 24 hours a day/7 days a week or consult www.medicare.gov.”
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You Important Information On Medicare Vitamin Supplements Plan N

Nattokinase is an molecule found in any kind of cheese like food, natto, made between fermented soybeans. There are hardy claims made because of properties. Personal it quickly decreases blood pressure, supervises cholesterol levels, plus prevents and equal breaks up thrombus. The heart is a a couple chambered, hollow muscle mass and double operating pump that can be found in the chest among the lungs. Heart failure diseases caused through process of high blood air pressure contributes to solidifying of the leading to tinnitus. Complementary and alternative medicine includes a number of different medical systems. Eastern cultures have been using traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, and indian head massage for centuries.
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Can Medicare Save Money? How The Part D Program Can Be More Cost

Many seniors may not be aware that the infamous “doughnut hole,” or gap in coverage, is closing thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Before the health care law was passed, if beneficiaries reached the initial limit on total drug expenses ($2,970 in 2013), they had no prescription drug coverage until they spent an added $3,700 out of their own pockets. But in 2013, people in the doughnut hole are receiving discounts of 52.5 percent on name-brand drugs and 21 percent on generics. These discounts will result in significant savings for about 4 million Medicare beneficiaries in 2013. More importantly, the discounts will continue every year until 2020, when the doughnut hole will be completely eliminated.
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When Can I Join a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan?

General Enrollment Periods: Each year, there are two general enrollment periods when anyone who is enrolled in Medicare Part A or B can sign up for a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. The first period begins in April and continues through June. The second open enrollment is in October and continues through the first week of December. This is the easiest time to plan for coverage and change your enrollment options.
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July 02, 2013

Eye Lift Surgery Increasingly Billed To Medicare

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Unlike private insurance plans, though, Medicare does not require pre-authorization of eyelid surgeries. Robert Berenson, a health policy expert at the Urban Institute and former commissioner of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, has pushed for selective pre-authorization for some Medicare services. But Berenson questioned whether reviewing physician records in advance would help much in the case of blepharoplasty, if surgeons have learned how to document the need for the procedure in order to work the system. “I am sure there are some patients who are hampered by eyelids drooping. And I’m sure that many of them are not and it’s a cosmetic reason,” Berenson said. But the doctors, he added, “have probably gotten very skilled at knowing how to document that something is not cosmetic.”
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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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Medicare Benefits and Cost

This fact sheet discusses Medicare cost-sharing requirements. Traditional fee-for-service Medicare imposes deductibles, coinsurance, and copays for Medicare services.  In addition, beneficiaries must pay premiums for receiving Part B (physician) and Part D (prescription drugs) coverage. Medicare does not cover certain essential services, such as vision, dental, and long-term care expenses, and beneficiaries must pay out-of-pocket for these services.  
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In Minnesota Medicare Advantage plans

Minnesota seniors can choose from four Medicare Advantage, or MA (C section) plans, Medicare-approved health insurance plan provided by a private company. Each MA plan includes (Hospital) and Part B (medical) coverage, emergency and emergency medical services, and provide Part D (prescription drug) coverage. Some plans also offer dental, vision and hearing aid coverage, health and wellness programs. Other people are reading than Medicare Advantage. Medicare Supplement Plans Medicare Supplement Health Plan in Minnesota Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of its Medicare Advantage plans related to the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision provides three programs, plus a separate prescription drug plan and two supplementary program. As of May 2010, premiums range from $ 29 to $ 261 per month. The MedicareBlue PPO plans include co-payments for doctor visits and emergency care, the highest annual pocket costs and prescription drug coverage. Right MedicareBlue RX prescription drug plan, either blue or platinum plan senior gold, there is no drug coverage full coverage. Superior Gold has the highest monthly premium, but there is no co-pays, and pays no annual fee. A supplementary scheme extending basic welfare benefits could reach the highest level. Second supplemental cost-sharing scheme is to protect the gap.
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Medicare has Limited Vision Coverge

• Medicare Advantage Plans: These plans are run by private insurers that receive money from the government to provide Medicare-equivalent benefits, such as hospitalization, doctor visits and prescription drugs. Unlike traditional Medicare, some Advantage plans typically cover routine exams and eyeglasses. But their network of participating hospitals and providers can be limited in some areas. If you have a significant vision problem, make sure that the specialists and facilities that are important to you are in the plan.
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