Medicare Will Punish 24 Connecticut Hospitals

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Facing fines higher than the national average are: Bristol Hospital (.85 percent); Greenwich Hospital (.41 percent); Griffin Hospital in Derby (.97 percent); MidState Medical Center in Meriden (.78 percent); Milford Hospital (.76 percent); and St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center in Hartford (.39 percent). The other state hospitals will face lower penalties, including Lawrence & Memorial in New London, which will lose .13 percent of every Medicare payment for a patient stay; Bridgeport Hospital (.2 percent);Hartford Hospital (.1 percent); and Charlotte Hungerford in Torrington (.04 percent).
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Medicare Supplement Insurance Connecticut

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My Place CT – Connecticut’s Plan For Long

“The overall goal is that we want people in our state to be able to make an informed choice and we want to have quality infrastructure in place to support that,” said Dawn Lambert, project director for Connecticut State Department of Social Services’ Money Follows the Person Program, a federal demonstration program run by Medicaid that seeks to eliminate barriers in state law, state Medicaid plans and budgets to let people choose the setting in which they receive long-term care. The program provides partial funding for the initiative as part of the state’s strategic plan to rebalance these services in a cost-effective way.
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CONNECTICUT STATE COURT FINDS MSA NOT NECESSARY WHERE BENEFICIARY WOULD INCUR FUTURE MEDICAL BILLS

The court concluded that the settlement agreement did not reflect compensation for future medical costs that might be covered by Medicare.  Rather, the settlement amount represented payments for noneconomic damages, with a small portion to be used for non-Medicare economic damages. While there were conditional Medicare payments made to the plaintiff, the court held that the sum would be reimbursed to Medicare after the settlement amount was conveyed to plaintiff’s counsel. As such, the court found that the defendants in the underlying personal injury suit, along with their carriers, lacked liability for the payment of plaintiff’s future medical expenses. Typically, courts will only determine whether a settlement requires an Medicare Set Aside (“MSA”) in the following two situations: (1) where the parties agree that an MSA is required, but cannot obtain the approval of CMS for the MSA arrangement; and (2)  where the parties have a settlement agreement but disagree as to whether the settlement agreement’s terms included the creation of an MSA.  The decision in Sterret is unique in that the court appears to provide an advisory opinion with respect to whether a MSA was required as part of the settlement in a personal injury case.  Click here for a discussion of Early v. Carnival Corp., No. 12-20478, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16711 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 7, 2013).
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The Affordable Care Act in Connecticut

The health insurance exchanges are intended to be more than just clearinghouses from which consumers choose plans, they also aim to improve the quality of these plans while controlling cost. Only “qualified” plans will be allowed to be offered on the exchange and they must meet several criteria.  All plans posted on the exchange must include a robust network of doctors and clinics and a minimum “essential health benefits” package which includes: emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health, substance abuse, prescription drugs, laboratory services, pediatric coverage and preventative services, as well as chronic disease management, among others.  Different levels in the plans vary by the percentage cost of care that they cover, ranging from bronze at 60%, through silver and gold, up to platinum at 90%.  Benefit levels are based on “actuarial value”, which is a summary measure of the amount of medical claims paid by the health plan (excluding a member’s  point-of-service cost sharing), expressed as a percentage of the total medical claims incurred for a standard population.  These statistical calculations are what insurance companies do when assessing risks and premiums, and are used in determining deductible amounts required on different plans.  The ACA seeks to set limits on the maximum annual deductible for health plans purchased by small employers so that the annual deductible may not exceed $2000 for single coverage or $4000 for family coverage, though these limits do not apply on the individual market, which has other parameters.   One of the enticing features of the exchanges is that “[n]o one will pay more than 9.5 percent of household income on health insurance and many will be capped at just two or three percent”, per the Access Health CT document ‘10 Things You Need to Know About Health Insurance Exchanges’.  The State is expecting to meet ambitious goals like this by using competition between the insurance companies in the new marketplace, as well as tax credit incentives, as ways of keeping costs down over time.  If enough people join the exchange in a given state, it has better odds of working and staying affordable, hence motivators like premium subsidies and tax credits are only available to people who have gotten health insurance through  a qualified plan within the exchange, and not through one of the grandfathered plans that exists outside of the exchange, which don’t have to offer a qualified benefits package.  Grandfathered plans, or plans that were in existence prior to the law’s enactment, are exempt from many of the new requirements, including the new rating rules and the requirement to offer a minimum essential benefit package.  Other plans, such as large-group or self-insured plans, are also exempt from many of the the new rules.
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Ct Seniors Sue Medicare To Close Nursing Home Coverage Gap

Today, lawyers representing 14 seniors, including 7 from Connecticut, will go to U.S. District Court in Hartford to ask a judge to eliminate the observation care designation because it deprives Medicare beneficiaries of the full hospital coverage they’re entitled to under Medicare, including coverage for follow-up nursing home care.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which runs the Medicare program, pays for doctor visits, hospitalization, nursing home care, prescription drugs and other benefits for nearly 50 million older or disabled Americans, including about 586,000 in Connecticut.
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Los Angeles DME Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud Medicare and Medi

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Ricks also admitted that she submitted claims to Medicare and Medi-Cal for PWCs and other DME that neither she nor her co-conspirators delivered to KMS’s customers, which Ricks knew violated the rules and regulations of both Medicare and Medi-Cal. In some cases, Ricks obtained the Medicare billing and personal information of individuals and, without their knowledge, used that information to submit claims to Medicare and Medi-Cal for PWCs and other DME that neither she nor her co-conspirators provided to the individuals. Ricks admitted that she submitted these types of claims to Medicare and Medi-Cal because she needed the money to keep KMS viable. Ricks also admitted that she submitted claims to Medicare and Medi-Cal for power wheelchairs and DME that she knew were supported by fraudulent prescriptions forged by her co-conspirators.
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Owner of California Medical Equipment Supply Company Found Guilty of $11 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

The evidence introduced at trial showed that Agbu owned Ibon Inc., a fraudulent DME supply company that she operated from a nondescript office building in Carson.  Agbu’s father and co-defendant, Charles Agbu, a church pastor who pleaded guilty to Medicare fraud and money laundering charges in December 2012, ran a fraudulent DME supply company called Bonfee Inc. from the same office building that housed Ibon.  The trial evidence showed that from Ibon and Bonfee, Agbu, her father and others working with them submitted more than $11 million in fraudulent claims from Ibon and Bonfee to Medicare for expensive, high-end power wheelchairs, hospital beds, braces and other DME that customers either did not need or receive.
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Observation status: How Medicare's solution could make things worse

The potion that turned this particular policy into a monster was the Recovery Audit Contractor (“RAC”) audits, whose existence was authorized by the 2003 Medicare Prescription Drug Act. RAC auditors can target a hospital, pull a hundred or so charts, and, if they find improper billing, collect a bounty for every dollar they save CMS. With the determination of obs status so amorphous, hospital administrators have adopted a “better safe than sorry” stance, generally deciding that cases that are anywhere near a close call should be called obs. (Just this week, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston forked over $5.3 million to Medicare to settle charges related to admissions that auditors believed were really obs.) The result of all this angsty wheel-spinning: the number of obs cases in the U.S. went up by 50 percent between 2006 and 2011, with a more-than-400 percent (!) increase in Medicare patients staying more than 48 hours under observation.
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FBI — Office Manager of Los Angeles Medical Supply Business Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud Medicare of More Than $6 Million in Wheelchair Scheme

Vasquez admitted in court documents that she and others used fraudulent prescriptions and documents they purchased from various individuals to support the false power wheelchair and DME claims that Pascon, Horizon, Contempo, and Ladera submitted to Medicare. Vasquez admitted that she and her co-conspirators submitted claims to Medicare prior to delivering the power wheelchairs and DME to Medicare beneficiaries in order to ensure that Medicare would pay them. Vasquez admitted that she and her co-conspirators often knew that the Medicare beneficiaries did not need the wheelchairs, either because the beneficiaries said they did not need them or because Vasquez observed them walking. As a result of this scheme, Medicare paid Pascon, Horizon, Contempo, and Ladera approximately $6.1 million on the false claims they submitted to Medicare.
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Phone Scams Target Medicare Beneficiaries in California

Callers claiming to be with the Medicare program tell their targets that a replacement Medicare card is coming in the mail but a bank account number is needed first, according to a press release from Ramsey’s office. Sometimes, the caller will ask for a Medicare card number, which can be used for identity theft since it’s tied to a Social Security number.
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Expert Profile: Mary Griffin, RN, MPH, Executive Director, A Better Living Home Care Agency, Concord CA

Mary Griffin, RN, MPH has been a fixture in California Home Care Services for over 25 years and recognized throughout the industry. After earning her BA in Nursing from San Jose State University, she worked in San Francisco as a public health nurse. After a few years, she returned to school and earned a Masters Degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Mary has held executive positions at several national home care companies, and founded a successful Medicare certified home health care agency with offices throughout California that she later sold. She has lectured extensively to medical foundations, health care associations, and insurance companies on long term care and effective post-discharge follow-up solutions.
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Medicare Help: How Do I Apply For Medicare?

At the Social Security office you may apply for Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B, which is also known as “Original Medicare”. In some instances you may want to delay applying for Medicare Part B. We can discuss your particular situation to help you determine whether or not you would want to activate your Medicare Part B.
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Medicare comes to Kaiser Permanente

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Medicare Website Receives Top Marks

About Kaiser Permanente Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 9.1 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/newscenter.
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Firm Perspectives on the Medicare Advantage Market

Based on interviews with senior executives at 14 large firms, the issue brief finds that insurers anticipate continuing to offer Medicare Advantage plans in 2012, in part because of a Medicare demonstration project that will award bonus payments to plans based on their quality standards.
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Daily Kos: Kaiser report details Medicare options

Medicare cost sharing is relatively high and, unlike most private health insurance policies, Medicare does not place an annual limit on the costs that people with Medicare pay out of their own pockets. Many Medicare beneficiaries have supplemental coverage to help pay for these costs, but with half of beneficiaries having an annual income of $22,500 or less in 2012, out-of-pocket spending represents a considerable financial burden for many people with Medicare.Cost sharing and premiums for Part B and Part D have consumed a larger share of average Social Security benefits over time, rising from 7 percent of the average monthly benefit in 1980 to 26  percent in 2010 (Exhibit I.3). Medicare beneficiaries spend roughly 15 percent of their household budgets on health expenses, including premiums, three times the share that younger households spend on health care costs. Finally, Medicare does not cover costly services that seniors and people with disabilities are likely to need, most notably, long-term services and supports and dental services. Putting the burden of saving Medicare on the beneficiaries, already paying a significant portion of their incomes on health care, isn’t a solution for saving this program, for keeping it’s promise to America’s seniors and disabled. That basic premise should be the starting point for reforms.
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Kaiser: Medicare Reform Ideas

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Kaiser Family Foundation Medicare options

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August 12, 2013

CrummeyService.com Accepts Equity Investment

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In order for a gift to a trust to qualify for the annual gift tax exclusion, currently $13,000 per beneficiary, the IRS requires trust beneficiaries to be given formal written notice of their right to withdraw the gifted amount if they choose to do so (Crummey v Commissioner, 397 F.2d 82 (9th cir 1968)). CrummeyService.com technology reminds the grantor to make the gift to the trust, notifies the beneficiaries of their right to withdraw the gifted amounts, and provides an independent third-party record of the entire process.
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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Barnabas Health Ready Launch of New Accountable Care Organization Program

“Our collaborative ACO program highlights our mutual desire to transform the health care delivery system in New Jersey by providing support to improve care coordination and positive patient outcomes,” said Jim Albano, vice-president, Network Management and Horizon Healthcare Innovations, Horizon BCBSNJ This collaboration with Barnabas Health (New Jersey’s largest hospital and integrated health-care delivery system) through its affiliated accountable care organizations, Barnabas Health ACO-North, LLC and Central Jersey ACO, LLC, marks Horizon BCBSNJ’s (the state’s oldest and largest health insurer) fifth Accountable Care Organization or population health initiative to launch within the past year. “Collectively, these accountable care innovations inject a new level of collaboration and quality standards into our health delivery system and help remove wasteful, unnecessary costs,” Albano added. Horizon BCBSNJ has a number of patient-centered programs, including Accountable Care Organizations, Patient-Centered Medical Homes, and programs focused on Episodes of Care (i.e. joint replacement). More than 320,000 members and 1,400 doctors are participating in Horizon BCBSNJ’s patient-centered programs that are working to improve patient care while controlling costs.
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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey’s Medicare HMO and Commercial POS (Direct Access) Plans Receive “Excellent” Rating By NCQA

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state’s oldest and largest health insurer, is a tax-paying, not-for-profit health services corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, and prescription insurance products and services. Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, serving more than 3.6 million members with headquarters in Newark and offices in Wall, Mt. Laurel, and West Trenton. Learn more at www.HorizonBlue.com
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New Jersey’s Largest Health Insurer Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield To Pay $500,000 Penalty Over Medicare Claims

The action comes after the state Banking and Insurance Department investigated how Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey processed claims for Medicare customers insured through small businesses that use Horizon as a secondary insurer.
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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Selects Silver&Fit(R) Senior Exercise Program for Medicare Advantage Members

Silver&Fit was developed to assist seniors in beginning or continuing a regular exercise program. Regular exercise has shown to be an important element in preventing some medical conditions, including high blood pressure and heart and lung disease. Cardiovascular and strength training can also help seniors improve their balance and become more flexible, preventing common slips and falls and speeding up the recovery period from such injuries. Access to the network of exercise facilities is provided through ASH subsidiary American Specialty Health Networks, Inc.
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The Inside Straight: Socialized Medicine: a Preview ?

For instance, when my wife was hospitalized in 2005, there was an unexplained balance left unpaid to the hospital. We explored this issue with the hospital and with Horizon for several months, and were told by the latter all invoices presented had been paid in full. In 2007, while my wife was in intensive care fighting for her life, I received a notice from a collection agency. The hospital had NOT been paid the balance, had given up trying to collect it from Horizon, and had finally invoked the little clause on the Admission documents that says the patient is responsible if the insurance carrier refuses to pay.
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August 12, 2013

Fight Office of the Inspector General OIG Exclusion

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-  Loss of ability to contract or work for any individual or entity that contracts with the Medicare Program in any capacity (officer agent, shareholder, director, employee or independent contractor, even for non-Medicare products and services such as office supplies, building and construction services, software and systems support, etc.), including physicians, medical groups, hospitals, healthcare systems, ambulatory surgical centers, skilled nursing facilities, health insurance companies, etc.
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Medicare Part D Exclusion of Benzodiazepines and Fracture Risk in Nursing Homes

Following the enactment of Medicare Part D, Tennessee was the only state to forgo supplemental coverage for benzodiazepines; when benzodiazepine prescriptions declined, nursing home residents in Tennessee experienced more falls and hip fractures.Benzodiazepines are controversial sedatives. Enacted in 2006, Medicare Part D excluded reimbursements for benzodiazepines. However, most state Medicaid programs continued to provide supplemental coverage for benzodiazepines.
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Medicare Providers Should Regularly Check The Monthly Database of Medicare Exclusion List

OIG stands for Office of Inspector General. It is an office that works under the federal government. The OIG medicaid exclusion list includes the names of people who are banned from working in the Medicare department. The Excluded Parties List System or EPLS has the authority to form this list. Healthcare professionals mostly land in this list because of abusing patients, committing fraud, performing licensing board acts that are considered unsavory and being default on loans sanctioned to students. The OIG exclusion list USA serves as an excellent tool to screen the professional backgrounds of people working in the Medicare department. The person whose name is enlisted in this list cannot be employed in any way in the healthcare department. A healthcare provider who employs such a person has to pay a heavy fine or go in the exclusion list himself. The federal law obliges the Medicare industry to verify the status of the exclusion list of every medical entity.
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Compliance in Health Care Today

Based on the guidance, monthly screening is best; however, the OIG defers to the provider to weigh the risks in regard to frequency. Providers must also be aware if the state, in which they operate, requires exclusion checks and how often. As of now, there are only a handful of states that require monthly screening but over half of the states maintain their own Medicaid exclusion list. This leads to the second question to address which sources should be screened.
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OIG issues new guidance for nursing homes on hiring people excluded from Medicare and Medicaid

Nursing home operators should be aware that they face potential fines and removal from the Medicare and Medicaid programs if an excluded person is providing goods or services at the facility. This includes items or services unrelated to direct patient care, including in administrative, health information technology and human resources roles. Even a temporary worker or a volunteer is not allowed to be an excluded person.
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Indiana Health Care Association: AHCA Submits Comments on Guidance Relating to Medicaid/Medicare Exclusion List

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (“HHS”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) solicited comments from Medicare and Medicaid providers as to the potential need for updated guidance as to the OIG’s excluded provider program. Under the program, the OIG has the authority to exclude from participation in the Medicare and Medicaid program providers who have committed certain health care-related offenses, or have had their licenses revoked or suspended (as well as for many other reasons). If a provider is excluded, and an entity subsequently bills Medicare or Medicaid for services attributable to that excluded provider, the OIG can recover the sums paid, in addition to hefty penalties. The current OIG “authority” on the matter comes in an outdated 1999 Special Advisory Bulletin, where the OIG outlined the ins and outs of the exclusion program. It looks like something new might be coming out though, and if the American Health Care Association’s (“AHCA”) comments are taken to heart, the new OIG guidance will include information about the OIG’s intent to further utilize its current exclusion authority with respect to individuals based on their relationships with corporations that have been found guilty of health care-related offenses. Additionally, AHCA smartly suggested that the OIG make clear what happens when a provider self-discloses the fact that they may have billed for services provided by an excluded provider? Hopefully, the OIG will take all of the AHCA’s suggestions into consideration. New OIG guidance on these matters is expected sometime this Spring. If you have questions about the Medicaid/Medicare exclusion program, or about AHCA’s recent comments to the OIG, please contact Susan Ziel at 317-238-6244, or Leigh Ann Lauth O’Neill, at 317-238-6346.
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Kudos to Wyoming State Board of Nursing for its Accurate Information on its Website for Nurses

As a nurse, when you are the subject of a complaint that alleges improper conduct or action that could result in discipline against your license, finding correct information regarding the disciplinary process is vital. I’ve recently found that the Wyoming State Board of Nursing (BON) is one of the few nursing board websites that provide accurate information on discipline. On this website, there is information about  nurses’ legal rights, and explanations of the investigation or hearing process, for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs).
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Is provider billing in the interim OK? Does that lead to automatic Medicare exclusion? And, more….

(Dr DJ) While true that automatic crossover from primary to secondary happens in most areas, I think the critical question is risk v. reward. We can assume the effective date of the exclusion is going to have little to do with the date it was posted on the State’s website. Therefore a defense shouldn’t rely on that date. From my standpoint, the risk in billing Medicare far outweighs any reward to the providers for keeping the payment from the primary payer. Something is amiss with these providers and, on the surface, they could have known about the exclusion before the hospital uncovered it. So, there would have to be a compelling reason to take the risk. By the way, in most cases that State paid the premiums, co-payments and deductibles for the patient to have Medicare as primary. They (the State) might not be happy about the excluded provider treating this beneficiary.
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August 12, 2013

Brad DeLong : Susie Madrak: Medicare For All Would Save Half

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Upgrading the nation’s Medicare program and expanding it to cover people of all ages would yield more than a half-trillion dollars in efficiency savings in its first year of operation, enough to pay for high-quality, comprehensive health benefits for all residents of the United States at a lower cost to most individuals, families and businesses. That’s the chief finding of a new fiscal study by Gerald Friedman, a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. There would even be money left over to help pay down the national debt, he said. Friedman says his analysis shows that a nonprofit single-payer system based on the principles of the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, H.R. 676, introduced by Rep. John Conyers… would save an estimated $592 billion in 2014… enough to cover all 44 million people the government estimates will be uninsured in that year and to upgrade benefits for everyone else. “No other plan can achieve this magnitude of savings on health care,” Friedman said.
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Pioneer ACO Results Include Improved Quality, Lowered Medicare Costs

Detroit Free Press: U-M System Pulls Out of ACO Health Care Program Patient health may have improved within the nation’s 32 Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) programs, but the results were mixed after the first full year, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said Tuesday. And one of the three Pioneer ACOs in Michigan — the University of Michigan Health System — is withdrawing from the program designed to test a tenet of federal health care reform: that coordinated care keeps chronic conditions under control and drives down costly trips to the hospital (Erb, 7/16).
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Medicare Part D: A First Look at Part D Plan Offerings in 2013

The analysis is the first in a series of planned reports examining the private plan choices available to Medicare beneficiaries for 2013. It is authored by researchers at Georgetown University, the Kaiser Family Foundation and NORC at the University of Chicago.
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Sen. Rand Paul’s Medicare Reform Bill: $1 Trillion in Savings in 10 Years

First of all, medical insurance or medical care in the form of Medicare or anything else (SCHIP, Medicaid, Obamacare), is not the responsibilityof government. These are services that can and should be provided by the free market, just like dining, recreation, entertainment, and automobile repair are services provided by the market. Like all of the other welfare programs of the federal government, Medicare is an unconstitutional and illegitimate function of the federal government. It is socialistic and collectivist, it fosters dependency on the government, it shifts responsibility from the individual and his family to society and the state, it contributes to class warfare, and it crowds out real charity. It doesn’t matter if families and charities don’t pick up the slack (a very unlikely scenario) in the absence of government intervention in the market and someone goes without health insurance or health care. That doesn’t somehow magically make it the responsibility of government to provide someone with medical services. There is no right to health care that it is the duty of governments to provide or enforce.
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Health First Hosts Medicare Advantage Health Plans Seminars

Our four not-for-profit hospitals—Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach, Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Health First Palm Bay Hospital in Palm Bay, and Health First Viera Hospital which opened in Viera on April 2, 2011- form the core of Health First’s family in Brevard County on Florida’s Space Coast. Other services include outpatient centers; the county’s only trauma center; home care; specialized programs for cancer, diabetes, heart, stroke, and rehabilitative services; central Brevard’s largest medical group; four fitness centers; and Medicare Advantage, commercial POS, and commercial HMO health plans.
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Secretary Sebelius Commemorates the 48th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

A statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reaffirmed the importance of the Medicare program citing it as a “sacred promise our country made to older Americans” securing the medical care they need “after contributing a lifetime of hard work to our nation’s well-being.”  “Seniors will be able to live their golden years with the security and peace of mind that comes with having affordable health coverage under Medicare,” she said. The ACA also contains tools to protect the health of seniors and save tax dollars by addressing Medicare fraud, waste and abuse, and strengthening the Medicare Trust Fund “extending its solvency until at least 2026,” nearly a decade longer compared to estimates before the passage of the ACA.
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Medicare comes to Kaiser Permanente

Please do not include any medical, personal or confidential information in your comment. Conversation is strongly encouraged; however, Kaiser Permanente reserves the right to moderate comments on this blog as necessary to prevent medical, personal and confidential information from being posted on this site. In addition, Kaiser Permanente will remove all spam, personal attacks, profanity, and off topic commentary. Finally, we reserve the right to change the posting guidelines at any time, at our sole discretion.
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The Health Wrap: Mending Medicare, system stresses, nanny state debates, an unhealthy climate

As the election race began, and those in the healthcare sector wondered if health might get a look-in at any point during the campaign, the Mend Medicare Coalition wasted no time in launching its own campaign calling for reform. As reported by Croakey, the Coalition released a report calling on leaders to spell out their pre-election plans for Medicare and arguing that Australia has outgrown its original system, designed to provide short-term episodic care rather than address the large amount of chronic and complex illness we see today. However, as Jennifer Doggett argues (also on Croakey), reforming fee-for-service medicine could be one of the six health policies we won’t be seeing this election campaign – along with others in the electoral too-hard basket such as the impact of climate change on health and more transparency over pharmacy’s funding deal with the Federal Government.
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Medicare, Medicaid Turn 48 Years Old

Since then, Medicare and Medicaid have provided health security for seniors, children, people with disabilities and those living at or near poverty. Forty-nine million seniors and people with disabilities are enrolled in Medicare, and 67 million persons living at or near poverty or living with disabilities are enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provide care to children in families that do not qualify for Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, is providing health security to millions of other Americans and will soon extend coverage to 25 million people who now are uninsured. Together, Medicare and Medicaid have protected generations of Americans over the last 48 years, and both are strengthened and protected by Obamacare.
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July 30, 1965 ~ Former President Harry S. Truman receives the first Medicare card

On this day July 30, 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare bill into law. Congress created Medicare under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide health insurance to people age 65 and older, regardless of income or medical history. In 1972, Congress expanded Medicare eligibility to younger people who have permanent disabilities and receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments.
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Why Congress Should Pass The Accuracy In Medicare Physician Payment Act

It won’t be easy. In January of this year, a federal appeals court upheld a lower court ruling, rejecting a legal challenge by six Augusta, GA primary care physicians to CMS’ longstanding reliance on the RUC to determine the relative value of medical procedures. The core of the physicians’ argument was that the RUC is a “de facto” federal advisory committee and therefore subject to the common interest rules associated with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). FACA requires, for example, that a panel’s composition , say of medical specialists, reflects their distribution in the real world. It also requires that applied scientific methods are credible and that proceedings are conducted transparently.
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Affordable Care Act: Medicare ACO’s Get Mixed Results for First Year, But Show Promise in Private Sector

"These results are reminiscent of what happened with the Physician Group Practice (PGP) Demonstration Project, a precursor to the current Medicare ACO programs, in which only two of 10 participating ACOs succeeded in the first year. Encouragingly, the participants in the PGP Demonstration Project in general improved their performance during the following years, so one would expect the 23 Pioneers still in the program to show better results in the years ahead."
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Seven Choices Medicare Plans Will Need To Make In Order To Survive

Sales channels are a good example of this. Given the recent proliferation of channels, it is critical that MA plans optimize their mix by focusing on the needs of their customers, instead of looking at what has helped sell various Medicare products in the past. Traditional channel options include direct sales, brokers, groups, and the web; emerging channels include retail stores, payor partnerships, and private exchanges. Each avenue provides a unique experience for the customer, and the right match can determine the eventual buying decision. The range of channels increases complexity, but it also allows leading plans to tailor their engagement strategy by segmenting the customers and personalizing interactions on the basis of segment needs for sales and enrollment, as well as ongoing interactions with the member to improve experience and manage health outcomes.
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August 12, 2013

Benefits Of Medicare Dental Plans ~ Article Zone

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Biggest advantage that these dental plans have brought are that these plans are gone beyond teeth protection. If you will hire dental services, it can cost you as high as you might be not able to afford but if you will choose any dental plan, it will lessen the cost. Another advantage for which dental plans are at great demand, that there will be a regular visit to your doctor in case of following a dental plan. More regularly you will visit your dentist there will be less chances of facing any tooth problem as you will have all protective measures on hands. One more advantage that you might be neglecting is that in case of immediate help or emergency if you will require, you will be able to consult with your doctor at right time. You will not require wasting your time for thinking for high fees for dealing with emergency condition as your dentist whose plan you are following will be responsible for giving you quick treatment.
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Video: Dental Insurance A Must for those on Medicare

For Example: Medicare Doesn’t Cover Dental Care

What is ironical is that yesterday while I was on hold on the telephone waiting to talk to a Medicare representative, I was informed by a recording that I am currently eligible for coverage under Medicare for cardiac screening, colon-and-rectal cancer screening, prostate cancer screening, diabetes screening, osteoporosis screening, a flu shot, and an annual examination by my primary care doctor.
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Medicare Teen Dental Plan

New dental scheme for children This is the final year of the Medicare Teen Dental Plan. On 1 January 2014, the plan will be replaced with a new children’s dental scheme—Grow Up Smiling. Eligibility for the new scheme will be the same as the Medicare Teen Dental Plan; however, the new scheme will be available to children aged between two and 17 years.
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August 12, 2013

Seven Choices Medicare Plans Will Need To Make In Order To Survive

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Sales channels are a good example of this. Given the recent proliferation of channels, it is critical that MA plans optimize their mix by focusing on the needs of their customers, instead of looking at what has helped sell various Medicare products in the past. Traditional channel options include direct sales, brokers, groups, and the web; emerging channels include retail stores, payor partnerships, and private exchanges. Each avenue provides a unique experience for the customer, and the right match can determine the eventual buying decision. The range of channels increases complexity, but it also allows leading plans to tailor their engagement strategy by segmenting the customers and personalizing interactions on the basis of segment needs for sales and enrollment, as well as ongoing interactions with the member to improve experience and manage health outcomes.
Source: healthaffairs.org

Video: Medicare’s Chief Actuary: Choice & Competition Have Successful History

Medicare Launches Medicare Personal Health Record Choice Pilot

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the launch of the Medicare PHR Choice Pilot in Arizona and Utah. This pilot program will offer beneficiaries with Original Medicare the opportunity to choose one of the personal health record (PHR) products offered by the companies selected for the pilot. PHRs will allow beneficiaries to maintain their health record information electronically and Medicare will add claims data directly to the PHRs for this pilot.
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H.R.2453: Medicare Beneficiary Preservation of Choice Act of 2013

Official: To preserve Medicare beneficiary choice by restoring and expanding the Medicare open enrollment and disenrollment opportunities repealed by section 3204(a) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. as introduced.
Source: opencongress.org

Medicare Must Preserve Patient Access to the Physician of their Choice

Neurosurgeons are convinced that the key to preserving our Medicare patients’ access to quality medical care is to overhaul the flawed Medicare payment system. An essential element of payment reform includes allowing patients and physicians to voluntarily enter into arrangements known as private contracts. Ultimately, private contracting is an important way to ensure that our patients can maintain control over their own medical decisions. While the government may have the right to determine what it will pay toward medical care, it does not have the right to determine the value of that medical care. This value determination should ultimately be made by the individual patient, and by allowing patients to contract with the physicians of their choice for any amount not covered by Medicare, patients will have the power to exercise this value judgment.
Source: neurosurgeryblog.org

Increasing income tax the right choice for a sustainable NDIS

I dont trust the big business media they may have a conflict of interest. Globalisation part of requirements to sell off government income generating assets so big business could enjoy the profits not taxpayer. I think we need to hear more of what positives this hung parliament has done but we hear little or nothing who is framing the debate. The easy way the Liberal country party way is to govern do little or nothing and if any problems blame Labor or the unions or unemployed or single parents. Mr Abbott was until very recently going to have the surplus back in first term that is how bad the deficit was now because of the down turn in the mining sector the negative effect on the continuing high dollar the deficit could take 10years to bring back to surplus. How many of us have had a morgage for 30years plus other debts. We are wealthy still and will be for a long time to come it we are being harrassed with doom and gloom where there is none. I believe that ALL Political PARTIES need to hear that the NDIS should go through no excuses services have been dismantled run down over the years enough is enough.
Source: theconversation.com

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August 12, 2013

Doctors Steer Clear of Medicare

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Source: dr-solutions.com

Video: Medicare Basic Overview by United Healthcare Medicare Solutions

Fight the Flu at Southcreek Office Park

Coupons or At Your Office: If you wish to provide company paid coupons for your employees to use at the clinics or schedule a flu clinic visit at your office, contact Terri Murphy at 913-345-2220 or tmurphy@healthysolutionsinc.com
Source: southcreekofficepark.com

Medicare Survey of Boomers and Seniors

If you are interested in learning about how to find the best prices Medicare Supplemental insurance please check out our website at www.centaurmedicaresolutions.com  It is safe to get your Medigap quotes from us as we do not sell your information out to a bunch of agents like many website do these days.  Your information goes to only one agent to pull quotes!
Source: centaurmedicaresolutions.com

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.
Source: ifawebnews.com

A Message from United Health Care @ Paragon Senior Health

State specific 2012 Dual Special Needs Plan (SNP) certification has been removed.  This means you will only be required to take the 2012 Dual Special Needs Plancertification module and will no longer have to be certified in each state you plan to sell.  This suggestion came from you.  We understand the importance of your time and we are committed to making your experience with UnitedHealthcare the best.  Keep in mind we will still offer state specific Dual SNP information during our AEP Readiness Training in your area.
Source: paragonseniorhealth.com

Four UnitedHealthcare Connecticut Medicare Advantage Plans Achieve Top NCQA Accreditation

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.
Source: hcimarket.com

VIDEO: Nationally Recognized TV Personality, Maria Antonieta Collins, Explains Medicare Benefits in First of Its Kind Spanish

Spanish-Language DVD –> MINNETONKA, Minn., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ — Award-winning journalist Maria Antonieta Collins has partnered with UnitedHealthcare to create the first-ever Spanish-language Medicare educational DVD for seniors and their caregivers. To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/unitedhealthcare/35269/ (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081211/NY51614 ) With more than 2.3 million Hispanic seniors over the age of 65 eligible for Medicare in the U.S., UnitedHealthcare Medicare Solutions has produced a 45-minute step-by-step educational DVD version of its Medicare Made Clear guide (Medicare Explicado). The first-of-its-kind video, narrated by Collins in Spanish, will serve as a roadmap to help Spanish speaking Americans unravel the confusion behind Medicare eligibility requirements, benefits and plan options. Through her work as a national television personality on both Univision and Telemundo networks and an author of six published books, Collins brings a trusted presence to the complex and unfamiliar Medicare system to the Hispanic senior and caregiver community. "UnitedHealthcare Medicare Solutions understands the difficulty many encounter when they navigate the Medicare system. Medicare Explicado is intended to be an easy-to-understand tool," said Lina Gallardo, vice president, Ovations Marketing, a division of UnitedHealthcare. "Maria Antonieta Collins’ explanations on the educational DVD simplify the layers of Medicare to the Spanish-speaking community empowering Spanish-speaking seniors and their families to make informed health care decisions." "This project gives me a great opportunity to be with the people and to say, here we are, we are speaking Spanish to answer any doubts that you may have about Medicare in this DVD," stated Collins. "As a reporter I believe we must advocate for our community, and this project is a good example." The Spanish-language DVD is available free of charge by calling 1-800-678-4281. In addition, consumers can download an easy-to-read Spanish language Medicare guide at http://www.medicare-explicado.com/. About UnitedHealthcare Medicare Solutions UnitedHealthcare is a diversified health and well-being company that provides a full range of Medicare coverage options for individuals and group retirees through its affiliates. The family of UnitedHealthcare Medicare Solutions plans includes Part D Prescription Drug Plans, Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans featuring the UnitedHealth(R), AARP(R), SecureHorizons(R), SecureHorizons(R) MedicareDirect(TM), Evercare(R) or AmeriChoice(R) brand name. Plans are insured or covered by an affiliate of UnitedHealthcare, a Medicare Advantage organization and a Prescription Drug Plans sponsor with a Medicare contract. Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081211/NY51614PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.comVideo: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/unitedhealthcare/35269/UnitedHealthcare Medicare Solutions Web Site: http://www.medicare-explicado.com/
Source: hispanicbusiness.com

Medicare Explained In Enfield

It will also look at ConnPace and the Medicare Savings Program, which provide those who qualify with additional financial assistance to cover prescription drugs and Part B premiums. Nancy Petronio, of United Healthcare Medicare Solutions, will present the overview and will also be available for questions.
Source: courant.com

United Healthcare Medicare Solutions

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Source: yourhealthwellness.org

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August 12, 2013

Utah Medicare Supplements

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A Utah Medigap (also called Utah Medicare Supplement Insurance) policy is private health insurance that is designed to supplement Original Medicare. This means it helps pay some of the health care costs (gaps) that Original Medicare doesn’t cover (like copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles). If you are in Original Medicare and you have a Medigap policy, Medicare will pay its share of the Medicare-approved amounts for covered health care costs. Then your Medigap policy pays its share. (Note: Medicare doesn’t pay any of the costs for you to get a Medigap policy.)
Source: utahseniorservices.com

Video: Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans – Where Do I Start?

Who Qualifies for Medicare Supplemental Insurance

In it’s most simple terms, medicare supplemental insurance assists people with paying medical costs that aren’t covered by Medicare. Also called Medigap insurance, these policies are sold by private insurance companies. Medigap will help pay for deductibles, co-payments and co-insurance.
Source: sdecocenter.org

FAQ: Seniors May See Changes in Medigap Policies

Advocacy groups like the Medicare Rights Center oppose restricting Medigap plans, saying it would simply shift more costs from the government to elderly and low-income people who can least afford it. “Some in government feel people in Medicare don’t have enough ‘skin in the game,’” says Ilene Stein, federal policy director for the center. In fact, she says, people on Medicare already pay 15 percent of their incomes for health care, well above the level paid by non-Medicare households. While the proposals would cap maximum annual spending per enrollee to $5,500 or $7,500, “that’s a lot of money for someone making $22,000,” the median household income for those on Medicare, she says. 
Source: kaiserhealthnews.org

How to Choose the Best Medigap Policy for You

Another important thing to consider before purchasing a policy from any Medigap provider is how the premium is determined. The three types of pricing styles are called Community Related, Age-Issued Related, and Attained-Age Related pricing. Community Related pricing is a flat rate for everyone in the community regardless of age. Everyone pays the same monthly premium.  Age-Issue Related pricing sets the policy price based on the age that you purchase the policy. The older you are, the higher your monthly payment will be. For Attained-Age Related pricing, your monthly payment for the policy will increase with each year. The cost of the policy will increase with each year. Your financial and health situations may affect which pricing style is best for you.
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Medicare Supplement Insurance Connecticut

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Supplemental Medicare Plans with a doctor’s note

The Medicare supplement insurance plan is often referred to as Medigap. This takes care of all the important requirements during a medical emergency. These plans are 10 in number and they are rated from plan A to N. They mostly complement to the Part A and B of the Medicare plans. You can fix the one based on your budget and your need. You can avail these plans by paying premium on monthly or yearly basis. The plan covers a variety of health related needs. This include transportation, accommodation, outpatient services, counseling, home recovery etc. the benefits of the supplemental insurance scheme comes in thousands of dollars.
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