UNI/CARE Connects Medical Records to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

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Microsoft is committed to improving health around the world through software innovation. Over the past 13 years, Microsoft has steadily increased its investments in health with a focus on addressing the challenges of health providers, health and social services organizations, payers, consumers and life sciences companies worldwide. Microsoft closely collaborates with a broad ecosystem of partners and delivers its own powerful health solutions, such as Amalga, HealthVault, and a portfolio of identity and access management technologies acquired from Sentillion Inc. in 2010. Together, Microsoft and its industry partners are working to deliver health solutions for the way people aspire to work and live.
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Medicare Targets Health Plans With Low Ratings

Medicare officials are encouraging 525,000 beneficiaries to switch out of these 26 Medicare Advantage and drug plans that have received low ratings for three consecutive years and enroll in better plans for next year. The poor performing plans will have this warning symbol next to their names on Medicare’s plan finder website to steer shoppers to other plans.
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CMS Letter on Poor Performing Medicare Advantage Plans

CMS has also created an SEP allowing beneficiaries one chance to move from a “poor” performing plan to one that is rated 3-Star or higher after January 1, 2013.  This SEP is not agent driven however, so in order for someone to take advantage of this, the individual must call 1-800-MEDICARE. There are no timeframes, end dates, etc. associated with this SEP and CMS will be granting the SEP on a case-by-case basis. Beneficiaries will be receiving letters regarding this as well.
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Salina Public Flu Vaccine Clinic To Be Held Wednesday

A drive-thru clinic for adults only will be conducted from 11:00AM-2:00PM in the east driveway behind the 4-H Building and Agriculture Hall.  Vehicle entry will be from the south in the dirt parking area across from the entrance to Kenwood Cove.  Participants at the drive-thru must be 18 years of age or older and are asked to wear short-sleeve shirts.
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Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage, Medicare Part D, Doughnut Hole

Medicare has an optional program — called Medicare Part D — that provides insurance to help you pay for prescription drugs. If you select to have the coverage, you pay a monthly premium. This guide explains how the program works and helps you make decisions in choosing a plan that’s right for you.
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WellPoint To Transfer UniCare Blocks

The old WellPoint Health Networks Inc., Woodland Hills, Calif., one of the companies that merged to form WellPoint Inc., created the UniCare business in 1995 to hold health insurance operations outside of California. Much of the business in the unit was acquired from Massachusetts Life Insurance Company, Springfield, Mass., in 1996 and from John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, Boston, in 1997. Also today, WellPoint:
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Employees Mutual Health Insurance Company Review

WellPoint wants to help employers and employees to maximize their health insurance dollars by purchasing services within WellPoint’s established relationship network (including doctors, hospitals, and healthcare clinics). Because of the sheer breadth of WellPoint’s relationships, individual employees can take greater control in identifying healthcare solutions. Employers receive greater cost controls while offering employees healthcare products and services.
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Best Way to Market Medicare Supplements? I need help!

Hello everyone. I’m an independent agent in NC. Im 27 yrs old and have been doing this for 2 yrs. Im struggling with a lead program. Iv tried a few methods that dont seem to be that productive. 1st method was a mailer that they sent back and I just showed up using the "card" "Lead" to get in the door. I had much success getting in the door and presenting my presentation. Was not that productive though because people were not home most of the time and usually took many visits to get in the door. With gas being almost $4 id like to try another method.l 2nd method was a Unicare Telemarketing agent would book my appointments. That worked out really well had my best week of $3,000 + . Soon unicare called and said they were having trouble booking appointments and stopped :( Now im trying to market to people just coming on to Medicare. Im sending pre-approach letters and following up with phone calls to those i can not on the do not call list. So far this has not been productive at all. No one is responding to my letters.When I call most just want to hang up. 3rd is an Internet lead company. They send me name and info of people who inquired about Medicare Insurance. Most are willing to talk but I have yet been able to book an appointment. They seem to be sending these names to MANY MANY people and the prospects are overwhelmed. I have a great teacher in my Dad who has been a salesman all his life and in Medicare insurance for 20+ yrs. He was a top producer for BCBS in NC &SC for almost a decade. He has since moved on to Stock Market investments (day trader) and has not been active in the Insurance Market for 5 yr or so.Ever since BCBS changed their contracts.His method was he sent mailers out and people called him. He didnt have to call them they called him. So hes not as much help in marketing insurance now since hes been out of the loop. I represent the best companies in the state and have the best prices in the state. Most of my success has been with Medicare Advantage more than supplement. People I run across just cant afford the premiums and I have the best in the state. Well Medicare Advantage period is over so I need to start selling Supplements again I just having a hard time with leads and marketing. I was hoping to get some insight from agents who have been more active in the market and see what they are having the most success with. I enjoy what I do but Im starting to really feel the pressure during non medicare advantage times. I have a family to support and im running out of time. Please help.
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Deadline for Illinois’ new retiree healthcare program signup Friday

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“I’ve had several calls to my office from individuals who are concerned about the limited number of providers they are seeing listed in the network for the United Healthcare Group Medicare Advantage PPO option,” says Senator Rezin. “The enrollment booklet states that if you enroll in the UnitedHealthcare Group Medicare Advantage PPO plan, you can see any provider in the nation who accepts payment from Medicare and that the provider does not have to be in the UHC network.”
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Video: How to complete a Medicare Open Enrollment/Change Form

Prepare for Open Enrollment

If you are a Medicare recipient, or if you are eligible for Medicare, you are or will be eligible to add prescription drug coverage to your Medicare benefits. The new addition to Medicare is known Part D. It is called PDP (Prescription Drug Plan.) Anyone who has the Medicare is eligible to enroll in one of the prescription drug plans.
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Haven’t Received a State

The reason that you have not received anything in the mail is possibly because there is something recorded wrong in the data base that is being used to identify you as being eligible for this change in insurance. Therefore, please do the following, as December 13th isn’t very far away!
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News Article/Update on State Medicare Advantage Plans

The complete program information is now available on the CMS website for both the College Insurance Program (CIP) and the State Employees’ Group Health Program. The TRAIL Decision Guide includes an explanation of plan options, plan comparison chart, rate chart, coverage map, and contact information for the four plan administrators. The site also offers a comprehensive FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) sheet for CIP and State Employees.
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teacher/poet/musician glen brown: MEDICARE ADVANTAGE (UPDATED 11

, Nov. 12, you received an email alert from Teachers’ Retirement System regarding a new Illinois Medicare Advantage program that most TRIP members in Medicare will have to participate in under state law. This message is a clarification of that email. Eligible TRIP members must enroll in the new Medicare Advantage unless they decide voluntarily to drop their participation in TRIP. If you drop TRIP, you will not have to participate in the state’s new Medicare Advantage program. If you decide to end your participation in TRIP, you must complete and sign that section of the Medicare Advantage enrollment form and return the form to TRS. Member Services Division Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Illinois
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Medical Billing Challenges for Physicians Accepting only Medicare and Medicaid

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