Medicare ‘doc fix’ bill passes House

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In a rare moment of bipartisanship bringing House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi together, the House passed the so called “doc fix.” The House passed it overwhelmingly, 392-37.
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House Passes Medicare ‘Doc Fix’ Bill

WASHINGTON—The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a measure to reformulate how Medicare reimburses physicians and other providers, a deal forged in a rare bipartisan alliance between the chamber’s top two leaders.
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Senate overwhelmingly approves ‘doc fix’

The bill will cost $214 billion over 10 years, with $73 billion of that cost offset with spending cuts or new revenue, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The bill includes reforms to transition Medicare’s payment system from incentivizing quantity to quality in care and is likely to produce small savings for the government over time, according to the CBO.
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Medicare Plans for Different Needs

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Your health is important. Find a UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plan or Medicare prescription drug plan that may be right for you before Open Enrollment ends December 7. With a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan* you may apply at any time throughout the year.  
Source: uhcmedicaresolutions.com

Medicare Information, Help, and Plan Enrollment

Humana is a Medicare Advantage [HMO, PPO and PFFS] organization with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in any Humana plan depends on contract renewal. This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, copayments and restrictions may apply. Benefits, premiums and/or member cost-share may change on January 1 of each year.
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Noridian Healthcare Solutions, LLC

Part A claims processing covers services provided through hospitals and post-hospital care. Noridian administers Part A for ‘)” onmouseout=”UnTip()”>Jurisdiction F and ‘)” onmouseout=”UnTip()”>Jurisdiction E.
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Medicare Advantage Health Plans: Options and Coverage

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Medicare Advantage plans are private insurance health plans, regulated by the government. Medicare Advantage is also known as “MA” or Medicare Part C. All individuals enrolled in Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, are eligible to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, with the exception of those diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), there are exceptions.
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Get Medicare Advantage Plan Quotes

Initial Coverage Election Period: You can enroll in Medicare Advantage or Medicare Advantage with prescription drug coverage when you first become eligible for Medicare. Your Initial Coverage Election Period (ICEP), is a seven-month period that starts 3 months before the month you turn 65, includes the month you turn 65, and ends 3 months after the month you turn 65. If you are under age 65 and you receive Social Security disability, you qualify for Medicare in the 25th month after you begin receiving your Social Security benefits. If you fall into this category, you may enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan 3 months before your month of eligibility, during the month of eligibility, and 3 months after the month of eligibility. For example, if your Medicare Part A and Part B coverage begins in May, your Medicare Advantage IEP is February through August. See Medicare Advantage Plans
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2016 Medicare Advantage Plans State Overview

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Symptom Checker from WebMD. Check Your Medical Symptoms.

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This tool does not provide medical advice It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
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How to Become a Medicare Certified Home Health Agency

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Home health care agencies employ nurses, certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and home health aides, who take care of the elderly in their homes. If you are compassionate, hardworking and have business sense, opening a home health care agency will not be difficult. Before you open your agency, make sure you obtain Medicare certification. Not only will this give you clients peace of mind, but allow you to bill Medicare for your services.
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Medicare Open Enrollment 2016

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In accordance with section 1853(b)(1) of the Social Security Act (the Act), we are notifying you of the annual Medicare Advantage (MA) capitation rate for each MA payment area for CY 2014 and the risk and other factors to be used in adjusting such rates. The capitation rate tables for 2013 are posted on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) web site at http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Health-Plans/MedicareAdvtgSpecRateStats/index.html under Ratebooks and Supporting Data. The statutory component of the regional benchmarks, transitional phase-in periods for the Affordable Care Act rates, qualifying counties, and each county’s applicable percentage are also posted at this website.
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When Is Open Enrollment for Medicare?

Medicare Part C, also known as Medicare Advantage, comes from private insurers with government backing who essentially bundle Parts A and B with some supplemental services that can include prescription drug coverage. Personal enrollment periods follow the same rules as those of Parts A and B regarding the seven-month window. Patients who already have Part A and signed up for B during its general open enrollment period can signup for Part C between April 1 and June 30. This period does not apply to patients having Part B but not Part A. Medicare Advantage general enrollment begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7. A disenrollment period also exists from Jan. 1 to Feb. 14. The latter period differs only in the fact that only plan changes can happen — such as switching Advantage plans or dropping back down to regular Medicare — rather than the combination of enrollment and changes available during general enrollment.
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Medicare Open Enrollment is coming soon – add it to your fall checklist

Fall is the perfect time to take care of things around your house—like turning your clocks back and changing smoke detector batteries. Another important item on your fall checklist is Medicare’s Open Enrollment, which runs from October 15–December 7. It’s important that your health plan meets the changing demands in your life, so now’s your chance to review your coverage and see if you need to make any changes for next year. Or, you may decide you’re happy with the plan you have now. If that’s the case, and the plan is still being offered next year, you don’t need to do anything.
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Medicare Open Enrollment 2016

Doughnut hole: A gap in prescription drug benefits. In 2015, Part D enrollees will pay a monthly premium and may, depending on the plan, pay a deductible on prescriptions. Once any deductible is met, they pay copayments or co-insurance for their drugs until total drug spending – what the plan pays and what the enrollee pays combined – reaches $2,970 for the year. Then the enrollee pays 47.5 percent of the cost of brand-name drugs and 79 percent of the cost of generics until total out-of-pocket expenses for the year reach $4,750. After that, the enrollee reaches catastrophic coverage and pays only a small portion of drug costs, either 5 percent or copayments of $2.65 for generics and $6.60 for brands, whichever is more.
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Application to copy or transfer from one Medicare card to another form (3170)

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Complete this form to copy or transfer someone on to your own Medicare card or another Medicare card. Where the transfer or copy is to another person’s Medicare card that cardholder must also sign the form.
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New or Replacement Social Security Number and Card

You need a Social Security number to get a job, collect Social Security benefits and get some other government services. But you don’t often need to show your Social Security card. Do not carry your card with you. Keep it in a safe place with your other important papers.
Source: ssa.gov

Order a Medicare Replacement Card Online

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How to Renew a Medicare Card

Request a new Medicare card also via the Social Security website (see Resources). Simply complete the online form. You can also visit your local Social Security Administration office in person to renew your card. When making an in-person visit, be sure to take a government-issued photo ID and the renewal notice you received.
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CMS 855A Medicare Application | CMS 855A Medicare Application made easy

We have assisted well over 1,200 Home Health Care Agencies with the completion of the CMS 855 A Medicare Application and Medicare Accreditation process. We complete your Home Health Care Agency’s CMS 855 A Medicare Application and paperwork requirements. The recent and ongoing changes to licensing standards and regulatory requirements can make the completion of the CMS 855 A Form challenging. At 21st Century Health Care Consultants, you provide us the Medicare Application information required, we do the rest; its that simple. We complete your CMS 855 A Medicare Application and include the required Civil Rights Package for your State. We offer a full Home Health Care Medicare Accreditation Program, we will get your Home Health Care Agency Medicare Accredited, no question.
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Hospital Cost Transparency

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Home office expense:  Worksheet G-3 uses the declared not the allowed home office expense in reporting Net Income.  To find the Allowed Home Office Expense and adjust the facility’s Net Income data, Worksheet A-8-1 is needed.    One hospital chain had over $100,000,000 in profit before taxes reported on their SEC 10 K report.  However, adding the net revenues before taxes of all the facilities less than 30,000,000 could be accounted for.  One aberration found was that some of the facilities had a very high home office expense disallowed amount. 
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The Medicare & Medicaid Center: What’s the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid?

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Insurance companies are constantly trying to improve the level of service they provide to customers even if it means a lot of work on new products and services. In 2012 Medicare is trying to improve service on their website with the “Blue Button” that should help with navigation. Your information and previous records will be much easier to access with this tool. You can logon from anywhere at any time and be able to access your medical history, health care providers and medications. Continue reading
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Medicare & Medicaid Lawyers

Your doctor prescribes some drugs or orders a test when you visit his office; it’s no big deal, right? You made an appointment to figure out what’s wrong with you and the doctor’s trying to do just th … Read more
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Benefits for People with Disabilities

The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program.
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Medicare Supplemental Insurance Quotes

Because the Medicare system is standardized, Medicare Supplement coverage is identical with all companies. The only difference between companies is price. Medicare Supplements Made Easy provides you with free Medicare Supplement Insurance Quotes from the leading Insurance Companies.
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Medicare Rights University

This Special Topics Module discusses hospital transitions for Medicare beneficiaries. Through the module’s three courses, you will learn about the landscape that people with Medicare and their families must navigate when transitioning out of a hospital stay to a skilled nursing facility, back home, or to a hospice facility. You will learn how you and your colleagues can help ease these transitions. All three module courses contain information about federal and New York State Medicare requirements for patient admission and discharge. You also will learn about Medicare’s recommendations and best practices for helping ensure positive health outcomes for your patients. Each course contains important tips for professionals, as well as teaching materials that can assist patients in understanding Medicare’s coverage of hospital stays.
Source: medicarerightsuniversity.org

Compare Medicare Advantage & Supplemental Plans

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Medicare Advantage insurance is offered by private insurance companies with a Medicare contract, and replaces Original Medicare Part A and Part B. You must continue to pay your Part B premiums. Medicare Advantage plans typically offer additional benefit options and have less cost-sharing than Original Medicare, and you may have to pay a monthly premium in return for the extra benefits. Medicare Advantage plans come in a variety of formats, such as HMO, PPO and PFFS plans, as well as special needs plans. Medicare beneficiaries can enroll in Medicare Advantage plans if they have Medicare Part A and Part B, but only during designated enrollment periods. These enrollment periods change from time-to-time, so please call us to get the most-up-to-date information.
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Medicare Supplement Plan F

Medicare Supplement Plan F may offer expansive coverage, but it does not cover everything. Under Plan F, beneficiaries are still required to pay their Medicare Part B premium payments each month. Additionally, it is possible to have Medicare Part A without a monthly premium if the beneficiary has worked and paid Social Security taxes for at least 40 calendar quarters (10 years). Otherwise, a monthly premium for Part A coverage is also required. These costs are not covered under Medicare Supplement Plan F.
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Medicare Supplement Plan F

* A benefit period begins on the first day you receive service as an inpatient in a hospital and ends after you have been out of the hospital and have not received skilled care in any other facility for 60 days in a row. **This high deductible plan pays the same or offers the same benefits as Plan F after you have paid a calendar year $2110 deductible. Benefits from the high deductible Plan F will not begin until out-of-pocket expenses are $2110. Out-of-pocket expenses for this deductible are expenses that would ordinarily be paid by the policy. This includes the Medicare deductibles for Part A and Part B, but does not include the plan’s separate foreign travel emergency deductible.
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