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Medicare and Medigap Rate Information
Unfortunately, Medicare eligible seniors cannot use a Medicare Medical Saving Account (MSA) to pay for a Medicare supplement plan. MSAs are set up to have a high deductible Medicare Advantage plan with a savings account. The government deposits money into the account to pay toward Medicare covered expenses. This is an amount that is usually less than the high deductible. This type of plan may require significant out-of-pocket expenses for enrolling seniors, and unlike Medicare Supplement plans, generally limits choice of doctor and facilities as a traditional Medicare Advantage plan.
CMS Releases 2011 Medicare Fee Schedule Proposed Rule
The RVUs for every dialysis code except two are increased for 2011, with CPT code 90967 (the daily code for infants experiences a 3.5% reduction), and code 90968 (the daily code for patients 2-11 years of age remaining stable) being the only exceptions. Additionally, the RVUs for the inpatient dialysis code series do not reflect changes proposed as a result of review by the AMA’s Relative Value Update Committee (RUC), where RPA sought to have the relativity for these codes restored in light of changes in recent years to corresponding evaluation and management (E&M) services. [The high volume inpatient code, 90935, hemodialysis, single evaluation, at one time was equivalent to a level three hospital visit, but changes in the E&M code values disrupted the relativity and rendered it equivalent to a level two visit—RPA sought to restore the relativity.] The positive news regarding RVUs extends to several high volume interventional nephrology codes as well. For example the RVUs for CPT code 36870, percutaneous thrombectomy, AV fistula, was increased by 11.2%, and the RVUs for code 36589, removal of tunneled CV catheter, were increased by 8.5%.
2015 Employer Health Benefits Survey
Annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage reached $17,545 this year, up 4 percent from last year, with workers on average paying $4,955 towards the cost of their coverage, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Education Trust 2015 Employer Health Benefits Survey. The 2015 survey includes information on the use of incentive for employer wellness programs, plan cost-sharing as well as firm offer rate. Survey results are released here in a variety of ways, including a full report with downloadable tables on a variety of topics, summary of findings, and an article published in the journal Health Affairs.