The United States Social Security Administration

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Life can change in the blink of an eye. One moment you live in a warm, safe place; the next moment you can find yourself without a roof over your head. Who do you turn to? Where can you go? This is a reality for millions of Americans every day…
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Social Security Adminstration: American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN)

In addition to using our website, you can call us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213. We treat all calls confidentially. We can answer specific questions from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call during the week after Tuesday. We can provide information by automated phone service 24 hours a day. (You can use our automated response system to tell us a new address or request a replacement Medicare card.) If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may call our TTY number, 1-800-325-0778.
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Social Security Office Locations in Anchorage, Alaska

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Social Security Office for Anchorage, AK 99522

Hours of Social Security offices were extended in March, 2015. Almost all Social Security offices in the continental US have hours of 9:00 to noon on Wednesdays, and 9:00 to 4:00 on other weekdays. See if you can get an appointment by phone. Fridays may be less crowded. You can do things like signup for Medicare online at ssa.gov.
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Social Security Office in Anchorage, Alaska

There are a few people at this office who do their job well, but I have found many to be rude and incompetent. I had a hearing set by phone for a date when I would be out of state. I called TWICE to the phone number of the person who would conduct the interview and asked to be rescheduled. The voice mail had a message from July, when this happened in September. While I was gone this person called my home to conduct the interview, and got my wife, and had no idea or knew anything about the messages I had left. This incompetence will cost my son 73 dollars a month for the next five years. And all based on an erroneous estimate I corrected. Horrendous.
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Apply for Disability in Alaska

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Medicare Plans for Different Needs

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UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives. Our goal is to simplify the health care experience, help you meet your health and wellness needs and carry on trusted relationships with care providers. We offer a wide range of Medicare Advantage, Medicare prescription drug and Medicare Special Needs Plans that might be a good fit for you.
Source: uhcmedicaresolutions.com

Does Medicare Pay for Assisted Living

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I can promise you that here in Alabama, Medicare pays for NOTHING when it comes to Assisted Living. In fact, with my Mom, who is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s, it has been an act of God for Medicaid to help us. While Mom was in the Assisted Living since 2005, my family has gone through every cent of savings, 401k, and paychecks trying to meet the bill every month. The bottom line is the law needs to change. The people with Alzheimer’s, as well as their families need some sort of re-course. As for Medicaid, every time we turn in the paper work (4 times now), if they even acknowledge they have received the paperwork, they have sent us back a letter saying they need something else. It has gotten so bad, that we are now hand delivering all paperwork and keeping copies of everything. Why they don’t have a list of everything you are going to need posted, is a major concern. I think my Mom will pass away before Medicaid gets around to approving her case. What’s more difficult is the Nursing Home side of facilty cost us $5000 / month where as the Assisted Living was $3200 / month. Since we haven’t won the lottery, this increase hurts tremendously. Mom has to have the 24 hour care, there is no choice but to pay it.
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Medicaid & Medicare For Assisted Living & Nursing Home

As a Medicaid-approved provider of assisted living and nursing care, Hovnanian Senior Housing Services is eligible to provide housing to Medicaid beneficiaries. Let us help you review your housing and medical care needs and which services Medicaid or Medicare will assist you with. We can help you untangle the Federal and State eligibility rules that apply to your individual situation.
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Senior Care Options: Nursing Home Costs and Ratings for Medicare and Medicaid Insurance

Understand which nursing homes accept Medicare and Medicaid and know your preferred choice should the need arise suddenly, which is often the situation.  Nursing homes usually are not a preferred choice for senior care, but some of the more modern nursing homes do offer quality services and comfortable accommodations.  Ad Medicare and Medicaid will pay for rehabilitation in a nursing home, you should plan ahead the same way that you would when choosing a college.  Research the options, visit their facilities and understand the services offered.  This way, if the time arises when you will need nursing home care, your family members and medical doctor will know your senior care preference and you will not have the added stress of making a last-minute choice.  Nursing home accommodations vary widely, which is another reason to research the options before you need the services.
Source: assistedlivingtoday.com

Invest in Senior Care, Assisted Living & Medicare Stocks

The 79 million Baby Boomers are getting older, living longer, and they want to see the doctor.1 Their generation is 27% bigger than the preceding group.2 Not to mention rising medical costs would mean they’ll have to pay more than their parents did for similar healthcare. A longer life expectancy means they’ll also require more services like surgeries, treatments and long-term therapies for their ailing hearts, broken bones, diabetes, and other privileges of aging.
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Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set Aside Arrangements

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Medicare Set Aside Account Administration

MSA-meds is a professional administrator for Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) Accounts.  MSA-meds alleviates the problems associated with MSA Accounts by managing our clients MSA Accounts and reporting all expenditures back to Medicare in compliance will rules and guideline. Click below to learn more about MSA Accounts and to see if our free MSA administration program is right for you…
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Workers’ compensation and payments

If you settle your workers’ compensation claim, you must use the settlement money to pay for related medical care before Medicare will begin again to pay for related care. In many cases, the workers’ compensation agency contacts Medicare before a settlement is reached, to ask Medicare to approve an amount to be set aside to pay for future medical care. Medicare will look at certain medical documentation and approve an amount of money from the settlement that must be used up first before Medicare starts to pay for related care that’s otherwise covered and reimbursable by Medicare.
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CMS Releases Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set Aside (WCMSA) Reference Guide

3) All Parties Must Address Conditional Payments. While CMS clarifies the burden of addressing future medical expenses the agency is also offering a detailed explanation of its secondary payer rights under the MSP for past and future medical expenses. CMS explains its’ priority right of reimbursement for conditional payments made in the workers’ compensation context. When the workers’ compensation prompt payment rules have been met and Medicare has paid for claim-related care before the beneficiary has obtained a settlement or judgment those Medicare payments are “conditional payments.” The MSP requires CMS to seek reimbursement for any conditional payments made, and all parties face potential sanctions from CMS if those payments are not reimbursed. Although many parties in workers’ compensation cases don’t address conditional payment reimbursement, based on the Guide, parties from this point forward should verify and resolve any Medicare conditional payments, even if they “know” that the workers’ compensation carrier has been paying the bills. Having a document from CMS indicating that the agency has not made any conditional payments brings certainty to the MSP recovery process for past medical expenses.
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Medicare Secondary Payer Clarification

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Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP)

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Medicare Secondary Payer Act Blog

Under well-established Florida common law, the admission of evidence of social legislation benefits such as Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security is considered highly prejudicial. However the decision in Stanley constituted a notable, narrow exception to the common law evidentiary rule precluding the admission of social benefits. In Stanley the plaintiffs alleged that the defendants’ medical negligence resulted in intellectual disability and cerebral palsy for their son. After the plaintiffs presented evidence of future damages, the court permitted the defendants to introduce evidence of “free or low-cost charitable and governmental programs available in the community to meet” the needs of plaintiffs son. The court reasoned that keeping evidence of benefits available to all citizens should be admissible for the jury in determining reasonable future care cost, to avoid an unnecessary and undeserved windfall to the plaintiff. After the decision in Stanley, in an effort to reduce insurance costs and prevent plaintiffs from receiving windfall recoveries, that Florida legislature promulgated Florida statute § 768.76, which requires trial courts to reduce damage awards by the amount of benefits paid or otherwise available to claimants, from all collateral sources. §768.76 (1). There are no reductions, however, “for collateral sources for which a subrogation or reimbursement right exists.” Id.  The statute also expressly states that benefits received under Medicare or similar federal programs which provide for a lien on or a right to reimbursement from plaintiff’s recovery are not considered collateral sources. § 768.76(2)(b). In Joerg, the Court was specifically faced with the question of whether the exception to the collateral source rule created in Stanley applies to future benefits provided by social legislation such as Medicare. The plaintiff in Joerg was a developmentally disabled adult who due to his disabilities, was entitled to reimbursement from Medicare for his medical bills. After being struck by a car, the plaintiff filed suit against State Farm Automobile Insurance Company (“State Farm”). The trial court precluded State Farm from introducing evidence of plaintiff’s future Medicare or Medicaid benefits, and judgment was entered on behalf of the plaintiff. On appeal, the Second District noted that the promulgation of the Florida statute left the viability of Stanley in question, but ultimately held that the plaintiff’s benefits were free and unearned, and therefore admissible under Stanley.
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New CMS Website: Medicare Secondary Payer Conditional Payment Information 

[1] Title II of H.R. 1845, entitled "Strengthening Medicare Secondary Payer Rules," amends 42 U.S.C. §1395y(b)(2)(B) of the Medicare Statute, Pub. Law No. 112-242 (January 10, 2013).  See http://beta.congress.gov/bill/112th-congress/house-bill/1845/text. The Bill Summary and status report are available at: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:h.r.1845. The current Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Contractor (MSPRC) website is located at www.msprc.info. Title I, Section 101 of H.R. 1845, sets out a demonstration project under Medicare Part B for the payment of supplies and services related to the administration of Intravenous Immune Globin (IVIG) for the treatment of primary immune deficiency diseases. [2] The Medicare Secondary Payer program is set out at 42 U.S.C. §1395y(b)(2). [3] The Center’s work on MSP matters can be accessed at: http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/medicare-info/medicare-secondary-payer-program/. In addition, the Center led a task force of the Public Policy Committee of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) (www.naela.org) on the use of set-aside arrangements involving future medical expenses. The task force made recommendations on how attorneys might approach "future medicals" pending guidance from the Medicare agency. See: http://www.naela.org/App_Themes/Public/PDF/Home%20Page/ISSUE%20Medicare%20Set%20Aside%20TF_2%20(2).pdf.  [4] See, for example, the joint findings and recommendations, sent to the Medicare Agency, by the Center for Medicare Advocacy, the Medicare Rights Center, and California Health Advocates, available at http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/2011/05/12/medicare-secondary-payer-practices-that-harm-medicare-beneficiaries/. [5] See §201of the Act.  Note, the term "website" includes any successor technology that might be developed. Id., at subclause (VII). [6] See §201of the Act, ("VI") Effective date. [7] See §201of the Act. [8]Id., amending §1862(b)(2)(B) of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. §1395y(b)(2)(B), adding a new clause: (vii) use of website to determine final conditional reimbursement amount. [9] Id. [10] See §204, amending §1862(b)(8)(B) of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. §1395y(b)(8)(B). [11] Id. [12] Id., at subclause "(III)." [13] Id., at subclause "(IV)." [14] Id. [15] Id. [16] Id. [17] Id. [18] Id., at subclause (V), protected period. [19] Id. [20] Id. In addition, the Secretary shall promulgate final regulations to carry out this clause not later than 9 months after the date of the enactment of this clause. Id. [21] Id., §202(a)(2) of the Act. [22] Id., §202(b). [23] Id., subclause "(D)"Report to Congress. [24] Id. [25] See §203, amending §1862(b)(8) of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 1395y(b)(8)( Required submission of information by or on behalf of liability insurance (including self-insurance), no fault insurance, and workers’ compensation laws and plans). [26] Id. [27] See §205, amending §1862(b)(2)(8)(iii) of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. §1395y(b)(2)(8)(iii).
Source: medicareadvocacy.org

When is Medicare the primary payer and when is it the secondary payer?

Although employers have the right to end COBRA coverage when you enroll in Medicare, some employers choose to continue COBRA. If your COBRA coverage continues when you enroll in Medicare, then Medicare is primary. This is only true if you qualify for Medicare based on age or disability. If you enroll in Medicare because of ESRD, and your employer does not end COBRA, then COBRA is primary and Medicare is secondary during the 30-month coordination period.
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Medicare Cost Savings Programs

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The SLMB program provides payment of Medicare Part B premiums only for individuals who would be eligible for the QMB program except for excess income. Income for this program must be more than 100% of the FPL, but not exceed 120% or 135% of the FPL.
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Medicare, Medicaid Health & Dental Clinic Hollister MO

Jordan Valley Community Health Center in Hollister, Missouri provides a convenient location and comprehensive approach to behavioral health through our partnership with Burrell Behavioral Health. This approach recognizes, supports and addresses the link between mental and physical health.
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Dental Care Springfield MO

In addition to providing dental care for kids and adults, our team also sees school-aged kids via our mobile unit program, called Trudi’s Kids. Traveling all over southwest Missouri, our mobile units see students with dental needs while they’re at school, so parents don’t have to worry about taking off work.  Our mobile unit program also provides comprehensive dental care to special needs and nursing home patients. Our team understands the importance of accessing health care when it’s needed and we’re proud to provide mobile dental services right here in the Ozarks.
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Coventry Medicare: Coventry Health Care of Missouri (MO, IL)

Whether you are an employer, health care provider, interested in enrolling, or already a member, our goal is to provide you with valuable and convenient online resources and information. Come explore the ways in which we can help you take charge of your Medicare Advantage coverage.
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Dean Clinic, Dean Health Plan, Dean Foundation

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Online Member Guide Premium Payments Member Benefits Document Center Pharmacy Services & Programs State Employee Members Medicare Members BadgerCare Plus Members Living Healthy Program All Member Resources
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Health Plans & Benefits: Continuation of Health Coverage

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) gives workers and their families who lose their health benefits the right to choose to continue group health benefits provided by their group health plan for limited periods of time under certain circumstances such as voluntary or involuntary job loss, reduction in the hours worked, transition between jobs, death, divorce, and other life events. Qualified individuals may be required to pay the entire premium for coverage up to 102 percent of the cost to the plan.
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What’s Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap)?

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Some Medigap policies also offer coverage for services that Original Medicare doesn’t cover, like medical care when you travel outside the U.S. If you have Original Medicare and you buy a Medigap policy, Medicare will pay its share of the Medicare-approved amount for covered health care costs. Then your Medigap policy pays its share.
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Medicare: What Are Medigap Plans?

If you are going to buy a Medigap plan, the open enrollment period is six months from the first day of the month of your 65th birthday — as long as you are also signed up for Medicare Part B — or within six months of signing up for Medicare Part B. During this time, you can buy any Medigap policy at the same price a person in good health pays. If you try to buy a Medigap policy outside this window, there is no guarantee that you’ll be able to get coverage. If you do get covered, your rates might be higher.
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Medigap (Medicare Supplement Health Insurance)

A Medigap policy is health insurance sold by private insurance companies to fill the “gaps” in Original Medicare Plan coverage. Medigap policies help pay some of the health care costs that the Original Medicare Plan doesn’t cover. If you are in the Original Medicare Plan and have a Medigap policy, then Medicare and your Medigap policy will each pay its share of covered health care costs. Generally, when you buy a Medigap policy you must have Medicare Part A and Part B. You will have to pay the monthly Medicare Part B premium ($96.40 in 2011 for most beneficiaries). In addition, you will have to pay a premium to the Medigap insurance company. As long as you pay your premium, your Medigap policy is guaranteed renewable. This means it is automatically renewed each year. Your coverage will continue year after year as long as you pay your premium. In some states, insurance companies may refuse to renew a Medigap policy bought before 1992. Insurance companies can only sell you a “standardized” Medigap policy. Medigap policies must follow Federal and state laws. These laws protect you. The front of a Medigap policy must clearly identify it as “Medicare Supplement Insurance.” It’s important to compare Medigap policies, because costs can vary. The standardized Medigap policies that insurance companies offer must provide the same benefits. Generally, the only difference between Medigap policies sold by different insurance companies is the cost. You and your spouse must buy separate Medigap policies.Your Medigap policy won’t cover any health care costs for your spouse. Some Medigap policies also cover other extra benefits that aren’t covered by Medicare. You are guaranteed the right to buy a Medigap policy under certain circumstances. For more information on Medigap policies, you may call 1-800-633-4227 and ask for a free copy of the publication “Choosing a Medigap Policy: A Guide to Health Insurance for People With Medicare.” You may also call your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and your State Insurance Department. Phone numbers for these Departments and Programs in each State can be found in that publication.
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Arizona Medicare Supplements

Medigap Companies: Admiral Life Insurance Aetna Life Insurance American Continental Insurance American National Life Insurance Anthem Life American Pioneer Life Insurance American Republic Insurance Bankers Fidelity Life Insurance Blue Cross and Blue Shield Central Reserve Life Insurance Christian Fidelity Life Insurance Combined Insurance Company Conseco Insurance Company Continental General Insurance Continental Life Insurance Company Equitable Life and Casualty Insurance Family Life Insurance Company Forethought Insurance Company Genworth Life Insurance Company Gerber Life Insurance Company Globe Life and Accident Insurance Golden Rule Insurance Company Great American Life Insurance Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Humana Insurance Company Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Loyal American Life Insurance Marquette National Life Insurance Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company National States Insurance Company New Era Life Insurance Company Old Surety Life Insurance Company Pacificare Life Assurance Company Pennsylvania Life Insurance Company Philadelphia American Life Insurance Physician’s Life Insurance Company Provident American Life & Health Reserve National Insurance Company Royal Neighbors of America Sierra Health and Life Insurance Southwest Service Life Insurance Standard Life and Accident Insurance State Mutual Insurance Company Sterling Investors Life Insurance Sterling Life Insurance Company Unicare United American Insurance Company United Commercial Travelers (UCT) United National Life Insurance United of Omaha Life Insurance United Teacher Associates United World World Corp Insurance Company
Source: medigap360.com

Arizona Medicare Supplement: Arizona Medigap

There are plenty of companies out there advertising supplemental insurance in Arizona, but how do you know you are picking the right one? First and foremost, you have to make sure that they have competitive prices, as well as a knowledgeable and respectable staff. Arizona Medicare Supplements provides both of those things, as we serve seniors with Arizona Medigap Coverage or Arizona Medicare Supplement policies. We strive to provide affordable rates as well as complete customer service both before and after the sale.
Source: arizonamedicaresupplements.com

Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare

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Arizona Medicare Supplement Plans

Beneficiaries may choose to enroll in a Medicare Supplement plan in Arizona during their six-month Medigap Open Enrollment Period, which begins on the first day of the month that they are both at least 65 years old and enrolled in Medicare Part B. During this period, companies are not allowed to deny coverage or charge higher premiums to beneficiaries due to pre-existing medical conditions. After the Open Enrollment Period, beneficiaries may also enroll in a Medigap plan, although protections for pre-existing medical conditions no longer apply.
Source: ehealthmedicare.com

New York Medicare Advantage Plans with Part D (Prescription Drug) Coverage

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The plans below offer Medicare Advantage and Part D coverage to New York residents. Medicare Advantage plans, also known as Medicare Part C, are alternatives to original Medicare. These plans help cover the costs of services provided by hospitals, doctors, lab tests and some preventive screenings. These plans’ Part D component helps cover prescription drugs. Even if a plan’s monthly premium is $0, you would still pay the equivalent of the original Medicare premium. Not all plans shown here will be available to you; enter your zip code to see plans in your area. You can read about whether Medicare Advantage is right for you. If you only want plans with drug coverage, browse Prescription Drug (Part D) Plans.
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Chemung County Government

We have included many links to take you directly to certain information contained on the Excellus website.  When Excellus updates their website, some of these direct links are lost.  Please let us know if you find links that are no longer working by calling (607) 737-2088 or email
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Information for Medicare Beneficiaries

Medicare covers two types of physical exams; one when you’re new to Medicare and one each year after that. The Welcome to Medicare physical exam is a one-time review of your health, education and counseling about preventive services, and referrals for other care if needed. Medicare will cover this exam if you get it within the first 12 months of enrolling in Part B. You will pay nothing for the exam if the doctor accepts assignment. When you make your appointment, let your doctor’s office know that you would like to schedule your Welcome to Medicare physical exam. Keep in mind, you don’t need to get the Welcome to Medicare physical exam before getting a yearly Wellness exam. If you have had Medicare Part B for longer than 12 months, you can get a yearly wellness visit to develop or update a personalized prevention plan based on your current health and risk factors. Again, you will pay nothing for this exam if the doctor accepts assignment. This exam is covered once every 12 months.
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Changes in the Use and Costs of Diagnostic Imaging Among Medicare Beneficiaries With Cancer, 1999

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Financial Disclosures: Dr Curtis reported receiving research support from Allergan, Eli Lilly and Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Medtronic, Merck & Co, Johnson & Johnson (Ortho Biotech), Novartis, OSI Eyetech, and Sanofi-Aventis. Dr Curtis has made available online a detailed listing of financial disclosures (http://www.dcri.duke.edu/research/coi.jsp). Dr Schulman reported receiving research support from Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Allergan, Amgen, Arthritis Foundation, Astellas Pharma, Bristol-Myers Squibb, The Duke Endowment, Genentech, Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Kureha Corporation, Medtronic, Merck & Co, Nabi Biopharmaceuticals, National Patient Advocate Foundation, NovaCardia, Novartis, OSI Eyetech, Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis, Scios, Tengion, Theravance, Thomson Healthcare, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals; receiving personal income for consulting from McKinsey & Company and the National Pharmaceutical Council; having equity in Alnylam Pharmaceuticals; having equity in and serving on the board of directors of Cancer Consultants Inc; and having equity in and serving on the executive board of Faculty Connection LLC. Dr Schulman has made available online a detailed listing of financial disclosures (http://www.dcri.duke.edu/research/coi.jsp). No other disclosures were reported.
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The Facts on Medicare Spending and Financing

A number of changes to Medicare have been proposed that could help to address the health care spending challenges posed by the aging of the population, including: restructuring Medicare benefits and cost sharing; eliminating “first-dollar” Medigap coverage; further increasing Medicare premiums for beneficiaries with relatively high incomes; raising the Medicare eligibility age; shifting Medicare from a defined benefit structure to a “premium support” system; and accelerating the ACA’s delivery system reforms. At the same time, changes have been proposed to improve coverage under Medicare in order to limit the financial burden of health care costs on older Americans and younger beneficiaries with disabilities, though such changes would likely require additional spending. In addition to these potential changes, which would affect future spending levels, revenue options could also be considered to help finance care for Medicare’s growing and aging population.
Source: kff.org

How to Reform Medicare: First Stage to Fix the Current Program

[5]The significant differences in official long-term projections, including projections of the program’s unfunded liability, reflect the differences in agency assumptions, particularly about the likelihood of the continuation of current law. The Medicare Trustees and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) are required to make projections under current law, which assumes, for example, that the large Medicare Part A payment reductions are sustainable and that the projected 29.4 percent reduction in Medicare physician payment will be implemented in 2012. The Office of the Actuary in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) makes projections based on the premise that key elements of current law are simply “unworkable.” See John D. Shatto and M. Kent Clemens, “Projected Medicare Expenditures Under an Illustrative Scenario with Alternative Payment Updates to Medicare Providers,” Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of the Actuary, May 13, 2011, at https://www.cms.gov/ReportsTrustFunds/downloads/2010TRAlternativeScenario.pdf (September 19, 2011).
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Medicare Fraud Reporting Center

Medicare Whistleblowers are typically healthcare professionals who are aware of hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, Nursing Homes, Hospices, long term care and other health care facilities that routinely overcharge or seek reimbursement from government programs for medical services not rendered, drugs not used, beds not slept in and ambulance rides not taken. If you have information about a person or a company that is cheating the Medicare program (or any other government run healthcare program), you may be able to collect a large financial reward for reporting it here.
Source: medicarefraudcenter.org