Report: Ryan budget would cost Colorado billions in healthcare cuts

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Source: coloradoindependent.com

Video: Survey: Two-thirds of Colorado doctors refuse or limit basic Medicare patients

Highmark (MAC Jurisdiction H) Dates Released

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) transition dates for Jurisdictions 4, which covers Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and Oklahoma,  and 7, which covers Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi.  As previously reported, CMS is consolidating these two jurisdictions into a new Jurisdiction H, and has awarded the contract for administering all Medicare Part A and B operations to Highmark Medicare Services. After an unsuccessful appeal by TrailBlazer Health Enterprises and Pinnacle Business Solutions, the current MACs for these regions, implementation is moving forward.
Source: lilesparker.com

Colorado docs often refuse or limit new Medicare patients

Dr. Jonathan Zonca, of Ascent Family Medicine in Denver, is taking new Medicare patients. But he said he hesitated after figuring out that Medicare had paid half of what other insurance plans did, over three years.
Source: patientpowernow.org

Medicare on Main Street: Rocky Medicare Access for Coloradans

In yet another example of the failed policies of the Obama Administration including the president’s decision to cut more than $500 billion to fund his takeover of healthcare, a recent article in the Colorado Public News highlights the problems that Coloradans are having with access to Medicare.  This should not be surprising to anyone who has followed the growing problem of Medicare access across the country which the president’s government takeover of health care law only exacerbates. 
Source: gop.gov

Colorado Medicaid expansion brings in new group, but limited to lottery

The Affordable Care Act intends to expand Medicaid to all those adults without children up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level in 2014. Congress agreed to pick up the new costs of the huge expansion until the states have to start contributing more of their share a few years later. But a large group of state attorneys general made Medicaid one of the base challenges to the act that were argued in front of the court last week. The fate of that expansion, the insurance mandate and other aspects of reform should be more clear with a Supreme Court decision over the summer.
Source: denverpost.com

Medicare Colorado Made available at Economical Prices

There is no better way in rising old than to remain protected with Colorado wellness insurance so that you can live your lifestyle free of charge of any worries. The occurrence of illness goes as you age, thanks to the government of United States for the provide of Medicare Colorado to its older citizens from 65 years old and above. The government presented this at reduced rates. If you are nearing 65 years old, then it is time for you to enroll in the supplement policy of Medicare. There are distinct plans provided by Medicare wherein you can opt for from. You have the choice to opt for from supplement and the Medicare Benefit Colorado. This strategy is also known as the Medicare C which covers all of the coverage in the element A and portion B of the health-related insurance. This strategy also delivers added coverage for hearing, vision, dental and other wellness system. Colorado Medicare Component B is an additional coverage for Medicare holders. Portion B covers the coverage that is not incorporated in your Component A. Most of the coverage contains professional and health-related care like home well being companies, health-related supplies and gear, use of the ambulance, laboratory solutions and other rehabilitation providers. When you check out the Medicare office, you have to examine also if your plan has Medicare part d Colorado. On the other hand, if you are younger or a family man, you would certainly need to have Colorado Life Insurance which will take charge of your family financially in case you die early. There are also policies that it will spend out for your bills in case you are incapacitated. Typically, Daily life Insurance Colorado pays out to the beneficiary which you designate. It might be your spouse and your little ones. Premiums are set in this sort of insurance but you will be made available with tons of possibilities that you can opt for. Know more about Medicare part d Colorado .
Source: skyrock.com

Colorado Medicare Now Covering CyberKnife Cancer Treatment

The change was made by a ruling in January and since then CyberKnife treatments at Denver CyberKnife in Lone Tree have gone from three to five prostate cancer patients a month to more than 20 to 30 patients a month.
Source: danisfoundation.org

2012 Proposed Medicare Payment Rates Released

The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) has been highly critical of the agency’s continued reliance on the CPI-U to update ASC payments since the payment system was originally implemented. The hospital market basket is a more appropriate measure of inflation for ASCs and has typically been higher than the CPI-U.  Previous updates and adjustments had pushed ASC rates down to 56 percent of HOPD rates last year, and the continued use of the CPI-U, compounded by different measures of multifactor productivity for ASCs and HOPDs, will likely push the gap even wider in 2012.  ASCA is extremely disappointed that the agency has continued to ignore the widening gap in payments for outpatient surgical services in these two settings.
Source: cascacolorado.com

THE Consortium: Colorado’s Medicaid Incentive Program Registration & Attestation Site Now Open!

If you qualify for Medicaid and have previously registered for incentives on the CMS site, please be sure that you register for the Medicaid incentive (many of you registered last year when the CMS site only offered one option-Medicare). It takes 24 hours for the change (or if you are a hospital, adding Medicaid along with Medicare) on the CMS registration site to pass through to the HCPF site.
Source: blogspot.com

Active Minds® Medicare Presentation at Sunrise Senior Living of Cherry Creek

April 13, 2012 – Friday, 2:30PM – 4:30PM Location: Sunrise Senior Living of Cherry Creek Address: 251 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO Join Active Minds® as we explain the history, current, and future state of Medicare. We will cover how and why it was created, how it has grown, and significant changes (like Part D and Healthcare Reform). The emphasis will be on understanding what it all means for seniors and those who care for seniors. 2:30-3:30 Medicare presentation, 3:30-4:30 Networking. RSVP: 303-333-1166. Cost: Free. This program is being brought to you by Sunrise Senior Living of Cherry Creek and Active Minds®. www.activeminds.com www.sunriseseniorliving.co
Source: summitadultday.com

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