The next President and Congress will face many fiscal and policy challenges from the $436 billion Medicare program. Following my earlier quick primers on Medicaid policy making and Medicare and Medicaid waivers, here is a similar briefing on the primary vehicles of Medicare policy making.. As a federal health program operating nationwide, Medicare policies are made through:. Federal Medicare Statutes:. Title XVIII of the Social Security Act sets forth the bulk of federal Medicare laws. Given the political importance and visibility of Medicare, Medicare statutes are extremely specific, especially on provider reimbursement, benefits, cost sharing, managed care, and provider conditions of participation. Therefore, CMS rulemaking discretion is often limited.. In the House, the Ways and Means Committee has primary jurisdiction over Medicare but often shares jurisdiction on certain issues with the Energy and Commerce Committee. In the Senate, the Finance Committee has primary jurisdiction for ...
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Objective: To determine the 5 year risk of new intracranial hemorrhage, second procedure, and all-cause mortality in elderly patients with unruptured intracranial aneurysms who underwent either surgical or endovascular treatment.. Methods: The study included a representative sample of fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 years or older who underwent endovascular or surgical treatment for unruptured intracranial aneurysms between 1999 through 2010. The Medicare Provider Analysis and Review files were linked to the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services denominator files for 2000-2010 to ascertain any new admission or mortality. Cox proportional hazards and Kaplan Meir survival analyses were used to assess the relative risk of all-cause mortality, new intracranial hemorrhage, or second procedure for patients treated with endovascular treatment compared with those treated with surgical treatment after adjusting for potential confounders.. Results: A total of 1005 patients with ...
One alternative to traditional Medicare is to enroll into a Medicare Part C plan, often called a "Medicare Advantage" plan. There are many to choose from, and they are offered by private companies approved by Medicare. These plans must cover all of the services that original Medicare covers, and may also offer extra coverage such as dental, vision and hearing. These plans also include prescription drug coverage (Medicare Part D) and can be delivered by Medicare Health Maintenance Organization (HMOs), Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs), private "fee-for-service" plans; and Medicare special needs plans.. ...
No Improvement Standard is to be applied in determining Medicare coverage for maintenance claims that require skilled care. Medicare has long recognized that even in situations where no improvement is possible, skilled care may nevertheless be needed for maintenance purposes (i.e., to prevent or slow a decline in condition). The Medicare statute and regulations have never supported the imposition of an Improvement Standard rule-of-thumb in determining whether skilled care is required to prevent or slow deterioration in a patients condition. Thus, such coverage depends not on the beneficiarys restoration potential, but on whether skilled care is required, along with the underlying reasonableness and necessity of the services themselves. The manual revisions now being issued will serve to reflect and articulate this basic principle more clearly.". Per the Jimmo Settlement, CMS will now implement an Education Campaign to ensure that Medicare determinations for SNF, Home Health, and Outpatient ...
The original Medicare benefit program, passed in 1965, was comprised of two parts. Part A contained the hospital part of the Medicare insurance coverage. Part B, specified the medical part of the Medicare insurance coverage. Parts C and D were later added to address additional health concerns.. Medicare insurance Part A is insurance covering hospital stays at least 72 hours long, depending on time of admission and release. Furthermore, it pays for nursing home stays on the condition that the stay is related to a covered hospital stay, and that both the nursing supervision and nursing both require skilled personnel. Medicare insurance Part A part is paid for by the beneficiarys (and their employers) periodic payroll tax deductions during his or her working career.. Medicare insurance Part B is optional medical coverage. This Medicare insurance pays for some of the medical providers and services not reimbursed under Part A. Part B Medicare insurance can include lab tests, x-rays, ...
See below update from Elizabeth Woodcock regarding Medicare Final Rule. Join us for a webinar December 12 at 11:00am to hear more from Elizabeth.. 2018 Medicare Reimbursement: Final Rule. Just hours within the release of the Final Rule concerning the 2018 revisions to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) on November 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the ruling that governs the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for the coming year. Although overshadowed by the QPP announcement on the same day, the Medicare PFS Final Rules impact on physician reimbursement is arguably the more far-reaching of the two announcements. Lets break down the highlights of CMS ruling.. First, the Medicare Access to Care and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) promised a 0.50% bump in reimbursement. While CMS granted that increase, its efforts to remain under a Congressionally-imposed target for the recapture of misvalued service codes, as well as to offset spending for new services, ...
For many illnesses, Medicare pays physicians a lump sum for the entire episode of care. This is known at the prospect payment system (PPS). But how does Medicare determine the payment amount? How should Medicare determine the payment amount?. Medicare generally looks at 1) what treatments are generally used on average to treat a patient with this disease, 2) what treatments are used to treat patients with disease of varying severity, and 3) how much does each type of treatment cost. Then they add up the costs and give the docs one lump sum payment.. The difficult part is determining the treatments that should be used.. Dennis Cotter writes in the Health Affairs blog about Medicares reimbursement decisions regarding the PPS for end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Cotter found that Medicare is much more likely to use historical, patient utilization data to determine the treatments included in the PPS rather than the treatments that should be used. Cotter talks about the case of ...
Various Members of Congress, as well as certain prominent policy analysts, strongly oppose Medicare premium support. Some analysts who once favored it have even switched sides.[20] Among the critics, certain themes have emerged.. 1. Premium support would destroy traditional Medicare.. In response to the Wyden-Ryan proposal, for example, the White House declared, "The Wyden-Ryan scheme could, over time, cause the traditional Medicare program to wither on the vine because it would raise premiums, forcing many seniors to leave traditional Medicare and join private plans. And it would shift costs from the government to seniors."[21]. As noted, changes enforced by the Affordable Care Act would indeed "end" traditional Medicare FFS as enrollees have known it. Under all major premium-support reform proposals, however, Medicare FFS would be offered as a readily available alternative to private health plans.[22] Any beneficiary who wanted to remain in traditional Medicare FFS would be able to do ...
We found that no data source could be established as providing complete and valid information about FOBT use among Medicare enrollees in fee for service. Our primary purpose for conducting these analyses was to determine whether Medicare claims could be used to accurately measure FOBT. Other investigators have used Medicare claims to assess use of FOBT (19-24). Our results provide strong evidence that these claims are not a reliable source for measuring FOBT. However, the limitations of the data are not restricted to Medicare claims; all three data sources examined in this study were imperfect sources of information about FOBT use.. Our study results are in contrast to those of Baier et al. (25). In a study of managed care enrollees, these investigators compared self-reported FOBT use with test use based on laboratory evidence of FOBT cards and found high sensitivity and specificity (96% and 86%, respectively). One probable reason for the disparate results is that our study was conducted in a ...
For Days 61-90, beneficiaries are responsible for coinsurance costs. (In 2017, beneficiaries must pay $329 per day.) Beneficiaries are entitled to use lifetime reserve days (60 additional days) after Day 91. If those reserve days are used, beneficiaries must pay $658 per day in 2017. If you choose not to use your lifetime reserve, all Medicare coverage stops after 90 days of inpatient care or after 60 days without any skilled care for this benefit period.. Example:. Grandpa is admitted to the hospital September 1, 2017. After he pays the deductible of $1,316, Medicare will pay for the cost of his stay for 60 days. If he stays in the hospital beyond 60 days, he will be responsible for paying $329 per day, with Medicare paying the balance.. If Grandpa has supplemental insurance, he can submit a claim for the $1,316 deductible and the $329 per day he paid. If he stays longer than 90 days, he may choose to use some of his lifetime reserve days to continue his Medicare coverage. If he does, he is ...
The 2010 health reform law (the Affordable Care Act, or ACA) has significantly improved Medicares long-term financial outlook, as we have previously pointed out. Recent claims that health reform "robs Medicare" and does not "shore up Medicares finances" are flatly false, as the recent report of the programs trustees shows. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the ACA will reduce Medicares projected spending by $716 billion over the 2013-2023 period. As John McDonough of Harvards School of Public Health explains: "None of these reductions were financed by cuts to Medicare enrollees eligibility or benefits; benefits were improved in the ACA. Cuts were focused on hospitals, health insurers, home health, and other providers." Medicares trustees confirm that health reform has improved the programs finances: "The financial status of the HI [Hospital Insurance] trust fund was substantially improved by the lower expenditures" via Blog this ...
We want to be there for you in every stage of your life. Our experts are available to answer your questions about Medicare as you approach retirement.. Medicare (medicare.gov) is a health insurance program run by the U.S. government. This insurance program offers you a broad range of coverage for medical care. It is separated into different parts. Part A and B are Original Medicare and run by the government. Prescription coverage and Supplement coverage are provided by private insurers.. Assistance and advice from licensed health insurance agents and representatives with more than 25 years of experience is only a phone call away. We can help you navigate these options and provide you information on how they work with original Medicare.. How does original Medicare work with Medicare Supplement Plans?. Original Medicare provides coverage for:. ...
You have rights if your skilled nursing facility (SNF) or home health agency (HHA) decides to reduce your care because it believes Medicare will no longer cover it. Be aware that the process is slightly different depending on whether you have Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan. Also note that there is a separate process if you are appealing because your care is ending. Original Medicare If you have Original Medicare, and your SNF or HHA decides to reduce services prescribed by your doctor because it believes that Medicare will no longer cover these services, it should give you a notice explaining why services are being reduced. If you are in a SNF, you should receive a notice indicating that Medicare may deny part of your care. This notice is often called a Skilled Nursing Facility Advance Beneficiary Notice (SNFABN). If you are receiving care from an HHA, you should receive a Home Health Advance Beneficiary Notice (HHABN). Each notice will ask you to choose one of the following ...
A new study, "An Economic Evaluation of the Impact, Cost, and Medicare Policy Implications of Chronic Nonhealing Wounds," published in the International Society For Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Researchs Value in Health journal (Jan. 2018) demonstrates the economic impact and full burden of chronic nonhealing wounds in the Medicare population. The study analyzed the Medicare 5% Limited Data Set for CY2014 to determine the cost of chronic wound care for Medicare beneficiaries in aggregate, by wound type, and by setting. Topline findings show that chronic wounds impact nearly 15% of Medicare beneficiaries (8.2 million) at an annual cost to Medicare conservatively estimated at $28.1 to $31.7 billion. Key findings ...
March 26, 2015. The bipartisan "Doc Fix" legislation (H.R. 1470, now H.R. 2) and proposed amendments will undermine traditional Medicare and advance the goal of privatization, according to Dr. Don McCanne in a series of posts to his popular health policy blog, the Quote of the Day. If enacted as it presently reads, it will:. 1. Limit choice of physician in traditional Medicare. Physicians in traditional Medicare would be subject to onerous new documentation requirements for payment and financial incentives to avoid complex patients under the proposed "Merit-based Incentive Payment System." The additional paperwork burden will push physicians to stop seeing patients with traditional Medicare, retire, avoid older and sicker patients, or go to work for large organizations using "alternative payment models" (which are exempt from the requirement and more likely to have contracts with private Medicare plans).. 2. Reduce access to care in traditional Medicare. Imposes a deductible that cannot be ...
Spectrum Generations, 18 Merriam Road, Belfast. Free workshops, fourth Monday of every month, to help you choose a Medicare drug or health plan.. Choosing a Medicare drug and or health plan can be difficult and confusing. Medicare 101 will provide information regarding Medicare, Medicare drug coverage, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplements and tips on how participants may save money and avoid penalties. Call Brooke Jansen, LSW, at 930-8081 to register.. Spectrum Generations is the Central Maine Area Agency on Aging, and offers many resources for those caring for or living with an older or disabled loved one. FMI and additional resources, call 800-639-1553 or visit spectrumgenerations.org.. ...
July 26, 2011 - Among elderly Medicare beneficiaries with limited prior drug coverage, implementation of Medicare Part D was associated with significant reductions in nondrug medical spending, such as for inpatient and skilled nursing facility care, according to a study in the July 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA.) News on Medicare & Medicare Drug Program.
A written report must also be provided to the referring medical practitioner at the completion of any subsequent course(s) of treatment provided to the patient.. Out-of-pocket expenses and Medicare safety net. Charges in excess of the Medicare benefit for these items are the responsibility of the patient. However, if a service was provided out of hospital, any out-of-pocket costs will count towards the Medicare safety net for that patient. The out‑of‑pocket costs for mental health services which are not Medicare eligible do not count towards the Medicare safety net. Eligible patients. Items 80100 to 80171 (inclusive) apply to people with an assessed mental disorder and where the patient is referred by a GP or medical practitioner who is managing the patient under a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan (GP items 2700, 2701, 2715, 2717 or medical practitioner items 272, 276, 281, 282) under a referred psychiatrist assessment and management plan (item 291) or Health Care Home shared care plan; or ...
Medicare and Preventive Benefits Available to Beneficiaries. (9/3/07)- Many of us have noticed a bus touring the 48 states, and more than 120 cities that sought to increase the publics awareness of many of the free preventive benefits available to Medicare beneficiaries. According to a recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services survey fewer than one in 10 beneficiaries are getting all the free screening and immunizations recommended by public health officials.. Until now, just 5% of Medicare spending has been for advertising preventive services, officials say. In increasing spending to make the public aware as to the preventive programs available, the CMS hopes to save money in the long run.. Since 2005, Medicare has paid for an initial Welcome to Medicare comprehensive examination for new beneficiaries. Medicare started to pay for ultrasound screenings for aortic aneurysms in at-risk-patients this year.. Over the past five years, the program also has added coverage for glaucoma ...
This category includes information about states aged and disabled Medicare beneficiaries, such as enrollment, demographics (such as age, gender, race/ethnicity), spending, other sources of health coverage, managed care participation, and use of services. For easy-to-use national, state and local data about Medicare HMOs, other private plans participating in the Medicare Advantage program, and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, please visit the Medicare Health and Prescription Drug Plans Data Collection. Select a subcategory on the left to see how the indicators compare across the states. Results will be shown as a table, map, or trend graph as available. ...
Medicare beneficiaries continue to experience outpatient hospital stays for observation lasting far longer than the 24 hours called for in Medicare regulations. Although their hospitalizations may last for many days, these beneficiaries are not admitted as inpatients and therefore do not meet the three-day hospital stay requirement for Medicare coverage of any post-acute care they may need upon their release from the hospital. These beneficiaries have to pay out-of-pocket, sometimes thousands of dollars, for the care they need or go without it.. A Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General report in December, 2016 noted that, "Hospitals continue to bill for a large number of long outpatient stays," and, "An increased number of beneficiaries in outpatient stays pay more and have limited access to SNF services than they would as inpatients. The report found 748,337 claims for long outpatient stays in 2014.. The Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act, introduced in the House by ...
For the second time in 6 months, Medicare has erred in calculating hospital readmission penalties for more than 1,000 of the nations hospitals, says a Kaiser Health News article. As a result, Medicare has slightly lessened its readmissions penalties for 1,246 hospitals as part of its Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. The penalty imposed on St Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Kentucky, will drop the most, from 0.93% to 0.72% of every payment Medicare makes for a patient during the fiscal year that ends in September. Medicare also modestly increased the penalties for 226 hospitals. LaSalle General Hospital in Jena, Louisiana, will see its penalty grow by the greatest percentage. LaSalle will lose 0.84% of each Medicare payment per patient, instead of the 0.65% reduction Medicare previously announced.. The payment changes for most hospitals were small, averaging .03% of each reimbursement. Overall, hospitals will pay $10 million less in penalties than previously calculated, for a ...
Background: Over 9 million dual-eligible beneficiaries rely on both Medicare and Medicaid to obtain critical medical services. Medicaid serves as a safety net for low-income Medicare beneficiaries with limited assets; however, it is unknown whether dual-eligible patients have comparable outcomes for procedures to non-dual-eligible Medicare beneficiaries. We compared outcomes by dual-eligible status for patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy (CEA).. Methods: We identified Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries aged ≥65y who underwent CEA (ICD-9 38.12) from 2003-2010. Beneficiaries with ≥1m of Medicaid coverage were considered dual eligible. We fit mixed models with a random intercept for state and adjustment for demographics, comorbidities, and symptomatic status to assess the relationship between dual-eligible status and outcomes.. Results: A total of 35,832 dual-eligible and 470,134 non-dual-eligible beneficiaries were hospitalized for CEA during the study period. The percentage of ...
If a service that requires prior authorization from Medicaid is a Medicare benefit and Medicare approves the service, prior authorization from TMHP is not required for reimbursement of the coinsurance or deductible. If Medicare denies the service, then prior authorization is required. TMHP must receive a prior authorization request within 30 days of the date of Medicares final disposition. The Medicare Remittance Advice and Notification (MRAN) that contains Medicares final disposition must accompany the prior authorization request ...
Feng, Zhanlian; Wright, Brad; and Mor, Vincent. "Sharp Rise In Medicare Enrollees Being Held In Hospitals For Observation Raises Concerns About Causes And Consequences." Health Affairs. June 2012. 31:6. P. 1251-1259. http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/31/6/1251.abstract (site visited September 13, 2016).. "Using Medicare enrollment and claims data nationwide, we documented a rising trend in the prevalence and duration of hospital observation services in the fee-for-service Medicare population during 2007-09, accompanied by a downward shift in inpatient admissions…The prevalence of observation services varied greatly across geographic regions and hospitals.". Fentem, Sarah. "Hospital Readmissions Take A Dip - But Reduction Incentive Isnt Problem-Free." WBAA/NPR. http://wbaa.org/post/hospital-readmissions-take-dip-reduction-incentive-isnt-problem-free#stream/0 (site visited November 20, 2016). Pat Rutherford of the nonprofit Institute for Healthcare Improvement explains his belief that ...
The study population consisted of 2,768,007 records. This study found that the rapid growth in nonadmission PCIs performed on Medicare beneficiaries (60,405-106,495) had been more than offset by the decrease in PCI admissions (363,384-295,434) during the study period. There also were over 18,000 fewer CABG admissions in 2012 than in 2008. This study found lower observed mortality rates (3.7%-3.2%) among Medicare beneficiaries undergoing any CABG surgery, and higher observed mortality rates (1.7%-1.9%) for Medicare beneficiaries undergoing any PCI encounter. This study also found a growth in the number of facilities performing revascularization procedures during the study period: 268 (20.2%) more sites were performing nonadmission PCIs; 136 (8.2%) more sites were performing inpatient PCI; and 19 (1.6%) more sites were performing CABG surgery.. ...
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Medicares Coverage Policy Relating to Organ Transplantation. John Whyte, MD, MPH Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Ethics and Policy Conference July, 2001. The Old Structure. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). New Structure. Slideshow 4250436 by boyce
This project is producing a series of papers to mark Medicares 50th anniversary and frame the debate over the programs future direction. The six papers, which are being prepared by Karen Davis and commissioned experts, will: 1) review Medicares signal accomplishments; 2) examine the Affordable Care Acts implications for Medicares future; 3) offer options for redesigning Medicare to strengthen its beneficiary protections and encourage better health care choices; 4) describe approaches to improving care for high-need, high-cost beneficiaries; 5) highlight Medicares role in developing health care payment and delivery system reforms; and 6) discuss policies to improve Medicares financing and ensure its long-term solvency. ...
State Sen. Jackie Speier (D-Daly City) introduced a resolution yesterday urging the government to assure an estimated 40,000 California Medicare HMO enrollees that they will have access to insurance after they lose their coverage at the end of this month. Speier, chair of the state Senate insurance committee, said HMOs will pull out of 36 counties, 11 of which will be left with no Medicare HMO alternative. She said the elderly "will still be able to obtain new coverage -- but it will cost far more, and there will be additional costs for prescription drugs." She accused the insurers of "examin[ing] their bottom line and decid[ing] to cherry-pick where they do business." But Walter Zelman, president of the California Association of Health Plans, said reports were exaggerated because only about 6,000 out of 1.4 million Medicare HMO enrollees will lose coverage. "Thats hardly the disastrous kind of dumping that people are talking about," he said. "No HMO wants to pull out of Medicare. Medicare is ...
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding the McCain amendment to the health care bill, which he supported: • "Senator McCains amendment says two things: first, send the bill back to the Finance Committee and have them bring it back without the Medicare cuts; and second, if were going to take money from Grandmas Medicare, lets spend it on Grandma. Lets take the savings that we find in Medicare and absolutely make sure that we spend them on Medicare, which its trustees have said is likely to go broke between 2015 and 2017." • "If youre going to spend $2.5 trillion over ten years, you have to get the money somewhere, and the Democratic health care bill gets it from three places. The first is from seniors. The second is from taxes. And the third is from the grandchildren of seniors-that is, from debt." • "We have heard some of our friends on the other side say that Republicans are scaring seniors about Medicare ...
On 12/23/2013 CMS announced and published the following Doctors, hospitals and other health care providers have formed 123 new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in Medicare, providing approximately 1.5 million more Medicare beneficiaries with access to high-quality coordinated care across the United States, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today.. Doctors, hospitals and health care providers establish ACOs in order to work together to provide higher-quality coordinated care to their patients, while helping to slow health care cost growth.. Since passage of the Affordable Care Act, more than 360 ACOs have been established, serving over 5.3 million Americans with Medicare. Beneficiaries seeing health care providers in ACOs always have the freedom to choose doctors inside or outside of the ACO. ACOs share with Medicare any savings generated from lowering the growth in health care costs when they meet standards for high quality care.. "Accountable Care ...
WHAT VISION CARE IS COVERED UNDER MEDICARE? Vision care under Medicare is very limited, and often misunderstood! Under most circumstances Medicare does not pay for your eye care. Medicare does cover medically necessary eye care and office visits, it does not pay for routine eye exams. Medicare will not cover routine vision exams, period. Medicare…
Medicare Supplements (also known as Medigap) pays benefits in addition to your original Medicare and help to pay for your out-of-pocket healthcare costs such as co-pays, hospital visits, doctors office visits and more. Medicare recipients can literally save thousands of dollars if they have the right Medigap plan in place. While most Medigap plans work much like a regular PPO, it can be difficult to select the right plan. We can help you understand and sort through the maze of options to secure the plan that best fits your healthcare needs and budget.. Note you must be enrolled in Medicare to purchase a Medicare Supplement. While you can buy one any time of the year, its advantageous to do so during open enrollment to skip medical underwriting.. ...
The study also showed two important trends among subgroups, suggesting a better outcome with CEA in patients age 80 years and over as well as in those who were symptomatic. Although not statistically significant, the age-related signal is one that also was seen in the CREST trial.. "Clinical trials are the gold standard for evaluating treatment interventions, but the patients they enroll tend to be younger and healthier than the average Medicare patient," Jalbert said. "What we can conclude from our study is that the conclusions from the landmark trials also seem to apply to the real-world Medicare population when the procedures are performed by qualified providers.". A major problem when it comes to evaluating Medicare data is the lack of detailed information available in the administrative database, noted Jay S. Giri, MD, MPH (Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA), in an interview with TCTMD. By linking to the registries and conducting the adjustments, he said, the ...
The Budget Act of 1974 requires the House and Senate to meet certain deadlines, culminating in the adoption of a budget resolution. The Republican House has obeyed the law, but the Democratic Senate has thumbed its nose at the statute, illegally refusing to meet any of the statutory deadlines or to adopt any budget at all for the last three years.. The Senates scofflaw ways are shared by the Obama administration. Federal law requires the Medicare trustees to report annually on the solvency of the Medicare program. The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 further provides that if, for two years in a row, more than 45% of Medicare funding is coming from general revenues rather than Medicare taxes, the president must submit legislation to Congress to address the Medicare funding crisis. President Bush dutifully followed the law, but President Obama has ignored it for the last three years.. Today was the deadline for Obama to comply with the Medicare Modernization Act by submitting a plan to rescue ...
ANNUAL COORDINATED ELECTION PERIOD - The period of time between November 15 and December 31 of every year when you can change your Medicare private drug plan and/or your Medicare health plan choice for the following year. This is also the time you can enroll in the Medicare prescription drug benefit (Part D) if you do not enroll during your Initial Enrollment Period (you may have to pay a premium penalty if you enroll during this time unless you had drug coverage from another source that was at least as good as Medicares and you were not without that coverage for more than 63 days). Your new coverage will begin January 1.
NERAs statistical and epidemiological analysis can help companies comply with the new Medicare reporting standards under Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (MMSEA). More specifically, we can estimate the portion of aggregate indemnity payments that are paid to claimants who are also eligible for Medicare reimbursement, and the likely amounts of this Medicare reimbursement. Such an analysis incorporates disease progression and mortality. The analysis can be done for payments that have already occurred, as well as for projected future payments. The results of this modeling efforts can allow companies to set aside appropriate reserves. ...
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Physical therapists (PTs) in New York and Connecticut have received official word that 2 burdensome requirements have been lifted. The changes reduce reporting and documentation rules that were in conflict with national Medicare policy.. National Government Services, the Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) for the 2 states, released a statement on October 24 announcing that PTs are no longer required to submit progress reports every 5 days after services exceeded the therapy cap, and that requirements for documentation of a physician reexamination for services that exceeded either 90 days or the therapy cap have been removed. The changes are effective for dates of service on or after August 1, 2013.. APTA and chapters in New York and Connecticut advocated for changes to the NGS requirements, which directly conflicted with national Medicare policy. NGS posted detailed information about the changes to Outpatient Physical and Occupational Therapy Services (L26884) Local Coverage Determination ...
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A survey from Extend Health reveals 75% of seniors on Medicare say the government health program is difficult to understand. Understanding Medicare and various coverage options can be confusing. In addition to signing up for original Medicare, seniors can purchase private Medicare Advantage or Medigap plans to fill gaps in what original Medicare covers. This adds another layer of complexity to their choices. ...
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Some low-income elderly who choose to stay in the traditional Medicare program [through Option One] would have limited drug coverage and more comprehensive preventive care, but I haven t seen how the income levels are defined for eligibility. Right now, the poorest of the elderly are often dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, which offers comprehensive prescription-drug coverage. So many of the poorest of the poor elderly already have that benefit, as do most elderly with employer retirement benefits or Medigap coverage. What I think is odd is that the proposal s Options 2 and 3 use more extensive drug coverage as the carrot for seniors to enroll in private managed-care plans. For quite a number of years the Medicare program has allowed elderly beneficiaries to enroll in HMOs that have offered comprehensive drug coverage. More recently, under the Medicare+Choice plans, the elderly have had access to a broader array of private health plans, similar to what the administration proposes. ...
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Federal officials proposed this week the expansion of a Medicare diabetes prevention program funded by the ACA (Source: "Medicare Proposes Expansion Of Counseling Program For People At Risk Of Diabetes," Kaiser Health News, March 23, 2016).. The pilot program, developed and administered by the YMCA, helped Medicare enrollees at high risk of developing the disease improve their diets, increase their exercise and lose about 5 percent of their body weight.. Beneficiaries in the pilot program, funded by an $11.8 million grant provided by the health law, attended weekly meetings with a lifestyle coach to develop long-term changes to their diet, discussed ways to get more physical activity and made behavior changes that would help control their weight and decrease their risk of Type 2 diabetes. Participants could also attend monthly follow-up meetings to help keep their new habits in place.. Compared to other beneficiaries also at risk of developing diabetes, Medicare estimated savings of $2,650 for ...