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28.01.2016 03.26 GMT+0000

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Is My Doctor Covered?

Is My Doctor Covered?

Health insurance is an empty promise if your doctor or hospital is not covered. Headlines keep on reminding us that insurance companies are restricting the doctors and hospitals covered by their plans. People covered by Medicare have their own separate rules and these Medicare-specific rules have both good news and bad news—but mostly good news. The good news—people covered by “original” Medicare have broad access to the doctor of their choice. Over 90% of doctors take Medicare[1]. The bad news: the Medicare rules are complicated and are filled with traps for the unwary....

08.04.2015 06.06 GMT+0000

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“Observation” Status: More than Just a One-Night Stand (Part I)

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There is an ongoing controversy between hospitals and government regulators (The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or “CMS”)—with Medicare beneficiaries caught in the middle. Although the issue seems technical and bureaucratic, it raises some significant issues for those covered by Medicare. What is Going On? Hospitals can label a stay as an “admission” to the hospital—or as a stay for “observation.” In recent years the use of observation status has skyrocketed; as noted by the Kaiser News Network, the use of observation status rose 88% between 2006 and 2012 and the number of observation stays lasting...

30.04.2013 03.50 GMT+0000

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Retiree Health Choices Offers Medicare Market White Paper

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It’s no surprise the Medicare market is in flux. After all, there’s a tsunami of change in the sector, from aging Baby Boomers converging onto Medicare, changing employer benefits, and the digital revolution. Retiree Health Choices has written a white paper offered free to readers and is available here. Retiree Health Choices is a Chicago-based technology company founded by a team of health care professionals.  Its mission is to create innovative online technologies to make Medicare decisions more consumer friendly. (more…)...