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Archive for April, 2015

No Social Security Numbers on New Medicare Cards

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

A practice that ended long ago in other parts of the healthcare industry has continued stubbornly into the 21st century in Medicare. Medicare cards that are issued to new beneficiaries continue to have the recipient’s Social Security number printed right… Read More

Medicare Unveils New Hospital Rating System

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently unveiled a new rating system that ranks more than 3,500 hospitals in the U.S. The ratings are based on reviews from patients and are intended to help Medicare beneficiaries decide which hospital… Read More

Medicare Advantage Payments Will Increase in 2016

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

In good news for members of Medicare Advantage plans, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced earlier this month that Medicare Advantage payments will increase next year. See what this means for plan members in our blog. Medicare Advantage… Read More

What do Medicare Advantage Plan’s Star Ratings Mean?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Medicare Advantage plans are rated by the Center for Medicare Services on a rating system of 1 to 5 stars. One star is given to the worst plans, with 5 stars being given to the best plans. In 2015, 16… Read More

What is the Medicare Doc Fix Bill and Why Does it Matter?

Friday, April 10th, 2015

If you follow Medicare in the news, you may have heard about a “doc fix” bill making its way through Congress, and getting held up in the Senate. This week, we’ll talk about the purpose of the bill, why it’s… Read More