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Archive for January, 2015

Medicare Payments: Moving from Volume to Value

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that the federal government will be making a massive effort over the next few years to shift from Medicare’s traditional fee-for-service payment strategy to newer alternative payment strategies, with an… Read More

Many New Medicare Advantage Beneficiaries Switch from Medicare

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

A recent study conducted by the Kaiser Foundation and published in Health Affairs found that, by a slim margin, the majority of new Medicare Advantage beneficiaries are switching from Original Medicare. The study looked at Medicare claims data from 2006-2011… Read More

New Medicare Policy: Better Care Coordination

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

It seems fragmentation of care is almost inevitable in today’s vast and complex healthcare network. Patients see different doctors for different ailments, and information isn’t necessarily shared efficiently between these different parties. This can lead to a number of problems,… Read More

Three Great Reasons to Consider a Medicare Advantage Plan

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Are you turning 65 and wondering whether you should go with original Medicare or Medicare Advantage? There are a number of reasons why you should consider a Medicare Advantage plan. Here are three that are well-worth considering. Three Great reasons… Read More

Flexibility with Mid-Year Plan Changes Coming to Medicare Advantage

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

There are a number of special exceptions that allow Medicare Advantage beneficiaries to make changes during periods outside of Open Enrollment. However, up until now, beneficiaries were not allowed to switch plans outside of Open Enrollment to follow their doctor… Read More