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Volunteers ready to assist with Medicare enrollment
During the month of October, we begin the annual enrollment process for the Medicare prescription drug plans, as well as Medicare Advantage plans. From Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, Medicare beneficiaries will have the chance to enroll, add or change plans …
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CVS/pharmacy to Help Patients Save Time and Money During Annual Medicare
WOONSOCKET, R.I., Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health , announced today that it will offer its senior patients an easy way to compare Medicare Part D prescription drug plans during the Annual Enrollment Period …
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Hunterdon County reminds seniors about 2015 medicare open enrollment
Hunterdon County reminds seniors that the 2015 Medicare Open Enrollment period runs Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. Each year plans change, including what they cost and what they cover. Those who don't have prescription drug coverage can also enroll in a drug plan …
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Consumers Direct Insurance Services of New Mexico Releases Dates and Times for its Medicare Seminar Series

Albuquerque, New Mexico (PRWEB) October 08, 2014

Late enrollment penalties, donut holes, calendar year maximums, catastrophic coverage – oh my. Medicare sure sounds frightening but don’t fret. With a little knowledge you’ll find it’s not nearly as scary as you may think.

Consumers Direct Insurance Services (CDIS), Inc., an Independent, Authorized Senior General Agent for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico is gearing up for Medicare’s 2014 Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), which runs from October 15th through December 7th, with the release of its Medicare Seminar Series*.

CDIS’ Medicare Seminar Series, is a grassroots initiative that places experienced local insurance agents in a controlled learning environment for Medicare beneficiaries to gather essential plan benefit information while also providing a forum for answers to their questions.

“Consumers Direct Insurance Services of New Mexico is excited about its upcoming Medicare Seminar Series, because it gives us an opportunity to engage the local public and present all of the new plan options from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico,” said Scott Loochtan, President of Consumers Direct Insurance Services, Inc. “Trying to decipher all of this material on your own can be daunting and that is why we offer this complimentary service to make the process much easier.”

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is the one time of year that Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in either a standalone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan (PDP) or Medicare Advantage (MA) plan can make a change for the next year.

“The AEP is the insurance agent’s tax season,” noted Loochtan. “Medicare beneficiaries all over the country have been eagerly awaiting this time of year to review and analyze their plans so that they can secure the best options to meet their needs in the upcoming year.”

CDIS’ insurance agents go through a stringent Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) and Medicare Part C, also known as Medicare Advantage (MA), continuing education and certification process each year in order to assist current and potential clients. This certification allows them to provide full service Medicare solutions while making themselves available in a variety of ways through technology, over the phone or in person appointments.

To register for one of CDIS of New Mexico’s Medicare Seminars please visit http://www.CDISofNM.com/seminars or call directly at 888.257.6640. There is limited seating for each seminar.

About Consumers Direct Insurance Services, Inc. (CDIS)

Consumers Direct Insurance Services, Inc., (CDIS), is an Independent, Authorized Senior General Agent for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas that were founded in an effort to bridge the gap between education and insurance. Headquartered in Riverwoods, IL, the company has an executive team with over 100 years’ experience that has been providing world-class healthcare guidance to over 20,000 active clients. For more information, please visit our state specific websites at http://www.CDISofNM.com, http://www.CDISofOK.com and http://www.CDISofTX.com.

*Not connected with or endorsed by the U.S. Government or the Federal Medicare program.

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Jupiter Medical Center’s Physicians Use Innovative Technology To Keep Up-To-Date On Patients Care

Jupiter, FL (PRWEB) March 22, 2014

Physicians at Jupiter Medical Center, who are participating in the Palm Beach Accountable Care Organization (ACO), are piloting an innovative technology called “MicroBloggingMD” created by M2 Information Systems, Inc. This technology allows physicians to receive secure emails and text message alerts when Medicare beneficiaries, enrolled in the ACO, have any encounter at Jupiter Medical Center including the ER and Urgent Care Center.

MicroBloggingMD provides doctors with ‘real-time’ patient status updates instead of learning about them hours or days later. Example notifications may include admissions, discharges, consult requests, radiology reports and labs. In addition, various clinical information is sent directly to the physician to speed up the diagnosis and treatment process.

With their clinical automation, MicroBloggingMD reduces texting demand thus improving accuracy and efficiency for hospital staff. The speed at which the information is received may improve outcomes for patients, while reducing cost for the hospital, insurance company and ultimately the patient. This secure and HIPAA-compliant messaging also spurs collaboration among doctors, another benefit to the patient.

“MicroBloggingMD offers physicians a safe, secure and efficient way to communicate in a HIPAA-compliant manner,” said Irma Lopez, MD, Internal Medicine, Palm Beach ACO Member, who has been testing the MicroBloggingMD application since August 2013. “We can communicate to our staff and stay ahead of our patients’ care if they have any urgent labs or need to be scheduled for a follow up appointment.”

Dr. Lopez is currently using MicroBloggingMD to receive notifications on patients discharged from Jupiter Medical Center within 24 hours after leaving so she can track her patients and schedule follow-up appointments to ensure her patients remain healthy and avoid readmissions. Dr. Lopez is also using this technology to receive alerts on patients with critical labs to help diagnose patients quickly. Dr. Lopez can receive these alert securely on her mobile device and can respond without waiting for a nurse to call her.

About M2

M2 Information Systems, Inc. is a healthcare information technology & service company based in the Pacific Northwest. The knowledge gained from years of delivering progressive products and premier customer service has coalesced into our flagship application MicroBloggingMD. Through an OEM relationship, and software licenses, M2 products are installed in hundreds of US hospitals. Additional information is available at: http://www.microbloggingmd.com or (800) 598-6647.

About Jupiter Medical Center

A not-for-profit 283-bed regional medical center consisting of 163 private acute care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center provides a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health. Founded in 1979, the Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 575 physicians and 640 volunteers. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit http://www.jupitermed.com.


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Around the Tiers: Dis-enrolling from medicare

Around the Tiers: Dis-enrolling from medicare
The Medicare Advantage Plan (or Medicare Part C) Disenrollment Period will run from January 1, 2014 to February 14, 2014. During this time, Medicare beneficiaries can dis-enroll from a Medicare Advantage Plan and return to Original Medicare.
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Working Past 65 and Medicare Part D
Some had kept their employer health insurance while others had enrolled in Medicare. They all had questions, and the answers depended on each person's particular situation. I had a call today from a woman who has a good job with good health insurance.
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Medicare Advantage enrollment grew
A health policy think tank says Medicare Advantage plan enrollment may be at least 5.5 percent higher this year than it was last year. Analysts at Avalere Health are reporting that finding in a look at new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services …
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PCMA on New Study: Medicare Preferred Pharmacy Network Plans Offer Lower Average Premiums, Same Quality as Non-Preferred Network Plans

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) December 11, 2013

Medicare prescription drug plans (PDPs) using preferred pharmacy networks have lower average premiums and the same or better average quality ratings as plans without preferred networks, according to a new analysis by Avalere Health released today by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA). The analysis is the first to examine 2014 premiums and star ratings for PDPs with preferred pharmacy networks, which now account for around 70% of Part D enrollment.

“Preferred pharmacy plans can offer Medicare beneficiaries the same quality at less than half the premium of plans without preferred networks,” says PCMA President and CEO Mark Merritt.

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Avalere analyzed recently released CMS data on 2014 premiums and star ratings for Medicare PDPs. Key findings include:

    Premiums: On average, PDPs with preferred pharmacy networks have lower premiums than PDPs without preferred networks.

o    For basic PDPs, the average monthly premium for plans with preferred networks is $ 29.83, 17% less than for plans without preferred networks.

o    For enhanced PDPs, the average monthly premium for plans with preferred networks is $ 49.15, 57% less than for plans without preferred networks.

o    For all PDPs offered in 2014, the top seven plans with the lowest average monthly premium all use preferred pharmacy networks.

    Quality (Star Ratings): On average, PDPs with preferred pharmacy networks have similar star ratings compared to PDPs without preferred networks.

o    Basic PDPs with preferred networks have an average star rating of 3.3, compared to 3.0 stars for basic plans without preferred networks.

o    Enhanced PDPs with preferred networks have an average star rating of 3.5, the same as enhanced PDPs without preferred networks.

The Avalere analysis adds to a growing body of evidence demonstrating the value of preferred pharmacy networks for the Medicare program and its beneficiaries.

A recent study by Milliman estimated that preferred pharmacy network plans will reduce federal Medicare spending by $ 7.9 to $ 9.3 billion over the next 10 years. Milliman found that the largest two-year decrease in federal direct subsidies in the history of the Part D program has coincided with the rapid adoption of preferred pharmacy network plans and the increased use of generic drugs.

Separately, Part D seniors in plans with preferred pharmacy networks are overwhelmingly satisfied, citing lower costs, convenient access to pharmacies and other benefits, according to a survey from Hart Research Associates. The survey found that 85 percent of seniors surveyed are satisfied with their preferred network plan. In addition, the survey found that four in five seniors would be disappointed if their preferred network plan is eliminated.

Currently there are more drugstores in the U.S. than McDonald’s, Burger Kings, Pizza Huts, Wendy’s, Taco Bells, Kentucky Fried Chickens, Domino’s Pizzas, and Dunkin’ Donuts combined, creating a highly competitive environment.

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