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UnitedHealthcare to Offer New Medicare Products Next Year


unitedhealthcareMHW learned Monday that UnitedHealthcare has introduced 2017 Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug plans.

The offerings, we’re told, build on the company’s market-leading 2016 medical plan growth “by featuring continued stability in its Medicare Advantage plans’ premiums and benefits as well as a new low-premium prescription drug plan introduced in collaboration with Walgreens.”

The new AARP MedicareRx Walgreens (PDP) plan, insured through UnitedHealthcare, is designed to appeal to consumers who are looking for the peace of mind that Part D prescription drug coverage offers and appreciate the convenience of shopping at their neighborhood Walgreens or Duane Reade, the plan’s preferred retail pharmacy chains that are included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., this morning’s announcement reads.
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Telemedicine on the Move with Major Congressional Backing


Telemedicine on the Move with Major Congressional BackingTelemedicine is growing in popularity as a direct result of the fact that more patients than ever are having issues getting in to see their doctor right away. It has become so in-demand and effective that members of Congress are finally warming to the potential of telemedicine.

Currently, Congress is working to get Medicare and Medicaid to accept telemedicine as a means for patients to receive medical care. This would not only expand telemedicine, but it would allow additional care options for the elderly. They could receive consultations remotely alleviating the need for countless doctor visits and lessening congestion at doctors’ offices for minor medical concerns.

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Impressive Growth Noted in Medicare Telemedicine Reimbursement


Impressive Growth Noted in Medicare Telemedicine ReimbursementEach and every year, more states introduce bills expanding telemedicine, or establishing telemedicine. This includes both Medicare reimbursement, as well as all other statewide insurance providers.

Since 2001, a new report from Becker’s Health IT and CIO Review explains, Medicare has reimbursed over $57.6 million in telemedicine, of which $13.9 million was reimbursed for the calendar year 2014. This significant growth highlights both the growing need, and the growing acceptance for telemedicine services.

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Major Move by Medicare: CMS Approves ATA Request for Telehealth Expansion


Major Move by Medicare CMS Approves ATA Request for Telehealth ExpansionThis should be huge.

That’s the view of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), which recently both broadcasted and applauded the decision of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to use telehealth services.

This change came as part of the release of a new payment and care delivery model: the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO). The decision reportedly will extend coverage for telemedicine services to millions of U.S. Medicare beneficiaries.

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AMA Not Happy with CMS Medicare & Medicaid ‘Meaningful Use Penalties’


AMA Not Happy with CMS Medicare & Medicaid ‘Meaningful Use Penalties’Medical professionals are smarting at the imposition of “meaningful use penalties” now kicking into gear.

A program of the U.S. government’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the meaningful use provision was approved with the 2009 economic stimulus package. It called for health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records to qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.

Now, CMS officials say the agency is sending letters to providers notifying them of a 1 percent reduction in Medicare payments for not meeting program criteria. In addition, EHR Intelligence has reported that more than 28,000 eligible professionals will receive a 2 percent reduction for failing to comply with electronic records mandates.

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Baby Boomers Seeking Online Help to Make Sense of Medicare Options


Baby Boomers Seeking Online Help to Make Sense of Medicare OptionsMaking sense of Medicare may require the advice and counsel of experts.

Why?

Like everything in this day and age, every government program has its own specific requirements, rules, limitations, and stipulations.

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Telemedicine Services Being Redefined For 2015


Telemedicine Services Being Redefined For 2015Medicare is reevaluating their Part B physician fee schedule for 2015, with the intent to expand telemedicine services.

All told, there have been major changes to telemedicine in the last few years, as it has gone from remote healthcare via phone, email, and fax, to remote healthcare via two-way video conferencing.

The ability to video conference provides physicians the ability to take vital signs remotely, visually assess health conditions, provide a wide range of out-patient care, some dermatology care, and a wide range of talk therapy and mental healthcare treatments.

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