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Medicare News Articles

Survey Finds Medicare Beneficiaries Fear Surprise Medical Bills More Than Anything Else

What is the biggest fear facing most Medicare beneficiaries? According to one recent study, it’s surprise medical bills . Medicare beneficiaries were asked about their biggest fears concerni...
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Study Highlights Medicare Advantage Plan Cost Effectiveness

A new study shows that Medicare Advantage plans can deliver a significant cost value when compared to traditional Medicare (also known as fee-for-service Medicare, or FFS). The report was publi...
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Medicare Advantage Enrollment Sees Strong Start to 2020

Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) enrollment is off to a hot start in 2020. Federal data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) show that 2020 enrollment in these privat...
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Medicare Will Now Cover Acupuncture for Chronic Lower Back Pain

There may be some relief on the way for Medicare beneficiaries suffering from lower back pain. On January 21, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a finalized ap...
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Coronavirus News and Resources for Medicare Beneficiaries

Last Updated: 6/29/2020 Below is a guide to help Medicare beneficiaries stay informed and better protect themselves against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), includ...
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Government Proposes Increased Payment Rate to Medicare Advantage Carriers

Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) insurance carriers are set to see an increase in government reimbursement rates in 2021. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on...
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If Hospital Infections and Injuries Rise, Medicare Reimbursement Rates Fall

Hundreds of hospitals across the U.S. may see a decrease in their Medicare reimbursement rates due to high rates of infections and patient injuries. A total of 786 hospitals were identified by...
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Most Beneficiaries Stay With Their Current Medicare Plan, Even During AEP

The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP, also known as the fall open enrollment period) is period when many beneficiaries may be able to switch their Medicare coverage. But some recent data sug...
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New Payment Model Brings Options to Medicare’s Ambulance Providers

More than 200 emergency transport providers have been selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in a new payment model that reimburses Medicare-enrolled amb...
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Declaration of Emergency for COVID-19: What Does It Mean for Medicare?

Follow our Medicare Coronavirus News page for related information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on Medicare beneficiaries. When the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was d...
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