Many Medicare offerings canceled; others tweaked

Medicare’s eight-week open-enrollment period begins today, allowing senior citizens to tweak their benefits plans for 2014 — and in Pittsburgh, there will be much tweaking, not all of it by choice. “This is going to be one of our busiest enrollment years,” said William McKendree, lead counselor with the Allegheny County Apprise Program, a Medicare-funded […]

The Haute HCC Blog: The 2014 Provider’s Guide To Winning With Medicare Advantage

The Haute HCC Blog: The 2014 Provider’s Guide To Winning With Medicare Advantage   By Holly J. Cassano, CPC, CEO                                  October 10, 2013  Well October 1st, 2013 marked the one year date for ICD 10 implementation and with that brings the subject of HCC coding for Medicare Advantage Plans in 2014.   What is at the […]

Can Medicare Advantage survive PPACA?

Across America, agents are waiting with considerable anxiety to see what the 2014 Medicare Advantage plans will look like. While there’s a high level of interest every year in what the new plan designs will look like, this year is perhaps the most anticipated in recent history. That’s because the implementation of various parts of […]

Health advantages of Medicare Advantage: Column

One way to lengthen the financial solvency of program while improving health outcomes. The new Medicare Trustees report is a mix of good and bad news. The good news is the modest improvement in Medicare’s long-term financial outlook — with the hospital insurance trust fund now expected to run out of funds in 2026, rather than 2024, […]