Category Archives: medicare
January 20th, 2015 | 1
Even in the era of declining television audiences, President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight is still the biggest audience he’ll have all year. Historically, seventh-year State of the Union speeches have a short shelf life. Every one of the five lame-duck presidents (that is, presidents constitutionally barred from running again — Eisenhower, Reagan, Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama) have all had opposition congresses, making the prospects for passing major parts of the president’s agenda slim to none. But tonight Obama will certainly try to use his speech to frame the debates for the next two years and set the table for the 2016 election. I wanted to take this opportunity to recap, review and remind everyone how Obama Health Care Reform affects and affected the senior citizens of this country.Continue Reading
October 14th, 2014 | 0
Know Your Rights! Many families are in a Catch 22: you are unable to take care of a family member due to financial or medical reasons and yet you are hesitant to put your loved one in a nursing home because of the bad reputation that so many have. Fear not! When you know the rights of your loved one, you will be able to make the best choices for him or her.Continue Reading
October 9th, 2014 | 0
In May of 2014 a patient by the name of Mr. Hill was introduced to OpenPlacement during his pre-operative visit. With the help of OpenPlacement and a world class Hospital Case Management team, Mr. Hill was able to learn about care after hospitalization, inform himself about post-acute providers and eventually transition successfully from hospital bed to a top notch care facility. We recently sat down with Mr. Hill to discuss his experience.Continue Reading
May 22nd, 2014 | 0
We understand that navigating the new legislature of the Affordable Care Act (passed in 2010) can be a daunting and confusing process, especially for seniors. Since Medicare is not part of the Healthcare Marketplace established by the ACA, beneficiaries may be unsure of the status of their coverage. In this Infographic, we hope to shed light on some key aspects of what the ACA means for America’s seniors.Continue Reading
March 14th, 2014 | 0
Shoppers searching the Internet for health insurance coverage can be forgiven if they are confused. A New York woman waiting to speak to an official Obamacare navigator the other day told me she decided to ask for help because she couldn’t understand the policies on the website of the New York exchange. When I asked one of the navigators about this woman’s confusion, she assured me all the summary information about the policies was there, but warned “you have to know where to look.”Continue Reading
March 13th, 2014 | 0
We would like to make all our readers and members of the OpenCommunity aware of the nursing home checklist provided by Medicare.gov. We strongly recommend that you print this out and take a copy of this checklist to each nursing home you visit. This serves as a great reminder for the important questions to ask regarding resident life, nursing home living spaces, staff, residents’ rooms, hallways, stairs, lounges, bathrooms, menus and food, activities, safety, and care. It is also a good resource to take notes on so that you can quickly reference all the critical information.Continue Reading
November 5th, 2013 | 0
The Affordable Care Act has been the topic of much discussion by many groups in the United States, including seniors. It is important to understand the act to know how the new health care system will work. There are many ways in which the Affordable Care Act will benefit the elderly.
Those who are on Medicare will have access to myriad services and products at no cost. Screenings for cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases, flu shots, and stop-smoking counseling are just a few of the services that require no payment from Medicare recipients.Continue Reading
September 19th, 2013 | 1
Recently the Washington Post’s health policy columnist Sarah Kliff waded into the muddy waters of hospital disclosures. Kliff had heard that North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory had signed legislation requiring the state’s hospitals to publish the rates for the services they’ve negotiated with insurance companies.
That indeed would be a big step and builds on Medicare’s release earlier this year of what hospitals charge the government to treat Medicare beneficiaries. Surprise, surprise! The data show huge differences among hospitals even in the same city, a phenomenon well documented in the academic literature.Continue Reading
September 3rd, 2013 | 1
It’s the silly season again for Medicare. It comes around whenever a political campaign is about to begin, as it is for next year’s mid-term elections. Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has been talking about Medicare quite a bit lately and raising an issue that’s been hanging around since the elections of 2010: that the Affordable Care Act takes money out of Medicare by shortchanging Medicare Advantage plans.
Speaking to the Bay County Chamber of Commerce a few weeks ago, Rubio said one of the things the health reform law did was take “a tremendous amount of money out of the Medicare Advantage program, not to fund Medicare or to make Medicare more solvent, but to fund the health care law.” Politicians love to play ball with benefits for seniors.Continue Reading
July 24th, 2013 | 1
The U.S. is running out of time to remedy its long-term health care crisis, Dr. Bruce Chernof, chairman of the Federal Commission on Long-term Care, told Chicago’s NPR affiliate. As long-term care insurance dries up and becomes more expensive, millions of baby boomers must begin planning now for uncertain futures.
“It’s important to recognize that we are going to age differently than our grandparents did,” Chernof said, “because 70 percent of folks over the age of 65 will need, on average, about three years of long-term services and support.” Twenty percent will need five years or more. Planning is vital because federal benefits will most likely be scarce; such care is not covered through standard health insurance and is not a prominent portion of Medicare or Medicaid.Continue Reading
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