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MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT INSURANCE: Part G

What is it and How Does it Work?

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Did you know that Medicare Plan G is the most popular Medicare Supplement with Baby Boomer clients? Everyone has heard of Plan F, but what is Medicare Supplement Plan G? What does Plan G cover?

Medicare Plan G coverage is very similar to Plan F, which is no longer available for people new to Medicare on or after January 1st, 2020. Plan G offers great value for beneficiaries willing to pay a small annual deductible. After that, Plan G provides full coverage for all of the gaps in Medicare. It pays for your Medicare Part A hospital deductible, co-pays, and coinsurance. It also covers the 20% that Medicare Part B doesn’t cover. Doctors and other healthcare providers must accept a Medigap Plan G if they accept Original Medicare. Plan G policies can be used across the U.S. since they do not have network limitations, and the premium costs can be very reasonable for the coverage you receive.

As you can see below, Supplement Plan G covers almost everything that F does, except for the Part B deductible.

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Medicare Plan G, also called Medigap Plan G, is an increasingly popular Supplement

Reasons:

First, Plan G covers each of the gaps in Medicare except for the annual Part B deductible. This deductible is only $226 in 2023. In fact, if you have a Plan F that has been in place for years, it can probably help you on premiums by looking at Plan G. When you shop for benefits, you can often find a Supplement Plan G that saves quite a bit in premiums over Plan F, usually substantially more than the $226 deductible that you’ll pay out.

Second, it has great coverage. For hospital stays, it covers all your hospital expenses. Most importantly, it pays the hospital deductible, which is over $1,600 in 2023. It also covers the expensive daily co-pays that you might encounter for a hospital stay that runs longer than 60 days. It provides an additional 365 days in the hospital after your Medicare benefits run out, and it covers your skilled nursing facility co-insurance, too.

What Other Medical Services Does Plan G Cover?

Medicare Supplement Plan G covers your percentage of any medical benefit that Original Medicare covers, except for the outpatient deductible. So, it helps to pay for inpatient hospital costs, such as the first three pints of blood, skilled nursing facility care, and hospice care. It also covers outpatient medical services such as doctor visits, lab work, diabetes supplies, cancer treatment, durable medical equipment, x-rays, ambulance, surgeries and much more. This means Plan G covers the coverage gaps with Original Medicare and all Plan G products must provide you with the exact same coverage.

Medicare pays first, then Plan G pays the remaining amount after you pay the once annual deductible. In addition, Plan G Medicare Supplements offer up to $50,000 in foreign travel emergency benefits (up to plan limits).

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AFFORDABILITY: Healthcare on Notice for Patients

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People living in the US are finding it increasingly difficult to afford needed health services—even with employer-sponsored health insurance, a new analysis suggests.

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Researchers at the NYU School of Global Public Health (GPH) examined data from the National Health Interview Survey—an annual CDC survey—that was collected from 2000 to 2020 for 230,000+ adults who received health insurance through an employer or union. Both men and women found most healthcare services to be less affordable now compared to the early 2000s, according to the finding of the NYU analysis reported in a December 2022 JAMA abstract. Women, in particular, found all types of health services to be less affordable than men.

From a nationally representative survey which is conducted annually, researchers included data from 5,545 women and 5,353 men sampled in 2020, and found that about 6% of women reported they couldn’t afford needed medical care. This compares to just 3% of slightly larger sample groups from 2000, per the analysis. By contrast, about 3% of men gave that response in 2020, compared to 2% in 2000.

Avni Gupta, a doctoral student in the public health policy and management department at NYU GPH and the lead author of the analysis, offered that “lower incomes and higher healthcare needs among women could be driving these differences in reported affordability.”

And, José Pagán, the department chair and co-author of the JAMA analysis, said people with employer-sponsored coverage—the largest source of health insurance for people living in the US—“generally think they are protected.”

“[B]ut our findings show that health-related benefits have been eroding over time,” he said; according to Healthcare Brew

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PODCAST: “All OR Nothing” Hospital Contracts

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MEDICARE: Part “C” Plans = Double Standard

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The HHS OIG Fall 2022 report was recently released to Congress. On page 20, there are many referrals to seven inappropriate payments to a variety of Medicare “Advantage” Plans. Topping the list is Humana. The OIG claims that Humana in the time period studied falsified records to receive $34.4M worth of payments they received from CMS for risk diagnosis code risk assessments. If even half this amount is true, it is unconscionable that Humana is not severely fined, their executives terminated and subjected to criminal proceedings, and they should be banned from the Medicare program for ten years. This is no different from how other healthcare providers are criminalized, so the question is, why is the insurance industry treated different and preferentially when they commit fraud?

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These OIG studies are great reads, but up until now, they have done nothing to stop the insurance industry’s abusive practices of denying “clean claims”, denying claims after prior authorization, ignoring CCI edits, “losing” charts sent for review and then claiming higher error rates to Congress, paying providers often less than 50% of Medicare, and this the last draw… falsifying data so they can be paid more from CMS. When will this madness stop? When will providers have the gumption to actually act out the famous quote, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going take it anymore!” (from the movie Network), and Peter Finch it!

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Understanding the “Language” of Healthcare Finance, IT, Economics, Investing and Insurance

By Ann Miller RN MHA CMP

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PODCAST: Health Insurance Carrier Contracting

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HEALTH INSURANCE: Non-Traditional Players & Disruptors

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Non-Traditional Players Moving into the Insurance Space

In the past two months, two retail giants – Walmart and Apple – have announced plans to enter the health insurance space. This direct entry into the health insurance market by non-traditional players has been encouraged in part by health insurer-retailer partnerships, which gained traction due to rising demand for Medicare Advantage (MA) in particular and the expansion of the types of benefits that MA plans may offer.

This Health Capital Topics article will discuss reasons behind the insurer-retailer partnerships and how Walmart and Apple plan to disrupt the health insurance market.(Read more…) 

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APPLE: Health Insurance?

By Bertalan Meskó, MD PhD

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Ben Wood, chief analyst at European CCS Insights predicts that Apple will enter the US health insurance market in partnership with a major insurer in 2024 – Forbes reported

The company already collects heaps of health data, such as blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, ECG readings and body temperature from the Watch, and through phone apps that help people regulate their medication or manage chronic conditions like diabetes. 

I hope you find the report useful!

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PODCAST: IC-HRA [Individual Coverage – Health Reimbursement Arrangement] Explained

Health Insurance Job Options

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DEFINITION: ICHRA (we pronounce it “ick-rah”) stands for “Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangement” (not the common misnomer of individual coverage health reimbursement accounts)  and is available for employers to start using as of January 2020. ICHRA is an evolution of another type of HRA, called a QSEHRA, that was created in 2017. Both allow employers to reimburse employees tax-free for individual health insurance, but ICHRA represents a “super-charged” version of QSEHRA with higher limits and greater design flexibility that will appeal.

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PODCAST: The “Value Hole” in Health Insurance Plan Design

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PODCASTS: The “Long Fix” for America’s Healthcare Crisis

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DICTIONARY: Health Insurance and Managed Care

Designated a Doody’s CORE TITLE

To keep up with the ever-changing field of health care, we must learn new and re-learn old terminology in order to correctly apply it to practice. By bringing together the most up-to-date abbreviations, acronyms, definitions, and terms in the health care industry, the Dictionary offers a wealth of essential information that will help you understand the ever-changing policies and practices in health insurance and managed care today. For Further Information.

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STOP-LOSS Health Insurance?

What is stop-loss insurance AND how does it work?

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A stop-loss health insurance policy covers claims above a health insurance plan’s retained claims. The claims fund of a self-funded employer will pay claims up to the predetermined deductible for each of the company’s covered employees. The role of the stop-loss is to cover all claims above these deductible levels.

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According to RoundStone Insurance, aggregate stop-loss insurance is designed to protect an employer who self-funds their employee health plan from higher-than-anticipated payouts for claims. Stop-loss insurance is similar to high-deductible insurance, and the employer remains responsible for claims below the deductible amount.

An individual stop-loss insurance carrier determines the average expected monthly claims per employee / per month PEPM based on the employer’s history. Then, this figure is multiplied by a percentage ranging from 110%-150%. That determined amount is then multiplied by the enrollment on a monthly basis to establish the aggregate deductible.

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How Much Health Insurers Pay for Almost Everything Is About to Go Public

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A Doctor – Economist’s Solution for Health Reform

My Laundry Wish List for all US Healthcare Stakeholders

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko; MBA, CMP™

[Publisher-in-Chief]Fox News

As President Obama spoke, prodded and cajoled for Congress to pass HR 3200-3400 in 2008, I believe that for any healthcare reform effort to work successfully for the American people – for the long term – we need to consider the following in no particular prioritized order:

  • Insurance portability uncoupled from patient employment
  • Health insurance regional exchanges with inter-state purchase competition
  • Doctor, drug, DME and hospital pricing and payment transparency for HSAs, and all of us
  • Modifying or eliminating AMA owned CPT Codes®; a huge money maker for them
  • Abandoning ala’ carte medicine for values-based outcomes
  • Reduce JCAHO influence; encourage competition from Norwegian Det Norske Veritas [DNV]
  • Reduce big-pharma influence thru-out the entire medical education, career and care pipeline
  • End DTC advertising from big-pharma
  • Promote wholesale drug purchase competition, MC bidding and generic drugs
  • Encourage evidence-based medicine, not expert-based medicine
  • Less pay for medical specialists with a  re-evaluation of the hospitalist concept
  • Advance the dying art of physical diagnosis, teach and embrace Paretto’s 80/20 rule for clinic issues
  • Reduce lab test, diagnostic imaging and testing
  • Encourage private 24/7/365 medical offices and clinics; and on-site and retail clinics
  • Abandon P4P, medical homes and disease management ideas
  • Give more economic skin-in-game to patients relative to health benchmarks
  • Concretize the “never-event” prohibitions and include a list of patient health responsibilities
  • More pay for primary care docs and internists
  • Adopt digital records and cloud computing for patients
  • Phase in true eHRs incrementally; and abandon CCHIT for open source SaaS
  • Promote Health 2.0 social media.
  • Augmented scope of practice, numbers and pay for NPs and DNPs, etc
  • Reduce pay for CRNAs and increase it for staff RNs
  • Develop step down triage and treatment units to reduce the number of full service ERs
  • Increase medical, osteopathic, dental, optometric and podiatric medical school classes
  • Increased practice scope for dentists, podiatrists and optometrists
  • Make some sort of catastrophic HI mandatory, much like auto insurance for all
  • End pre-existing conditon health insurance contract clauses
  • More choice  and end of life control for the terminally ill patient
  • Increase marketplace competition with fewer political and financial “externalities”.
  • Teach basic healthcare topics in school and encourage physical exercise
  • Health and insurance education should be, but is not, the “answer” for Americans
  • Protect borders and discourage undocumented illegals
  • Adopt medical malpractice tort reform
  • Make all stakeholders fiduciaries
  • No public “option” unless you like food stamps, Section 8 housing, public transportation and schools
  • Budget deficit neutrality
  • Slow down!

Assessment

Recently, while in the Baltimore/Washing area, I was asked by several reporters to opine on the healthcare debate; which I did so freely having never been known as the shy type. And, regular readers will note that many of these items have been used as posts or comments on this ME-P. Unfortunately, my “laundry list” interview was pre-empted by two local but boisterous town-hall meetings with respective passionate politicians. It was redacted no doubt, but never broadcast. Thus, I missed the potential for my “five minutes” of fame. C’est la vive!

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INTERVIEW: A Healthcare Financing Solution for Entrepreneurs?

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Staff & Contributors - CHAMPIONS OF WAYNE

By Richard Helppie

Today for your consideration – How to fix the healthcare financing methods in the United States?

I use the term “methods” because calling what we do now a “system” is inaccurate. I also focus on healthcare financing, because in terms of healthcare delivery, there is no better place in the world than the USA in terms of supply and innovation for medical diagnosis and treatment. Similarly, I use the term healthcare financing to differentiate from healthcare insurance – because insurance without supply is an empty promise.

This is a straightforward, 4-part plan. It is uniquely American and will at last extend coverage to every US citizen while not hampering the innovation and robust supply that we have today. As this is about a Common Bridge and not about ideology or dogma, there will no doubt be aspects of this proposal that every individual will have difficulty with. However, on balance, I believe it is the most fair and equitable way to resolve the impasse on healthcare funding . . . .

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Let me start in an area sure to raise the ire of a few. And that is, we have to start with eliminating the methods that are in place today. The first is the outdated notion that healthcare insurance is tied to one’s work, and the second is that there are overlapping and competing tax-supported bureaucracies to administer that area of healthcare finance.

Step 1 is to break the link between employment and health insurance. Fastest way to do that is simply tax the cost of benefits for the compensation that it is. This is how company cars, big life insurance policies and other fringe benefits were trimmed. Eliminating the tax-favored treatment of employer-provided healthcare is the single most important change that should be made.

Yes, you will hear arguments that this is an efficient market with satisfied customers. However, upon examination, it is highly risky, unfair, and frankly out of step with today’s job market.

Employer provided health insurance is an artifact from the 1940’s as an answer to wage freezes – an employer could not give a wage increase, but could offer benefits that weren’t taxed. It makes no sense today for a variety of reasons. Here are a few:

1. Its patently unfair. Two people living in the same apartment building, each making the same income and each have employer provided health insurance. Chris in unit 21 has a generous health plan that would be worth $25,000 each year. Pays zero tax on that compensation. Pat, in unit 42 has a skimpy plan with a narrow network, big deductibles and hefty co-pays. The play is worth $9,000 each year. Pat pays zero tax.

3. The insurance pools kick out the aged. Once one becomes too old to work, they are out of the employer plan and on to the retirement plan or over to the taxpayers (Medicare).

4. The structure is a bad fit. Health insurance and healthy living are longitudinal needs over a long period of time. In a time when people change careers and jobs frequently, or are in the gig economy, they are not any one place long enough for the insurance to work like insurance.

5. Creates perverse incentives. The incentives are weighted to have employers not have their work force meet the standards of employees so they don’t have to pay for the health insurance. Witness latest news in California with Uber and Lyft.

6. Incentives to deny claims abound. There is little incentive to serve the subscriber/patient since the likelihood the employer will shop the plan or the employee will change jobs means that stringing out a claim approval is a profitable exercise.

7. Employers have difficulty as purchasers. An employer large enough to supply health insurance has a diverse set of health insurance needs in their work force. They pay a lot of money and their work force is still not 100% happy.

Net of it, health insurance tied to work has outlived its usefulness. Time to end the tax-favored treatment of employer-based insurance. If an employer wants to provide health insurance, they can do it, but the value of that insurance is reflected in the taxable W-2 wages – now Pat and Chris will be treated equally.

Step 2 is to consolidate the multiple tax-supported bureaus that supply healthcare. Relieve the citizens from having to prove they are old enough, disabled enough, impoverished enough, young enough. Combine Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, Tricare and even possibly the VA into a single bureaucracy. Every American Citizen gets this broad coverage at some level. Everyone pays something into the system – start at $20 a year, and then perhaps an income-adjusted escalator that would charge the most wealthy up to $75,000. Collect the money with a line on Form 1040.

I have not done the exact math. However, removing the process to prove eligibility and having one versus many bureaucracies has to generate savings. Are you a US Citizen? Yes, then here is your base insurance. Like every other nationalized system, one can expect longer waits, fewer referrals to a specialist, and less innovation. These centralized systems all squeeze supply of healthcare services to keep their spend down. The reports extolling their efficiencies come from the people whose livelihoods depend on the centralized system. However, at least everyone gets something. And, for life threatening health conditions, by and large the centralized systems do a decent job. With everyone covered, the fear of medical bankruptcy evaporates. The fear of being out of work and losing healthcare when one needs it most is gone.

So if you are a free market absolutist, then the reduction of vast bureaucracies should be attractive – no need for eligibility requirements (old enough, etc.) and a single administration which is both more efficient, more equitable (everyone gets the same thing). And there remains a private market (more on this in step 3) For those who detest private insurance companies a portion of that market just went away. There is less incentive to purchase a private plan. And for everyone’s sense of fairness, the national plan is funded on ability to pay. Bearing in mind that everyone has to pay something. Less bureaucracies. Everyone in it together. Funded on ability to pay.

Step 3 is to allow and even encourage a robust market for health insurance above and beyond the national plan – If people want to purchase more health insurance, then they have the ability to do so. Which increases supply, relieves burden on the tax-supported system, aligns the US with other countries, provides an alternative to medical tourism (and the associated health spend in our country) and offers a bit of competition to the otherwise monopolistic government plan.

Its not a new concept, in many respects it is like the widely popular Medigap plans that supplement what Medicare does not cover.

No one is forced to make that purchase. Other counties’ experience shows that those who choose to purchase private coverage over and above a national plan often cite faster access, more choice, innovation, or services outside the universal system, e.g., a woman who chooses to have mammography at an early age or with more frequency than the national plan might allow.  If the insurance provider can offer a good value to the price, then they will sell insurance. If they can deliver that value for more than their costs, then they create a profit. Owners of the company, who risk their capital in creating the business may earn a return.

For those of you who favor a free market, the choices are available. There will be necessary regulation to prevent discrimination on genetics, pre-existing conditions, and the like. Buy the type of plan that makes you feel secure – just as one purchases automobile and life insurance.For those who are supremely confident in the absolute performance of a centralized system to support 300+ million Americans in the way each would want, they should like this plan as well – because if the national plan is meeting all needs and no one wants perhaps faster services, then few will purchase the private insurance and the issuers will not have a business. Free choice. More health insurance for those who want it. Competition keeps both national and private plans seeking to better themselves.

Step 4 would be to Permit Access to Medicare Part D to every US Citizen, Immediately

One of the bright spots in the US Healthcare Financing Method is Medicare Part D, which provides prescription drug coverage to seniors. It is running at 95% subscriber satisfaction and about 40% below cost projections.

Subscribers choose from a wide variety of plans offered by private insurance companies. There are differences in formularies, co-pays, deductibles and premiums.

So there you have it, a four part plan that would maintain or increase the supply of healthcare services, universal insurance coverage, market competition, and lower costs. Its not perfect but I believe a vast improvement over what exists today. To recap:

1. Break the link between employment and healthcare insurance coverage, by taxing the benefits as the compensation they are.

2. Establish a single, universal plan that covers all US citizens paid for via personal income taxes on an ability-to-pay basis.  Eliminate all the other tax-funded plans in favor of this new one.

3. For those who want it, private, supplemental insurance to the national system, ala major industrialized nations.

4. Open Medicare Part D (prescription drugs) to every US citizen. Today.

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SURVEY: Resources Offered by Health Insurance Plan Transparency Tool

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Percentage of Resources

 •  Finding in-network providers: 72%
 •  Telehealth: 55%
 •  Ability to select PCP online: 53%
 •  Help navigating benefits and healthcare options: 50%
 •  Cost estimates for healthcare services: 50%
 •  Status of deductible: 49%
 •  Reviews of doctors and facilities: 46%
 •  Online appointment scheduling: 41%
 •  Financial incentives/rewards for choosing cost-effective care: 25%

Source: Health Sparq, “2022 Annual Consumer Sentiment Benchmark Report,” January 2022

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PODCASTS: Health Economics and the AMA

By Professor Jon

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Healthcare A.I. and Financial Outcomes Survey

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17% of Healthcare Execs Said AI Would Affect Financial Outcomes

 •  60% of respondents expect AI to impact clinical outcomes.
 •  17% said AI would affect financial outcomes.
 •  13% said AI would impact their operation outcomes.
 •  9% said AI would impact administrative outcomes.
 •  61% of executives hope to bring about a complete digital transformation in their organizations within three to five years.

Source: Morning Consult via HealthIT Analytics, April 14, 2022

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PODCAST: Health Insurance Plans Confusing and Largely Misunderstood

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According to One Survey, only 4% of People Understand the Basic Insurance Terms of Deductible, Co-Insurance, Copay and Out-of-Pocket Maximum.

In Another Survey by United Healthcare Itself, Only 9% Understood the Terms Premium, Deductible, Co-Insurance and Out-of-Pocket Max.

This Lack of Understanding is Not the Fault of the Employee Benefits Professionals or the Employees… Rather, the Health Insurance Plan Designs Are Just Too Complicated.

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PODCAST: The Decline of Employer Sponsored Family Healthcare Insurance Coverage

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The Health Insurance Stock Index

Versus Industry Benchmarks

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Assessment

Your thoughts are appreciated.

RESOURCES:

“Insurance & Risk Management Strategies for Doctors” https://tinyurl.com/ydx9kd93

“Fiduciary Financial Planning for Physicians” https://tinyurl.com/y7f5pnox

“Business of Medical Practice 2.0” https://tinyurl.com/yb3x6wr8

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Comprehensive Financial Planning Strategies for Doctors and Advisors: Best Practices from Leading Consultants and Certified Medical Planners™

Risk Management, Liability Insurance, and Asset Protection Strategies for Doctors and Advisors: Best Practices from Leading Consultants and Certified Medical Planners™

Update on COVID-19 Booster Shots

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Update on COVID-19 booster shots
In case you missed it: If you or a loved one are 50 or older, or are moderately or severely immunocompromised, you can get an additional Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 booster shot at no cost to you.

The CDC recommends an additional booster shot for certain individuals to increase protection from severe disease from COVID-19. People over the age of 50, or who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, can get an additional booster of Pfizer or Moderna 4 months after their last dose.

This is especially important for those 65 and older who are at higher risk from severe disease and most likely to benefit from getting an additional booster.

Learn More: Remember: Medicare covers the COVID-19 vaccine, including booster shots, at no cost to you. Find a COVID-19 vaccine location near you.

Sincerely
The Medicare Team

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30% of Adults Surveyed Would Give Up Their Current PCP

By Staff Reporters

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Primary Care Providers

A survey was recently conducted by Centivo of 805 US adults ages 18-64 with employer-sponsored private health insurance. The survey found that respondents were willing to accept the following conditions in exchange for significant cost savings:

 •  50% would accept referrals for specialists as a requirement.
 •  47% would select a primary care physician (PCP) from a defined list.
 •  30% would give up their current PCP.
 •  28% would stop seeing a current specialist.

Source: Centivo Via PR Newswire, March 16, 2022

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PODCASTS: All You Need to Know About Government Healthcare

By Eric Bricker MD

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1) Traditional Medicare: Health Insurance for Seniors 65 and older. Medicare Part A is coverage for hospital services. Medicare Part B is coverage for doctor, physical therapist and other provider services and for outpatient services such as labs and imaging.

2) Medicare Advantage: Health Insurance for Seniors 65 and older administered through a private health insurance company. It is sometimes referred to as Medicare Part C. It can be chosen instead of Traditional Medicare and often includes Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Hearing Aid Insurance and Prescription Drug Coverage.

3) Medicare Part D Prescription Coverage: Additional insurance for people on Traditional Medicare to cover their prescription medications as well. Medicare Part D is administered by private insurance companies.

4) Medicare Supplement Plans: Insurance that can be purchased in addition to Traditional Medicare to cover the expenses that Traditional Medicare does not cover, such as hospitalization deductibles and Medicare Part B co-insurance.

5) Medicaid: The health insurance program administered by each state for it’s economically disadvantaged residents. It is funded in part by the Federal Government and in part by each state. It is administered by private health insurance companies.

6) Affordable Care Act (ACA) Exchange Plans: Health insurance for people under 65 who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but do not received health insurance through their employer. ACA Exchange Plans are subsidized by the Federal Government and administered by private insurance companies.

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PODCAST: How Prescription Drug Coverage Really Works

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DICTIONARY HEALTH INSURANCE: https://www.amazon.com/Dictionary-Health-Insurance-Managed-Care/dp/0826149944/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1275315485&sr=1-4


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PODCAST: Dysfunctional Employee Healthcare Benefits

By Eric Bricker MD

Article in the Journal of the American Medical Association

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PODCAST: More on Health Insurance from a Medical Technology CEO

A Professional and Personal look at Health Insurance, with Karl Albrecht
Rich talks with the president of Action Benefits, Karl Albrecht about the state of Health Insurance. 

Albrecht also gives a candid insight to his personal fight with pancreatic cancer and how being a Health Insurance executive as well as a patient, has given him a unique perspective on how things work, and how they could improve.
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PODCAST: https://richardhelppie.com/karl_albrecht/

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AMA: Prior Authorization and Patient Harm?

By Staff Reporters

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Prior Authorization and Patient Harm

 •  34% of physicians report that PA has led to a serious adverse event for a patient in their care.
 •  24% of physicians report that PA has led to a patient’s hospitalization.
 •  18% of physicians report that PA has led to a life-threatening event or required intervention to prevent  permanent impairment or damage.
 •  8% of physicians report that PA has led to a patient’s disability/permanent bodily damage, congenital anomaly/birth defect or death.

Source: AMA, “2021 AMA prior authorization (PA) physician survey,” February 2022

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55% of Consumers Find it Stressful Paying a Healthcare Bill

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An annual study of over 1,500 U.S. consumers, shows:

 •  55% of consumers find it stressful paying a healthcare bill.
 •  53% of consumers find it stressful understanding their plan’s coverage and benefits.
 •  53% of consumers find it stressful comprehending what they owe.
 •  59% of consumers find it stressful reconciling a bill issue with their payer.

Source: Cedar via GlobeNewswire, December 7, 2021

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Average Annual Healthcare Growth Rates of Spending, Utilization and Price

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Average Annual Growth Rates of Spending, Utilization, and Prices

 •  Spending per person: commercial insurers (3.2% per year); Medicare fee for service (1.8% per year)
 •  Utilization per person: commercial insurers (0.4% per year); Medicare fee for service (0.5% per year)
 •  Prices paid to providers: commercial insurers (2.7% per year); Medicare fee for service (1.3% per year).

Notes: For hospitals and physicians’ services, 2013-2018
Source: Congressional Budget Office – January 2022

“The Prices That Commercial Health Insurers and Medicare Pay for Hospitals’ and Physicians’ Services”
 

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PODCAST: Health Insurance Costs Have Risen 55% in the Last Decade

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Health Insurance Cost Has Risen 55% in the last 10 Years. The Annual Health Insurance Cost for Family Coverage is Now $21,000 Per Year

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PODCAST: How to Read Healthcare Insurance Reports

BY ERIC BRICKER MD

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PODCAST: Prescription Patient Assistance Programs

BY ERIC BRICKER MD

With 43 Million Americans Having Lost Their Job at Some Point During the Pandemic and About 1/2 Those Jobs Providing Health Insurance… the 1st Group–People Who Do Not Have Health Insurance–Needs to Be Aware of How These Programs Work.

In this Video You Will Learn the Patient Assistance Program Process for:

1) 2 of the Most Common Types of Insulin

2) The Highest-Revenue Medication in America: Humira

**Note: At the Time of the Video’s Recording, the Unemployment Rate in the US was 15%. As of November 2021, the Unemployment Rate is 4.2%.

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31% of Americans Don’t Know How They’d Pay for Severe Illness

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31% of Americans Don’t Know How They’d Pay for Severe Illness

A recent survey by HealthcareInsider that polled 1,062 adults aged 18 and up asked, “If you were to experience a severe illness how would you pay for treatment?”

 •  Don’t know: 31%
 •  Credit card: 26%
 •  Non-retirement savings: 17%
 •  Borrow money from family: 16%
 •  Retirement savings: 11%
 •  Health Savings Account: 9%
 •  Borrow from a finance institution: 8%
 •  Crowdfund online: 6%

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PODCAST: Ray Dalio on How the Healthcare Economy Works

Economy Works’ Applied to Healthcare … Credit Cycles and Healthcare Policy

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HEALTH ECONOMICS CITE: https://www.r2library.com/Resource/Title/0826102549

RICARDIAN DEMAND HEALTH ECONOMICS: https://medicalexecutivepost.com/2021/12/14/ricardian-derived-demand-economics-in-medicine/

RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS: https://medicalexecutivepost.com/2018/03/11/medical-treatment-costs-becoming-expensive-25-factors/

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PODCAST: Direct Healthcare Contracting

How it Works for Employers and Hospitals?

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RISK MANAGEMENT TEXT: https://www.routledge.com/Risk-Management-Liability-Insurance-and-Asset-Protection-Strategies-for/Marcinko-Hetico/p/book/9781498725989

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PODCAST: CIGNA Executive Public Relations “Whistle Blower”

Wendell Potter is a Famous Ex-Executive from Cigna Who Left His High Paying PR Job in 2007 to Reveal the True Story Behind Health Insurance Carrier Public Relations.

BY ERIC BRICKER MD

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PODCAST: How to Sell in Healthcare During the Pandemic

BY ERIC BRICKER MD

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PODCASTS: Employer Sponsored Health Plans Explained [Part I and II]

Self and Fully Insured Fundamentals and Basics

[A Two Part Presentation]

DR. ERIC BRICKER MD

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PODCASTS: How Prescription [Rx] Coverage Works

Formulary Tiers, PBM, Rebates, Spread-Pricing Explained

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PODCAST: Milliman Medical Care Guidelines

Pervasive MCG Health Insurance Denials

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PODCAST: What a Hospital CEO Should Do?

Operational and Financial Changes

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OVERVIEW: Healthcare Finance and Insurance Terms & Definitions

Produced FROM Merck Manual

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Health care in the US is technologically advanced but expensive, costing about $3.6 trillion in 2018, which was 16.9% of gross domestic product (GDP) (1). This percentage is significantly higher than in any other nation.

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in 2018 the next highest spending countries were Switzerland (12.2% of GDP) and France, Germany, Sweden, and Japan (each about 11%), while the average of the 35 OECD countries (OECD35) was 8.8% (2).

ASSESSMENT: Of course, the absolute amount and the rate of increase of health care spending in the US are widely regarded as unsustainable. Consequences of increased US spending on health care include the following:

LINK: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/special-subjects/health-care-financing/overview-of-health-care-financing

CMS GLOSSARY: https://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Resources/Files/Downloads/dwnlds/uniform-glossary-final.pdf

GOVERNMENT: https://www.bls.gov/ncs/ebs/sp/healthterms.pdf

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PODCAST: Medicare and Nursing Home / Long Term Care

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