PODCAST: Medicare Advantage Plans [Insurance Company Goldmine]

Medicare Advantage PART C

Insurance Carriers Want Medicare-For-All to Happen?

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By Eric Bricker MD

A Commonwealth Fund Study Found Insurance Carrier Revenue from Medicare Advantage Plans Increase 5X More Than Revenue from Employer Sponsored Health Plans.

In Fact, Government Sources (Medicare Advantage, Medicaid Managed Care, ACA/Obamacare Plans) Make Up More Revenue ($213B) for the 5 Largest Insurance Carriers Than Revenue from Employers ($148B).

Government Payers Are the New Cash Cow for Health Insurance Companies.  
And so, Medicare-Advantage-for-All May Happen … Because Insurance Carriers WANT It to Happen.

PODCAST: A Commonwealth Fund Study Found Insurance Carrier Revenue from Medicare Advantage Plans Increased 5X More Than Revenue from Employer Sponsored Health Plans.

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Medicare Buy-In Policies for Older Adults on Health Insurance Coverage and Health Care Spending

RESEARCH REPORT

The Effects of Medicare Buy-In Policies for Older Adults on Health Insurance Coverage and Health Care Spending

  • Bowen Garrett
  • Jessica Banthin
  • Anuj Gangopadhyaya
  • Matthew Buettgens
  • Adele Shartzer
  • John Holahan
  • Diane Arnos

December2020 (corrected February 2021)

LINK:

https://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/publication/103348/the-effects-of-medicare-buy-in-policies-for-older-adults-on-health-insurance-coverage-and-health-care-spending.pdf#:~:text=The%20Effects%20of%20Medicare%20Buy-In%20Policies%20for%20Older,Medicare%20to%20purchase%20a%20Medicare-like%20health%20insurance%20plan.

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On Medicare Advantage Plans (Private Medicare)

PART C

By John Kelly

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Medicare Advantage Plans (Private Medicare) are sold on a county-by-county basis. Attached is the market penetration of MA (compared to traditional FFS Medicare) for every county in the USA.

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Wonder why Medicare Advantage Premiums are going down (on average)? Because premiums are one of the measures by which the elderly decide what to purchase. Even though premiums are declining, not all MA plans are ‘cheaper’ than traditional FFS Medicare. Caveat Emptor.

It is also interesting to note that 3 carriers – Humana, UHC and BCBS Affiliates — cover 60% of all MA plan subscribers and use national networks of providers to offer broad service availability (compared to smaller plans, PSP’s and other narrow network options).

Medicare premiums per beneficiary typically exceed $10,000 per year. With effective ingenious use of benefit design, prior authorization, incentives, PBM contract rebates, etc., — there is a lot of money to be made in Medicare Advantage plans — accounting for the rapid growth in these plans over the last decade.

Waived Co-Pays for United Healthcare Medicare Advantage Plans

Waived Co-Pays for United Healthcare Medicare Advantage Plans

By Jessica M. Wade, MHA, Practice Manager

Just to clarify, the UHC copay waiver info is listed  clearly on the UHC website as follows:
“Members will have a $0 copay for covered primary care provider (PCP) and specialist physician services, as well as other covered services (listed below) between May 11, 2020 until September 30, 2020″. By lowering our PCP and specialist copays to $0, along with our telehealth cost-share waiver, we hope to help make it easier for you to access care”

Services included

The following services, if covered by your plan, are eligible for a $0 copay under the cost-share waiver, but do not include diagnostic tests and certain other services.

• Primary care provider (PCP) office visits
• Specialist physician office visits
• Physician assistant or nurse practitioner office visits
• Medicare-covered chiropractic and acupuncture services
• Medical and Podiatry services and routine eye and hearing exams
• Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy
• Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services
• Outpatient mental health and substance abuse visits
• Opioid treatment services

The $0 copay applies to services from a network provider and out-of-network services covered by the plan. Member cost-share is not waived for the
following services, unless they are related to COVID-19 testing or treatments:

• Lab and Diagnostic tests (radiological and non-radiological)
• Part B and Part D drugs
• Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies
• Renal Dialysis
• Other services not covered by your plan

Co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles for services in the following settings are not waived. Members will be responsible for their share of the cost under their benefit:• Inpatient hospital and Outpatient surgery or observation services.

• Skilled Nursing Facilities
• Emergency, Urgent and Ambulance services

Source: https://www.uhc.com/health-and-wellness/health-topics/covid-19/coverage-and-resources/cost-sharing-waived

Furthermore, reimbursement is based on the Medicare fee schedule as these plans waiving copay are Medicare Advantage plans and subject
to Medicare guidelines and reimbursement models.

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States with Low Medicare Advantage Costs

Top Ten [10] Annually 2017

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Implementation of the Healthcare Deficit Reduction Act

Signed by President Bush in 2006

By Gregory O. Ginn; PhD, MBA, CPA, MEd

By Hope Rachel Hetico; RN, MHA, CMP™

The Deficit Reduction Act (DRA), S. 1932, was signed by President Bush on February 8, 2006, and became Public Law No. 109-171.  Implementation of the act includes these provisions:

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Subtitle A – Provisions Relating to Medicare Part A

  • hospital quality improvement (section 5001);
  • improvements to Medicare-dependent hospital (MDH) programs (section 5003);
  • reduction in payments to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs; section 5004);
  • phase-in of inpatient rehabilitation facility classification criteria (section 5005);
  • development of a strategic plan regarding investment in specialty hospitals (section 5006);
  • demonstration projects to permit gain-sharing arrangements (section 5007); and
  • post-acute care payment reform demonstration programs (section 5008).

Subtitle B  Provisions Relating to Medicare Part B

  • title transfer of certain durable medical equipment (DME) to patients after 13-month rental (section 5101);
  • adjustments in payment for imaging services (section 5102);
  • limitations on payments for procedures in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs; section 5103);
  • minimum updates for physician services (section 5104);
  • three-year extension of hold-harmless provisions for small rural hospitals and sole community hospitals (section 5105);
  • updates on composite rate components of basic care-mix adjusted prospective payment systems (PPS) for dialysis services (section 5106);
  • accelerated implementation of income-related reductions in Part B premium subsidy (section 5111);
  • Medicare coverage of ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms; National Educational And Information Campaign (section 5112);
  • improvements to patient access and utilization of colorectal cancer screening under Medicare (section 5113);
  • delivery of services at federally qualified health centers (FQHC) (section 5114); and
  • waiver of Part B Late Enrollment Penalty for certain international volunteers (section 5115).

Subtitle C – Provisions Relating To Parts A and B

  • home health payments (section 5201);
  • revision of period for providing payment for claims that are not submitted electronically (section 5202);
  • timeframe for Part A and B payments (section 5203); and
  • Medicare Integrity Program (MIP) funding (section 5204).

Subtitle D – Provisions Relating To Part C

  • phase-out of risk adjustment budget neutrality in determining payments to Medicare Advantage organizations (section 5301); and
  • Rural PACE Provider Grant Programs (section 5302).[1]

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We know from personal experience that the DRA can be implemented by all healthcare stakeholders to the benefits of the industry sector in the aggregate. But, has it been?

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