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May 2011

May 17, 2011 by  
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Decreasing Healthcare Costs: Is There Hope on The Horizon?
Much of the current wrangling over the creation and installation of the healthcare reform bill focuses on regulations, which have little hope of bending the medical cost curve. Most of it is tantamount to rearranging deck chairs on the titanic, unless we fix the cause of the leak we're all going under. Modifying the way in which physicians are organized (or in most cases not organized) and tying their pay to performance and outcomes may hold the key to stabilizing your insurance premiums.

21st-Century Health Care The Case for Integrated Delivery Systems

 
Federal Government Issues New Health Reform Notices
The first quarter brought a wave of new activity at the Federal level as government agencies issued guidance including a range of notices affecting various provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Federal Government Issues New Health Reform Guidance and Notices

 
 
Medicare Part D: updated notices issued by CMS
Do you provide prescription drug coverage to individuals eligible for Medicare Part D? If so, check out the updated model notices issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The new model notices, for use after April 1, 2011, satisfy the requirement that a group health plan notify Medicare-eligible individuals whether the plan constitutes "creditable coverage" under Medicare Part D. Although there is no requirement to issue the notices in a foreign language, Spanish versions are available. This notice must be sent annually, upon request of a Medicare beneficiary, when a Medicare-eligible individual joins your plan or whenever your plan changes from creditable or noncreditable coverage status.

Model Notices

 
 
 
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