Medicare’s Observation Status Makes Inpatients Into Outpatients (via NPR)

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Beware of the “Admitted for Observation” Billing Code A daughter’s story: “An ER doctor examined her, saw that she couldn’t move her leg, couldn’t really even hold her body upright and had trouble with her memory. He said he would admit her to the hospital’s observation unit to figure out what was going on. He […]

A conversation: Medicare and Colonoscopy Alternatives

A conversation: Medicare and Colonoscopy Alternatives

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A few months ago Argie, my Medicare client, called asking whether her Medicare Advantage plan with $0 copay for preventative screening included a recent alternative to a colonoscopy. I hadn’t heard of this procedure and don’t like to guess so we both did some research. We learned, yes, since Medicare recognized this new screening as […]

Long term care insurance

A Medicare pilot program raises questions about care…

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In this September 2017 Washington Post article (link below), the writer shares the story about a Medicare pilot program after his 90 year old mother fell, and the resulting hospital and rehabilitation facility experience. The writer legitimately questions whether the hospital and rehabilitation facility fast tracked his mother who, suffering from dementia, wasn’t progressing quickly […]

Medicare for All or State Control: Competing Senate Health Care Plans

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This New York Times article (here’s the link) suggests the competing US Senate health plans, Federal Medicare for All vs. Block Grants to States, are polar opposites. Years ago in Canada, these very opposites met in the middle. Canadian Tommy Douglas is considered by many the “Father of Medicare” for introducing the first provincial hospital insrance program […]

Long term care insurance

How the Medicaid Debate Affects Long-Term Care Insurance Decisions

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Worth the read. Long term care is a ticking time bomb for Boomers. Medicare doesn’t cover it and future Medicaid budgets are iffy.  I recommend considering the new life insurance “use or use it” over stand alone long term care plans. https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/07/14/your-money/how-the-medicaid-debate-affects-long-term-care-insurance-decisions.html

Questions to ask your doctor.

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My thoughts on some of the six excellent questions Elizabeth Rosenthal, author of “An American Sickness,” suggests you should ask at every doctor’s appointment to make sure your medical bills are what you expect. Question #1. How much will this cost?  Your provider’s office staff will know the fee a procedure, or series of procedures are billed […]