2018 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles Announced

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2018 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs. Medicare Part B Premiums/Deductibles Medicare Part B covers physician services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment, and other items. The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B enrollees will be …

CMS Reveals New Medicare Card Design

Removing Social Security numbers strengthens fraud protections for about 58 million Americans Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gave the public its first look at the newly designed Medicare card. The new Medicare card contains a unique, randomly-assigned number that replaces the current Social Security-based number. CMS will begin mailing the new cards to people with Medicare …

Region 9 award winners from MMAP Recognition get a story in the newspaper!

Shop Talk Aug 11, 2017 (0) Local women receive top state honors LANSING – Two local women were recognized for their work with Medicare beneficiaries at a recent statewide event in East Lansing for the Michigan Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program of the Region 9 Area Agency on Aging. Danielle Kleinhuizen and Sarah Skowronski, both employees of the Advocacy Department of …

5 Ways for Healthcare Providers to Get Ready for New Medicare Cards

Medicare is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Through this initiative the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will prevent fraud, fight identity theft and protect essential program funding and the private healthcare and financial information of our Medicare beneficiaries. CMS will issue new Medicare cards with a new unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare …

CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program updates to increase flexibility and reduce burdens

Proposed rule aims to simplify reporting requirements and offer support for doctors and clinicians in 2018 Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would make changes in the second year of the Quality Payment Program as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). CMS’s goal is to simplify the …