ACA open enrollment – The Basics

  Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act started on November 1, 2015. The first and most important deadline is December 15, 2015. You must enroll or make changes by this date in order for a new policy to take effect by January 1st. Before making a decision, here’s what you need to know about

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Decisions to Make regarding Medicare Open Enrollment

Seniors enrolling in Medicare for the first time or those wanting to make a switch in coverage can do so October 15 through December 7 every year. Why? Because this is the time when prescription and health care plans adjust costs, coverage options, and determine which pharmacies and providers are included in their networks for

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Transitioning Challenges Face many with Implementation of ICD-10

ICD 10 coding procedures were effectively initiated on October 1, 2015. For many, it’s about time that the United States medical system joined the rest of the world when it comes to coding practices. With its release, coding professionals can breathe a sigh of relief that the wait is over, but vast differences found between

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Mental Health Parity Still a Distant Wish for Most

Mental health parity remains a constant battle for young and middle aged populations of Americans seeking mental health services for drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, rape counseling, and posttraumatic stress disorders (PTSD). The challenges that such individuals face often go against insurance “standards” when it comes to provision of care. Unfortunately, when it comes

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Nursing Home Medicare Coverage – Skilled vs. Custodial

Obtaining reimbursement from Medicare or third party payor insurance companies has become increasingly complex, especially in today’s healthcare environment following changes in how health care providers and facilities bill for services. Hospitals now discharge patients at a faster rate, often referring them to nursing homes or long-term care and rehabilitation facilities for aftercare services. Costs

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The Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act is Enabling Everyone to Have Medical Insurance The Affordable Care Act has given many Americans the opportunity to finally be able to afford and obtain health insurance. Through the Affordable Care Act, Americans can now find affordable medical insurance that covers their healthcare needs. Also known as Obamacare, the Affordable Care

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