If you’re a Medicare beneficiary, or you’re about to become one, then you’ve probably heard about Medicare Part D. This portion of Medicare is separate from original Medicare (Parts A and B), and it was introduced in 2003 as part of reforms signed into law by then-President Bush. Before you sign up for coverage, let’s… Continue Reading ›

The annual enrollment period to change your current Medicare Advantage or Part D plan or to switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage runs from October 1st to December 7th every year. Even if you’re not sure if you want to switch plans, the annual enrollment period is a good time to shop around and… Continue Reading ›

Most people avoid being hospitalized like the plague and rightfully so, medical mistakes in hospitals is the leading cause of death in the United States each year. According to the Health Grades Report, there were over 40,000 incidences of medical harm or death every day in 2011! These statistics are frightening enough for patients facing… Continue Reading ›

Non Profit Institute of Medicine Panel Says Change is Urgently Needed A series of reports dating back from 2000 to September of 2015, from the prestigious panel at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has been drawing attention to the serious under reporting of misdiagnosis and diagnostic errors occurring all across the U.S. today. The importance… Continue Reading ›

What Science Says About Running After Hip Replacement Surgery This is a question with no right or wrong answer unfortunately, and it primarily depends on varying individual factors as to what type of answer you might receive from your doctor. Typically in a laboratory setting, testing is carried out by exposing the prosthesis to clinically… Continue Reading ›

When the Affordable Care Act became law in 2012, one of its goals was to make Medicare more efficient and more financially stable for future generations. According to data released by the Department of Health and Human Services or HHS, the ACA is accomplishing this goal by reducing hospital readmission rates via the Hospital Readmissions… Continue Reading ›

The Open Enrollment Period (OEP) for both Medicare Advantage (private plans) and Part D (prescription drug) Plans began on Oct. 15. Through Dec. 7, more than 39 million PDP enrollees have the opportunity – and responsibility – to purchase prescription drug coverage. And it’s important to carefully research and select the policy that provides the… Continue Reading ›

For the nation’s 54 million Medicare beneficiaries, 2016 should see some very positive financial news. Thanks to the recent bipartisan budget deal passing in the U.S. House of Representatives, enrollees may avoid a proposed 52 percent increase in Medicare Part B premiums. Once the deal passes, premium increases will be much lower. And, this deal’s… Continue Reading ›