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January 24, 2020 | The Friday Five

January 24, 2020 | The Friday Five

January 24, 2020

 

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The Friday Five for January 24, 2020:

  • Google, Health Care, and AI
  • 2020 Healthcare Legislation from CA
  • Coronavirus
  • Apple Watch Connect
  • Scientists now know why stress turns our hair gray
 
Mentioned in this episode:

 

Apple Watch gym partnerships give you perks for working out

Chinese cities cancel New Year celebrations, travel ban widens in effort to stop coronavirus outbreak

For 2020, California Goes Big on Health Care

Google CEO eyes major opportunity in health care, says it will protect privacy

How dangerous is coronavirus?

Scientists discover ‘why stress turns hair white’

Tylenol a cancer risk? California considers warning on common painkiller acetaminophen

 

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Value-Based Care for Medicare Enrollees Is the Future | ASG195

Value-Based Care for Medicare Enrollees Is the Future | ASG195

December 31, 2019

 

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What is Medicare's Value-Based Care Model? Our team takes a deep dive into this topic, defining the care model that CMS adopted in 2011. Learn the types of value-based care programs CMS offers, how they can help you sell insurance plans, what this kind of care looks like for your clients, and carriers' value-based care initiatives. We even talk about what your clients can expect in the future!

 

Read the text version.

 

CMS Value-Based Care Programs:

 

End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program (ESRD QIP)

Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program

Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP)

Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC) Reduction Program

Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Program (SNFVBP)

Home Health Value Based Program (HHVBP)

 

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CMS Unveils New Value-Based Care Models for Primary Care Providers

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES)

Medicare Advantage And The Future Of Value-Based Care

Medicare Advantage Costs Drop, Benefits Grow for 2019

Payers, Providers Create New Medicare Advantage Partnerships

Silver&Fit®

SilverSneakers®

The Advent of Retail Healthcare & What It Means for Medicare Beneficiaries

The Future of Value-Based Care: 2019 Survey Results

Top Insurers Move to Bring PBM Partners In-House

 

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Anthem

Cigna

Humana

UnitedHealthcare

 

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2020 Medicare Part A & B Premiums and Deductibles | ASG News

2020 Medicare Part A & B Premiums and Deductibles | ASG News

November 15, 2019

 

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CMS just announced the 2020 Medicare Part A and B premiums and deductibles. Find out what the cost of Medicare will be for your clients in the coming year.

 

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What’s New in the 2020 Medicare Communications and Marketing Guidelines? | ASG News UPDATE

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How to Use the New Medicare Plan Finder | ASG168

How to Use the New Medicare Plan Finder | ASG168

October 11, 2019

 

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It's official! The new Medicare Plan Finder is now live on Medicare.gov. We've got all the info on the changes and how to use it, (including where to find your old prescription drug lists!) as well as answers to agents' frequently asked questions.

 

Read the text version.

 

Still have questions? Reach out to our sales team at Ritter Insurance Marketing or call our podcast hotline at 1-717-562-7211.

 

Email feedback/concerns about new Medicare Plan Finder to emedicare@cms.hhs.gov  

 

Timecodes for FAQs:

 

How do you get to the Medicare Plan Finder? [1:49.522]

 

What updates are coming to the MPF? [4:00.806]

 

What are the pathways into the New Medicare Plan Finder? [5:21.855]

 

General FAQs about MyMedicare.gov and the new Medicare Plan Finder [7:25.003]

 

If my client doesn’t have a Medicare number, are they still able to shop on the new MPF? [7:46.678]

 

Can we still use Drug ID and Password Dates to access saved drug lists? [8:05.585]

 

How do you save an anonymous search? [8:47.280]

 

Is the new MPF be available in Spanish? [9:00.004]

 

Will Medicare Agents still be able to do any kind of plan comparison for clients? [9:09.784]

 

When will the old Medicare Plan Finder be unavailable? [9:32.029]

 

If a beneficiary doesn’t want to set up a MyMedicare.gov account, can they still use the new MPF? [9:43.596]

 

When performing an anonymous search, will the beneficiary need to go through the “learning screens?” [10:03.983]

 

What is the purpose of making beneficiaries log in to save their drug lists? [10:14.929]

 

Where can we send feedback or concerns about the new Medicare Plan Finder? [10:25.040]

 

Is there still a way to see if a person qualifies for Extra Help? [10:41.793]

 

Can a user self-enroll in a plan through the MPF? [10:51.518]

 

Will users have access to their Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) through MyMedicare.gov? [11:00.928]

 

Will the Medicare Plan Finder show logged-in users what Medigap/Medicare Supplement plan they currently have? [11:23.100]

 

Will the live chat be available 24/7 during AEP? [11:30.564]

 

Can a user enroll in a plan without creating an account? [11:47.962]

 

If the Medicare Plan Finder is not showing the correct Extra Help information, how can agents price the correct information? [11:57.398]

 

How often is Low Income Subsidy and Extra Help data updated? [12:22.797]

 

How does the live chat work? [12:31.529]

 

Is the live chat available for logged-out users? [12:44.857]

 

FAQs about account creation and logging in on Medicare.gov and the Medicare Plan Finder [12:54.299]

 

Does the beneficiary need to have an Email address to create an account? [13:04.246]

 

Once a MyMedicare.gov account is created will the username and password be activated immediately? [13:25.895]

 

If you try to create a MyMedicare.gov account but already have one, will the system stop you? [13:39.686]

 

Can two beneficiaries have the same username? [13:58.570]

 

When a beneficiary sets up an account using the Medicare Plan Finder, will that also create a MyMedicare.gov account at the same time? [14:10.739]

 

Are there password requirements? [14:29.132]

 

How often must the password be changed? [14:38.574]

 

Can you create an account if something doesn’t match what’s on file with CMS, like the MBI or zip code? [14:45.117]

 

Is the username and password the same for MPF and My Medicare dot gov? [15:06.207]

 

If you create an account with no email, how do you recover the log-in info? [15:13.143]

 

If a user forgets their account info, can they create a new one? [15:30.313]

 

FAQs about prescription drug lists and plan comparisons on the MPF and Medicare.gov [15:41.593]

 

Will drugs auto-generate for people who did not previously have a MyMedicare.gov account? [15:51.413]

 

Can users get a side-by-side, detailed plan comparison on one page? [16:18.533]

 

Can you look for Medigap plans on the Medicare Plan Finder? [16:28.646]

 

Can you look up provider information for Medicare Advantage plans in the MPF? [16:43.760]

 

Does the MPF give ratings for Medigap/Medicare Supplement plans? [16:56.102]

 

Can you see Medigap plans specifically for the user’s area and age? [17.10.809]

 

Can you compare Medigap/Med Supp plans using the Medicare Plan Finder? [17:30.609]

 

How would a user edit an existing drug list? [17:43.623]

 

Will medications auto-generate for users who are under 65 on disability? [18:02.952]

 

Is there a way to get more information on various services? [18:18.511]

 

Can users print plan details and comparisons? [18:32.847]

 

Has the drug list limit been increased? [18:38.242]

 

Will Part B drug information be included on the MPF? [18:48.441]

 

How many pharmacies can you choose to price compare? [19:01.078]

 

Can you find which pharmacies are preferred in Medicare drug plans? [19:09.577]

 

Are Dual-Eligible Demonstration plans on the MPF? [19:21.470]

 

Where does the data on Medigap plans come from and how often is it updated? [19:30.037]

 

Can you enroll in a Medigap/Medicare Supplement plan through the Medicare Plan Finder? [19:44.325]

 

Mentioned in this episode:

 

CMS New Medicare Plan Finder page

CMS Medicare Plan Finder Webinar (Choose Webinar recording - August 16)

Find Your Old Drug Lists on Medicare.gov

Top 10 Questions & Answers for those Helping People with Medicare

 

CMS August Webinar Topic Timecodes:

 

Client’s MyMedicare.gov account creation [14:38]

Plan type selection (Original Medicare + Med Supp/PDP or Medicare Advantage) [17:00]

Drug selection and validation of dosage, packaging, or preferred pharmacies [17:53]

MAPD plan comparison and filtering [23:13]

PDP plan comparison and filtering [30:41]

 

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