Entries by Jennifer Gunther

Medicare could cover end of life counseling as early as Jan. 2016

onversation with beneficiaries about their final wishes.

According to a statement released by CMS on July 8, “The proposal includes a number of provisions focused on person-centered care and continues the Administration’s commitment to transforming the Medicare program to a system based on quality and healthy outcomes.” Also known as end of life planning, the service being considered consists of providers ensuring an individual’s care preferences are respected in the event of a critical health situation like terminal illness.

King v. Burwell Update — Lawmakers await King v. Burwell ruling

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was subjected to a third round of scrutiny when the Supreme Court decided to hear King v. Burwell, whose focus is the validity of the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Lawmakers are anxious whether the court will side with the plaintiffs and invalidate the federal exchange or uphold one of ACA’s primary means of increasing health care access and affordability by siding with the federal government when it delivers its final word by the end of the month.

7 reasons to make The Agent’s Advantage your go-to resource

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SCOTUS nears ruling on federal Obamacare subsidies

King v. Burwell, the latest Supreme Court case to examine the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is drawing to a close. Speculation has arisen over the future of the federal Health Insurance Marketplace that serves most of the nation in the two months since the plaintiff broached whether language regarding the federal exchange’s role in delivering subsidies conflicts […]

Thank bipartisanship for long-awaited end to “Doc Fix”

House Speaker John Boehner (R–Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D–Calif.) are claiming passage of a bill that does away with the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) as victory for their respective parties. The Republican-controlled House passed HR2, The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which will be voted on by the GOP-led Senate after spring recess.

Congress’ 18-year delay of Medicare provider payment cuts — otherwise known as the “Doc Fix” — is being replaced by a 0.5 percent provider payment increase over the next five years and changes to member premiums thanks to a bipartisan effort that is by no means the norm in today’s polarized political climate. The reform also calls for restructuring payment models to be based more on quality of care.

Could this finally be the year “Doc Fix” is repealed?

2015 could be the year the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) problem, more commonly referred to as the “Doc Fix,” is permanently taken care of by Congress. A bipartisan endgame to the unpopular cost-saving formula both parties have been hesitant to deal with has Medicare providers anxious about payment changes, and Medicare members are concerned about possible increases to their premiums or deductibles in light of a repeal.

RBI trophies at Southwest Double Gun Expo

One hundred sixty competitors armed with shotguns and a healthy sense of competition stepped up Saturday to shatter thousands of clay pigeons at the Southwest Double Gun Expo, held at the Ben Avery Clay Target Center in north Phoenix to benefit Phoenix Art Museum. Bob Bever, our CEO, took home second place in his gauge […]