Puzzling Out the New Medicare

Parahus, Stephen
March 1999
Benefits Quarterly;1999 First Quarter, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p30
Academic Journal
This article will discuss issues confronting plan sponsors In light of new Medicare+Choice options, and ways of responding to those issues. It will include a section with highlights of the "new" Medicare, including a brief description of new terminology and general descriptions of the different types of "coordinated care plans" and other options, e.g., POS, PPO, HMO, FFS, PSO and MSA. Its principal focus, however, will be on ways that plan sponsors can respond to--and capitalize on--the changes in Medicare and offer retirees a broader array of benefits while at the same time increasing their control over plan costs. The article will introduce the idea of plan sponsors constructing a retiree "flexible benefits"program comprising Medicare+Choice options. INSET: Traditional Approaches for Coordinating With Medicare.


Related Articles

  • Stable for Now. Chordas, Lori // Best's Review;Mar2008, Vol. 108 Issue 11, p86 

    The article focuses on the performance of Medicare in the U.S. in 2008. It is stated that Medicare has had a single-digit organic growth over the past several years, particularly as a result of an aging population with wider longevity. It is further noted that rising medical cost trends, the...

  • Staffers tweak Medicare bill; measure's fate still uncertain. Young, Jeffrey // Hill;12/11/2007, Vol. 14 Issue 144, p28 

    The article reports on the Medicare bill worked by staffers that would prevent a scheduled 10% cut in Medicare payments to doctors in U.S. Lobbyists believe that House Democrats led the charge to fatten the bill, especially the provisions affecting health insurance companies. Senate Finance...

  • Massachusetts' Failed Experiment with the Individual Mandate. Eaton, Sandy // National Nurse;Mar2011, Vol. 107 Issue 2, p6 

    The article reports on the disapproval of the individual mandate on federal health insurance reform of 2010 in Massachusetts. It states that the mandate requires every resident to have a health insurance coverage which is opposed by the residents of the state due to financial burden of health...

  • Medicare Treatment. Reed, Vita // Orange County Business Journal;8/15/2005, Vol. 28 Issue 33, p57 

    Focuses on the benefits of health plan operators from new prescription drug benefit in the U.S. Pharmaceutical coverage of the new drug plan; Launch of fee-for-service Medicare health plan by operators; Pace of rising medical costs from reimbursement rates of the government. INSET: Wither...

  • Save money on Medicare drug costs and medical care.  // Ellis County Press;6/14/2012, Vol. 21 Issue 10, p5 

    The article offers suggestions to reduce Medicare costs by taking advantage of the Extra Help program and Medical Savings programs for Medicare beneficiaries.

  • Bumpy beginning for NPI. Conn, Joseph // Modern Healthcare;6/2/2008, Vol. 38 Issue 22, p10 

    The article reports that the May 23, 2008 implementation of a requirement that a National Provider Identifier (NPI) be used for Medicare billing claims resulted in the increase in claims rejections in the U.S. The effects of the rejections could be felt by providers over the course of a few days...

  • Is History Ready to Repeat Itself? Ferman, John H. // Healthcare Executive;Sep/Oct2006, Vol. 21 Issue 5, p44 

    The article explores the possibility that the U.S. Congress will target providers for Medicare spending cuts for 2006. The author warns that, as the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 will have its 10th anniversary in 2007, authorities will make another run at substantive Medicare and Medicaid spending...

  • Medicare and Medicaid: The Relationship to Total Health Care Spending.  // Health Care Financing Review;Summer95 Supplement, Vol. 16, p16 

    The article offers information on the expenditures of the Medicaid and Medicare health insurance programs in the U.S. Medicare expenditures rose from $7.3 billion in 1970 to an estimated $151.0 billion in 1993, while Medicaid spending rose from $5.1 billion in 1970 to an estimated $112.8 billion...

  • Distribution of Medicare Cost-Sharing Liability.  // Health Care Financing Review;Summer94 Supplement, Vol. 15, p44 

    The article provides information on the distribution of Medicare cost-sharing liability among Medicare beneficiaries in the United States. In 1992, an estimated 27.9 million Medicare beneficiaries used covered services and incurred cost-sharing liability amounting to $21.7 billion, an average...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics