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Medicare Heads Up: May 27, 2020

May 27, 2020 – In this edition: Medicare relaxes coronavirus test ordering rules so more people can be tested; CMS boosts payments for some telephone… Read more

Under a new waiver granted by CMS, all Medicare practitioners can bill for telehealth for the duration of the coronavirus emergency.

Medicare Heads Up: May 8, 2020

May 8, 2020 – In this edition: Medicare relaxes coronavirus test ordering rules so more people can be tested; CMS boosts payments for some telephone… Read more

Some home health providers plan to expand services to more Medicare beneficiaries once Medicare Advantage’s home care benefit includes care for more people at risk of hospitalization or recovering from a disease.

Medicare Heads Up: April 24, 2020

April 24, 2020 – In this edition; Medicare trust fund may be at risk due to the coronavirus; Trustees expect continued Medicare Advantage enrollment growth;… Read more

During the COVID-19 crisis, Medicare is temporarily covering ambulance transportation to a number of additional destinations besides emergency rooms.

Medicare Heads Up: April 10, 2020

April 10, 2020 – In this week's edition: Court ruling will let Medicare patients appeal for denied skilled nursing facility care; CMS expands Medicare… Read more

The Department of Health and Human Services is warning Medicare beneficiaries to be wary of scam artists offering coronavirus tests, often in exchange for personal details such as Medicare or Medicaid identification numbers.

Medicare Heads Up: March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020 – In this week's edition: New law waives Medicare cost sharing for coronavirus testing, related visits; Some Part D plans are lagging behind… Read more

The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act – signed into law this month – expands Medicare telehealth coverage during the emergency period for coronavirus declared on January 31.

Medicare Heads Up: March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020 – In this edition: Medicare Advantage plans must loosen coverage rules in response to coronavirus crisis; insurers respond to pressure by… Read more

As part of its 2021 budget, the Trump Administration is proposing that Medicare-eligible Americans be able to contribute to HSAs longer by giving Social Security recipients the option to reject Medicare Part A.

Medicare Heads Up: February 21, 2020

February 21, 2020 – In this edition: Trump Administration proposes changes to Medicare Part A enrollment; Tax-deductible contributions to medical spending… Read more

In January, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that for the first time, Medicare will cover acupuncture for treatment of chronic lower back pain.

Medicare Heads Up: February 7, 2020

February 7, 2020 – In this edition: Acupuncture for chronic back pain now covered by Medicare; Medicare enrollees still face significant out-of-pocket costs… Read more

Medicare Part B provides coverage for outpatient cardiac rehabilitation, only a fraction of eligible enrollees are taking advantage of the coverage, according to new research from the American Heart Association.

Medicare Heads Up: January 24, 2020

January 24, 2020 – Headlines in this week's edition: Some Medicare Part D enrollees find themselves without coverage; Medicare beneficiaries not using covered… Read more

Medicare Advantage fitness benefits

Medicare Heads Up: January 10, 2020

January 10, 2020 – In this edition Over 90% of Medicare Advantage plans offering fitness benefits in 2020 Medicare Advantage plans to offer hospice coverage… Read more