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Medicare Advantage: 5 Notable Numbers for Senior Living Providers

On October 15, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

Interested in the growing Medicare Advantage opportunity? Here are five numbers you need to know: 14, 3-5, 4, $218,000 and 300.  

Senior Linkage Line: Support for Residents & Clients During Open Enrollment

On October 15, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

Medicare open enrollment runs from Oct. 15 – Dec. 7. The Senior LinkAge Line can help your residents and clients on Medicare navigate changes and ensure they have a plan Jan. 1 that meets their needs. 

Genevive, Medica and 10 Senior Care Organizations Partner to Offer Innovative Medicare Advantage Plans

On October 8, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

Seniors living in 78 Twin Cities-area long-term care and assisted living communities will have a new Medicare Advantage health coverage option to select for 2020 coverage if they qualify for its coverage requirements.  

Medicare Advantage: 2020 Brings New Plans, Benefits and Opportunities for Providers

On October 8, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

Open enrollment for Medicare Advantage and Special Needs Plans begins Oct. 15 and presents a great opportunity for all housing and service providers to engage with those individuals whom they serve about their options. 

Skilled Nursing Services Have an Advantage in Medicare Advantage I-SNP

On September 16, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

A recent article in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News shared that long-term nursing home residents enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage Institutional Special Needs Plans (I-SNPs) are 112% more likely to use skilled nursing services than those with Medicare fee-for-service plans.   

CMS Pushes to Improve Information Sharing Between Hospitals and Post-Acute Care

On February 13, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed policy changes supporting its MyHealthEData initiative to improve patient access and advance electronic data exchange and care coordination throughout the healthcare system. 

CMS Announces New Innovations in Medicare Advantage

On January 22, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced changes to Medicare Advantage plans that are designed to spur greater competition, improve quality and lower costs to attract beneficiaries. 

LeadingAge Webinar to Address Provider-Led Institutional Special Needs Plans

On January 8, 2019 by Jonathan Lips

A Jan. 16 webinar from LeadingAge national will provide an overview of Institutional Special Needs Plans (I-SNPs). An I-SNP is a type of Medicare managed care plan that is designed explicitly to serve the needs of Medicare beneficiaries needing a nursing home level of care. Aging services providers are exploring I-SNPs as an opportunity to lead a payment model that financially rewards them for redesigning care and services to lower cost and improve outcomes through a more integrated approach, but there are considerable challenges and financial risks that providers should be aware of before going down this path.  

New Guidance from CMS on Serving Dual Eligibles

On December 31, 2018 by Guest Contributor

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a new State Medicaid Director Letter titled 10 Opportunities to Better Serve Individuals Dually Eligible for Medicaid and Medicare

Connect Residents to Senior LinkAge Line during Medicare Special Enrollment Periods

On December 18, 2018 by Jodi Boyne

Although the annual Medicare open enrollment period ended Dec. 7, special enrollment periods remain for most beneficiaries who live in one of the 66 Minnesota counties that are losing their Cost Plans as of Dec. 31, 2018. Members are reminded to refer residents and families with questions or in need of additional assistance to the Senior Linkage Line.  

A Closer Look: 2019 MA Plan’s HCBS Supplemental Benefits

On December 18, 2018 by Guest Contributor

Two new reports shed more light on how Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) evaluated offering the new benefits for 2019 Medicare Advantage plans. The conclusion? Few plans – only 102 – are testing the new benefits in 2019, with more looking to offer some new Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) in 2020. The report also note that challenges remain. 

LeadingAge Launches New Center for Managed Care Solutions & Innovations

On October 23, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

LeadingAge has launched the Center for Managed Care Solutions & Innovation, a one-stop shop of tools, resources, and education to help members succeed in managed care, integrated services and other alternative payment models. 

LeadingAge Launches New Center for Managed Care Solutions & Innovations

On October 23, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

LeadingAge has launched the Center for Managed Care Solutions & Innovation, a one-stop shop of tools, resources, and education to help members succeed in managed care, integrated services and other alternative payment models. 

Senior LinkAge Line Ready to Help Seniors Navigate Big Medicare Changes

On October 16, 2018 by Jodi Boyne

With the start of Medicare open enrollment on Oct. 15, the Senior LinkAge Line is prepared to help Minnesotans navigate significant changes to Medicare plans. Cost Plans, a type of Medicare plan popular in Minnesota, will no longer be available in 66 counties for 2019 due to change in federal law. This means that about 375,000 affected Minnesotans on Medicare will need to change plans. 

Presbyterian Homes & Services Joins Allina Health as Co-Owner of Genevive

On October 16, 2018 by Jodi Boyne

Allina Health and Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) announced their newly formed collaboration in Genevive effective Jan. 1, 2019. Genevive is a geriatric medical practice and care management organization providing comprehensive care for 5,500 older adults throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. 

Care Center CFOs: Feeling Optimistic but Concerned

On October 16, 2018 by Jodi Boyne

A majority of Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) are feeling more optimistic about their ability to compete but some have expressed concerns about the impact Medicare Advantage plans will have on payment, according to a new study released by Ziegler. 

Medicare Open Enrollment for 2019 Begins Oct. 15

On October 9, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

Medicare Open Enrollment for 2019 coverage begins Monday, Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7, 2018.  The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is when seniors can choose to enroll or switch to a new Medicare plan for 2019, including a Medicare Advantage plan or Medicare Part D prescription drug plan.  

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