From a NYTIMES article By Robert Pear WASHINGTON — Medicare Advantage plans, the popular private-insurance alternative to the traditional Medicare program, have been improperly denying many medical claims to patients and physicians alike, federal investigators say in a new report. The private plans, which now cover more than 20 million people — more than one-third of all … More Inspector General findings: Medicare Advantage Plans Improperly Deny Claims to Increase Profits
When was the last time you were admitted to the hospital? Did you notice your primary care physician did not visit you in the hospital? You did, however, have another physician called a “Hospitalist” who monitored and cared for you while you were an inpatient. Hospitalists belong to a growing community of physicians whose clinical … More The New Trend – Hospitalists
LIVING ABROAD WITH MEDICARE? Living in a foreign country is appealing to many retirees. But, hold on, before doing that make sure you have medical coverage wherever you are going, especially if you are going to be covered with Medicare. Why? Medicare usually does not cover medical services abroad except for some emergencies. In … More Retiring Abroad With Medicare
We have no Long Term Care Insurance. How can I pay for my husband’s nursing home? A month’s stay in a Hawaiian nursing home can run $10,000 – $15,000. Having available funds to pay for this care is a real dilemma for many families. Even if long term care insurance is available, there may be … More Using Your Life Insurance To Pay For Long Term Care
Even though open enrollment ended Dec 7, 2016, you may be able to change. Between January 1–February 14, if you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan, you can leave your plan and switch to Original Medicare. If you switch to Original Medicare during this period, you will have until February 14 to also join a Medicare … More IS IT TOO LATE TO CHANGE MY MEDICARE PLAN SELECTION?
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Many of our clients request help in finding a new primary care doctor. We asked Oahu physicians if they accept new patients and found almost a third would not. Even those who would accept were rejecting complicated or elderly patients. See the full study below: Finding a primary care doctor on Oahu By Eileen Hilton … More FINDING A PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR ON OAHU
Artificial Sweeteners – Not so good news. Nature reported that aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin cause blood glucose abnormalities in animal studies. When I think of all the diet soda I consumed over the years….. Salt- still controversial – The results of the PURE study were published in an article in the New England Journal of … More 2014 Hot Topics