Monthly Archives: December 2017

Important Message About the Jimmo Settlement

December 22, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reminds the Medicare community of the Jimmo Settlement Agreement (January 2013), which clarified that the Medicare program covers skilled nursing care and skilled therapy services under Medicare’s skilled nursing facility, home health, and outpatient therapy benefits when a beneficiary needs skilled care in order to maintain function or to prevent or slow decline or deterioration (provided all other coverage criteria are met). Read more at CMS.gov.

Military Overhauls Retirement System in Biggest Shift Since World War II

December 22, 2017

Source: NAELA news

The military is overhauling its retirement system next year, and members should be prepared for the biggest structural changes since World War II.

“[The reforms] came about over the last seven years or so, both to try to continue to retain outstanding people in the military while reducing the overall costs of military retirement for taxpayers,” retired Brig. Gen. Michael Meese, current EVP and secretary of the American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association (AAFMAA), told FOX Business. Continue reading

Important Message About the Jimmo Settlement

December 22, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reminds the Medicare community of the Jimmo Settlement Agreement (January 2013), which clarified that the Medicare program covers skilled nursing care and skilled therapy services under Medicare’s skilled nursing facility, home health, and outpatient therapy benefits when a beneficiary needs skilled care in order to maintain function or to prevent or slow decline or deterioration (provided all other coverage criteria are met). Read more at CMS.gov.

This Holiday Season, Find Time to Talk About End-of-Life Wishes

December 22, 2017

Source: Naela News

The roast turkey and pecan pie may be the same as always, but growing numbers of families plan to add a tradition to their Thanksgiving holiday this week: a frank talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.

Paul Malley, president of Aging with Dignity, the agency behind Five Wishes, a popular living will, says requests for the documents that guide decisions surrounding serious illness and death typically surge starting now. Continue reading

Georgetown Offers New Master’s in Aging & Health Program

December 22, 2017

Source: Naela News

Georgetown University is excited to announce the creation of a new Master of Science program in Aging & Health. The inaugural class will matriculate in the Fall 2018. Applications are being accepted now. To receive information, visit: http://aging.georgetown.edu.

The Master’s level Aging & Health degree program prepares you to work in a wide variety of aging-related fields. As a graduate, you will pursue jobs in a range of public and private settings as program or facility administrators, planners, practitioners, researchers, advocates and trainers. Continue reading

Medicare Part B Premiums Jumping 23 Percent for Many Retirees

December 17, 2017

Source: NAELA news

  • About 42 percent of recipients will see their premium jump to $134 from $109.
  • The standard Part B premium will remain unchanged at $134.
  • About 70 percent of Medicare recipients pay less than that due to the “hold harmless” provision.

Many Medicare recipients should be prepared to pay more for their doctor’s visits and other outpatient care next year. Continue reading

Unintended Consequences: CMS’ Readmissions Program Might Be Harming Patients

December 12, 2017

Source: Naela News

Key Points

Question What is the association of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program with the temporal trends in readmission and mortality rates among fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized with heart failure?

Findings In this observational study of 115 245 fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized with heart failure at 416 sites across the United States, implementation of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program was associated with a subsequent decrease in 30-day and 1-year risk-adjusted readmissions and an increase in 30-day and 1-year risk-adjusted mortality. Continue reading