Keeping Seniors Safe From Medicare Fraud

Safeguard Your Identity During Holidays

Keeping Seniors Safe From Medicare Fraud With Medicare enrollment season coming to an end on December 7th, some seniors may be scrambling to assess plans and make final decisions. Medicare is still a very confusing topic to many seniors, and worrying about the risk of fraud can add to this frustration. During this rushed state, it’s important not to lose sight of potential issues with fraud. Keeping Seniors Safe From Medicare Fraud Based on an Express Scripts survey, 10% of seniors said they or someone they know has been the victim of healthcare fraud. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission

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More Americans Choosing Generic Drugs

More Americans Choosing Generic Drugs Have you ever gone to fill a prescription and the pharmacist asks if you'd like the generic version of the medication, perhaps reminding you that it is at a considerable cost savings over the brand-named drug? Or you're told that your insurance will only cover the generic equivalent of what your doctor has prescribed?More Americans Choosing Generic Drugs The first time this happens, you undoubtedly have many questions: Is there a difference between branded and generic medicines? Will the generic be just as safe and effective? Do insurance companies prefer generics? If you have, you're

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How to Manage Multiple Medications

Someone older than 65 takes an average of six medications a day. Taking multiple medications at the same time is called polypharmacy. But with more medications come higher costs and greater risks, so it should come as no surprise that polypharmacy is a major concern for seniors. How to Manage Multiple Medications There are plenty of legitimate reasons why polypharmacy can occur. You may have developed a new condition, or an existing condition may have worsened. You may need certain medications to treat unavoidable side effects of other medications. And it may be that that you’re facing treatment gaps that

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Do you really know who is providing your medical care?

Whether you're being treated for a minor injury or undergoing major surgery, it's likely you'll encounter not just one, but a team of health care professionals. While having multiple professionals working to provide you with the highest quality and safest care eases some fear, it also can cause confusion. When undergoing a surgery or procedure, it is important to truly know and understand who is providing your care. From physicians with various specialty backgrounds to nurses and assistants, it's important to understand the credentials of those treating you. The need for more transparent communication across health and medical care providers

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5 Things to Consider When Comparing Health Insurance Plans

Whether you’re in good health naturally or you rely on medication and specialists to stay that way, finding the right health insurance plan is key—and you could pay a penalty if you don’t have it. 5 Things to Consider When Comparing Health Insurance Plans If you’re self-employed, your employer doesn’t offer health insurance, or even if you simply think you might be better off on a different plan than what your employer offers, you may find yourself buying individual health insurance. While shopping for your own health insurance may seem daunting, breaking down the plans can help you make a more informed

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Insurers End Coverage for Key Drugs

Insurance is ending coverage for some key drugs that affect the health of patients.  It’s a David-vs.-Goliath dispute, and millions of patients are caught in the middle — perhaps even unaware they’re about to lose coverage for compounded medications they need for their conditions. Insurers End Coverage for Key Drugs At issue are the customized medications pharmacists prepare for patients who can’t metabolize or tolerate commercial drugs. Compounded medicines often are the only option for doctors treating certain children and seniors, patients coping with the pain of cancer and diabetes, and those with liver or kidney diseases. In one corner:

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