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Administration Proposes 1.9% Cut in Medicare Advantage Payments
Medicare Advantage plans could see payment reductions of 1.9 percent next year under proposed rates announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS said its preliminary estimate is "the combined effect of the Medicare Advantage growth percentage and the fee-for-service growth percentage."
Insurers, who are against payment reductions, have said the combination of the health law’s lower payment rates, new fees on health plans and other factors, including automatic federal spending cuts known as "sequestration," mean that Medicare Advantage plans will see their Medicare payment rates drop by 6 percent – or even more -- in 2015. In a statement, America's Health Insurance Plans President and CEO Karen Ignagni said, "The new proposed Medicare Advantage cuts would cause seniors in the program to lose benefits and choices on which they depend."
Prestige to bring comprehensive memory care and senior care to the Carson Tahoe Health System
CARSON CITY -- Prestige Care, Inc., and Prestige Senior Living L.L.C. are joining Carson Tahoe Health to expand quality senior care services and offer comprehensive memory care to Carson City residents and their families.
As a first step, the organizations will develop a community with 40 units for memory care services on the Carson Tahoe Specialty Medical Center campus. Construction will begin in 2014.Together, Prestige and Carson Tahoe will offer an expanding continuum of care that focuses on enriching seniors' lives with compassionate and highquality care. The new memory care unit will offer Prestige's awardwinning memory care program, Expressions, along with Carson Tahoe's clinical expertise to give residents the best care continuum possible.
Prestige's Expressions memory care program is a lifeaffirming, activity-rich residential program for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia who seek communitybased care to help alleviate the effects of the disease for themselves and their families. The program's person-centered approach to care, based on knowing each person's life story, combined with integrated and individualized programming and experiences for each resident, earned Prestige the 2012 Innovators Award from the International Council on Active Aging.
HHS strengthens patients’ right to access lab test Reports
To empower patients to be informed partners with their health care providers, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken action to give patients direct access to completed laboratory test reports.
“The right to access personal health information is a cornerstone of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule,” said Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “Information like lab results can empower patients to track their health progress, make decisions with their health care professionals, and adhere to important treatment plans.”
While patients can continue to get access to their laboratory test reports from their doctors, these changes give patients a new option to obtain their test reports directly from the laboratory while maintaining strong protections for patients’ privacy.
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