CMS Medicare Enrollment Data

April 22, 2013 General

Medicare Advantage Enrollment growth accelerated during April 2013
See full article here:  Managed_Care_Enrollment_Data_4-2013.pdf

Armageddon Avoided

April 09, 2013 Health Care

Final 2014 Medicare Rates Announced

The Medicare Advantage industry needed two things in the final rate, and it got
both — For the first time CMS will make a proactive adjustment for the doc fix, pushing
up rates by 400-500 basis points. So instead of all-in rates falling 7-8% as proposed in
the preliminary announcement, we estimate rates will drop just 2% instead, after also
factoring in a positive adjustment to prior year cost assumptions. Additionally, the
industry got additional flexibility to shift costs onto seniors, although the big
improvement in rates makes the ability to shift additional cost something of a moot

Please see a copy of the entire report from Citigroup Inc. at the following link:  Armageddon Avoided.pdf

Reducing Health Care Costs

February 21, 2013 General

Hospitals Hook Up With Drugstore Giants To Lower Readmissions

By Eric Whitney, Colorado Public Radio
February 20th, 2013, 6:08 AM
Provided by Kaiser Health News.

Patients who leave the hospital only to have to be readmitted within a few weeks cost U.S. taxpayers more than $17 billion a year.  In October, the federal government started cracking down on hospitals, penalizing them if too many of their patients bounce back.

MPPG Partners with Pinnacle Brokers

September 27, 2012 Partners

Increasing the Value to Members

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