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Shared Medical Appointments Touted as Effective and Efficient

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A growing number of physicians around the nation are embracing shared medical appointments as an effective and efficient way to treat increasing numbers of patients with chronic disease.

Shared medical appointments beneficial for both patient and physician, some say.

Group medical appointments beneficial for both patient and physician, some say.

 

The nation’s health care overhaul means millions more Americans will gain insurance coverage and access to doctors. Group appointments may be an answer to meeting the health care needs of a burgeoning patient population, especially in areas where there are physician shortages.

According to a recent study, meeting the country’s health care needs will require nearly 52,000 additional primary care physicians by 2025. More than 8,000 of that total will be needed for the more than 27 million people newly insured under the Affordable Care Act. Read more


Support for Alzheimer’s and Other Types of Dementia

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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, you are not alone. The Alzheimer’s Association is one of the most trusted resources for information, education, referral and support.

Get up-to-date information on brain health and aging, treatment options for Alzheimer’s and other dementias, as well as caregiver support.

Get up-to-date information on brain health and aging, treatment options for Alzheimer’s and other dementias, as well as caregiver support.

 

Call their 24/7 Helpline: 800.272.3900
Visit the online Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver Center
Visit their Virtual Library

The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline provides reliable information and support to all those who need assistance. Call toll-free anytime day or night at 1.800.272.3900.

The 24/7 Helpline serves people with memory loss, caregivers, health care professionals and the public. Read more


The Medicare 2013 Annual Election Period

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Medicare 2013

Beneficiaries can switch from their Medicare Advantage plan back to Original Medicare starting Oct. 15. Changes are effective Jan. 1, 2014.

I’m enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan but I want to go back to Original Medicare. How can I do that?

The Medicare 2013 Annual Coordinated Election Period (ACEP) – more commonly referred to as Medicare Open Enrollment – starts October 15. This is the period during which Medicare beneficiaries can enroll in, and change or disenroll from Part C Medicare Advantage plans as well as Part D prescription drug plans, with any change effective January 1, 2014.

Some Medicare Advantage plans may have used deceptive marketing practices to lure patients into making the switch when it wasn’t necessarily in their best interest, according to the Department of Health and Human Services/Office of Inspector General reportBeneficiaries Remain Vulnerable to Sales Agents’ Marketing of Medicare Advantage Plans.” Read more