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Errors Found in More than Half of MA Provider Directories

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have found issues, yet again, with Medicare Advantage organization’s provider directories. Upon a thorough investigation conducted from September 2016 to August 2017, CMS found that 52 percent of the provider directory locations listed contained at least one error. When CMS completed its first review from February…

6 Feb 18
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Highmark Scores Access Victory, UPMC Will Appeal Court’s Decision

The latest in the UPMC/Highmark divorce saga is news that Highmark Medicare Advantage members will retain in-network access to UPMC providers for all of 2019 – a “victory” for Highmark. The state-brokered consent decree between the two health systems expires on June 30, 2019. UPMC argues that access to their health providers at…

1 Feb 18
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Mutual of Omaha to sell Medicare Advantage in 2019

In a press release Wednesday, Mutual of Omaha announced it will team up with Lumeris, Inc. to offer Medicare Advantage plans in 2019.

18 Jan 18
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Optum and DaVita Medical Group Announce Merger

With an all-cash offer on the table, UnitedHealth Group’s Optum and DaVita Medical Group have a proposed deal to join forces. Optum, which is set to buy DaVita Medical Group (DMG) for $4.9 billion, is the health care services division of UnitedHealth Group. DMG is part of the kidney dialysis firm DaVita Inc. It runs…

8 Dec 17
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CVS to Merge with Aetna in $69 Billion Deal

On Sunday, CVS Health announced its plans to buy health insurance giant Aetna in a $69 billion deal. Each company’s board of directors fully supported the move. CVS Health (CVS) is a leading pharmacy benefits manager that serves approximately 90 million plan members. Aetna, a health care benefits company, serves roughly 44.6 million individuals as…

4 Dec 17
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Ritter Ranked 11th Best Place to Work in 2017

This marks the fourth straight year Ritter landed on the list.

1 Dec 17
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Medicare Announces 2018 Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles

On Friday, CMS released the costs for Original Medicare coverage for 2018. Medicare Part B premiums will rise for many, but not for all. Part B About 70 percent of Medicare Part B enrollees will see an increase from the average $109 premium they paid in 2017. In the coming year, Social Security benefits…

21 Nov 17
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Scheduled Partial CMS Blackout Begins 11/10

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will undergo a secheduled partial system blackout period beginning at 8 pm tonight until 8 pm Thursday, November 16, to update their systems. During this time Medicare Advantage and PDP enrollments may pend longer than normal. It’s important that you continue to submit your applications within 24…

10 Nov 17
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