Ritter Insurance Marketing, Craig Ritter

AMA Opposes Doc Fix Language in Current Legislation

The AMA is looking for the Congress to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SRG) which was a part of the Deficit Reduction Act, as opposed to the current method of “Fixing” the reduction in payment for shorter terms. The Hill covers the story in some detail.

19 May 10
Posted By:

Quality Health Plan (QHP), Medicare Advantage provider in Tampa Florida(FL) is Suspended from Marketing Activities and Fined $586,800

Thanks to Scott in FL for the update!  QHP operates 2 MA plans in FL and NY.  They operated in the following counties in FL: Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Columbi, Miami-Dade, Duval, hernando, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, St. Johns, St. Lucie,…

18 May 10
Posted By:

CMS Sets Maximum Commissions for Medicare Advantage and Part D for 2011

CMS has issued guidance on increases for Medicare Advantage and Part D.  As I mentioned in a previous post, since Medicare Advantage commissions are tied to increases in the capitation rate and since the capitation rate was frozen by Legislative action, there is no increase for Medicare Advantage.  The Part D parameters increased by 0.3%,…

18 May 10
Posted By:

AHIP to Launch 2011 Medicare Advantage and Part D Certification Course on July 16th, 2010

This year, you can get an early jump on your certification process for 2011.  Considering that there is no OEP for 2011, we are recommending to our agents to get an early jump on the 2011 selling season.  As we get closer to launch, we will keep you updated!  Here is the announcement from…

Medicare Quote Engine Now includes over 250 sets of Modernized Medicare Supplement Rates for Quoting in 47 states; New Integated Features Coming this Fall

Ritter is pleased to announce that we’ve exceeded 250 sets of rates now loaded into Medicare Quote Engine!  Over the past few weeks, we’ve been flooded with new rates, including more and more carriers offering Plans M and N.  If you haven’t tried out Medicare Quote Engine for Modernized plans, in most states, the offerings…

16 May 10
Posted By:

Democrats Mull a 5 Year Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Fix (Doc Fix) as Short Term Fixes Worry Some; AMA to Run Print Ads to Spur Action

The Congress has been kicking this can down the road for a long time.  Many of these fixes are for one month or a few months.  Again in June, the Medicare Physician’s Fee Schedule is mandated to decrease by 21% in the absence of any Congressional action.  In the past, these “fixes” simply add to…

16 May 10
Posted By:

Insurance Product Training 5/17 – 5/21

Next week is a busy training week with national learning opportunities on the web and live training sessions in several states covering products from Medicare Advantage to Individual Insurance products.  Registration is “one click” away at Ritter Insurance’s “Event’s Calendar”! (You must be logged in to register!)

  • Monday (5/17):  Learn about  Genworth…
    14 May 10
    Posted By:

CMS Issues Clarification on Waste, Fraud and Abuse Training for Medicare Part C and Part D Providers

I just saw this memo from a law firm. I haven’t seen the April 30th, CMS memo which addresses the deeming of Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D providers and supplies with respect to additional Waste, Fraud and Abuse training. I’m hoping this means that insurance agents won’t be required to take additional WFA…

12 May 10
Posted By:

NAIC Supplies Revised Questions and Answers Regarding the Implementation of Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Plan N Copayment, Deductible and Coinsurance

Here is a link to the Revised Q&A issued by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).

10 May 10
Posted By:

Forbes.com Commentary on the Possible Impact of Minimum MLR on Health Insurers

I think this opinion piece will speak for itself. A lot will depend on how the NAIC defines Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) which should be coming out by the end of June.

7 May 10
Posted By:

© Ritter Insurance Marketing