Ritter Insurance Marketing, Craig Ritter

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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Evolent to Acquire Premier’s Ohio MA Business

Earlier this week, Evolent Health announced that they will be taking over the insurance business portion of long-time customer, Premier Health, in early 2018. Evolent has been helping Premier offer value-based care since early 2013. They assisted Premier with the launch of their Medicare Advantage and commercial health plans in 2015, which did quite well…

8 Nov 17
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Humana MA Receives High Star Ratings

Humana MA star rating

In October, Humana, a Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO and PFFS organization, announced that several of its Medicare Advantage (MA) plans received 4.5 stars on the 5-star rating system from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). While all of the carrier’s MA plans received 3.5 stars or more on CMS’ 5-star rating system,…

26 Oct 17
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Changes to 2018 Medicare Marketing Guidelines: What Agents Need to Know

CMS published their 2018 Medicare Marketing Guidelines a couple weeks back.  The document is 124 pages long, so there’s a lot to digest and not 100% of the material is totally relevant to agents, so I like to talk about what’s DIFFERENT from one year to the last and focus on what’s most important…

4 Aug 17
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2017 Cigna Medicare Advantage Acquisitions Possible

It’s only been one month since its $54 billion deal officially ended with Anthem, but Cigna is already on the lookout for new potential business partners. It’s possible we could see Cigna Medicare Advantage acquisitions in 2017. Cigna Chief Executive Officer David Cordani stated the company has $7 billion to $14 billion it could use…

2018 Maximum Broker Commissions for Medicare Advantage & Medicare Part D

For the third year in a row, CMS has raised maximum broker commissions for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D initial enrollments. Note, insurance providers are NOT REQUIRED to pay the maximum commission rate. We’ll report when insurance companies’ release their 2018 filings in the coming months. Medicare Part D Maximum Broker Commissions Initial commissions increased…

31 May 17
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CMS Increases 2018 Payments to Insurers

In a press release issued April 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an average 0.45% payment increase for 2018 Medicare Advantage and Part D plan insurers. After factoring in plan coding for member diagnoses, the average increase will be about 2.95 percent. The 2018 rate hike is higher than the…

5 Apr 17
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2017 State of the Senior Market: In Review

Last Tuesday, I gave my annual State of the Senior Market address to 370 agents from across the country. You can watch a recording, but if you’d like a quick summary, read on for some of the highlights!

8 Mar 17
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CMS Releases 2018 Advance Notice & Draft Call Letter

We’ve got the 159-page 2018 Advance Notice and Draft Call Letter from CMS calling for a modest 0.25% payment increase to Medicare Advantage plans in 2018. But take note: If there’s an increase in risk scores, that figure could rise to as much as 2.75%. Currently, CMS determines risk scores based on a blend…

21 Feb 17
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Medicareful Expands Opportunities for Insurance Agents

We’ve done a lot in the last year to strengthen Medicareful’s standing in the online Medicare marketplace, and I truly believe now’s the time to join in! Our consumer-facing product comparison is available for FREE to any agent with a preferred contract through Ritter, and you can contact Linda Kennedy (800-769-1847 ext. 373) for details…

8 Feb 17
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