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Medical coding in today’s world: A beginner’s primer to what Patient Advocates need to know

March 21st, 2018 | Posted in Advocacy 101, Insurance Coverage, Professional Skills

By Connie L. Zeller, BA, CPC, CCS-P, DecisionHealth Director of Education The value of an advocate is to help patients understand the intricacies of healthcare.  Medical claims can be as confusing to patients as considering many treatment options.  Just as a patient advocate would navigate and explain the course of treatment for their patient, understandingRead More

Everything you need to know about the new Medicare cards (but beware of scams)

March 21st, 2018 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Insurance Coverage

By Judith Graham | Kaiser Health News In April, the government will start sending out new Medicare cards, launching a massive, yearlong effort to alter how 59 million people enrolled in the federal health insurance program are identified. Historically, Medicare ID cards have been stamped with the Social Security numbers of members — currently, about 50 millionRead More

Repeal & Replace Watch: What you need to know about changes to the health law

October 18th, 2017 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Insurance Coverage

By Julie Rovner and Mary Agnes Carey and Julie Appleby | Kaiser Health News Apparently frustrated by Congress’ inability to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump decided to take matters into his own hands. Late the evening of Oct. 12, the White House announced it would cease key payments to insurers. Earlier in the day, Trump signedRead More

When an insurer balks and treatment stops

June 21st, 2017 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Insurance Coverage

By Anna Gorman | Kaiser Health News Gillen Washington, a student at Northern Arizona University, had been getting medication for an immunodeficiency disease since 2011. But when he went to his clinic in November 2014 for the monthly dose, a nurse told him his insurance company had denied it. Soon after, the plan sent himRead More

Parents of sick children fear trap if states have say on ‘preexisting conditions’

May 15th, 2017 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Insurance Coverage

By Bram Sable-Smith, Side Effects Public Media Ryan Lennon Fines of Missouri seems like a typical 2-year-old. He and his parents, Scott Fines and Brianna Lennon, flip through a picture book of emergency vehicles. Ryan is looking for the motorcycle, but a photo of an airplane catches his dad’s eye. “That’s an air ambulance,” Fines tellsRead More