6 Questions to Ask Before Switching to Medicare

June 2015

6 Questions to Ask Before Switching to Medicare

1. Is the Medicare enrollment process automatic?

A: Only if you have already claimed Social Security benefits by the time you turn 65, which is the Medicare eligibility age.

If not, Medicare requires you to sign up in a seven-month window before and after your 65th birthday, unless you have employer coverage or through your spouse.

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Medicare premiums to rise for higher-income beneficiaries

June 2015

Medicare premiums to rise for higher-income beneficiaries

A new Kaiser Family Foundation report shows that Medicare premiums will increase for higher-income beneficiaries beginning in 2018.

The increases are the result of a provision in the new Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, which changes how physicians are paid under the program, Kaiser reports.
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Hospitals select preferred SNFs to improve post-acute outcomes

June 2015

Hospitals select preferred SNFs to improve post-acute outcomes

Last year, Banner Health officials investigated the operations, culture and quality of care at nearly 100 skilled-nursing facilities in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

The due diligence was done to limit the facilities recommended to patients leaving its hospitals who needed short-term skilled-nursing care, which outside the hospital can be in a nursing home or in stand-alone facilities. Of the more than 90 applications Banner received for inclusion in the select group, the system chose only 34 SNFs.

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Physical therapists continue to see strong job opportunity

June 2015

Physical therapists continue to see strong job opportunity

No matter what’s happening with the economy, physical therapy continues to thrive.

In order to become a physical therapist, candidates must obtain a graduate degree, usually a doctorate in physical therapy. College programs in physical therapy typically involve a combination of coursework and clinical rotations. Additionally, states require individuals to be licensed to legally work as physical therapists.

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