A toast to the CLAIM champions

Speakers, competition highlight day-long event in Jefferson City By Jason Tyler Marketing Specialist JEFFERSON CITY -- In the end, it all came down to a little flick of the wrist. After two rounds of competition at the Truman Building in downtown Jefferson City, the final round of CLAIM’s 2015 Tournament of Champions came down to […]

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Toolkit helps pave the way for an easier retirement

After years of hard work, you are looking forward to retirement. Choosing when to retire is an important decision and involves a number of issues you may want to consider in your retirement planning. The more you know before you start making decisions, the better off you will be in retirement.  This Department of Labor […]

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National Program Looking for Community Diabetes Trainers

Have you seen the effects of chronic illness up close? Do you want to be part of a nationwide effort to help people with diabetes feel better every day? Primaris and CLAIM have joined the national Health for Life, an Everyone with Diabetes Counts initiative, and are seeking community partners to help teach diabetes self-management […]

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CMS cutting-edge technology identifies & prevents $820 million in improper Medicare payments in first three years

After three years of operations, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today reported that the agency’s advanced analytics system, called the Fraud Prevention System, identified or prevented $820 million in inappropriate payments in the program’s first three years. The Fraud Prevention System uses predictive analytics to identify troublesome billing patterns and outlier claims […]

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Medicare and Medicaid 50th Anniversary Count Down

Washington, D.C. – This summer will mark the 50th anniversary of the enactment of Amendments to the Social Security Act that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Over the next 50 days, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will recognize the impact these two programs have had in transforming our nation’s health care system. […]

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CLAIM awarded AmeriCorps grant for 2015-2016

Columbia, Mo. —CLAIM, the Missouri State Health Insurance Assistance Program, has been awarded an AmeriCorps grant for the fifth straight year. This year’s grant, totaling $94,674, will allow CLAIM to extend its reach to more Medicare enrollees across the state. The CLAIM grant was part of the $4.2 million in funding announced Monday by Governor […]

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The Story of Medicare: A Timeline

Written and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation, The Story of Medicare: A Timeline serves as a visual timeline of Medicare’s history, including the debate that led to its creation in 1965 and subsequent changes, such as: the passage and repeal of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act in the late 1980s, the Medicare Modernization Act in 2003, […]

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Hidden Disabilities

Permission to reprint given by Access II This article was written to educate on the fact that some individuals have disabilities that may not be apparent when meeting that person or simply passing by. An individual with a hidden disability has to as well make accommodations on a daily basis. Do not make assumptions or personal judgments on […]

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May 2015 Fraud Prevention Fact

This month’s Fraud Prevention Fact deals with the topic of home health. Medicare’s home health benefit often is targeted for fraud and abuse. Before we get to some common home health fraud schemes, let’s look at how Medicare-covered home health is supposed to work. For home health, Medicare requires you to have an order from […]

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Help Your Medicare Patients “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle”

CMS reminds health care professionals that March is National Nutrition Month®- a time to “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” with informed food choices now and throughout the year. This year’s theme encourages consumers to adopt a healthy lifestyle that is focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and getting daily exercise in order […]

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