Senior Health and Medications

    One of the foremost senior health issues of the day is prescription medications.
    Whether the issue is money or drug interaction, every senior citizen needs to be
    careful when taking medication.

    For instance, if your physician prescribes new medications for you, always ask if he
    has any samples to give you.  It's not wise to pay for new medications without
    knowing you can take them and not have severe side effects. Pharmaceutical
    companies supply free samples to doctors just for these purposes.  Even if getting
    renewal prescriptions for meds, ask for samples.  Make sure you physician knows
    all of the medication you are taking because you want to avoid any drug
    interaction reactions.


   Medicare Information

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a component of the
    Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), administers Medicare, Medicaid,
 State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and the Clinical Laboratory
    Improvement Amendments
(CLIA). Along with the Departments of Labor and
    Treasury, CMS also implements the insurance reform provisions of the Health
    Insurance Portability
and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The Social Security
is responsible for determining Medicare eligibility and processing
    premium payments for the Medicare program.

    The Chief Actuary of CMS is responsible for providing accounting information and
    projections to the Medicare Board of Trustees in order to assist them in assessing
    the financial health of the program. The Board is required by law to issue annual
    reports on the financial status of the Medicare Trust Funds, and those reports are
    required to contain a statement of actuarial opinion by the Chief Actuary.

    Since the beginning of the Medicare program, CMS has contracted with private
    companies to operate as intermediaries between the government and medical
 These contractors are commonly already in the insurance or health care
    area. Contracted processes include claims and payment processing, call center
    services, clinician enrollment, and fraud investigation.

    Source: CMS


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