News & Announcements

CMS Updates Medicare Payment Policies for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities

Posted:August 5, 2020

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is finalizing a Medicare payment rule that further advances our efforts to strengthen the Medicare program by better aligning payments for inpatient rehabilitation facilities. Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities The final rule updates Medicare payment policies and rates for facilities under the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System…

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Coronavirus (COVID 19) Announcement

Posted:March 15, 2020

We would like all of our clients to know that there will be no disruption of services for you or your retired members. Labor First has contingency plans in place to allow for our team to work remotely, in a safe environment, and still deliver the same services & help you and your members have…

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Plan year 2020 and 2021 Medicare enrollment dates at a glance

Posted:January 24, 2020

A guide to the most important dates for enrolling in – or changing – Medicare coverage Medicare 2020 and 2021 enrollment dates: Key takeaways The plan-year 2020 Medicare open enrollment period has ended. The next open enrollment period will run from October 15, 2020 to December 7, 2020, for coverage effective in 2021. The annual five-star…

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2020 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles

Posted:November 19, 2019

On November 8, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs. Medicare Part B Premiums/Deductibles Medicare Part B covers physician services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment, and certain other medical and health…

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CMS Proposes to cover Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain for Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in approved studies

Posted:August 16, 2019

Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed to cover acupuncture for Medicare patients with chronic low back pain who are enrolled participants either in clinical trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or in CMS-approved studies.  Currently, acupuncture is non-covered by Medicare.  CMS conducted evidence reviews to inform today’s proposal, and…

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CMS Expands Coverage of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM)

Posted:July 25, 2019

CMS Expands Coverage of Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) Decision increases access by extending Medicare coverage to additional diagnostic applications   Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized its national coverage policy for Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM).  ABPM is a non-invasive diagnostic test that uses a device to track blood pressure over…

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Prescription Drug Rebate Rule Withdrawn

Posted:July 11, 2019

  HHS Secretary Alex Azar warned in April that any policy that fails to address drug rebates “will simply not get list prices down.” | Alex Wong/Getty Images White House kills drug rebate rule The Trump administration has withdrawn its sweeping proposal to eliminate rebates from government drug plans, a White House spokesperson confirmed to…

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Medicare Launches App to Help Beneficiaries Find Out What’s Covered

Posted:June 6, 2019

At the doctor’s office and want to know if a procedure is covered by Medicare? There is an app for that. Medicare has launched a free app that gives beneficiaries a quick way to see whether the program covers a specific medical item or service. The “What’s Covered” app allows you to search or browse…

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