13 minutes | Mar 5th 2021

March 5, 2021 | The Friday Five

 

The Friday Five for March 5, 2021:
  • KFF Analysis on Healthcare Spending Using Medicare Rates
  • CMS Geographic Direct Contracting Model News
  • PET Imaging and CMS
  • Rural Medicare Beneficiaries & Switching Coverage
  • Work From Home Allergies

 

Mentioned in this episode:

 

Analysis: Spending on Health Care Would Drop by an Estimated $352 Billion in 2021 if Private Insurance Used Medicare Rates to Reimburse Hospitals and Other Health Care Providers

CMS finally relents after decade of not covering PET imaging for infection, inflammation

CMS pushes pause on controversial Geographic Direct Contracting model

Everything Coming to Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu & Amazon Prime Video in March 2021

Geographic Direct Contracting Model (CMS Official Site)

Limiting Private Insurance Reimbursement to Medicare Rates Would Reduce Health Spending by About $350 Billion in 2021

More Than Half of All People on Medicare Do Not Compare Their Coverage Options Annually

Reese’s is launching a peanut butter cup without any chocolate

Rural Enrollees in Medicare Advantage Have Substantial Rates of Switching to Traditional Medicare

Study: Rural patients struggle with access under Medicare Advantage

The best Movies and TV Shows Coming to Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime, and Hulu in March

Working from home? Beware of these 4 allergy hot spots in your home

 

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