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Diagnostic errors in hospital medicine have mostly cialis tablet description remained in uncharted waters.1 This is partly because several factors make measurement of diagnostic errors challenging. Patients are often admitted to hospitals with a tentative cialis tablet description diagnosis and need additional diagnostic investigations to determine next steps. This evolving nature of a diagnosis makes it hard to determine when the correct diagnosis could have been established and if a more specific diagnosis was needed to start the right treatment.2 Hospitalised patients also may have diagnoses that are atypical or rare and pose dilemmas for treating clinicians.

As a result, cialis tablet description delays in diagnosis may not necessarily be related to a diagnostic error. Furthermore, what types of diagnostic errors occur in the hospital and their prevalence depends cialis tablet description on how one defines them. Different approaches to define them have included counting missed, wrong or delayed diagnoses regardless of whether there was a process error;3 counting them only when there was a clear ‘missed opportunity’ – ie, something different could have been done to make the correct or timely diagnosis;4 or diagnostic adverse events (ie, diagnostic errors resulting in harm);5 all leading to views of the problem through different lenses.Two articles in this issue of the journal provide new insights into the epidemiology of diagnostic errors in hospitalised patients.6 7 Gunderson and colleagues conducted a systematic review to determine the prevalence of harmful diagnostic errors in hospitalised patients.6 Raffel and colleagues studied readmitted patients using established methods for diagnostic error detection and analysis to gain insights into contributing factors.7 Both studies advance the science of measurement and understanding of how to reduce diagnostic error in hospitals.

We discuss the cialis tablet description significance of the results for hospital medicine and implications for emerging research and practice improvement efforts.Finding diagnostic errors in hospitalsGunderson and colleagues performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to inform a new estimate for the prevalence of diagnostic adverse events among hospitalised patients, a rate of 0.7%.6 Their review shows how diagnostic error is a global problem, with studies from countries across five continents. The prevalence however is lower than what might be expected looking at previous research, mostly in outpatient care, and based on expert estimates.8–11 The prevalence of diagnostic error in hospital care may be lower because outpatient care, especially primary care, has the challenging task of identifying patients with a serious disease from a large sample of patients who present with common symptoms and mostly benign non-urgent diseases. A higher state of attention in the hospital and higher prior probability of a patient having a more serious disease may also reduce the cialis tablet description likelihood of something being missed (ie, the prevalence effect).12 13 Furthermore, the hospital setting offers more diagnostic evaluation possibilities (consultations, imaging, laboratory) and more members of the diagnostic team to alert a clinician on the wrong diagnostic track.The heterogeneity of the studies in the review and meta-analysis and a broad scope may also explain the lower prevalence rate.6 14 The included studies did not have an exclusive focus on detecting diagnostic errors but rather aimed to identify all types of adverse events, including medication and surgical adverse events,5 15 which are relatively easier to measure.

Consequently, the data collection instruments were likely not sufficiently sensitive to pick up diagnostic adverse events, resulting in cialis tablet description an underestimation. Some diagnostic adverse events may also be classified as ‘other’ types. For instance delayed diagnosis of a wound leakage after surgery is often considered a surgical complication and not categorised as a delay in diagnosis.16 Studies in the review also detected adverse events (ie, errors that resulted in harm)6 which is a subgroup of diagnostic errors, because not every diagnostic error results in harm.17 Lastly, while the random selection of patients is a strength for determining prevalence of medical error, not all admissions involve making a diagnosis—patients are cialis tablet description often hospitalised for treatment and procedures.

As the literature in the area becomes more robust, future reviews may be able to provide an updated estimate. For now, Gunderson and colleagues estimate 250,000 diagnostic adverse events occur annually in the USA, which should be alarming enough to warrant attention and intervention.While the study by Raffel and colleagues is not cialis tablet description a true prevalence study (it only evaluated 7-day readmissions), it uses dedicated tools to identify diagnostic error in hospitals, a crucial next step. By examining a subset of hospital admissions at greater risk of diagnosis-related problems (ie, readmissions within 7 days after hospital discharge) and by using tools dedicated to identifying diagnostic error, the investigators cialis tablet description were able to describe error types and contributing factors.

The advantage of studying such a high-risk sample is that diagnostic errors can be found more efficiently, that is, the positive predictive value is higher than if you review all consecutive patients. This could identify a higher number of cases to identify cialis tablet description contributing factors. While the positive predictive value they achieved through this method was still rather low, methods to selectively identify diagnostic errors are valuable in measurement efforts.

Future studies could build on this work to develop sampling methods with higher predictive values that can be used by others for research and practice improvement.Diseases at risk for diagnostic error in the hospital settingTypes of conditions involved in diagnostic error in both studies reflect a broad range of diseases commonly identified in previous studies, cialis tablet description such as malignancies, pulmonary embolism, aortic aneurysm and s.5 8 18 A recent malpractice claims-based study has led some to suggest that initial diagnostic error reduction efforts, including allocation of funding for research and quality measurement/improvement, should focus on three broad types of disease categories, the so-called ‘Big Three’, namely cancer, s and cardiovascular diseases, because they are highly prevalent and result in significant harm.11 19 20 These three disease categories cover a large portion of diagnoses made in medicine. Indeed, data beyond claims also suggest that cialis tablet description diagnostic errors in each of these categories are common.5 18 However, diagnostic errors span a large range of other diseases as shown in both studies, which is similar to what prior studies have found. For instance, in one primary care study, 68 unique diagnoses were missed with the most common condition accounting for only 6.7% of errors.21Contributing factors in hospital medicineRaffel and colleagues applied established tools (ie, SAFER Dx22 and DEER23) to identify contributing factors.

They found that most of these involved cialis tablet description failures in clinical assessment and/or testing. Contributing factors in these two domains occurred in more than 90% of diagnostic errors, a high proportion consistent cialis tablet description with previous work.8 17 18 Furthermore, these main contributing factors are common across diagnostic errors regardless of the diseases involved. For instance, similar process breakdowns emerge across different types of missed cancer diagnoses.24–26Finding ‘Forests’ not just the ‘Big Trees’ to enable scientific progressSo should initial scientific efforts just target disease categories?.

And if so, should cialis tablet description they address just the ‘Big Three’?. Data from prior studies across different settings, including those from Gunderson and Raffel and colleagues, find large diversity in misdiagnosed diseases.5–7 18 21 27 This suggests that an exclusive focus on the ‘Big Three’ would neglect a substantial proportion of other common and harmful diagnostic errors.27 Furthermore, research on contributing factors of diagnostic errors reveals a number of common system and process factors that would require robust disease-agnostic approaches. If funding and advocacy for diagnostic safety becomes mostly disease oriented, it will pull resources away from broader ‘disease-agnostic’ research and quality improvement efforts needed to understand and address these underlying system and process factors.28 Biomedical research is already quite disease focused and supported by many disease-specific institutes and this now needs to be balanced by work that catalyses much-needed foundational and cross-cutting healthcare delivery system improvements.We would thus recommend a balanced strategy cialis tablet description that carefully combines disease-specific and disease-agnostic approaches to help address common contributing factors, system issues and process breakdowns for diagnostic error that cut across these many unique diseases.

For example, if new quality measures to quantify delays in colorectal cancer diagnosis and missed diagnosis of sepsis are developed, we would also need ‘disease-agnostic’ studies that evaluate cialis tablet description the implementation and effectiveness of such measures. This includes how they fit within current measurement programmes, what their measurement burden is and what the unintended consequences may be. A combined approach would create more synergistic and collaborative understanding in addition to enabling application of cialis tablet description common frameworks and approaches to multiple conditions, rather than ‘reinventing the wheel’ for each disease or disease category.

This type of approach may have a larger population-based impact and help us see the entire ‘forest’ to reduce diagnostic error.Implications for practice improvementA crucial first step for improving diagnosis in hospitals is to create programmes to identify and analyse diagnostic errors.29 Most hospitals have systems and programmes in place to report and analyse safety issues such as falls, surgical complications and medication errors, but they do not capture diagnostic errors. With increased recognition of risks for diagnostic error, hospitals should use recent guidance, such as from the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and consider cialis tablet description pragmatic measurement approaches to start identifying and learning from diagnostic errors.30To reduce cognitive errors, ‘cognitive debiasing strategies’ have been widely recommended.31 However, there is increasing evidence that those strategies are not effective for diagnostic error reduction and recent insights have revealed lack of knowledge as the fundamental cause of errors in the diagnostic reasoning process.32–34 Next steps for practice improvement would therefore need to involve studying the role of knowledge and its interplay with cognitive processes. Interventions should cialis tablet description explore opportunities to increase clinicians’ knowledge base (eg, by education and feedback) as well as testing and implementing clinical decision support systems to allow for timely access to the relevant knowledge.

While specific interventions need more development and testing, other general safety practices such as better collaboration with the laboratory and radiology departments to facilitate more accurate ordering and interpretation of the tests,33 are ready for adoption.ConclusionsTwo studies6 7 of diagnostic error in hospital medicine—by Gunderson and colleagues and Raffel and colleagues—have advanced our knowledge about its epidemiology. Consistent with prior studies, a large range of diseases and a whole host of cialis tablet description common contributory factors are involved. Although the estimated prevalence of diagnostic error relies on data from prior studies conducted during an era of limited dedicated tools to identify diagnostic errors, these numbers have significant research and practice implications.

Measurement science is still evolving but both studies should inspire all hospitals to apply more contemporary cialis tablet description methods to identify and analyse diagnostic errors for learning and improvement. Given that errors across multiple diseases in multitude of settings have many common contributing factors, disease-agnostic approaches focused on common systems and process contributory factors are likely to have significant benefit and should be emphasised in further research and development efforts.Patient advocates have long called for patients to have access to all of their healthcare data, including electronic health records (EHRs).1 In parallel, experts have suggested that providing patients with access to EHRs will improve patient engagement, care quality, and, by extension, health/healthcare outcomes.2 Prior observational studies have supported some of these claims—for example, documenting that patients are overwhelmingly interested in and satisfied with receiving their healthcare data electronically,3 to finding that patients do identify cialis tablet description errors when they read physician notes in the EHR.4 Because studies of EHR access for patients have been conducted and disseminated across disparate clinical conditions and settings and often using varied methodologies, the systematic review by Neves et al in this issue of BMJ Quality &. Safety provides a valuable contribution in assessing the impact of patients’ EHR access specifically within the randomised controlled trial (RCT) literature.5 Their meta-analysis demonstrates some significant but potentially limited benefits within these 20 RCTs that involved sharing EHR data/access with patients.Overall, Neves et al found a few clear trends.

First, there was a consistent, modest improvement in cialis tablet description glycaemic control in RCTs targeting patients with diabetes, reinforcing the observational research focused on portal use for diabetes care.6 In addition, patient access to EHRs seemed to support safety of care in facilitating medication adherence and identification of medication discrepancies. These results are similar to observational studies,7 as well as a recent scoping review of patient engagement interventions to promote the safety of care and to improve short-term and intermediate-term clinical outcomes.8 Finally, for patient-reported outcomes ranging from self-efficacy to patient activation to cialis tablet description patient satisfaction, results were mixed, with about half of included studies showing some improvement. Thus, this review highlighted a wide variation and potential lack of consensus about what patient-centred outcome to include in studying EHR-enabled interventions, given the diffuse set of behaviours that could be targeted.

More importantly, this review highlights that none of the included studies, many of which are older, focused on equity as a primary objective of the work (and very few even included data on racial/ethnic, educational attainment, digital literacy and/or health literacy differences9 10)—even though there are known barriers to digital health interventions by these characteristics.Despite the modest benefits seen in these 20 cialis tablet description randomised trials of EHR-facilitated complex care interventions, we still believe in the clinical value and potential improvement in patient-reported outcomes in this space. A more careful examination of the 20 included studies in this review actually sheds important light on delivering complex interventions to improve quality of care, during which patient access to EHRs was implemented in varied ways that might have led to more muddled results. For example, many of the included studies tested evidence-based practices that are known to independently enhance the quality of care, such as cialis tablet description patient outreach and reminders for healthcare tasks, self-management training and increased healthcare provider communication access.

Therefore, without detailed behavioural pathways for the targeted intervention components surrounding cialis tablet description EHR data access, it is challenging to interpret observed trial effects. In our opinion and in our previous work,11 one-time action by systems or clinics granting patient access to EHRs is unlikely to replicate the effect of these interventions. In particular, access versus training to use EHRs should likely be considered separately, as well as the study of cialis tablet description specific features within the EHR.

For example, passive provision of medical information from the EHR via online portals (eg, after-visit summaries or list of immunisations) differs substantially from active communication or completion of healthcare tasks via EHR-linked websites (eg, secure messaging exchanges between patients and providers about medical concerns or medication refill requests).Therefore, we hope that this review can push the field beyond RCTs of patient access to EHR data and into specific mechanisms for patient uptake/use that could be more generalisable. First and foremost, it is now generally accepted that patients have the right to view their own cialis tablet description health data, both because of their ownership of that information and the convenience it may offer. This indicates that it cialis tablet description will likely be impossible to randomise patients to either receive or not receive EHR data in the future, and interventions surrounding universal EHR data access could be more specific to targeted behaviours.

For example, now that patient electronic access to data is here to stay, future attention to research methods that tailor interventions, tease apart core implementation strategies, and engage patients and providers in codesign will be important next steps to ensure efficiency and relevance. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, RCT participants often differ significantly from target populations, with volunteers often exhibiting higher educational attainment and less racial/ethnic diversity.12 Given known disparities in patient EHR access by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status and health literacy mentioned previously, these trials are not likely to generalise to more diverse populations.Moving forward, the results of this review highlight several principles for future studies of technology-facilitated cialis tablet description healthcare delivery. First, all studies need to both include diverse participants and report on race, ethnicity, educational attainment, and health and digital literacy.13 Second, future work must focus on both internal and external validity of patient access/use of EHR data.

The review by Neves et al gives us some clearer understanding of the internal validity of studies on clinical and patient-reported outcomes, but it remains unclear what impact these types of interventions will have on health outcomes across an entire healthcare system cialis tablet description or region outside of RCT samples. Studies of patient EHR access/use can move into the external validity space (even while conducting RCTs)14 by including implementation outcomes, such as the proportion of individuals offered EHR access who take it up, the extent of cialis tablet description use over time, the type/features used, and costs for providers and staff, in addition to effectiveness in promoting health outcomes and differences across socioeconomic status, racial/ethnic groups and literacy levels.Like patient advocates and experts for many years, we absolutely agree that patient records belong to patients and should be readily available in structured, electronic form for patients and families.15 Given the complexity of the information provided and the specific context for interacting or supporting patients in completing tasks via online patient portals/platforms, we should not expect access alone to ameliorate current gaps in care or significantly improve morbidity and mortality. As more care becomes digital-first (ie, with virtual care and telemedicine), there are real concerns about widening healthcare disparities for low-income, racial–ethnic minority and linguistically diverse populations.

Our specific recommendations to avoid such undesirable developments moving forward includeWider measurement of patient interest and access/skills to using technology-based health platforms and tools.Tailoring of interventions to match patient preferences and needs, such as by digital literacy skills as well as inclusion of caregivers/families to support use.Use of mixed method and implementation science studies to understand use, usability, and uptake alongside clinical impact and effectiveness.Attention to these points will allow us to understand the ways in which patient portals cialis tablet description and other forms of EHR access for patients may produce different impacts across distinct patient groups. This understanding will not only mitigate potential adverse effects for vulnerable groups but also achieve the intended goal of improving healthcare quality for all patients through freer access to information about their care..

Diagnostic errors cialis black 80mg for sale in hospital medicine have http://heidimyworld.com/?page_id=2 mostly remained in uncharted waters.1 This is partly because several factors make measurement of diagnostic errors challenging. Patients are often admitted to hospitals with a tentative diagnosis and need additional diagnostic investigations cialis black 80mg for sale to determine next steps. This evolving nature of a diagnosis makes it hard to determine when the correct diagnosis could have been established and if a more specific diagnosis was needed to start the right treatment.2 Hospitalised patients also may have diagnoses that are atypical or rare and pose dilemmas for treating clinicians.

As a cialis black 80mg for sale result, delays in diagnosis may not necessarily be related to a diagnostic error. Furthermore, what types of diagnostic errors occur in the hospital and their prevalence depends on how one cialis black 80mg for sale defines them. Different approaches to define them have included counting missed, wrong or delayed diagnoses regardless of whether there was a process error;3 counting them only when there was a clear ‘missed opportunity’ – ie, something different could have been done to make the correct or timely diagnosis;4 or diagnostic adverse events (ie, diagnostic errors resulting in harm);5 all leading to views of the problem through different lenses.Two articles in this issue of the journal provide new insights into the epidemiology of diagnostic errors in hospitalised patients.6 7 Gunderson and colleagues conducted a systematic review to determine the prevalence of harmful diagnostic errors in hospitalised patients.6 Raffel and colleagues studied readmitted patients using established methods for diagnostic error detection and analysis to gain insights into contributing factors.7 Both studies advance the science of measurement and understanding of how to reduce diagnostic error in hospitals.

We discuss the significance of the results for hospital medicine and implications for emerging research and practice improvement efforts.Finding diagnostic errors in hospitalsGunderson and colleagues performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to inform a new cialis black 80mg for sale estimate for the prevalence of diagnostic adverse events among hospitalised patients, a rate of 0.7%.6 Their review shows how diagnostic error is a global problem, with studies from countries across five continents. The prevalence however is lower than what might be expected looking at previous research, mostly in outpatient care, and based on expert estimates.8–11 The prevalence of diagnostic error in hospital care may be lower because outpatient care, especially primary care, has the challenging task of identifying patients with a serious disease from a large sample of patients who present with common symptoms and mostly benign non-urgent diseases. A higher state of attention in the hospital and higher prior probability of a patient having a more serious disease may also reduce the likelihood of something being missed (ie, the prevalence effect).12 13 Furthermore, the hospital setting offers more diagnostic evaluation possibilities (consultations, imaging, laboratory) and more members of the diagnostic team to alert a clinician on the wrong diagnostic track.The heterogeneity of the studies in the review and meta-analysis and a broad scope may also explain the lower prevalence rate.6 14 The included studies did not have an exclusive focus on detecting diagnostic errors but rather aimed to identify all types of adverse cialis black 80mg for sale events, including medication and surgical adverse events,5 15 which are relatively easier to measure.

Consequently, the data collection instruments were likely not cialis black 80mg for sale sufficiently sensitive to pick up diagnostic adverse events, resulting in an underestimation. Some diagnostic adverse events may also be classified as ‘other’ types. For instance delayed diagnosis of a wound leakage after surgery is often considered a surgical complication and cialis black 80mg for sale not categorised as a delay in diagnosis.16 Studies in the review also detected adverse events (ie, errors that resulted in harm)6 which is a subgroup of diagnostic errors, because not every diagnostic error results in harm.17 Lastly, while the random selection of patients is a strength for determining prevalence of medical error, not all admissions involve making a diagnosis—patients are often hospitalised for treatment and procedures.

As the literature in the area becomes more robust, future reviews may be able to provide an updated estimate. For now, Gunderson and colleagues estimate 250,000 diagnostic adverse events occur annually in the USA, which should be alarming enough to warrant attention and intervention.While the study by Raffel and colleagues cialis black 80mg for sale is not a true prevalence study (it only evaluated 7-day readmissions), it uses dedicated tools to identify diagnostic error in hospitals, a crucial next step. By examining a subset of hospital admissions at greater risk of diagnosis-related problems (ie, readmissions within 7 days after hospital discharge) and by using tools dedicated to identifying diagnostic error, the investigators were able cialis black 80mg for sale to describe error types and contributing factors.

The advantage of studying such a high-risk sample is that diagnostic errors can be found more efficiently, that is, the positive predictive value is higher than if you review all consecutive patients. This could identify a higher number of cases to identify contributing factors cialis black 80mg for sale. While the positive predictive value they achieved through this method was still rather low, methods to selectively identify diagnostic errors are valuable in measurement efforts.

Future studies could build on this work to develop sampling methods with higher predictive values that can be used by others for research and practice improvement.Diseases at risk for diagnostic cialis black 80mg for sale error in the hospital settingTypes of conditions involved in diagnostic error in both studies reflect a broad range of diseases commonly identified in previous studies, such as malignancies, pulmonary embolism, aortic aneurysm and s.5 8 18 A recent malpractice claims-based study has led some to suggest that initial diagnostic error reduction efforts, including allocation of funding for research and quality measurement/improvement, should focus on three broad types of disease categories, the so-called ‘Big Three’, namely cancer, s and cardiovascular diseases, because they are highly prevalent and result in significant harm.11 19 20 These three disease categories cover a large portion of diagnoses made in medicine. Indeed, data beyond claims also suggest that diagnostic errors in each of these categories are common.5 18 However, diagnostic errors span a cialis black 80mg for sale large range of other diseases as shown in both studies, which is similar to what prior studies have found. For instance, in one primary care study, 68 unique diagnoses were missed with the most common condition accounting for only 6.7% of errors.21Contributing factors in hospital medicineRaffel and colleagues applied established tools (ie, SAFER Dx22 and DEER23) to identify contributing factors.

They found that cialis black 80mg for sale most of these involved failures in clinical assessment and/or testing. Contributing factors in these two domains occurred in more than 90% of diagnostic errors, a high proportion consistent with previous work.8 17 18 Furthermore, cialis black 80mg for sale these main contributing factors are common across diagnostic errors regardless of the diseases involved. For instance, similar process breakdowns emerge across different types of missed cancer diagnoses.24–26Finding ‘Forests’ not just the ‘Big Trees’ to enable scientific progressSo should initial scientific efforts just target disease categories?.

And if cialis black 80mg for sale so, should they address just the ‘Big Three’?. Data from prior studies across different settings, including those from Gunderson and Raffel and colleagues, find large diversity in misdiagnosed diseases.5–7 18 21 27 This suggests that an exclusive focus on the ‘Big Three’ would neglect a substantial proportion of other common and harmful diagnostic errors.27 Furthermore, research on contributing factors of diagnostic errors reveals a number of common system and process factors that would require robust disease-agnostic approaches. If funding and advocacy for diagnostic safety becomes mostly disease oriented, it will pull resources away from broader ‘disease-agnostic’ research and quality improvement efforts needed to understand and address these underlying system and process factors.28 Biomedical research is already quite disease focused and cialis black 80mg for sale supported by many disease-specific institutes and this now needs to be balanced by work that catalyses much-needed foundational and cross-cutting healthcare delivery system improvements.We would thus recommend a balanced strategy that carefully combines disease-specific and disease-agnostic approaches to help address common contributing factors, system issues and process breakdowns for diagnostic error that cut across these many unique diseases.

For example, if new quality measures to quantify delays cialis black 80mg for sale in colorectal cancer diagnosis and missed diagnosis of sepsis are developed, we would also need ‘disease-agnostic’ studies that evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of such measures. This includes how they fit within current measurement programmes, what their measurement burden is and what the unintended consequences may be. A combined approach would create more synergistic and collaborative understanding cialis black 80mg for sale in addition to enabling application of common frameworks and approaches to multiple conditions, rather than ‘reinventing the wheel’ for each disease or disease category.

This type of approach may have a larger population-based impact and help us see the entire ‘forest’ to reduce diagnostic error.Implications for practice improvementA crucial first step for improving diagnosis in hospitals is to create programmes to identify and analyse diagnostic errors.29 Most hospitals have systems and programmes in place to report and analyse safety issues such as falls, surgical complications and medication errors, but they do not capture diagnostic errors. With increased recognition of risks for diagnostic error, hospitals should use recent guidance, such as from the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and consider pragmatic measurement approaches to start identifying and learning from diagnostic errors.30To reduce cognitive errors, ‘cognitive debiasing strategies’ have been widely recommended.31 However, there is increasing evidence that those strategies are not effective for diagnostic error reduction and recent insights have revealed lack of knowledge as the fundamental cause of errors in the cialis black 80mg for sale diagnostic reasoning process.32–34 Next steps for practice improvement would therefore need to involve studying the role of knowledge and its interplay with cognitive processes. Interventions should explore opportunities to increase clinicians’ knowledge base (eg, by education and feedback) as well as testing and implementing clinical decision support cialis black 80mg for sale systems to allow for timely access to the relevant knowledge.

While specific interventions need more development and testing, other general safety practices such as better collaboration with the laboratory and radiology departments to facilitate more accurate ordering and interpretation of the tests,33 are ready for adoption.ConclusionsTwo studies6 7 of diagnostic error in hospital medicine—by Gunderson and colleagues and Raffel and colleagues—have advanced our knowledge about its epidemiology. Consistent with prior studies, a large range of diseases and a cialis black 80mg for sale whole host of common contributory factors are involved. Although the estimated prevalence of diagnostic error relies on data from prior studies conducted during an era of limited dedicated tools to identify diagnostic errors, these numbers have significant research and practice implications.

Measurement science is still evolving but both studies should inspire all hospitals to apply more contemporary methods to identify cialis black 80mg for sale and analyse diagnostic errors for learning and improvement. Given that errors across multiple diseases in multitude of settings have many common contributing factors, disease-agnostic approaches focused on common systems and process contributory factors are likely to have significant benefit and should be emphasised in further research and development efforts.Patient advocates have long called for patients to have access to all of their healthcare data, including electronic health records (EHRs).1 In parallel, experts cialis black 80mg for sale have suggested that providing patients with access to EHRs will improve patient engagement, care quality, and, by extension, health/healthcare outcomes.2 Prior observational studies have supported some of these claims—for example, documenting that patients are overwhelmingly interested in and satisfied with receiving their healthcare data electronically,3 to finding that patients do identify errors when they read physician notes in the EHR.4 Because studies of EHR access for patients have been conducted and disseminated across disparate clinical conditions and settings and often using varied methodologies, the systematic review by Neves et al in this issue of BMJ Quality &. Safety provides a valuable contribution in assessing the impact of patients’ EHR access specifically within the randomised controlled trial (RCT) literature.5 Their meta-analysis demonstrates some significant but potentially limited benefits within these 20 RCTs that involved sharing EHR data/access with patients.Overall, Neves et al found a few clear trends.

First, there cialis black 80mg for sale was a consistent, modest improvement in glycaemic control in RCTs targeting patients with diabetes, reinforcing the observational research focused on portal use for diabetes care.6 In addition, patient access to EHRs seemed to support safety of care in facilitating medication adherence and identification of medication discrepancies. These results are similar to observational studies,7 as well as a recent scoping review of patient engagement interventions to promote the safety of care and to improve short-term and intermediate-term clinical outcomes.8 Finally, for patient-reported outcomes ranging from self-efficacy to patient activation cialis black 80mg for sale to patient satisfaction, results were mixed, with about half of included studies showing some improvement. Thus, this review highlighted a wide variation and potential lack of consensus about what patient-centred outcome to include in studying EHR-enabled interventions, given the diffuse set of behaviours that could be targeted.

More importantly, this review highlights that none of the included cialis black 80mg for sale studies, many of which are older, focused on equity as a primary objective of the work (and very few even included data on racial/ethnic, educational attainment, digital literacy and/or health literacy differences9 10)—even though there are known barriers to digital health interventions by these characteristics.Despite the modest benefits seen in these 20 randomised trials of EHR-facilitated complex care interventions, we still believe in the clinical value and potential improvement in patient-reported outcomes in this space. A more careful examination of the 20 included studies in this review actually sheds important light on delivering complex interventions to improve quality of care, during which patient access to EHRs was implemented in varied ways that might have led to more muddled results. For example, many of the included studies tested evidence-based practices that are known to independently enhance the quality of care, such cialis black 80mg for sale as patient outreach and reminders for healthcare tasks, self-management training and increased healthcare provider communication access.

Therefore, without detailed behavioural pathways for the targeted intervention components surrounding cialis black 80mg for sale EHR data access, it is challenging to interpret observed trial effects. In our opinion and in our previous work,11 one-time action by systems or clinics granting patient access to EHRs is unlikely to replicate the effect of these interventions. In particular, access versus training to use EHRs should likely be cialis black 80mg for sale considered separately, as well as the study of specific features within the EHR.

For example, passive provision of medical information from the EHR via online portals (eg, after-visit summaries or list of immunisations) differs substantially from active communication or completion of healthcare tasks via EHR-linked websites (eg, secure messaging exchanges between patients and providers about medical concerns or medication refill requests).Therefore, we hope that this review can push the field beyond RCTs of patient access to EHR data and into specific mechanisms for patient uptake/use that could be more generalisable. First and cialis black 80mg for sale foremost, it is now generally accepted that patients have the right to view their own health data, both because of their ownership of that information and the convenience it may offer. This indicates that it will likely be impossible to randomise patients to either receive or not receive EHR data in cialis black 80mg for sale the future, and interventions surrounding universal EHR data access could be more specific to targeted behaviours.

For example, now that patient electronic access to data is here to stay, future attention to research methods that tailor interventions, tease apart core implementation strategies, and engage patients and providers in codesign will be important next steps to ensure efficiency and relevance. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, RCT participants often differ significantly from target populations, with volunteers often exhibiting higher educational attainment cialis black 80mg for sale and less racial/ethnic diversity.12 Given known disparities in patient EHR access by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status and health literacy mentioned previously, these trials are not likely to generalise to more diverse populations.Moving forward, the results of this review highlight several principles for future studies of technology-facilitated healthcare delivery. First, all studies need to both include diverse participants and report on race, ethnicity, educational attainment, and health and digital literacy.13 Second, future work must focus on both internal and external validity of patient access/use of EHR data.

The review by Neves et al gives us some clearer understanding of the internal validity of studies on clinical cialis black 80mg for sale and patient-reported outcomes, but it remains unclear what impact these types of interventions will have on health outcomes across an entire healthcare system or region outside of RCT samples. Studies of patient EHR access/use can move into the external validity space (even while conducting RCTs)14 by including implementation outcomes, such as the proportion of individuals offered EHR access who take it up, the extent of use over time, the type/features used, and costs for providers and staff, in addition to effectiveness in promoting health outcomes and differences across socioeconomic status, racial/ethnic groups and literacy levels.Like patient advocates and experts for many years, we absolutely agree that patient records belong to patients and should be readily available in structured, electronic form for patients and families.15 Given the complexity of the information provided and the specific context for interacting or supporting patients in completing tasks via online patient portals/platforms, we should not expect cialis black 80mg for sale access alone to ameliorate current gaps in care or significantly improve morbidity and mortality. As more care becomes digital-first (ie, with virtual care and telemedicine), there are real concerns about widening healthcare disparities for low-income, racial–ethnic minority and linguistically diverse populations.

Our specific recommendations to avoid such undesirable developments moving forward includeWider measurement of patient interest and access/skills to using technology-based health platforms and tools.Tailoring of interventions to match patient preferences and needs, such as by digital literacy skills as well as inclusion of caregivers/families to support use.Use of mixed method and implementation science studies to understand use, usability, and uptake alongside clinical impact and effectiveness.Attention to these points will allow us to understand the ways in which cialis black 80mg for sale patient portals and other forms of EHR access for patients may produce different impacts across distinct patient groups. This understanding will not only mitigate potential adverse effects for vulnerable groups but also achieve the intended goal of improving healthcare quality for all patients through freer access to information about their care..

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LIS beneficiaries with incomes http://practicalfireequipment.com/cialis-price-walgreens/ up to 135% FPL are generally eligible for "full" Extra Help -- meaning they cialis cost usa pay no Part D deductible, no charge for monthly premiums up to the benchmark amount, and fixed, relatively low co-pays (between $1.30 and $8.95 for 2020 depending on the person's income level and the tier category of the drug. Medicaid beneficiaries in nursing homes, waiver programs, or managed long term care have $0 co-pays). Full Extra Help beneficiaries who hit the catastrophic coverage limit have $0 co-pays.

See current co-pay levels cialis cost usa here. Partial Extra Help. Beneficiaries between 135%-150% FPL receive "partial" Extra Help, which limits the Part D deductible to $89 (2020 figure - click here for updated chart).

Sets sliding scale fees for monthly premiums cialis cost usa. And limits co-pays to 15%, until the beneficiary reaches the catastrophic coverage limit, at which point co-pays are limited to a $8.95 maximum (2020 or see current amount here) or 5% of the drug cost, whichever is greater. 2) Facilitated enrollment into a Part D plan Extra Help recipients who aren’t already enrolled in a Part D plan and don’t want to choose one on their own will be automatically enrolled into a benchmark plan by CMS.

This facilitated enrollment ensures cialis cost usa that Extra Help recipients have Part D coverage. However, the downside to facilitated enrollment is that the plan may not be the best “fit” for the beneficiary, if it doesn’t cover all his/her drugs, assesses a higher tier level for covered drugs than other comparable plans, and/or requires the beneficiary to go through administrative hoops like prior authorization, quantity limits and/or step therapy. Fortunately, Extra Help recipients can always enroll in a new plan … see #3 below.

3) Continuous special cialis cost usa enrollment period Extra Help recipients have a continuous special enrollment period, meaning that they can switch plans at any time. They are not “locked into” the annual open enrollment period (October 15-December 7). NOTE.

This changed in cialis cost usa 2019. Starting in 2019, those with Extra Help will no longer have a continuous enrollment period. Instead, Extra Help recipients will be eligible to enroll no more than once per quarter for each of the first three quarters of the year.

4) No late enrollment penalty Non LIS beneficiaries generally face a premium penalty (higher monthly premium) if cialis cost usa they delayed their enrollment into Part D, meaning that they didn’t enroll when they were initially eligible and didn’t have “creditable coverage.” Extra Help recipients do not have to worry about this problem – the late enrollment penalty provision does not apply to LIS beneficiaries. 1) For “deemed” beneficiaries (Medicaid/Medicare Savings Program recipients). Extra Help status lasts at least until the end of the current calendar year, even if the individual loses their Medicaid or Medicare Savings Program coverage during that year.

Individuals who receive Medicaid cialis cost usa or a Medicare Savings Program any month between July and December keep their LIS status for the remainder of that calendar year and the following year. Getting Medicaid coverage for even just a short period of time (ie, meeting a spenddown for just one month) can help ensure that the individual obtains Extra Help coverage for at least 6 months, and possibly as long as 18 months. TIP.

People with a high spend-down who want to receive Medicaid for just one month in order to get Extra Help for 6-18 months can use past medical bills to meet cialis cost usa their spend-down for that one month. There are different rules for using past paid medical bills verses past unpaid medical bills. For information see Spend down training materials.

Individuals who are losing their deemed status at the end of a calendar year because they are no longer receiving Medicaid or the Medicare Savings cialis cost usa Program should be notified in advance by SSA, and given an opportunity to file an Extra Help application through SSA. 2) For “non-deemed” beneficiaries (those who filed their LIS applications through SSA) Non-deemed beneficiaries retain their LIS status until/unless SSA does a redetermination and finds the individual ineligible for Extra Help. There are no reporting requirements per se in the Extra Help program, but beneficiaries must respond to SSA’s redetermination request.

What to do if the Part D plan doesn't know that someone has Extra Help Sometimes there are lengthy delays between the date that someone is approved for Medicaid or cialis cost usa a Medicare Savings Program and when that information is formally conveyed to the Part D plan by CMS. As a practical matter, this often results in beneficiaries being charged co-pays, premiums and/or deductibles that they can't afford and shouldn't have to pay. To protect LIS beneficiaries, CMS has a "Best Available Evidence" policy which requires plans to accept alternative forms of proof of someone's LIS status and adjust the person's cost-sharing obligation accordingly.

LIS beneficiaries who are being charged improperly should be sure to contact their plan and provide cialis cost usa proof of their LIS status. If the plan still won't recognize their LIS status, the person or their advocate should file a complaint with the CMS regional office. The federal regulations governing the Low Income Subsidy program can be found at 42 CFR Subpart P (sections 423.771 through 423.800).

Also, CMS provides detailed guidance on the LIS provisions in chapter 13 of its Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit cialis cost usa Manual. This article was authored by the Empire Justice Center.Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) pay for the monthly Medicare Part B premium for low-income Medicare beneficiaries and qualify enrollees for the "Extra Help" subsidy for Part D prescription drugs. There are three separate MSP programs, the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Program, the Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) Program and the Qualified Individual (QI) Program, each of which is discussed below.

Those in QMB receive cialis cost usa additional subsidies for Medicare costs. See 2019 Fact Sheet on MSP in NYS by Medicare Rights Center ENGLISH SPANISH State law. N.Y.

§ 367-a(3)(a), (b), and (d). 2020 Medicare 101 Basics for New York State - 1.5 hour webinar by Eric Hausman, sponsored by NYS Office of the Aging TOPICS COVERED IN THIS ARTICLE 1. No Asset Limit 1A.

Summary Chart of MSP Programs 2. Income Limits &. Rules and Household Size 3.

The Three MSP Programs - What are they and how are they Different?. 4. FOUR Special Benefits of MSP Programs.

Back Door to Extra Help with Part D MSPs Automatically Waive Late Enrollment Penalties for Part B - and allow enrollment in Part B year-round outside of the short Annual Enrollment Period No Medicaid Lien on Estate to Recover Payment of Expenses Paid by MSP Food Stamps/SNAP not reduced by Decreased Medical Expenses when Enroll in MSP - at least temporarily 5. Enrolling in an MSP - Automatic Enrollment &. Applications for People who Have Medicare What is Application Process?.

6. Enrolling in an MSP for People age 65+ who Do Not Qualify for Free Medicare Part A - the "Part A Buy-In Program" 7. What Happens After MSP Approved - How Part B Premium is Paid 8 Special Rules for QMBs - How Medicare Cost-Sharing Works 1.

NO ASSET LIMIT!. Since April 1, 2008, none of the three MSP programs have resource limits in New York -- which means many Medicare beneficiaries who might not qualify for Medicaid because of excess resources can qualify for an MSP. 1.A.

SUMMARY CHART OF MSP BENEFITS QMB SLIMB QI-1 Eligibility ASSET LIMIT NO LIMIT IN NEW YORK STATE INCOME LIMIT (2020) Single Couple Single Couple Single Couple $1,064 $1,437 $1,276 $1,724 $1,436 $1,940 Federal Poverty Level 100% FPL 100 – 120% FPL 120 – 135% FPL Benefits Pays Monthly Part B premium?. YES, and also Part A premium if did not have enough work quarters and meets citizenship requirement. See “Part A Buy-In” YES YES Pays Part A &.

B deductibles &. Co-insurance YES - with limitations NO NO Retroactive to Filing of Application?. Yes - Benefits begin the month after the month of the MSP application.

18 NYCRR §360-7.8(b)(5) Yes – Retroactive to 3rd month before month of application, if eligible in prior months Yes – may be retroactive to 3rd month before month of applica-tion, but only within the current calendar year. (No retro for January application). See GIS 07 MA 027.

Can Enroll in MSP and Medicaid at Same Time?. YES YES NO!. Must choose between QI-1 and Medicaid.

Cannot have both, not even Medicaid with a spend-down. 2. INCOME LIMITS and RULES Each of the three MSP programs has different income eligibility requirements and provides different benefits.

The income limits are tied to the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). 2019 FPL levels were released by NYS DOH in GIS 20 MA/02 - 2020 Federal Poverty Levels -- Attachment II and have been posted by Medicaid.gov and the National Council on Aging and are in the chart below. NOTE.

There is usually a lag in time of several weeks, or even months, from January 1st of each year until the new FPLs are release, and then before the new MSP income limits are officially implemented. During this lag period, local Medicaid offices should continue to use the previous year's FPLs AND count the person's Social Security benefit amount from the previous year - do NOT factor in the Social Security COLA (cost of living adjustment). Once the updated guidelines are released, districts will use the new FPLs and go ahead and factor in any COLA.

See 2019 Fact Sheet on MSP in NYS by Medicare Rights Center ENGLISH SPANISH Income is determined by the same methodology as is used for determining in eligibility for SSI The rules for counting income for SSI-related (Aged 65+, Blind, or Disabled) Medicaid recipients, borrowed from the SSI program, apply to the MSP program, except for the new rules about counting household size for married couples. N.Y. Soc.

Serv. L. 367-a(3)(c)(2), NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7, 89-ADM-7 p.7.

Gross income is counted, although there are certain types of income that are disregarded. The most common income disregards, also known as deductions, include. (a) The first $20 of your &.

Your spouse's monthly income, earned or unearned ($20 per couple max). (b) SSI EARNED INCOME DISREGARDS. * The first $65 of monthly wages of you and your spouse, * One-half of the remaining monthly wages (after the $65 is deducted).

* Other work incentives including PASS plans, impairment related work expenses (IRWEs), blind work expenses, etc. For information on these deductions, see The Medicaid Buy-In for Working People with Disabilities (MBI-WPD) and other guides in this article -- though written for the MBI-WPD, the work incentives apply to all Medicaid programs, including MSP, for people age 65+, disabled or blind. (c) monthly cost of any health insurance premiums but NOT the Part B premium, since Medicaid will now pay this premium (may deduct Medigap supplemental policies, vision, dental, or long term care insurance premiums, and the Part D premium but only to the extent the premium exceeds the Extra Help benchmark amount) (d) Food stamps not counted.

You can get a more comprehensive listing of the SSI-related income disregards on the Medicaid income disregards chart. As for all benefit programs based on financial need, it is usually advantageous to be considered a larger household, because the income limit is higher. The above chart shows that Households of TWO have a higher income limit than households of ONE.

The MSP programs use the same rules as Medicaid does for the Disabled, Aged and Blind (DAB) which are borrowed from the SSI program for Medicaid recipients in the “SSI-related category.” Under these rules, a household can be only ONE or TWO. 18 NYCRR 360-4.2. See DAB Household Size Chart.

Married persons can sometimes be ONE or TWO depending on arcane rules, which can force a Medicare beneficiary to be limited to the income limit for ONE person even though his spouse who is under 65 and not disabled has no income, and is supported by the client applying for an MSP. EXAMPLE. Bob's Social Security is $1300/month.

He is age 67 and has Medicare. His wife, Nancy, is age 62 and is not disabled and does not work. Under the old rule, Bob was not eligible for an MSP because his income was above the Income limit for One, even though it was well under the Couple limit.

In 2010, NYS DOH modified its rules so that all married individuals will be considered a household size of TWO. DOH GIS 10 MA 10 Medicare Savings Program Household Size, June 4, 2010. This rule for household size is an exception to the rule applying SSI budgeting rules to the MSP program.

Under these rules, Bob is now eligible for an MSP. When is One Better than Two?. Of course, there may be couples where the non-applying spouse's income is too high, and disqualifies the applying spouse from an MSP.

In such cases, "spousal refusal" may be used SSL 366.3(a). (Link is to NYC HRA form, can be adapted for other counties). 3.

The Three Medicare Savings Programs - what are they and how are they different?. 1. Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB).

The QMB program provides the most comprehensive benefits. Available to those with incomes at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), the QMB program covers virtually all Medicare cost-sharing obligations. Part B premiums, Part A premiums, if there are any, and any and all deductibles and co-insurance.

QMB coverage is not retroactive. The program’s benefits will begin the month after the month in which your client is found eligible. ** See special rules about cost-sharing for QMBs below - updated with new CMS directive issued January 2012 ** See NYC HRA QMB Recertification form ** Even if you do not have Part A automatically, because you did not have enough wages, you may be able to enroll in the Part A Buy-In Program, in which people eligible for QMB who do not otherwise have Medicare Part A may enroll, with Medicaid paying the Part A premium (Materials by the Medicare Rights Center).

2. Specifiedl Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB). For those with incomes between 100% and 120% FPL, the SLMB program will cover Part B premiums only.

SLMB is retroactive, however, providing coverage for three months prior to the month of application, as long as your client was eligible during those months. 3. Qualified Individual (QI-1).

For those with incomes between 120% and 135% FPL, and not receiving Medicaid, the QI-1 program will cover Medicare Part B premiums only. QI-1 is also retroactive, providing coverage for three months prior to the month of application, as long as your client was eligible during those months. However, QI-1 retroactive coverage can only be provided within the current calendar year.

(GIS 07 MA 027) So if you apply in January, you get no retroactive coverage. Q-I-1 recipients would be eligible for Medicaid with a spend-down, but if they want the Part B premium paid, they must choose between enrolling in QI-1 or Medicaid. They cannot be in both.

In contrast, one may receive Medicaid and either QMB or SLIMB. 4. Four Special Benefits of MSPs (in addition to NO ASSET TEST).

Benefit 1. Back Door to Medicare Part D "Extra Help" or Low Income Subsidy -- All MSP recipients are automatically enrolled in Extra Help, the subsidy that makes Part D affordable. They have no Part D deductible or doughnut hole, the premium is subsidized, and they pay very low copayments.

Once they are enrolled in Extra Help by virtue of enrollment in an MSP, they retain Extra Help for the entire calendar year, even if they lose MSP eligibility during that year. The "Full" Extra Help subsidy has the same income limit as QI-1 - 135% FPL. However, many people may be eligible for QI-1 but not Extra Help because QI-1 and the other MSPs have no asset limit.

People applying to the Social Security Administration for Extra Help might be rejected for this reason. Recent (2009-10) changes to federal law called "MIPPA" requires the Social Security Administration (SSA) to share eligibility data with NYSDOH on all persons who apply for Extra Help/ the Low Income Subsidy. Data sent to NYSDOH from SSA will enable NYSDOH to open MSP cases on many clients.

The effective date of the MSP application must be the same date as the Extra Help application. Signatures will not be required from clients. In cases where the SSA data is incomplete, NYSDOH will forward what is collected to the local district for completion of an MSP application.

The State implementing procedures are in DOH 2010 ADM-03. Also see CMS "Dear State Medicaid Director" letter dated Feb. 18, 2010 Benefit 2.

MSPs Automatically Waive Late Enrollment Penalties for Part B Generally one must enroll in Part B within the strict enrollment periods after turning age 65 or after 24 months of Social Security Disability. An exception is if you or your spouse are still working and insured under an employer sponsored group health plan, or if you have End Stage Renal Disease, and other factors, see this from Medicare Rights Center. If you fail to enroll within those short periods, you might have to pay higher Part B premiums for life as a Late Enrollment Penalty (LEP).

Also, you may only enroll in Part B during the Annual Enrollment Period from January 1 - March 31st each year, with Part B not effective until the following July. Enrollment in an MSP automatically eliminates such penalties... For life..

Even if one later ceases to be eligible for the MSP. AND enrolling in an MSP will automatically result in becoming enrolled in Part B if you didn't already have it and only had Part A. See Medicare Rights Center flyer.

Benefit 3. No Medicaid Lien on Estate to Recover MSP Benefits Paid Generally speaking, states may place liens on the Estates of deceased Medicaid recipients to recover the cost of Medicaid services that were provided after the recipient reached the age of 55. Since 2002, states have not been allowed to recover the cost of Medicare premiums paid under MSPs.

In 2010, Congress expanded protection for MSP benefits. Beginning on January 1, 2010, states may not place liens on the Estates of Medicaid recipients who died after January 1, 2010 to recover costs for co-insurance paid under the QMB MSP program for services rendered after January 1, 2010. The federal government made this change in order to eliminate barriers to enrollment in MSPs.

See NYS DOH GIS 10-MA-008 - Medicare Savings Program Changes in Estate Recovery The GIS clarifies that a client who receives both QMB and full Medicaid is exempt from estate recovery for these Medicare cost-sharing expenses. Benefit 4. SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits not reduced despite increased income from MSP - at least temporarily Many people receive both SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits and MSP.

Income for purposes of SNAP/Food Stamps is reduced by a deduction for medical expenses, which includes payment of the Part B premium. Since approval for an MSP means that the client no longer pays for the Part B premium, his/her SNAP/Food Stamps income goes up, so their SNAP/Food Stamps go down. Here are some protections.

Do these individuals have to report to their SNAP worker that their out of pocket medical costs have decreased?. And will the household see a reduction in their SNAP benefits, since the decrease in medical expenses will increase their countable income?. The good news is that MSP households do NOT have to report the decrease in their medical expenses to the SNAP/Food Stamp office until their next SNAP/Food Stamp recertification.

Even if they do report the change, or the local district finds out because the same worker is handling both the MSP and SNAP case, there should be no reduction in the household’s benefit until the next recertification. New York’s SNAP policy per administrative directive 02 ADM-07 is to “freeze” the deduction for medical expenses between certification periods. Increases in medical expenses can be budgeted at the household’s request, but NYS never decreases a household’s medical expense deduction until the next recertification.

Most elderly and disabled households have 24-month SNAP certification periods. Eventually, though, the decrease in medical expenses will need to be reported when the household recertifies for SNAP, and the household should expect to see a decrease in their monthly SNAP benefit. It is really important to stress that the loss in SNAP benefits is NOT dollar for dollar.

A $100 decrease in out of pocket medical expenses would translate roughly into a $30 drop in SNAP benefits. See more info on SNAP/Food Stamp benefits by the Empire Justice Center, and on the State OTDA website. Some clients will be automatically enrolled in an MSP by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) shortly after attaining eligibility for Medicare.

Others need to apply. The 2010 "MIPPA" law introduced some improvements to increase MSP enrollment. See 3rd bullet below.

Also, some people who had Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act before they became eligible for Medicare have special procedures to have their Part B premium paid before they enroll in an MSP. See below. WHO IS AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLED IN AN MSP.

Clients receiving even $1.00 of Supplemental Security Income should be automatically enrolled into a Medicare Savings Program (most often QMB) under New York State’s Medicare Savings Program Buy-in Agreement with the federal government once they become eligible for Medicare. They should receive Medicare Parts A and B. Clients who are already eligible for Medicare when they apply for Medicaid should be automatically assessed for MSP eligibility when they apply for Medicaid.

(NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7 and GIS 05 MA 033). Clients who apply to the Social Security Administration for Extra Help, but are rejected, should be contacted &. Enrolled into an MSP by the Medicaid program directly under new MIPPA procedures that require data sharing.

Strategy TIP. Since the Extra Help filing date will be assigned to the MSP application, it may help the client to apply online for Extra Help with the SSA, even knowing that this application will be rejected because of excess assets or other reason. SSA processes these requests quickly, and it will be routed to the State for MSP processing.

Since MSP applications take a while, at least the filing date will be retroactive. Note. The above strategy does not work as well for QMB, because the effective date of QMB is the month after the month of application.

As a result, the retroactive effective date of Extra Help will be the month after the failed Extra Help application for those with QMB rather than SLMB/QI-1. Applying for MSP Directly with Local Medicaid Program. Those who do not have Medicaid already must apply for an MSP through their local social services district.

(See more in Section D. Below re those who already have Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act before they became eligible for Medicare. If you are applying for MSP only (not also Medicaid), you can use the simplified MSP application form (theDOH-4328(Rev.

8/2017-- English) (2017 Spanish version not yet available). Either application form can be mailed in -- there is no interview requirement anymore for MSP or Medicaid. See 10 ADM-04.

Applicants will need to submit proof of income, a copy of their Medicare card (front &. Back), and proof of residency/address. See the application form for other instructions.

One who is only eligible for QI-1 because of higher income may ONLY apply for an MSP, not for Medicaid too. One may not receive Medicaid and QI-1 at the same time. If someone only eligible for QI-1 wants Medicaid, s/he may enroll in and deposit excess income into a pooled Supplemental Needs Trust, to bring her countable income down to the Medicaid level, which also qualifies him or her for SLIMB or QMB instead of QI-1.

Advocates in NYC can sign up for a half-day "Deputization Training" conducted by the Medicare Rights Center, at which you'll be trained and authorized to complete an MSP application and to submit it via the Medicare Rights Center, which submits it to HRA without the client having to apply in person. Enrolling in an MSP if you already have Medicaid, but just become eligible for Medicare Those who, prior to becoming enrolled in Medicare, had Medicaid through Affordable Care Act are eligible to have their Part B premiums paid by Medicaid (or the cost reimbursed) during the time it takes for them to transition to a Medicare Savings Program. In 2018, DOH clarified that reimbursement of the Part B premium will be made regardless of whether the individual is still in a Medicaid managed care (MMC) plan.

GIS 18 MA/001 Medicaid Managed Care Transition for Enrollees Gaining Medicare ( PDF) provides, "Due to efforts to transition individuals who gain Medicare eligibility and who require LTSS, individuals may not be disenrolled from MMC upon receipt of Medicare. To facilitate the transition and not disadvantage the recipient, the Medicaid program is approving reimbursement of Part B premiums for enrollees in MMC." The procedure for getting the Part B premium paid is different for those whose Medicaid was administered by the NYS of Health Exchange (Marketplace), as opposed to their local social services district. The procedure is also different for those who obtain Medicare because they turn 65, as opposed to obtaining Medicare based on disability.

Either way, Medicaid recipients who transition onto Medicare should be automatically evaluated for MSP eligibility at their next Medicaid recertification. NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7 Individuals can also affirmatively ask to be enrolled in MSP in between recertification periods. IF CLIENT HAD MEDICAID ON THE MARKETPLACE (NYS of Health Exchange) before obtaining Medicare.

IF they obtain Medicare because they turn age 65, they will receive a letter from their local district asking them to "renew" Medicaid through their local district. See 2014 LCM-02. Now, their Medicaid income limit will be lower than the MAGI limits ($842/ mo reduced from $1387/month) and they now will have an asset test.

For this reason, some individuals may lose full Medicaid eligibility when they begin receiving Medicare. People over age 65 who obtain Medicare do NOT keep "Marketplace Medicaid" for 12 months (continuous eligibility) See GIS 15 MA/022 - Continuous Coverage for MAGI Individuals. Since MSP has NO ASSET limit.

Some individuals may be enrolled in the MSP even if they lose Medicaid, or if they now have a Medicaid spend-down. If a Medicare/Medicaid recipient reports income that exceeds the Medicaid level, districts must evaluate the person’s eligibility for MSP. 08 OHIP/ADM-4 ​If you became eligible for Medicare based on disability and you are UNDER AGE 65, you are entitled to keep MAGI Medicaid for 12 months from the month it was last authorized, even if you now have income normally above the MAGI limit, and even though you now have Medicare.

This is called Continuous Eligibility. EXAMPLE. Sam, age 60, was last authorized for Medicaid on the Marketplace in June 2016.

He became enrolled in Medicare based on disability in August 2016, and started receiving Social Security in the same month (he won a hearing approving Social Security disability benefits retroactively, after first being denied disability). Even though his Social Security is too high, he can keep Medicaid for 12 months beginning June 2016. Sam has to pay for his Part B premium - it is deducted from his Social Security check.

He may call the Marketplace and request a refund. This will continue until the end of his 12 months of continues MAGI Medicaid eligibility. He will be reimbursed regardless of whether he is in a Medicaid managed care plan.

See GIS 18 MA/001 Medicaid Managed Care Transition for Enrollees Gaining Medicare (PDF) When that ends, he will renew Medicaid and apply for MSP with his local district. Individuals who are eligible for Medicaid with a spenddown can opt whether or not to receive MSP. (Medicaid Reference Guide (MRG) p.

19). Obtaining MSP may increase their spenddown. MIPPA - Outreach by Social Security Administration -- Under MIPPA, the SSA sends a form letter to people who may be eligible for a Medicare Savings Program or Extra Help (Low Income Subsidy - LIS) that they may apply.

The letters are. · Beneficiary has Extra Help (LIS), but not MSP · Beneficiary has no Extra Help (LIS) or MSP 6. Enrolling in MSP for People Age 65+ who do Not have Free Medicare Part A - the "Part A Buy-In Program" Seniors WITHOUT MEDICARE PART A or B -- They may be able to enroll in the Part A Buy-In program, in which people eligible for QMB who are age 65+ who do not otherwise have Medicare Part A may enroll in Part A, with Medicaid paying the Part A premium.

See Step-by-Step Guide by the Medicare Rights Center). This guide explains the various steps in "conditionally enrolling" in Part A at the SSA office, which must be done before applying for QMB at the Medicaid office, which will then pay the Part A premium. See also GIS 04 MA/013.

In June, 2018, the SSA revised the POMS manual procedures for the Part A Buy-In to to address inconsistencies and confusion in SSA field offices and help smooth the path for QMB enrollment. The procedures are in the POMS Section HI 00801.140 "Premium-Free Part A Enrollments for Qualified Medicare BenefiIaries." It includes important clarifications, such as. SSA Field Offices should explain the QMB program and conditional enrollment process if an individual lacks premium-free Part A and appears to meet QMB requirements.

SSA field offices can add notes to the “Remarks” section of the application and provide a screen shot to the individual so the individual can provide proof of conditional Part A enrollment when applying for QMB through the state Medicaid program. Beneficiaries are allowed to complete the conditional application even if they owe Medicare premiums. In Part A Buy-in states like NYS, SSA should process conditional applications on a rolling basis (without regard to enrollment periods), even if the application coincides with the General Enrollment Period.

(The General Enrollment Period is from Jan 1 to March 31st every year, in which anyone eligible may enroll in Medicare Part A or Part B to be effective on July 1st). 7. What happens after the MSP approval - How is Part B premium paid For all three MSP programs, the Medicaid program is now responsible for paying the Part B premiums, even though the MSP enrollee is not necessarily a recipient of Medicaid.

The local Medicaid office (DSS/HRA) transmits the MSP approval to the NYS Department of Health – that information gets shared w/ SSA and CMS SSA stops deducting the Part B premiums out of the beneficiary’s Social Security check. SSA also refunds any amounts owed to the recipient. (Note.

) CMS “deems” the MSP recipient eligible for Part D Extra Help/ Low Income Subsidy (LIS). ​Can the MSP be retroactive like Medicaid, back to 3 months before the application?. ​The answer is different for the 3 MSP programs.

QMB -No Retroactive Eligibility – Benefits begin the month after the month of the MSP application. 18 NYCRR § 360-7.8(b)(5) SLIMB - YES - Retroactive Eligibility up to 3 months before the application, if was eligible This means applicant may be reimbursed for the 3 months of Part B benefits prior to the month of application. QI-1 - YES up to 3 months but only in the same calendar year.

No retroactive eligibility to the previous year. 7. QMBs -Special Rules on Cost-Sharing.

QMB is the only MSP program which pays not only the Part B premium, but also the Medicare co-insurance. However, there are limitations. First, co-insurance will only be paid if the provide accepts Medicaid.

Not all Medicare provides accept Medicaid. Second, under recent changes in New York law, Medicaid will not always pay the Medicare co-insurance, even to a Medicaid provider. But even if the provider does not accept Medicaid, or if Medicaid does not pay the full co-insurance, the provider is banned from "balance billing" the QMB beneficiary for the co-insurance.

See Medicare Rights Center chart on Extra Help Income Cialis price walgreens and Asset Limits - updated annually cialis black 80mg for sale You can apply for Extra Help and MSP at the same time through SSA. SSA will forward your Extra Help application data to the New York State Department of Health, who will use that data to assess your eligibility for MSP. Individuals who apply for LIS through SSA and those who are deemed into LIS should receive written confirmation of their Extra Help status through SSA. Of course, individuals who apply for LIS through SSA and are found ineligible are also entitled to a cialis black 80mg for sale written notice and have appeal rights.

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Instead, Extra Help recipients will be eligible to enroll no more than once per quarter for cialis black 80mg for sale each of the first three quarters of the year. 4) No late enrollment penalty Non LIS beneficiaries generally face a premium penalty (higher monthly premium) if they delayed their enrollment into Part D, meaning that they didn’t enroll when they were initially eligible and didn’t have “creditable coverage.” Extra Help recipients do not have to worry about this problem – the late enrollment penalty provision does not apply to LIS beneficiaries. 1) For “deemed” beneficiaries (Medicaid/Medicare Savings Program recipients). Extra Help status lasts cialis black 80mg for sale at least until the end of the current calendar year, even if the individual loses their Medicaid or Medicare Savings Program coverage during that year.

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This article was authored by the Empire Justice Center.Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) pay for the monthly Medicare Part B premium for low-income Medicare beneficiaries and qualify enrollees for the "Extra Help" subsidy for Part D prescription drugs. There are three separate MSP programs, the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Program, the Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) Program and the Qualified Individual (QI) Program, each of which is discussed below cialis black 80mg for sale. Those in QMB receive additional subsidies for Medicare costs. See 2019 Fact Sheet on MSP in NYS by Medicare Rights Center ENGLISH SPANISH State law.

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§ 367-a(3)(a), (b), and (d). 2020 Medicare 101 Basics for New York State - 1.5 hour webinar by Eric Hausman, sponsored by NYS Office of the Aging TOPICS COVERED IN THIS ARTICLE 1. No Asset Limit 1A. Summary Chart of MSP Programs 2.

Income Limits &. Rules and Household Size 3. The Three MSP Programs - What are they and how are they Different?. 4.

FOUR Special Benefits of MSP Programs. Back Door to Extra Help with Part D MSPs Automatically Waive Late Enrollment Penalties for Part B - and allow enrollment in Part B year-round outside of the short Annual Enrollment Period No Medicaid Lien on Estate to Recover Payment of Expenses Paid by MSP Food Stamps/SNAP not reduced by Decreased Medical Expenses when Enroll in MSP - at least temporarily 5. Enrolling in an MSP - Automatic Enrollment &. Applications for People who Have Medicare What is Application Process?.

6. Enrolling in an MSP for People age 65+ who Do Not Qualify for Free Medicare Part A - the "Part A Buy-In Program" 7. What Happens After MSP Approved - How Part B Premium is Paid 8 Special Rules for QMBs - How Medicare Cost-Sharing Works 1. NO ASSET LIMIT!.

Since April 1, 2008, none of the three MSP programs have resource limits in New York -- which means many Medicare beneficiaries who might not qualify for Medicaid because of excess resources can qualify for an MSP. 1.A. SUMMARY CHART OF MSP BENEFITS QMB SLIMB QI-1 Eligibility ASSET LIMIT NO LIMIT IN NEW YORK STATE INCOME LIMIT (2020) Single Couple Single Couple Single Couple $1,064 $1,437 $1,276 $1,724 $1,436 $1,940 Federal Poverty Level 100% FPL 100 – 120% FPL 120 – 135% FPL Benefits Pays Monthly Part B premium?. YES, and also Part A premium if did not have enough work quarters and meets citizenship requirement.

See “Part A Buy-In” YES YES Pays Part A &. B deductibles &. Co-insurance YES - with limitations NO NO Retroactive to Filing of Application?. Yes - Benefits begin the month after the month of the MSP application.

18 NYCRR §360-7.8(b)(5) Yes – Retroactive to 3rd month before month of application, if eligible in prior months Yes – may be retroactive to 3rd month before month of applica-tion, but only within the current calendar year. (No retro for January application). See GIS 07 MA 027. Can Enroll in MSP and Medicaid at Same Time?.

YES YES NO!. Must choose between QI-1 and Medicaid. Cannot have both, not even Medicaid with a spend-down. 2.

INCOME LIMITS and RULES Each of the three MSP programs has different income eligibility requirements and provides different benefits. The income limits are tied to the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). 2019 FPL levels were released by NYS DOH in GIS 20 MA/02 - 2020 Federal Poverty Levels -- Attachment II and have been posted by Medicaid.gov and the National Council on Aging and are in the chart below. NOTE.

There is usually a lag in time of several weeks, or even months, from January 1st of each year until the new FPLs are release, and then before the new MSP income limits are officially implemented. During this lag period, local Medicaid offices should continue to use the previous year's FPLs AND count the person's Social Security benefit amount from the previous year - do NOT factor in the Social Security COLA (cost of living adjustment). Once the updated guidelines are released, districts will use the new FPLs and go ahead and factor in any COLA. See 2019 Fact Sheet on MSP in NYS by Medicare Rights Center ENGLISH SPANISH Income is determined by the same methodology as is used for determining in eligibility for SSI The rules for counting income for SSI-related (Aged 65+, Blind, or Disabled) Medicaid recipients, borrowed from the SSI program, apply to the MSP program, except for the new rules about counting household size for married couples.

367-a(3)(c)(2), NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7, 89-ADM-7 p.7. Gross income is counted, although there are certain types of income that are disregarded. The most common income disregards, also known as deductions, include. (a) The first $20 of your &.

Your spouse's monthly income, earned or unearned ($20 per couple max). (b) SSI EARNED INCOME DISREGARDS. * The first $65 of monthly wages of you and your spouse, * One-half of the remaining monthly wages (after the $65 is deducted). * Other work incentives including PASS plans, impairment related work expenses (IRWEs), blind work expenses, etc.

For information on these deductions, see The Medicaid Buy-In for Working People with Disabilities (MBI-WPD) and other guides in this article -- though written for the MBI-WPD, the work incentives apply to all Medicaid programs, including MSP, for people age 65+, disabled or blind. (c) monthly cost of any health insurance premiums but NOT the Part B premium, since Medicaid will now pay this premium (may deduct Medigap supplemental policies, vision, dental, or long term care insurance premiums, and the Part D premium but only to the extent the premium exceeds the Extra Help benchmark amount) (d) Food stamps not counted. You can get a more comprehensive listing of the SSI-related income disregards on the Medicaid income disregards chart. As for all benefit programs based on financial need, it is usually advantageous to be considered a larger household, because the income limit is higher.

The above chart shows that Households of TWO have a higher income limit than households of ONE. The MSP programs use the same rules as Medicaid does for the Disabled, Aged and Blind (DAB) which are borrowed from the SSI program for Medicaid recipients in the “SSI-related category.” Under these rules, a household can be only ONE or TWO. 18 NYCRR 360-4.2. See DAB Household Size Chart.

Married persons can sometimes be ONE or TWO depending on arcane rules, which can force a Medicare beneficiary to be limited to the income limit for ONE person even though his spouse who is under 65 and not disabled has no income, and is supported by the client applying for an MSP. EXAMPLE. Bob's Social Security is $1300/month. He is age 67 and has Medicare.

His wife, Nancy, is age 62 and is not disabled and does not work. Under the old rule, Bob was not eligible for an MSP because his income was above the Income limit for One, even though it was well under the Couple limit. In 2010, NYS DOH modified its rules so that all married individuals will be considered a household size of TWO. DOH GIS 10 MA 10 Medicare Savings Program Household Size, June 4, 2010.

This rule for household size is an exception to the rule applying SSI budgeting rules to the MSP program. Under these rules, Bob is now eligible for an MSP. When is One Better than Two?. Of course, there may be couples where the non-applying spouse's income is too high, and disqualifies the applying spouse from an MSP.

In such cases, "spousal refusal" may be used SSL 366.3(a). (Link is to NYC HRA form, can be adapted for other counties). 3. The Three Medicare Savings Programs - what are they and how are they different?.

1. Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB). The QMB program provides the most comprehensive benefits. Available to those with incomes at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), the QMB program covers virtually all Medicare cost-sharing obligations.

Part B premiums, Part A premiums, if there are any, and any and all deductibles and co-insurance. QMB coverage is not retroactive. The program’s benefits will begin the month after the month in which your client is found eligible. ** See special rules about cost-sharing for QMBs below - updated with new CMS directive issued January 2012 ** See NYC HRA QMB Recertification form ** Even if you do not have Part A automatically, because you did not have enough wages, you may be able to enroll in the Part A Buy-In Program, in which people eligible for QMB who do not otherwise have Medicare Part A may enroll, with Medicaid paying the Part A premium (Materials by the Medicare Rights Center).

2. Specifiedl Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB). For those with incomes between 100% and 120% FPL, the SLMB program will cover Part B premiums only. SLMB is retroactive, however, providing coverage for three months prior to the month of application, as long as your client was eligible during those months.

3. Qualified Individual (QI-1). For those with incomes between 120% and 135% FPL, and not receiving Medicaid, the QI-1 program will cover Medicare Part B premiums only. QI-1 is also retroactive, providing coverage for three months prior to the month of application, as long as your client was eligible during those months.

However, QI-1 retroactive coverage can only be provided within the current calendar year. (GIS 07 MA 027) So if you apply in January, you get no retroactive coverage. Q-I-1 recipients would be eligible for Medicaid with a spend-down, but if they want the Part B premium paid, they must choose between enrolling in QI-1 or Medicaid. They cannot be in both.

It is their choice. DOH MRG p. 19. In contrast, one may receive Medicaid and either QMB or SLIMB.

4. Four Special Benefits of MSPs (in addition to NO ASSET TEST). Benefit 1. Back Door to Medicare Part D "Extra Help" or Low Income Subsidy -- All MSP recipients are automatically enrolled in Extra Help, the subsidy that makes Part D affordable.

They have no Part D deductible or doughnut hole, the premium is subsidized, and they pay very low copayments. Once they are enrolled in Extra Help by virtue of enrollment in an MSP, they retain Extra Help for the entire calendar year, even if they lose MSP eligibility during that year. The "Full" Extra Help subsidy has the same income limit as QI-1 - 135% FPL. However, many people may be eligible for QI-1 but not Extra Help because QI-1 and the other MSPs have no asset limit.

People applying to the Social Security Administration for Extra Help might be rejected for this reason. Recent (2009-10) changes to federal law called "MIPPA" requires the Social Security Administration (SSA) to share eligibility data with NYSDOH on all persons who apply for Extra Help/ the Low Income Subsidy. Data sent to NYSDOH from SSA will enable NYSDOH to open MSP cases on many clients. The effective date of the MSP application must be the same date as the Extra Help application.

Signatures will not be required from clients. In cases where the SSA data is incomplete, NYSDOH will forward what is collected to the local district for completion of an MSP application. The State implementing procedures are in DOH 2010 ADM-03. Also see CMS "Dear State Medicaid Director" letter dated Feb.

18, 2010 Benefit 2. MSPs Automatically Waive Late Enrollment Penalties for Part B Generally one must enroll in Part B within the strict enrollment periods after turning age 65 or after 24 months of Social Security Disability. An exception is if you or your spouse are still working and insured under an employer sponsored group health plan, or if you have End Stage Renal Disease, and other factors, see this from Medicare Rights Center. If you fail to enroll within those short periods, you might have to pay higher Part B premiums for life as a Late Enrollment Penalty (LEP).

Also, you may only enroll in Part B during the Annual Enrollment Period from January 1 - March 31st each year, with Part B not effective until the following July. Enrollment in an MSP automatically eliminates such penalties... For life.. Even if one later ceases to be eligible for the MSP.

AND enrolling in an MSP will automatically result in becoming enrolled in Part B if you didn't already have it and only had Part A. See Medicare Rights Center flyer. Benefit 3. No Medicaid Lien on Estate to Recover MSP Benefits Paid Generally speaking, states may place liens on the Estates of deceased Medicaid recipients to recover the cost of Medicaid services that were provided after the recipient reached the age of 55.

Since 2002, states have not been allowed to recover the cost of Medicare premiums paid under MSPs. In 2010, Congress expanded protection for MSP benefits. Beginning on January 1, 2010, states may not place liens on the Estates of Medicaid recipients who died after January 1, 2010 to recover costs for co-insurance paid under the QMB MSP program for services rendered after January 1, 2010. The federal government made this change in order to eliminate barriers to enrollment in MSPs.

See NYS DOH GIS 10-MA-008 - Medicare Savings Program Changes in Estate Recovery The GIS clarifies that a client who receives both QMB and full Medicaid is exempt from estate recovery for these Medicare cost-sharing expenses. Benefit 4. SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits not reduced despite increased income from MSP - at least temporarily Many people receive both SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits and MSP. Income for purposes of SNAP/Food Stamps is reduced by a deduction for medical expenses, which includes payment of the Part B premium.

Since approval for an MSP means that the client no longer pays for the Part B premium, his/her SNAP/Food Stamps income goes up, so their SNAP/Food Stamps go down. Here are some protections. Do these individuals have to report to their SNAP worker that their out of pocket medical costs have decreased?. And will the household see a reduction in their SNAP benefits, since the decrease in medical expenses will increase their countable income?.

The good news is that MSP households do NOT have to report the decrease in their medical expenses to the SNAP/Food Stamp office until their next SNAP/Food Stamp recertification. Even if they do report the change, or the local district finds out because the same worker is handling both the MSP and SNAP case, there should be no reduction in the household’s benefit until the next recertification. New York’s SNAP policy per administrative directive 02 ADM-07 is to “freeze” the deduction for medical expenses between certification periods. Increases in medical expenses can be budgeted at the household’s request, but NYS never decreases a household’s medical expense deduction until the next recertification.

Most elderly and disabled households have 24-month SNAP certification periods. Eventually, though, the decrease in medical expenses will need to be reported when the household recertifies for SNAP, and the household should expect to see a decrease in their monthly SNAP benefit. It is really important to stress that the loss in SNAP benefits is NOT dollar for dollar. A $100 decrease in out of pocket medical expenses would translate roughly into a $30 drop in SNAP benefits.

See more info on SNAP/Food Stamp benefits by the Empire Justice Center, and on the State OTDA website. Some clients will be automatically enrolled in an MSP by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) shortly after attaining eligibility for Medicare. Others need to apply. The 2010 "MIPPA" law introduced some improvements to increase MSP enrollment.

See 3rd bullet below. Also, some people who had Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act before they became eligible for Medicare have special procedures to have their Part B premium paid before they enroll in an MSP. See below. WHO IS AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLED IN AN MSP.

Clients receiving even $1.00 of Supplemental Security Income should be automatically enrolled into a Medicare Savings Program (most often QMB) under New York State’s Medicare Savings Program Buy-in Agreement with the federal government once they become eligible for Medicare. They should receive Medicare Parts A and B. Clients who are already eligible for Medicare when they apply for Medicaid should be automatically assessed for MSP eligibility when they apply for Medicaid. (NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7 and GIS 05 MA 033).

Clients who apply to the Social Security Administration for Extra Help, but are rejected, should be contacted &. Enrolled into an MSP by the Medicaid program directly under new MIPPA procedures that require data sharing. Strategy TIP. Since the Extra Help filing date will be assigned to the MSP application, it may help the client to apply online for Extra Help with the SSA, even knowing that this application will be rejected because of excess assets or other reason.

SSA processes these requests quickly, and it will be routed to the State for MSP processing. Since MSP applications take a while, at least the filing date will be retroactive. Note. The above strategy does not work as well for QMB, because the effective date of QMB is the month after the month of application.

As a result, the retroactive effective date of Extra Help will be the month after the failed Extra Help application for those with QMB rather than SLMB/QI-1. Applying for MSP Directly with Local Medicaid Program. Those who do not have Medicaid already must apply for an MSP through their local social services district. (See more in Section D.

Below re those who already have Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act before they became eligible for Medicare. If you are applying for MSP only (not also Medicaid), you can use the simplified MSP application form (theDOH-4328(Rev. 8/2017-- English) (2017 Spanish version not yet available). Either application form can be mailed in -- there is no interview requirement anymore for MSP or Medicaid.

See 10 ADM-04. Applicants will need to submit proof of income, a copy of their Medicare card (front &. Back), and proof of residency/address. See the application form for other instructions.

One who is only eligible for QI-1 because of higher income may ONLY apply for an MSP, not for Medicaid too. One may not receive Medicaid and QI-1 at the same time. If someone only eligible for QI-1 wants Medicaid, s/he may enroll in and deposit excess income into a pooled Supplemental Needs Trust, to bring her countable income down to the Medicaid level, which also qualifies him or her for SLIMB or QMB instead of QI-1. Advocates in NYC can sign up for a half-day "Deputization Training" conducted by the Medicare Rights Center, at which you'll be trained and authorized to complete an MSP application and to submit it via the Medicare Rights Center, which submits it to HRA without the client having to apply in person.

Enrolling in an MSP if you already have Medicaid, but just become eligible for Medicare Those who, prior to becoming enrolled in Medicare, had Medicaid through Affordable Care Act are eligible to have their Part B premiums paid by Medicaid (or the cost reimbursed) during the time it takes for them to transition to a Medicare Savings Program. In 2018, DOH clarified that reimbursement of the Part B premium will be made regardless of whether the individual is still in a Medicaid managed care (MMC) plan. GIS 18 MA/001 Medicaid Managed Care Transition for Enrollees Gaining Medicare ( PDF) provides, "Due to efforts to transition individuals who gain Medicare eligibility and who require LTSS, individuals may not be disenrolled from MMC upon receipt of Medicare. To facilitate the transition and not disadvantage the recipient, the Medicaid program is approving reimbursement of Part B premiums for enrollees in MMC." The procedure for getting the Part B premium paid is different for those whose Medicaid was administered by the NYS of Health Exchange (Marketplace), as opposed to their local social services district.

The procedure is also different for those who obtain Medicare because they turn 65, as opposed to obtaining Medicare based on disability. Either way, Medicaid recipients who transition onto Medicare should be automatically evaluated for MSP eligibility at their next Medicaid recertification. NYS DOH 2000-ADM-7 Individuals can also affirmatively ask to be enrolled in MSP in between recertification periods. IF CLIENT HAD MEDICAID ON THE MARKETPLACE (NYS of Health Exchange) before obtaining Medicare.

IF they obtain Medicare because they turn age 65, they will receive a letter from their local district asking them to "renew" Medicaid through their local district. See 2014 LCM-02. Now, their Medicaid income limit will be lower than the MAGI limits ($842/ mo reduced from $1387/month) and they now will have an asset test. For this reason, some individuals may lose full Medicaid eligibility when they begin receiving Medicare.

People over age 65 who obtain Medicare do NOT keep "Marketplace Medicaid" for 12 months (continuous eligibility) See GIS 15 MA/022 - Continuous Coverage for MAGI Individuals. Since MSP has NO ASSET limit. Some individuals may be enrolled in the MSP even if they lose Medicaid, or if they now have a Medicaid spend-down. If a Medicare/Medicaid recipient reports income that exceeds the Medicaid level, districts must evaluate the person’s eligibility for MSP.

08 OHIP/ADM-4 ​If you became eligible for Medicare based on disability and you are UNDER AGE 65, you are entitled to keep MAGI Medicaid for 12 months from the month it was last authorized, even if you now have income normally above the MAGI limit, and even though you now have Medicare. This is called Continuous Eligibility. EXAMPLE. Sam, age 60, was last authorized for Medicaid on the Marketplace in June 2016.

He became enrolled in Medicare based on disability in August 2016, and started receiving Social Security in the same month (he won a hearing approving Social Security disability benefits retroactively, after first being denied disability). Even though his Social Security is too high, he can keep Medicaid for 12 months beginning June 2016. Sam has to pay for his Part B premium - it is deducted from his Social Security check. He may call the Marketplace and request a refund.

This will continue until the end of his 12 months of continues MAGI Medicaid eligibility. He will be reimbursed regardless of whether he is in a Medicaid managed care plan. See GIS 18 MA/001 Medicaid Managed Care Transition for Enrollees Gaining Medicare (PDF) When that ends, he will renew Medicaid and apply for MSP with his local district. Individuals who are eligible for Medicaid with a spenddown can opt whether or not to receive MSP.

(Medicaid Reference Guide (MRG) p. 19). Obtaining MSP may increase their spenddown. MIPPA - Outreach by Social Security Administration -- Under MIPPA, the SSA sends a form letter to people who may be eligible for a Medicare Savings Program or Extra Help (Low Income Subsidy - LIS) that they may apply.

The letters are. · Beneficiary has Extra Help (LIS), but not MSP · Beneficiary has no Extra Help (LIS) or MSP 6. Enrolling in MSP for People Age 65+ who do Not have Free Medicare Part A - the "Part A Buy-In Program" Seniors WITHOUT MEDICARE PART A or B -- They may be able to enroll in the Part A Buy-In program, in which people eligible for QMB who are age 65+ who do not otherwise have Medicare Part A may enroll in Part A, with Medicaid paying the Part A premium. See Step-by-Step Guide by the Medicare Rights Center).

This guide explains the various steps in "conditionally enrolling" in Part A at the SSA office, which must be done before applying for QMB at the Medicaid office, which will then pay the Part A premium. See also GIS 04 MA/013. In June, 2018, the SSA revised the POMS manual procedures for the Part A Buy-In to to address inconsistencies and confusion in SSA field offices and help smooth the path for QMB enrollment. The procedures are in the POMS Section HI 00801.140 "Premium-Free Part A Enrollments for Qualified Medicare BenefiIaries." It includes important clarifications, such as.

SSA Field Offices should explain the QMB program and conditional enrollment process if an individual lacks premium-free Part A and appears to meet QMB requirements. SSA field offices can add notes to the “Remarks” section of the application and provide a screen shot to the individual so the individual can provide proof of conditional Part A enrollment when applying for QMB through the state Medicaid program. Beneficiaries are allowed to complete the conditional application even if they owe Medicare premiums. In Part A Buy-in states like NYS, SSA should process conditional applications on a rolling basis (without regard to enrollment periods), even if the application coincides with the General Enrollment Period.

(The General Enrollment Period is from Jan 1 to March 31st every year, in which anyone eligible may enroll in Medicare Part A or Part B to be effective on July 1st). 7. What happens after the MSP approval - How is Part B premium paid For all three MSP programs, the Medicaid program is now responsible for paying the Part B premiums, even though the MSP enrollee is not necessarily a recipient of Medicaid. The local Medicaid office (DSS/HRA) transmits the MSP approval to the NYS Department of Health – that information gets shared w/ SSA and CMS SSA stops deducting the Part B premiums out of the beneficiary’s Social Security check.

SSA also refunds any amounts owed to the recipient. (Note. This process can take awhile!. !.

!. ) CMS “deems” the MSP recipient eligible for Part D Extra Help/ Low Income Subsidy (LIS). ​Can the MSP be retroactive like Medicaid, back to 3 months before the application?. ​The answer is different for the 3 MSP programs.

QMB -No Retroactive Eligibility – Benefits begin the month after the month of the MSP application. 18 NYCRR § 360-7.8(b)(5) SLIMB - YES - Retroactive Eligibility up to 3 months before the application, if was eligible This means applicant may be reimbursed for the 3 months of Part B benefits prior to the month of application. QI-1 - YES up to 3 months but only in the same calendar year. No retroactive eligibility to the previous year.

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