Jim also happened to be actively involved with the Medicare Plan Finder activities we were working on with CMS.
At the end of Jim's presentation, he surprised me with this award.
What an amazing honor from such a senior representative at Health and Human Services (HHS).
You can watch the video of the award in the LinkedIn post below.
On Monday Feb 24, 2020, I was given the opportunity to moderate a Medicare Panel with some esteemed Medicare experts:
We had a really interesting discussion touching on several topics:
It was a great honor to moderate this panel and I look forward to continued partnerships between NAHU (National Association of Health Underwriters), Better Medicare Alliance, National Coalition on Health Care, and Healthcare Leadership Council.
At the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) Capitol Conference, I was able to participate in a panel with some of our Medicare Advisory Group Members to discuss some of the key areas that our group has been working on.
The individuals on the panel are listed below:
Key Topics discussed on the Panel:
On the initial call, CMS agreed to have twice weekly calls throughout the Annual Enrollment Period to allow us to raise any key issues/requests with the Medicare Plan Finder and work through them with CMS. So, these calls continued through the Annual Enrollment Period (ending December 7, 2019).
A lot of key issues were addressed from these calls with CMS:
These calls proved to be a very successful Partnership with CMS as we were all striving to improve the Beneficiaries experience with the new Medicare Plan Finder.
At the end of the Annual Enrollment Period, we still had a number of open items that would improve the Beneficiary experience with the Medicare Plan Finder.
In January, we received an invite to a meeting with CMS (on Feb 19, 2020) in Maryland to discuss the open items and next steps with the Medicare Plan Finder.
Quick Recap of Meeting from Feb 19, 2020 with CMS
The 3-hour meeting included key stakeholders from a number of difference groups:
The room was setup into about 10 different working groups/tables with representatives from different groups at each table.
CMS kicked off the meeting with some background on the key drivers for creating a brand new Medicare Plan Finder tool. Then, we were given direction for the working groups to discuss a few key themes and come up with a list of "Things that are working well" with the Medicare Plan Finder and "Opportunities that are still open" with the Medicare Plan Finder.
One of the really interesting things that came out of this meetings is the feedback across the working groups was very similar. These are stakeholders from all different organizations impacted by the Medicare Plan Finder and the key themes overlapped significantly. Some of the highlights are below.
"What's Working Well" with the Medicare Plan Finder
Some key "Opportunities" that still exist with the Medicare Plan Finder
I really look forward to continued engagement and partnership with CMS as we look to improve the experience for Medicare beneficiaries going forward.
Two NJ Hospitals Get 5-Star Rating
CMS has recently released updated Hospital Star Ratings, and two NJ hospitals received 5-star ratings: Morristown Medical Center and Saint Clare's Hospital.
You can search for other hospitals ratings using this link: https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/search.html
If you are interested in the Rating Methodology, you can find more information here: https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/About/Hospital-overall-ratings.html
Seminars at Morristown Medical Center
I am excited that I had the opportunity to present multiple Medicare Workshops at the Morristown Medical Center over the last couple of years, and look forward to additional seminars later this year.
Also, we wanted to extend an invite to a FREE seminar on a very important topic - Finding your Social Security Sweet Spot. The speaker for this Seminar is one of my close colleagues who is a Social Security expert, Ash Ahluwalia. If you haven't made your Social Security elections yet, I am certain you will find this Seminar useful and engaging. Details and registration can be found below.
Finding Your Social Security Sweet Spot
with Ash Ahluwalia
Thursday, March 5, 2020 I 12:00 to 1:30pm
Executive Conference Room, Third Floor
475 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07960
Navigating social security in our ever-changing financial climate can be daunting. Our guest speaker Ash Ahluwalia will break it all down to help you maximize your benefits. As president of National Social Security Partners and the 2016 National Social Security Advisor of the Year, Ahluwalia has helped over one thousand clients make the most of their social security benefits. Ahluwalia is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and a Chartered Accountant (CA) with two designations in social security planning and an MBA from Wharton Business School. Lunch will be provided for all attendees.
See bio here