Alzheimer's Memory Walk

Dear friends,

      This year I am participating in two Alzheimer's Memory Walks to raise money for Alzheimer's research and care for those with the disease. My goal is to raise $100.00 for each walk. The first walk is September 22nd and the second is October 6th.

      Please follow the links below and help me raise money for awareness and research. Any amount you can give is greatly appreciated.

Washington County Memory Walk
Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support Alzheimer's Association Greater Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Memory Walk Link
Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support Alzheimer's Association Greater Pennsylvania

Thank You


Mod Post

I'm done with moderating this community. No reason, really, just lost interest. Does anyone want it? First person to speak up can have it. Otherwise, I'll delete it in a few days if no one wants to take it on. Thanks!




April 2, 2007


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a final rule that will reduce beneficiary out-of-pocket costs, improve the accuracy of Medicare’s payments for certain durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS), help combat supplier fraud, and ensure beneficiary access to high quality DMEPOS items and services through a new competitive bidding program.

In 2008, the competitive bidding program will operate in competitive bidding areas (CBAs) within 10 of the largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), excluding the New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago MSAs and will apply to 10 of the top DMEPOS product categories based on criteria outlined in the final rule. The program will be expanded into 70 additional MSAs in 2009. After 2009, CMS will expand the program to additional areas and items.
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Limited Open Enrollment Period

From a release from CMS to all Medicare Advantage Organizations dated February 7, 2007:

“On December 20, 2006 the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 was enacted. Section 206 of this law amends section 1851 (e)(2) of the Social Security Act to allow beneficiaries enrolled in Original Medicare (only) to have a limited opportunity in 2007-08 to enroll in a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan that does not include Medicare prescription drug coverage (MA-only/stand-alone plan.) CMS will refer to this MA enrollment election period as the Limited Open Enrollment Period (L-OEP).

…. Beneficiaries may remain enrolled in the PDP only if they enroll in a PFFS MA-only plan that does not offer Part D. Thus, if an individual in Original Medicare and a stand-alone PDP elects to enroll in an MA-only coordinated care plan, such as an HMO, PPO or Regional PPO, his or her enrollment in the PDP will be automatically cancelled as of the effective date of enrollment in the MA-only plan.”

This period begins April 1, 2007. I knew that the L-OEP gave people options to join MA plans, but I was quite surprised to find out that it was for Private Fee-For-Service (PFFS) plans only.

Self-admistered drugs

If you're in a Part A covered inpatient hospital stay, will Part A cover all prescription drugs? Does it matter if the drug is considered to be a self-administered drug? Does anyone know (and if so, can you provide a source)? Thanks.

Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006

On December 20, 2006, President Bush signed the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006. The Act made a number of changes to the Medicare program, including a significant change in the enrollment periods for Medicare Advantage Plans.

Section 206 of the Act created a “Limited Continuous Open Enrollment Period” (LCOEP). During the LCOEP, which lasts from March 31 through November 15 (possibly November 30), individuals who are enrolled in Original Medicare, with or without a stand alone Prescription Drug Plan, may purchase a Medicare Advantage Plan without prescription drug coverage.

Be able to thank a Doctor...

I'm not personall in the medical community, but my younger brother was raised with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA), so I'm very familiar with having a long term illness in my direct family. There were so many doctors along the way that helped him succeed, helped him to walk, to live a normal live. These doctors went far above and beyond the call of duty.

This holiday season, thank a medical professional that has touched your life in a special way.. Visit to tell your story and thank someone today.

Check out this site to say THANKS!

*sigh* oh, Medicare...

misleading much? from the front page of

"Open Enrollment has begun for Prescription Drug Coverage!

If you are going to make a change to your current coverage, enrolling by December 8 helps to ensure that you can get the prescriptions you need on January 1."

I don't know how many people I've talked to who have seen this thinking that the open enrollment period ends Dec 8.

It does of course go through Dec 31.