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CMS Fact Sheet: MEDICARE PROGRAM; MEDICARE ADVANTAGE AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT PROGRAMS: FINAL MARKETING PROVISIONS (CMS 4131-F)
For Immediate Release:  Monday, September 15, 2008Contact:    CMS Office of Public Affairs 202-690-6145 MEDICARE PROGRAM; MEDICARE ADVANTAGE AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT PROGRA ...

CMS Press Release: CMS Issues Agent Compensation Requirements For Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Programs
For Immediate Release:  Monday, November 10, 2008Contact:                         ...

CMS Memorandum: Allowable Use of Medicare Beneficiary Information Obtained from CMS
MEMORANDUMDATE: October 16, 2009TO: All Medicare Advantage Organizations, Part D Sponsors, 1876 and 1833 Cost Contractors, PACE and Medicare Advantage DemonstrationsFROM: Teresa DeCaro, RN, M.S, Actin ...

CMS Fact Sheet: Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan Marketing (August 2011)
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS or Medicare) has provided the following table of Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plan marketing Do's and Don'ts to help guide agents and Medi ...

CMS Fact Sheet: CMS ISSUES INTERIM FINAL RULE: CHANGES TO THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT PROGRAMS (CMS 4138-IFC)
For Immediate Release:  Monday, September 15, 2008Contact:    CMS Office of Public Affairs 202-690-6145CMS ISSUES INTERIM FINAL RULE: CHANGES TO THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE AND PRESCRIP ...

Arkansas Insurance Department Directive 1-2006 (UNLAWFUL SALES PRACTICES PERTAINING TO MEDICARE PART D, PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFITS, MEDICARE ADVANTAGE, AND TO MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT CONTRACTS)
Arkansas Insurance Department DIRECTIVE: 1-2006TO: ALL PRODUCERS AND INSURERS MARKETING MEDICARE ADVANTAGE, MEDICARE PART D, MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT, AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIESFROM: ARKANSAS INSURANCE ...

CMS Press Release: MEDICARE ISSUES NEW GUIDANCE TO INSURANCE COMPANIES ON MEDICARE MAILINGS
Guidance Comes After Humana Distributed Potentially Misleading MaterialsMedicare today called on Medicare-contracted health insurance and prescription drug plans to suspend potentially misleading mail ...

Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (Public Law No: 110-275) Section 103 - Marketing Prohibitions
SEC. 103. Prohibitions and limitations on certain sales and marketing activities under Medicare Advantage plans and prescription drug plans. (a) Prohibitions.— (1) Medicare ad ...

Warning: Scam Targets Insurance Agents and Brokers
Several state Insurance Commissions are warning insurance agents and brokers of a new scam directed at collecting agent's personal and credit card information for non-existent penalty payments.Individ ...

Updated CMS Guidance for Insurance Company Mailings
In our October 2010 Newsletter, we noted that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had issued new guidance for insurance companies regarding mailings sent to members of their Medicare ...

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Medicare and the fight against Medicare fraud
Many peopel have now heard or seen the commercials from Medicare encouraging Seniors and other Medicare beneficiaires to get involved with the fight against Medicare fraud and waste - which is costing ...

CMS Fact Sheet: Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan Marketing (August 2011)
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS or Medicare) has provided the following table of Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plan marketing Do's and Don'ts to help guide agents and Medi ...

Updated CMS Guidance for Insurance Company Mailings
In our October 2010 Newsletter, we noted that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had issued new guidance for insurance companies regarding mailings sent to members of their Medicare ...

CMS Memorandum: Allowable Use of Medicare Beneficiary Information Obtained from CMS
MEMORANDUMDATE: October 16, 2009TO: All Medicare Advantage Organizations, Part D Sponsors, 1876 and 1833 Cost Contractors, PACE and Medicare Advantage DemonstrationsFROM: Teresa DeCaro, RN, M.S, Actin ...

CMS Press Release: MEDICARE ISSUES NEW GUIDANCE TO INSURANCE COMPANIES ON MEDICARE MAILINGS
Guidance Comes After Humana Distributed Potentially Misleading MaterialsMedicare today called on Medicare-contracted health insurance and prescription drug plans to suspend potentially misleading mail ...

Warning: Scam Targets Insurance Agents and Brokers
Several state Insurance Commissions are warning insurance agents and brokers of a new scam directed at collecting agent's personal and credit card information for non-existent penalty payments.Individ ...

CMS Press Release: CMS Issues Agent Compensation Requirements For Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Programs
For Immediate Release:  Monday, November 10, 2008Contact:                         ...

CMS Fact Sheet: CMS ISSUES INTERIM FINAL RULE: CHANGES TO THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT PROGRAMS (CMS 4138-IFC)
For Immediate Release:  Monday, September 15, 2008Contact:    CMS Office of Public Affairs 202-690-6145CMS ISSUES INTERIM FINAL RULE: CHANGES TO THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE AND PRESCRIP ...

CMS Fact Sheet: MEDICARE PROGRAM; MEDICARE ADVANTAGE AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT PROGRAMS: FINAL MARKETING PROVISIONS (CMS 4131-F)
For Immediate Release:  Monday, September 15, 2008Contact:    CMS Office of Public Affairs 202-690-6145 MEDICARE PROGRAM; MEDICARE ADVANTAGE AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT PROGRA ...

Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (Public Law No: 110-275) Section 103 - Marketing Prohibitions
SEC. 103. Prohibitions and limitations on certain sales and marketing activities under Medicare Advantage plans and prescription drug plans. (a) Prohibitions.— (1) Medicare ad ...


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