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October 2015 Newsletter

By February 13, 2016Newsletters

Monthly Update

Pink ribbons are on proud display this October in solidarity with those fighting breast cancer. Raising funds for research and promoting awareness are major goals of the month-long campaign.

At Davenport & Associates, we stand with these brave women, and encourage yearly mammograms starting at age 40 and continuing follow-up checks as recommended by your healthcare provider. We know going to the doctor can get very expensive, but these are screenings you do not want to put off. Early detection can make all the difference, and we’re here to help make these checks affordable through a process that will answer all your questions and give you peace of mind.Visit our website to learn about getting medical insurance today.

Letting Insurance Help

Learning about insurance can be tough, especially during times of stress. However, a step-by-step plan may help you understand your options and decide what is best for you. This information about insurance from the Susan G. Komen organization, which addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts, could be of great use to people with breast cancer.”The first step is to understand the three types of insurance that are most important: health insurance, disability insurance and long-term care insurance.”
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ACA reporting rules: A plain-English breakdown

If you think the Obamacare reporting requirements issued by the IRS are confusing, you’re not alone. But we’ve cut through the clutter to get to the point of what’s required.
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Updated Medical Codes May Cause Confusion

A recent revision of the nation’s uniform health care coding system replaces the outdated ICD-9, which was finalized in 1979 and contains information on 13,000 codes. It is what hospitals, clinics, private practices, emergency medical staff and all other health service providers use to code every diagnosis experienced while on the job.  Now, with ICD-10, more than 68,000 are in place and some are incredibly specific. For instance, code V97.33XD is used when a person has been sucked into a jet engine and is visiting a physician for a subsequent encounter. “The patients should know that this is a big deal,” said Corey M. Zeigler, regional chief information officer for the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization. “It will be interesting to see in the coming months if patients are having billing problems.”Fortunately, Mr. Zeigler said, Medicare is prepared for a period of transition. “Medicare in particular has given a bit of a leniency time frame where they will pay the bill no matter what it is coded,” he said. “This revision is a big undertaking, but it is worth it.. . If there’s an error or something like that, it will still get paid.”

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Here at Davenport Benefits, we want to make sure that our clients are informed with up-to-date information on COVID-19 in order to benefit the health and safety of our communities. Below, we have compiled verified news sources with current updates and announcements regarding the handling of the coronavirus in our region. Please continue to check back for the most recent information, and consider sharing with your friends and family on social media.

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