READ Your Medicare Summary Notice or Explanation of Benefits

medicare fraud1 webMedicare fraud is a problem that costs taxpayers between $60 to $90 billion per year. Last year, as part of “Operation Double Helix”, law enforcement agencies charged 30 people with defrauding Medicare of $2 billion dollars by performing unnecessary genetic tests on saliva samples from beneficiaries. Although law enforcement is making strides in tracking down these criminals, for every scam they shut down, it seems a new scam rears its head. We know it pays to be informed and vigilant - so, is there a way for you to detect potential fraud? Yes! By reading your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN, or “This Is Not a Bill” statement) or Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from your Medicare Advantage plan.

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Conquering Winter Blahs

winter walk1 webNow that the leaves are down and the days are shorter, it is often hard to get motivated to think about exercise, let alone work on our food choices. We seem to want to hibernate and reach for comfort foods. Unfortunately, with our human makeup, this combination only leads towards gaining weight and becoming less flexible.

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Hospitals Offer Resources to Develop Your Interests

senior exercise webPursuing a new interest, skill or activity is a great alternative to making – and breaking – New Year’s resolutions, but where do you start? In addition to colleges, universities and senior centers, consider visiting the website of your local hospital. “Many hospitals and health centers offer programs to help members of the community improve their mental and physical health condition, as well to become better educated about health-related topics,” said David Yanoshik, associate vice president, marketing and public relations, St. Luke’s University Health Network. “For example, St. Luke’s lists many of these programs on the home page of its website. Just visit, sluhn.org, scroll down to the Event Calendar and click on ‘view all.’ It’s very easy to find something that might interest you.”

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Spring Cleaning the Old-Fashioned (a.k.a. Green) Way

house cleaning1 webIt’s that time again – time to refresh our homes, bodies and minds by doing spring cleaning! It’s a world-wide tradition that’s centuries old!In the days before electricity and clean heating methods, everything in the house was covered with soot from coal heaters, oil lamps and candles by the end of winter. It would have been unthinkable not to open up the doors and windows to air the house, wipe down the furniture and walls, and take the linens and carpets outside to freshen.

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A Study of Loneliness, Isolation and Remedies

senior couple webLoneliness and Social Connections
AARP conducted a national survey of adults 45 and older to gauge the extent of their feelings of loneliness and isolation. Additionally the study made recommendations for coping with loneliness.

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When To Go To The Emergency Department

chest pain 2 webIn recent years we’ve heard about the importance of not going to an emergency room unnecessarily. Although sometimes it’s obvious that you need emergency care, other times it may be less clear. When deciding whether to visit your nearest emergency room, Rebecca Pequeno, MD, Chair, Emergency Medicine, St. Luke’s University Health Network, suggests you first ask yourself how quickly does the person in distress need help? If someone’s life is at risk or they could be permanently disabled, don’t hesitate, call 911 immediately. Examples are chest pain, difficulty breathing, stroke symptoms, heavy bleeding, and a fall where the person can’t get up or is unconscious.

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