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Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics Yesterday, 03:21 PM
Replies: 9,670
Views: 753,641
Posted By Bassooner
If you're on FFS Medicare, yes. Part of the CARES...

If you're on FFS Medicare, yes. Part of the CARES Act was a 20% bump to Medicare payments for inpatient hospital stays with a COVID diagnosis code; this increase is in effect for the duration of the...
Forum: Health - Disability 06-30-2020, 03:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 678
Posted By Bassooner
Haha, yup, I'm answering a couple of desk review...

Haha, yup, I'm answering a couple of desk review questions on that right now. :study:
Forum: Health - Disability 06-30-2020, 01:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 678
Posted By Bassooner
I was just basing this on a rough sense and not a...

I was just basing this on a rough sense and not a detailed count. Anecdotally, if you look at the first 20 disease HCCs in the 2020 model, for instance, 5 are for cancer, 3 are for diabetes, 3 are...
Forum: Health - Disability 06-29-2020, 03:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 678
Posted By Bassooner
To some extent yes, but (A) a lot of the HCCs are...

To some extent yes, but (A) a lot of the HCCs are for chronic conditions that (ideally) don't vary from year to year and (B) the HCCs and MA risk score are one of the few sources of medical history...
Forum: Group & Health Specialty Exam 06-22-2020, 05:11 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 17,440
Posted By Bassooner
I also work in Medicare pricing and never take...

I also work in Medicare pricing and never take spring exams. I considered trying to cram for the re-scheduled exam in summer, but ultimately decided to just do more leisurely studying for the fall...
Forum: Financial Economics 06-17-2020, 11:26 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 21,169
Posted By Bassooner
Submitted 2/27, MMR 6/16. Was in the same boat of...

Submitted 2/27, MMR 6/16. Was in the same boat of having to check the transcript due to expired module access.
Forum: Modules 1-5 06-16-2020, 03:02 PM
Replies: 922
Views: 192,741
Posted By Bassooner
I made ASA in spring 2018, right before the exam...

I made ASA in spring 2018, right before the exam change cutoff. I have a couple of colleagues who missed the cutoff due to still needing MLC and FAP. There's a good chance that I can make FSA before...
Forum: Health - Disability 06-12-2020, 12:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 920
Posted By Bassooner
Here's a summary of how Medicare pays hospice:...

Here's a summary of how Medicare pays hospice: https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/MM11411.pdf

There are four levels of hospice...
Forum: Health - Disability 06-02-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 598
Posted By Bassooner
It's a bit hazy, but I think The Handbook of...

It's a bit hazy, but I think The Handbook of Employee Benefits, on the Group & Health Core syllabus, had a lot of material related to ERISA requirements.
Forum: Financial Economics 05-27-2020, 04:50 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 21,169
Posted By Bassooner
Hit the 3-month mark today and still waiting.

Hit the 3-month mark today and still waiting.
Forum: Group & Health Core Exam 05-26-2020, 04:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 267
Posted By Bassooner
Assuming that all the services in your example...

Assuming that all the services in your example are primary care and that the dollar amounts are allowed amounts, they'd be assigned to ACO A. The "measured by Medicare allowed charges" in the reading...
Forum: Careers - Employment 05-15-2020, 12:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 760
Posted By Bassooner
My intern this summer will at least start...

My intern this summer will at least start remotely (and I expect we'll be WFH the entire summer).
Forum: Statistics for Risk Modeling 05-11-2020, 01:32 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,773
Posted By Bassooner
I had two coworkers scheduled to take SRM at two...

I had two coworkers scheduled to take SRM at two different testing centers in Portland, OR this morning. One coworker is taking her exam as scheduled. The other showed up to find Prometric locked,...
Forum: Group & Health Core Exam 04-30-2020, 02:09 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 12,306
Posted By Bassooner
https://www.soa.org/education/general-info/curricu...

https://www.soa.org/education/general-info/curriculum-changes-faqs/ (https://www.soa.org/education/general-info/curriculum-changes-faqs/)
Forum: Careers - Employment 04-24-2020, 11:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,897
Posted By Bassooner
My pay's gone up slightly -- the company added a...

My pay's gone up slightly -- the company added a monthly $75 telecommuting stipend for non-execs.
Forum: Health - Disability 04-21-2020, 01:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 572
Posted By Bassooner
Adding to what BruteForce said, CMS would have no...

Adding to what BruteForce said, CMS would have no way of doing this because in most cases they don't know what contract rates are in place or being assumed for specific providers (at least during the...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 04-16-2020, 08:24 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,028
Posted By Bassooner
Prior to this, I always thought I was more...

Prior to this, I always thought I was more productive in the office than at home, but I think that's just because I never got past the initial settling in-phase when working from home on an as-needed...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 04-15-2020, 06:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 418
Posted By Bassooner
Silvio Gesell proposed this back in the 1890s....

Silvio Gesell proposed this back in the 1890s. It's a specific instance of demurrage (carrying cost of owning or holding currency). His idea was that money would have an expiration date, and you...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 04-14-2020, 02:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 798
Posted By Bassooner
My GF and I used Freshly for a while last year...

My GF and I used Freshly for a while last year (refrigerated, not frozen, meals). Majority of the meals were pretty good, though we eventually dropped it when we had more capacity for cooking and...
Forum: Health - Disability 04-10-2020, 12:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,203
Posted By Bassooner
Our (Medicare) March incurred and paid is...

Our (Medicare) March incurred and paid is actually on the high side of normal, despite our hospital census counts plummeting. I suspect that what's going on is that most of the...
Forum: Modules 1-5 04-02-2020, 11:46 AM
Replies: 922
Views: 192,741
Posted By Bassooner
I did the old FAP so haven't seen the new EMA...

I did the old FAP so haven't seen the new EMA grading criteria. However, I'm guessing that it makes sense if you consider that for the modules, a pass is defined as Meets Minimum Requirements. Each...
Forum: Health - Disability 04-02-2020, 11:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,145
Posted By Bassooner
Impossible to tell at this point, as it is very...

Impossible to tell at this point, as it is very sensitive to when COVID peaks, if it recurs, and how many elective procedures are rescheduled for later in the year (or next year). One scenario we've...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 04-01-2020, 12:14 PM
Replies: 9,670
Views: 753,641
Posted By Bassooner
My local university is moving to allow students...

My local university is moving to allow students to opt for P/NP rather than letter grades, both for winter and spring quarters. That by itself is reasonable. The catch is that they're allowing...
Forum: Careers - Employment 03-26-2020, 01:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,407
Posted By Bassooner
Nthing that your company would use a VPN for a...

Nthing that your company would use a VPN for a personal laptop.

My company in the past has issued laptops to folks who travel and/or need them for presenting at meetings and issued desktops to...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 03-25-2020, 12:35 PM
Replies: 9,670
Views: 753,641
Posted By Bassooner
This article from WaPo yesterday is optimistic...

This article from WaPo yesterday is optimistic that we can produce a long-lasting vaccine because the virus hasn't mutated much since it was first sequenced:...
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