My friend and colleague Sue Nemetz is President of The NemetzGroup, a life sciences commercial and strategy advisory firm. Recently, TNG published a fascinating newsletter about rare diseases and the development of medicines to treat them.
“Rare diseases (AKA, ‘orphan diseases’) are unlike any other. For a host of reasons — not the least of which is the human toll these take on those afflicted and their families — the discovery, development, and commercialization of medicines in this area needs to be approached in ways that are different than what one might do with more established diseases affecting much larger populations.”
Read the entire piece here.
In a recent article, Atul Gawande reflects on technology/electronic medical record systems and their impact on the physician patient relationship:
“And yet it’s perfectly possible to envisage a system that makes care ever better for those who receive it and ever more miserable for those who provide it.”
“We can retune and streamline our systems, but we won’t find a magical sweet spot between competing imperatives. We can only ensure that people always have the ability to turn away from their screens and see each other, colleague to colleague, clinician to patient, face to face.”
Although there are general rules surrounding Medicare enrollment, if you and/or your spouse remain working beyond the age of 65, the timing for enrollment in Medicare Parts A and B has some nuance to it. In addition, if you remain working and contribute to a Health Savings Account (HSA), there may be tax implications.
As always, a customized assessment of your unique situation and that of your spouse is critical to making the right decisions at the right time.
This article discusses some of the issues.
This article provides insight on speaking with your employer if you are over the age of 65 and remain working.
Finally, I’m often asked if I recommend HMO plans through the ACA marketplace or through Medicare Advantage Plans for Medicare recipients. My standard answer is, “It depends on individual circumstances.”
Overall, my goal for individuals choosing these plans is for them to fully appreciate the guidelines and restrictions involved. This allows them to work within them and to anticipate and budget for out-of-pocket costs that will occur as care is accessed.
More on this topic, here.
As we assist clients who are enrolling in Medicare for the first time, we consider many things. The articles below discuss some of those considerations.
Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Medicare
If you have an HSA and will soon be eligible for Medicare, it is important to understand how enrolling in Medicare will affect your HSA.
When some of our clients retire before they turn 65, they often ask about COBRA coverage in comparison to obtaining their own insurance through the Individual/Family market. There are many nuances to COBRA, and these require careful investigation as people are making choices.
Here is some general information about COBRA.
Medicare Advantage Plans
Changing the way we pay for healthcare by aligning incentives is critical to reducing cost.
This article describes some examples of the way physician groups are attempting to keep their members healthy and reduce costs for Medicare recipients.
When clients consider moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community, we highly recommend that an attorney review all contractual documents to ensure complete understanding.
Here’s an informative article written by our colleague, Rebecca Benson from Margolis and Bloom.