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Posts from: May 2015

Generics prescriptions saved our family and our clients a lot of money!

Author: Venus Dean-Bullinger    Posted: May 18, 2015

Some or you know that generic drugs are copies of brand-name drugs that have exactly the same intended use, effects, safety and risk concerns as their original brand-name counterparts.  An example of this would be simvastatin (generic), vs Zocor (brand-name).  Both are “statin” drugs used to help reduce bad cholesterol.  The reason I use this example is because I struggled for years with my husband to choose the generic form over the brand-name version.  I was […]

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Medicare Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Fraud, Waste and Abuse

Author: Beth Perry    Posted: May 11, 2015

Medicare works diligently on its programs and billings to reduce the millions of dollars a year that are spent on fraudulent charges. Durable Medical Equipment is often at the center of these scams. Over the years bogus operations have been shut down, oversight has been put into place, and new rules enacted. One of the rules relates to the need for practitioner visits and written orders prior to delivery of certain equipment. Medicare requires a […]

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$15.00 minimum wage hitting the I-5 corridor

Author: Jan Fernandez    Posted: May 4, 2015

Is the $15 an hour minimum wage really what the public thought that they were getting?  And, how is it really impacting employers in Seattle and Tacoma? First, I’d like to let you know that for today this blog is focused on Seattle.  I will have more to say on Tacoma once we more clear on what the heck is going on there. Lots of employees were ecstatic when they learned that the voters passed the $15 […]

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Emergency Room or Urgent Care!?

Author: Christina Cross    Posted: May 4, 2015

If you’re experiencing an emergency, please call 911… Have you ever received a large bill from the emergency room & thought to yourself; What just happened!? I sat in the waiting room longer than I was with the doctor and they didn’t even do any tests! My question to you is: Why did you go to the emergency room?  Most likely there are a few common reasons.  Maybe you don’t have a regular doctor that you could […]

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From The Blog - Know Your Limits!

I know it seems like turkey day was just here and now holiday celebration, decorations, and shopping are in full swing, but it’s time to start planning for 2017 expenses.  The IRS revealed the new limits for HSA, FSA, 401 (k) and other tax deferred accounts. Let’s start with the HSA/HDHP limits.  First – how much can I put away in 2017?  For individuals, the IRS increased the limit by $50 allowing $3,400 to be socked away […]

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