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Chicken Stew

Chicken Stew Recipe provided by Vicki Ferentz   With the cold weather upon us (welcome snovember!) I have been making this Cooking Light recipe for my family (link below). I enjoy this because it can be modified in a variety of ways including: Dairy free – try it with chicken broth instead of milk Add … Continued

Welcome Catherine!

Acadia Benefits is excited to announce the addition of Catherine Desrochers to our team as a Large Group Account Manager. Catherine brings over 15 years of experience in the employee benefits field having worked on both the carrier and brokerage side of the industry. Why did you join the Acadia Benefits Team? “I have long … Continued

Summer Gazpacho Recipe

Summer Gazpacho Recipe provided by Sara Pinto   This gazpacho recipe is something I have “cooked” for many years and be warned… It makes a lot!  So invite your friends over on a hot night and enjoy.  It requires some chopping and stirring (it’s easy) and you can serve as an appetizer or main dish … Continued

Out-of-Network Ancillary Surgical Charges

When we are about to have surgery at a hospital or outpatient surgical center, we usually check for network status of the facility and surgeon, to be sure we are getting the best benefit for that service.  As we know, staying within the network of our plan will result in lower cost sharing for us. … Continued

Tips From Paula: Setting Up An Online Account

One of the easiest and most efficient ways of tracking your insurance claims and other activity is by setting up an online account. Most, if not all, insurance carriers, now have an online portal available.  This gives members the ability to perform many simple tasks, such as viewing and tracking claims, downloading  forms, looking up … Continued

Tips from Paula: Understanding Balance Billing

As Employee Advocate here at Acadia Benefits, I spend a good deal of time helping our customers understand their bills from providers.  It is often confusing and hard to understand these statements.  The first thing we look for on a bill is some sort of reference to a payment or reduction from the insurance company.  … Continued

Tips From Paula: Coordination of Benefits Letter

Occasionally,  two insurance plans work together to pay claims for the same person. That process is called coordination of benefits. Insurance companies coordinate benefits to avoid duplicate payments by making sure the two plans don’t pay more than the total amount of the claim. They may also need to establish which plan is primary and which … Continued

Tips From Paula: Obtaining Medical Records for Disability Claims

I have been very busy this summer working on our customers’ disability claims! One recurring issue I have come across is obtaining medical records for the insurance companies’ review. Most large medical practices now “outsource” their medical records distribution to a third party.  These third parties usually want payment for their time and resources.  The … Continued

Tips from Paula: Understanding your lab work benefits

As the Employee Advocate here at Acadia Benefits, I get several calls each month from our customers who are unsure of how a claim for “routine lab work” was processed.  Because their doctor ordered this lab work as part of their routine physical, many people assume the lab work will be covered in full, similar … Continued

June 1st Breakfast Seminar

We hope you can join us for a breakfast seminar:   Healthcare Cost Reduction Initiatives and ERISA Compliance Considerations: Tips for 2017 Open Enrollment   Thursday, June 1st 7:30 – 9:30AM   Pierce Atwood, LLP 254 Commercial Street Portland, ME 04101   DESCRIPTION With the move away from fee for service to value based reimbursement … Continued

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