More Medicare Confusion in 2007? Here’s some help…

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Many people are still confused about the new Medicare part D or drug plan options related to the 2007 Medicare plan. According to Federal officials, 17 companies have been approved to provide Medicare drug coverage nationally for 2007. In 2006, there were nine. As a result, some Medicare beneficiaries will have more than 50 stand-alone plans to choose from for 2007. Selecting from 50 different cereals can be difficult enough, that’s why one should just typically choose LIFE.

Here is some information that may be helpful for both consumers and practitioners…

Sample Medicare CardWhat is Medicare Part A?
Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) helps cover inpatient care in hospitals, including critical access hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities (not custodial or long-term care). It also helps cover hospice care and some home health care. Users must meet certain conditions to get these benefits.

What is Medicare Part B?
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) helps cover your doctors’ services and outpatient care. Chiropractic care for the correction of subluxation of the spine is covered under Medicare Part B.

www.medicare.gov: On the main Medicare website (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) you can compare prescription drug plans, compare health plans and medigap policies in your area, compare hospitals in your area, compare nursing homes in your area, locate Medicare publications, find out if you are eligible for Medicare and when you can enroll, find a doctor, discover what Medicare covers, and lots more.

This is a link to the official government handbook for Medicare… (it’s a PDF file so make sure you have a PDF viewer install to access the file)
http://www.medicare.gov/publications/pubs/pdf/10050.pdf

A great page for chiropractors regarding Medicare and documentation guidelines. Helping your patients to receive quality chiropractic care within appropriate guidelines for Medicare.
http://www.chiro.org/Medicare/: The page is currently maintained by Lisa Paoli, CMRS

Reducing health care costs with Chiropractic and Medicare (and Medicaid) This is also an Adobe PDF document
http://www.bcchiro.com/chiroandyou/medicaid_medicare.PDF

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ Lots of information on this website for doctors. There is information regarding provider enrollment & certification, billing, regulations & guidance, and a whole lot more. According to the website, people with Medicare, family members, and caregivers should visit Medicare.gov (link above), the Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare, for the latest information on Medicare enrollment, benefits, and other helpful tools. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is located at 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21244

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