Posts Tagged ‘medicare’

Help with Medicare Part D, prescriptions, questions

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

“My Medicare Matters” is an educational and outreach initiative that helps people with Medicare and their families better understand Medicare.  This campaign is sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and supported by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP.

The “My Medicare Matters” national campaign has three goals:

  1. To maximize the number of people who are “informed consumers” of Medicare, including Part D and who are able to take appropriate next steps
  2. To maximize the number of eligible people who enroll in the Medicare Savings Program, Part D Extra Help/Low-Income Subsidy (LIS)
  3. Maximize access to related benefits for elders of modest financial means

For more information about My Medicare Matters, please visit www.MyMedicareMatters.org for consumers and www.MyMedicareCommunity.org for professionals and volunteers who work with people with Medicare.

To contact Medicare directly, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)

Resources to Help with Medicare, Nursing Home and Hospital care

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

– “Ask Medicare” offers information about Medicare, www.medicare.gov/caregivers

– “Nursing Home Compare” is an online way to get insight into every nursing home certified by Medicare and Medicaid. You can compare facilities by a five star “quality of care” rating system. Go to www.medicare.gov/NHCompare

– “Hospital Compare”
sheds light on quality of care at hospitals nationwide, including a mortality measure for pneumonia and patient satisfaction information.  www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov

–  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has issued easy to follow guides on other health related topics, including “Planning for Your Discharge” (a checklist for patients and caregivers preparing to leave a hospital) and “Getting Medical Care and Prescription Drugs in a Disaster or Emergency Area.” Details at 800-633-4227 or www.cms.hhs.gov.

Government Tools to Help Navigate Medicare, Medicaid, Nursing Homes and Hospitals

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, has several online resources aimed at helping consumers navigate Medicare, hospitals and nursing homes. The resources are listed below.

*  “Ask Medicare” offers information about Medicare, www.medicare.gov/caregivers

*  “Nursing Home Compare” is an online way to get insight into every nursing home certified by Medicare and Medicaid. You can compare facilities by a five star “quality of care” rating system. Go to www.medicare.gov/NHCompare

*  “Hospital Compare” sheds light on quality of care at hospitals nationwide, including mortality measure for pneumonia and patient satisfaction information.  www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov

*  CMS has issued easy to follow guides on other health related topics, including “Planning for Your Discharge” (a checklist for patients and caregivers preparing to leave a hospital) and “Getting Medical Care and Prescription Drugs in a Disaster or Emergency Area.” Details at 800-633-4227 or www.cms.hhs.gov