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Q: What is a Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program?

Monday, March 20, 2017

A: Medication Therapy Management (MTM) programs sponsored by Part D drug plans target members who take medications for multiple chronic diseases. MTM programs teach members how to maximize the benefit of their medications through a comprehensive medication review with a healthcare professional.

Q: Can I change my Medicare Advantage plan if my doctor is dropped from the network outside the Open Enrollment Period?

Monday, March 13, 2017

A: Possibly, but not likely. Medicare Advantage plans can change their networks during the plan year. In most instances, this will not provide an opportunity for you to switch plans outside the October 15 – December 7 Open Enrollment Period.

Q: What are Medicare demonstration projects?

Monday, March 6, 2017

A: Think of Medicare demonstration projects as laboratory experiments in a controlled environment. They provide opportunities to try out new policies in healthcare and payment delivery systems before making any permanent changes to the Medicare program.

Q: Where can I learn more about Medicare’s quality ratings?

Monday, February 27, 2017

A: You’d probably not be surprised to learn that quality ratings for Part D and Medicare Advantage plans can be found at The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) use a five star rating system to categorize these plans as Excellent (5), Above Average (4), Average (3), Below Average (2) or Poor (1). The star system is not used for Medicare Supplement plans.

Q: Are Social Security numbers being removed from Medicare cards?

Monday, February 20, 2017

A: Yes, but not right away. Social Security numbers will be removed from Medicare cards starting in April 2018. This change is designed to protect private health care and financial information tied to Social Security numbers.

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