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.
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.
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.
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 www.medicare.gov. 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.
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.