Change is in the Air!
Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year—things like cost, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks. October 15 to December 7 is when Medicare beneficiaries can change their Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year to better meet their needs. Changes made during this open enrollment period will take effect on January 1, 2018.
How do people know if they need to change plans?
People in a Medicare health or prescription drug plan should always review the materials their plans send them, like the “Evidence of Coverage” (EOC) and “Annual Notice of Change” (ANOC). If their plans are changing, they should make sure their plans will still meet their needs for the following year. If they’re satisfied that their current plans will meet their needs for next year and it’s still being offered, they don’t need to do anything.
What does this mean for providers?
This is the perfect time to consider your own provider status. If you have never registered as a provider with Medicare (either participating or non-participating) you are prohibited from providing care to any Medicare beneficiary, even if they pay cash. To legally provide care to this ever-growing population, you must register with Medicare.
At KMC University we have a team of Medicare Specialists whose job it is to seamlessly navigate the application maze and ensure that your application sails through as quickly as possible. This can be valuable for any provider who is new to your team as well.
For more information on Medicare Enrollment services, call our Solutions Department at 855-832-6562 ext. 1 or visit online at www.kmcuniversity.com/store/medicare.