Help Your Medicare Patients Keep Their Favorite Doctor (You)
By Ellen Terry

 

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Medicare’s open enrollment runs through Dec. 7, and some of your patients might be evaluating their plan options. 

Some might be shopping for a different Medicare Advantage plan or enrolling in Medicare Advantage rather than traditional Medicare. Do they know what plans you take?

Your patients most likely don’t want to lose you as their doctor, so make sure they know the plans in which you participate. For example, post a list on your website, and keep copies to use as a handout if patients ask.

Then, starting Jan. 1, have your staff ask all your Medicare enrollees if they have new health insurance coverage. Also, some Medicare patients may have switched drug plans, which could affect quantity limits or other aspects of their current prescriptions. 

It is a good idea to ask all patients about possible changes to their insurance coverage starting in the new year — not just plan provider but also deductible, copays, and the like.

You can find more information and resources to help you and your patients manage Medicare on the Texas Medical Association’s website.

 

Last Updated On

November 28, 2018

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Ellen Terry

Project Manager, Client Services

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Ellen Terry has been writing, editing, and managing communication projects at TMA since 2000. She hails from Victoria, Texas; has a journalism degree from Texas State University; and loves to read great fiction. Ellen and her husband have two grown sons and a couple of cats.

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