Provider Insider

Payer’s Perspective

Fall 2018 | Issue No. 3

Sixty-five. The magic number. The birthday that delivers a golden ticket… Medicare.

 

Unfortunately, many new beneficiaries find themselves lost when they qualify for the program. There are a multitude of coverage options and they do not know where to go, what questions to ask or where to find the answers.

 

To help primary care physicians and staff better serve their patients, UCHealth Integrated Network has partnered with independent advisors who can help navigate Medicare’s complexities by offering non-biased educational options that consider multiple solutions from various partners.

 

Some benefits of working with independent Medicare advisors:

  • Advisors are trained and vetted to understand the needs of patients and providers.
  • Advisors represent multiple insurance options; information presented to patients is objective and free of bias toward payer and program.
  • Advisors have completed extensive training and certifications allowing them to provide customized care with independent consideration for financial and estate planning, caregiver training, federal and state programs for retirees, etc.
  • Advisors will assist members in qualifying for other government programs such as Medicaid and low-income subsidies.
  • Advisors are flexible in how information is communicated to patients – they can partner with providers to educate patients, and prospective patients, via community outreach programs or events. Or they can work independently with patients on the provider’s behalf.
  • Providers may elect to receive mid-year updates explaining anticipated changes in the Medicare environment – information that can be proactively passed on to patients.

Medicare’s 2019 Open Enrollment period is from October 15 – December 7, 2018. During this time, individuals may make various changes to their coverage like switching from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage (or vice versa) and switching from one Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D plan to another.

 

If you would like to participate in a community outreach program giving your patients, and prospective patients, an opportunity to learn more, please contact Paul.Staley@uchealth.org or Austin.Bailey@uchealth.org.