Coming Soon: Your new Medicare Card!

Coming Soon: Your new Medicare Card!

 Your new Medicare card will be coming soon!

The new Medicare card will have a Medicare number listed on it that is unique to you, instead of your Social Security number to better protect your identity.

Now that card mailings have started, it will take at least a month to finish. So you might get your new Medicare card at a different time than friends or neighbors in your area.

If you have a MyMedicare.gov account, you can sign in and see when your new card has been mailed. If you don’t have a MyMedicare.gov account yet, it’s easy to sign up — just visit MyMedicare.gov. It’s a free, secure way for you to access your personal Medicare-related information.

Though you’ll have a new card, your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same.

 

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Update on Medicare Home Health Coverage

Update on Medicare Home Health Coverage

Your Medical Condition Does Not Have to Improve to Qualify for Medicare Coverage

An important federal case called Jimmo v. Sebelius, set new standards where Medicare beneficiaries who receive skilled nursing and/or skilled therapy can qualify for Medicare extended coverage for homecare services when:

  1. The person is either homebound or can go out, but the person needs the assistance of another or of a supportive device to travel outside the home.
  2. A physician orders and certifies that the skilled care is needed.
  3. A physician or other health care professional has a face-to-face meeting with the individual prior to certifying the individual’s need for home health care.
  4. A document about the face-to-face meeting, signed by a physician, is included in the home health care certification.
  5. The individual requires skilled nursing care on an occasional basis, or skilled physical therapy, speech-language pathology services or occupational therapy, only on a short term or occasional bases (to continue care once Medicare coverage has begun).
  6. The care is provided by Medicare-certified home health agency.
  7. If the above requirements are met, Medicare will also cover skilled care, as well as the necessary and reasonable in-home health aide services, social services, and some medical supplies.

Please note: Skilled care is not just physical therapy, it can be skilled nursing services such as wound care or testing. Occupational and speech therapy are also skilled services.

Remember: Medicare home health coverage is not just a short-term, critical care benefit. Under the Jimmo case, Medicare beneficiaries who qualify are eligible for home health coverage, when skilled care is reasonable and necessary, not only for rehabilitation, but also for maintenance and to prevent deterioration.

For additional information, click here or go to www.medicareadvocacy.org/medicare-info/improvement-standard/

 

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Phone: 718-238-6960
Brooklyn and Manhattan Offices:

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Brooklyn, NY 11209

546 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10036

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New Medicare cards: more protection to over 55 million Americans

New Medicare cards: more protection to over 55 million Americans

To prevent fraud and illegal use, the new Medicare cards won’t include Social Security numbers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is preparing a fraud prevention initiative that removes Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to help prevent identity theft.

The new cards will use a unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier, to replace the Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number currently used on the Medicare card. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will begin mailing new cards in April 2018 and will meet the congressional deadline for replacing all Medicare cards by April 2019.

Providers and beneficiaries will both be able to use secure look-up tools that will provide access to the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier number when they need them. There will also be a 21-month transition period where providers will be able to use either the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier number or the Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim number to help ease the transition for a comprehensive plan for the removal of Social Security numbers and transition to the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier numbers.

Read full press release here

Personal identity theft affects a large and growing number of individuals, especially people age 65 or older who are increasingly the victims of this type of crime. Identity theft can take not only an emotional toll on those who experience it, but also a financial one. It can also disrupt lives, damage credit ratings and result in inaccuracies in medical records and costly false claims.

For more information about Social Security, visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website

 

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