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June 2014
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  • What is the Difference Between Medicare Advantage, Traditional Medicare?

    With Medicare open enrollment starting in the fall (October 15 through December 7), you may begin to field questions from patients about the difference between traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage (also known as Medicare Part C or Medicare replacement plans).

    Unlike traditional Medicare, patients with MA plans have access to additional covered benefits, which in some cases include dental, hearing and vision coverage, as well as pharmacy benefits.

    But these extras come with a price.

    MA patients may face larger deductibles and co-insurance expenditures, and may also be responsible for co-pays at each visit. In addition, due to plan limitations such as narrow networks, MA patients may not always be able to see their preferred doctors.

    Consult these ISMS Issue Briefs to help you and your patients navigate the difference between these Medicare options:

    Learn how MA plans came into being, how they work and the types of plans available. Download and keep a few copies on hand to distribute to your patients.

    ISMS is available to guide member physicians who have been terminated from or unable to contract with an MA plan. Please contact the ISMS Division of Health Policy Research and Advocacy via email or call 800-782-4767 ext. 1470.


    Save the date: "All Things Medicare Roadshow" to hit Illinois

    National Government Services is taking its one-day show on the road, stopping in Illinois on Tuesday, September 23 in Springfield and Thursday, October 16 in Tinley Park.

    The "All Things Medicare Roadshow" will cover Part A; Part B; Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies; and Home Health and Hospice.  

    Registration is now open! 

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