Massachusetts will ask Medicaid patients about quality of care

In 2018, MassHealth care providers were organized into 17 accountable care organizations (networks of doctors and hospitals). Beginning this month, 250,000 Medicaid recipients will be asked questions about the quality of their care by their Medicaid providers. Massachusetts plans to release the survey results in 2020. Follow our link to the Boston Globe article which explains the process in more detail: Read More. Massachusetts will ask Medicaid patients about quality of care By Liz Kowalczyk | Boston Globe Privately insured patients have been asked to rate their medical providers for years. Now, for the first time, Massachusetts is seeking the Continue Reading

Services like rides to the doctor or wheelchair ramps are among those that some Medicare Advantage plans will begin to offer next year

From now until December 7, 2018 is the open enrollment period for Medicare Advantage plans. Some plans are offering new benefits to assist people in avoiding costly hospitalizations. For free help with Medicare Advantage and drug plan enrollment your can contact the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (www.shipacenter.org) or the Medicare Rights Center (800-333-4114 or www.medicareinteractive.org). Medicare’s Plan Finder can be found at www.medicare.gov/fin-a-plan/questions/home.aspx or by calling 800-633-4227. Always research the benefits of any plan before changing or signing up for a Medicare advantage plan. For the complete article, follow our link to NPR.org. New Medicare Advantage Benefits Are Supposed Continue Reading

Watch Out for Mistakes in the List of Doctors Covered by Your Medicare Advantage Plan

Medicare Advantage plans are a popular alternative to regular Medicare because the plans often offer lower out-of-pocket costs, but buyers need to make sure they know what they are paying for. A government review of Medicare Advantage plans revealed that their provider directories were often riddled with errors, causing those plans to face serious fines. Medicare Advantage plans are provided by private insurers, unlike original Medicare, which is provided by the government. The government pays Medicare Advantage plans a fixed monthly fee to provide services to each Medicare beneficiary under their care. These plans are usually health maintenance organizations (HMOs) Continue Reading