ElderCareNetwork September 28, 2016 -- Sarah is a 75 year old woman in relatively good health until she fell and broke her hip last July. After a hospital stay and three weeks in rehab she came home with many new medications. Unfortunately, when she turned 65, she did not enroll in Medicare Part D (prescription drug program) as she was not taking any medications at that time. Now she is unable to enroll until open enrollment (three months away) and will pay a lifetime penalty (based on national premium) when she does enroll. Oops!
While hospitals and other providers line up for performance-related penalties, patients are also in the line of fire if they do not make the correct decisions at the right times. Examples include penalties for late enrollment in Medicare Part B without creditable coverage, and/or late enrollment penalties for Part D without creditable coverage.
With open enrollment scheduled to begin October 15, it is important for your patients and clients to review their current plans and know their options. Free help is available from local SHINE counselors.
Kathy Heery RN, MS, CCM, CCP
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The Elder Life Care Network (ELCN) is about aging well in the community. We work with elders and families helping them make informed decisions that lead toward workable solutions during difficult elder care situations.Each service (Smart Home Monitoring, GCM, Private Home Care) can stand alone, but when combined together provides solutions to the broader set of problems.
It is rarely just about the health care problem; the living environment, affordability and use of other services are just a few concerns. If you have problems, we have answers.
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