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Medicare+Choice Draws Nearer; Groups Scramble

MANAGED CARE September 1998. © MediMedia USA
Washington Initiatives

Medicare+Choice Draws Nearer; Groups Scramble

MANAGED CARE September 1998. ©1998 Stezzi Communications
Washington Initiatives

With Medicare+Choice a little more than three months from becoming reality, health care providers and Medicare recipients alike are taking steps to prepare for the program's launch.

The Health Care Financing Administration has begun accepting applications from health plans and providers that want to participate in the Medicare+Choice program. Applications can be obtained online at http://www.hcfa.gov/medicare/apps.htm.

As for Medicare recipients, a recent national study suggested that most of them don't understand their options under Medicare+Choice.

On the heels of congressional criticism that HCFA has been slow to get information about the program into the hands of recipients, the agency is launching a major education program later this year to familiarize beneficiaries with managed care and Medicare +Choice.

Key elements of the outreach effort include mass distribution of a 40-page handbook and toll-free telephone response lines. In addition, there will be an Internet World Wide Web site and an extensive public and private alliance to disseminate critical information about the program to beneficiaries.

Meetings

Private Health Insurance Exchanges Conference Washington, D.C. October 7–8, 2014
National Healthcare Facility Management Summit Palm Beach, FL October 16–17, 2014
National Healthcare CFO Summit Las Vegas, NV October 19–21, 2014
National Healthcare CXO Summit Las Vegas, NV October 19–21, 2014
Innovative Member Engagement Operations For Health Plans Las Vegas, NV October 20–21, 2014
4th Partnering With ACOs Summit Los Angeles, CA October 27–28, 2014
2014 Annual HEDIS® and Star Ratings Symposium Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
PCMH & Shared Savings ACO Leadership Summit Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
World Orphan Drug Congress Europe 2014 Brussels, Belgium November 12–14, 2014
Medicare Risk Adjustment, Revenue Management, & Star Ratings Fort Lauderdale, FL November 12–14, 2014
Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Forum Alexandria, VA November 13–14, 2014
Home Care Leadership Summit Atlanta, GA November 17–18, 2014