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Now displaying: April, 2020
Apr 10, 2020

Hey Medicare Nation!

www.TheMedicareNation.com

Medicare has taken many steps to assist you during the COVID-19 crisis.

  1. Coronavirus tests

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers a test to see if you have coronavirus (officially called COVID-19). This test is covered when your doctor or other health care provider orders the test.

I spoke about testing for COVID-19 in the previous episode, dated April 1, 2020. Listen to episode 101 to learn more about COVID-19 Testing.

Your costs in Original Medicare for COVID-19 Testing.

You pay nothing for this test. NADA!

This includes the newly available COVID-19 “Antibody” test, which determines if you have antibodies in your blood, that were created to recognize the COVID-19 Virus in your body.

  1. Hospitalization

Medicare covers All medically necessary hospitalizations. This includes if you're diagnosed with COVID-19 and might have been discharged from the hospital after an inpatient stay, but……. instead you need to stay in the hospital under quarantine.

 

Your costs in Original Medicare

ZERO!

 

3     VACCINE FOR COVID-19

At this time, there's no vaccine for COVID-19. 

However, If and when one becomes available, it will be covered by all  MEDICARE Prescription Drug plans -  Which is Part D of Medicare.

 

  1. TELEHEALTH  SERVICES

During the National Emergency for COVID-19, you will be able to receive a specific set of services through telehealth

These services include:

  1. Evaluation and management visits (common office visits),
  2. mental health counseling and
  3. preventive health screenings 
  4. without a copayment if you have Original Medicare. 

Your costs in Original Medicare

 $0  Co-Pay if you have Original Medicare.

You can use your smart phone or computer to access Telehealth services.

5.    Virtual check-ins

virtual check-ins (also called “brief communication technology-based services”) with your doctors and certain other practitioners.

What is it ?

Virtual check-ins allow you to talk to your doctor or certain other practitioners, like nurse practitioners or physician assistants, using a device like your phone, integrated audio/video system on your laptop or computer, or captured video image without going to the doctor’s office.

Your doctor or other practitioner can respond to you using:

  • Phone
  • Audio/visit
  • Secure text messages
  • Email
  • Use of a patient portal

 

Virtual Check-Ins can be used for treatment for the Coronavirus from ANYWHERE……including places of residences….HOMES. Nursing Homes, AND Assisted Living Facilities.

 

 

 

Things to know

  • You must talk to your doctor or other practitioner to start these types of visits.
  • The communication must not be related to a medical visit within the past 7 days and must not lead to the medical visit within the next 24 hours (or the soonest appointment available).
  • You must verbally consent to the virtual check-in, and your consent must be documented in your medical record.
  • Since January 1, 2020 your doctor may obtain a single consent for a year’s worth of these services.

 

     Your costs in Original Medicare

     Normally, you would pay for “Virtual Visits” under Part B of Medicare.

     During the National Emergency, your co-insurance and deductible will be waived, and you will have “No Co-insurance, or deductible” for Virtual Visits for COVID-19 services.

 

Certain Skilled Nursing Facility Care requirements have been waived during the National Emergency for COVID-19.

  • During the COVID-19 Pandemic, some people may be able to get renewed SNF coverage without first having to start a new benefit period. 
  • Original Medicare covers up to “100 consecutive days” in a Skilled Nursing Facility.”

For each benefit stay. During the National Emergency for COVID-19, your Doctor may request an extension of days for your benefit period.

 

  • If you’re not able to be in your home during the COVID-19 pandemic or are otherwise affected by the pandemic, you can get SNF care without a qualifying hospital stay.

 

  1. if you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, you have access to these same benefits. Medicare allows these plans to waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 lab tests. Many plans offer additional telehealth benefits beyond the ones described above and many plans have waived Hospital co-pays during the pandemic.
  2. Check with your plan about your coverage and costs for ALL services covered for COVID-19.
  3. Review your Summary of Benefit Booklet for 2020 from your Medicare Advantage Plan Carrier.
  4. Don’t have one……… Go to the plan’s website to download a digital copy. OR…… Call the Customer Service number on the back of your Identification card and ask them to mail you a “Formulary” for your Specific plan.

 

 

Preparing for healthcare needs

 

  • Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies like tissues….cough drops…. Tylenol…etc.  to treat fever and other symptoms.

 

  • Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.

 

  • Have enough household items and groceries on hand…..Soup, Macaroni and Cheese, Bread for Toast…. Whatever it is you will eat & drink when you’re sick….so that you'll be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.

 

Check out the following websites for updates on COVID-19

 

  1. Centers for Disease and Control - CDC.gov …..  has the latest public health and safety information from the CDC and for the medical and health provider community on COVID-19.

 

  1. USA.govhas the latest information about what the U.S. Government is doing in response to COVID-19.

 

CoronaVirus.gov - is the source for the latest information about COVID-19 prevention, symptoms, and answers to frequent questions.

 

  1. Visit your State Department of Health for local COVID-19 Information about YOUR State.

 

You can search on Google for your State’s Health Dept. by typing in ……… NY State Health Depart……… CA State Health Dept……..Florida State Health Depart……

 

 Visit my website for a LIST of EVERY State Health Department’s Phone Number……

By going to www.TheMedicareNation.com/COVID19

 

 

Many of you are turning 65 and have no idea what to do to enroll in Medicare or what Plan to enroll in.

I invite you to contact me….. so that I can assist you with all this.

Send me your question to Support@TheMedicareNation.com

 

I answer ALL emails myself! No Assistants, NO Virtual Assistants….. I do!

I will answer your question in one paragraph. If I cannot, I will let you know how to contact me if you wish to reach out to me for a consultation.

Until next time……. Practice Social Distancing…..Do things to Make you Happy……. AND Stay Healthy!!

Thank you for listening to Medicare Nation!

If you are part of my “Sandwich Generation,” Share this show with your parents and/or grandparents. They have many questions about Medicare and this show will answer them! Buy them a “Smart Phone,” and introduce them to Medicare Nation!

If you are a Baby Boomer, share Medicare Nation with other “Baby Boomers.” I want to educate as many of you as I can about Medicare! I certainly can use  your help in putting the word out!

If you have any questions, send them to Support@TheMedicareNation.com

If I can answer it in one email - I will personally answer you!

If your question requires research or additional contact with you, I do offer consulting if you would like me to assist you in that manner.

Want to hear a topic on Medicare Nation? A special guest? Let me know and I'll do my best to get them on the show!

Thanks again for listening!

 

The information on this podcast and/or website is not a substitute for examination, diagnosis, and medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional, which neither I nor anyone else associated with Medicare Nation LLC is not! Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment and/or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician and/or 911 immediately.

Medicare Nation LLC reserves the right to add, remove or edit content on this page at its’ sole discretion.

Apr 1, 2020

Hey Medicare Nation!

www.TheMedicareNation.com

It’s April 1st and over One Million People have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 Virus Worldwide!

On this week’s episode….. I provide a time-line of the events of the Pandemic as well as updates on COVID-19 testing and Important phone numbers should you have symptoms or questions about COVID-19.

I also have a “list” of phone numbers, for EACH Health Department in All 50 States!

You can email me at  Support@TheMedicareNation.com for the list or check the show notes for an attachment.

Here is an important phone number for the CDC HOTLINE on COVID-19

800 -232- 4636 - CDC Hotline

Advent Health 24hr Hotline -  877 – 847 – 8747

You can also download the Advent Health App on iTunes or Google Play in order to have a “Virtual” visit with an Advent Health Doctor.

 Bay Care Virtual Doctor Hotline -  800 – 229 – 2273

You can also go to this website for a “virtual” visit with a Bay Care Doctor –

www.BayCareAnywhere.org

 The Florida Department of Health Hotline is 

866 – 779 – 6121

 

State Health Department List of Phone Numbers

 

Thank you for listening to Medicare Nation!

If you are part of my “Sandwich Generation,” Share this show with your parents and/or grandparents. They have many questions about Medicare and this show will answer them! Buy them a “Smart Phone,” and introduce them to Medicare Nation!

If you are a Baby Boomer, share Medicare Nation with other “Baby Boomers.” I want to educate as many of you as I can about Medicare! I certainly can use  your help in putting the word out!

If you have any questions, send them to Support@TheMedicareNation.com

If I can answer it in one email - I will personally answer you!

If your question requires research or additional contact with you, I do offer consulting if you would like me to assist you in that manner.

Contact Me!

Want to hear a topic on Medicare Nation? A special guest? Let me know and I'll do my best to get them on the show!

Thanks again for listening!

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