Thursday, October 28, 2010

CMS Shares More Medicare Information.

This week, in our continue our assessment of CMS’s new health care regulations, we are examining some of the details of the ACA’s efforts to spread knowledge about Medicare.

The ACA has already launched the Medicare Plan Finder tool. This tool will allow beneficiaries and health plans to easily view information about their plans and benefits. The system already contains information about 2010 and 2011 data, with further updates to be conducted on October 28th. Among these updates will be the ability to search for information by plan name or identification number, making it even easier for beneficiaries to find what they need to know.

A detailed pamphlet, Medicare and You, is currently being mailed out to all Medicare recipients. The handbook will describe the details of various plans and benefits, and is intended to be used as an aid for individuals to determine whether or not moving their coverage would be beneficial. CMS stresses that any decisions about changing one’s coverage should be researched through a trusted source, such as 1-800-Medicare, or the official government websites. Employer group and Union Medicare recipients can find information at these sources as well.

Finally, CMS has stated the importance of holding on to any Medicare information or documents that they receive through the mail for the rest of this year, as many changes are likely to affect current beneficiaries. This is all part of CMS's attempts to reduce Medicare fraud and abuse.


Pam Argeris is a thought leader in the Healthcare Industry and possesses extensive, hands-on experience with CMS compliance, and multiple regulatory bodies such as NCQA, JACHO, and DOI. In her role at Merrill Corp., Pam focuses on developing solutions for compliance and quality assurance, delivered in a cost effective manner to improve beneficiary and prospect communications. You can contact Pam at

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