MHI – Medicare Blog

Q: What is a benefit period?

Monday, July 10, 2017

A: If you are on Original Medicare, you’ll want to understand how a benefit period impacts an inpatient hospital stay. A benefit period starts the day you are admitted and it ends when you have been discharged from the facility with no readmissions ...

Q: Why doesn’t my supplement cover dental and vision services?

Monday, June 26, 2017

A: Medicare Supplement plans do not cover dental and vision services because Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) does not cover these services. If a service is not covered by Medicare, it will not be covered by a Medicare Supplement. (Note: “visio ...

Q: What is a Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice?

Monday, June 19, 2017

A: The Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) is written documentation provided to people on Medicare who are hospitalized without actually being admitted to the hospital. Sounds confusing, doesn’t it? Staying overnight in the hospital does n ...

Q: Will Medicare pay for a program to help me stop smoking?

Monday, June 12, 2017

A: Medicare Part B pays for eight counseling sessions per year for those of us battling addiction to tobacco products. If you’ve not been diagnosed with an illness caused by smoking, the sessions are considered a preventive service. You will not be ...

Q: Can I “go paperless” with Medicare?

Monday, June 5, 2017

A: You can help save trees by going paperless with some Medicare publications. Consider signing up for an electronic version of the Medicare & You handbook. The eHandbook version is searchable and updated throughout the year. Follow the “Go pape ...

Q: What is Medicare Easy Pay?

Monday, May 22, 2017

A: Medicare Easy Pay is a way to pay your Part B premium if you are not yet accepting Social Security benefits. You won’t have to worry about how to pay your Part B premium if you are already receiving monthly Social Security payments. The federal g ...

Q: Are vaccinations covered by Part B or Part D?

Monday, May 15, 2017

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 10.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} A: Part B covers preventive services so you’d expect it to cover the flu, pneumococcal and hepatitis B shots. And it does.  The shingles shot, however, is covered under Par ...

Q: Are you familiar with Medicare’s coverage of mental health benefits?

Monday, May 8, 2017

A: Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s take a moment to discuss how Medicare covers mental health benefits. Having a mental health issue is nothing to be ashamed of and it is not a sign of weakness. Many of the issues we struggle with ...

Q: Are some providers required to “accept Medicare assignment”?

Monday, May 1, 2017

A: A provider, such as a doctor or a hospital, who accepts Medicare assignment agrees not to charge more for a service than the Medicare approved amount (typically 20 percent once the Part B annual deductible is paid). Approximately 97 percent of all Medi ...

Q: How can COBRA “bite” those new to Medicare?

Monday, April 24, 2017

A:  COBRA may “bite” you if you do not enroll in Part B within eight months of leaving your active employment. Although COBRA covers the same benefits that your employee group health plan (EGHP) covered while you were still working, Medic ...

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