Original Fee-For-Service Medicare: How To Maximize Use
The steps to take in order to maximize the benefits Medicare provides differ depending on the type of health care provider and situation. We cover the following providers and situations:
- Hospitals -- In Patient
- Hospitals -- Out Patient
- Doctors (Participating, Non-Participating and Contract Physicians)
- Health care providers other than doctors and hospitals
- Elective Surgery That Costs $500 Or More By A Non-Participating Doctor
- Skilled nursing facilities
- Home health care
- The hospice benefit
- Prescription drugs
Overall health is important to maximizing your ability to fight a health condition. If you are just signing up for Original Medicare, ask your doctor for a free "Welcome To Medicare" physical exam. Also take advantage of the free other tests and screening for which you are eligible. For instance, you are entitled to periodic cardiovascular screening blood tests and periodic diabetes screening tests.
If you are in a Medicare Advantage plan, speak with your doctor about scheduling other preventive services as well.
NOTE: If you haven't already, consider signing up for Medicare Part B (non-hospital services) and Part D (medication benefit). Financial assistance is available if needed to help pay premiums and other payments.