There are a total of more than 118,000 Mecklenburg County residents who are Medicare beneficiaries, which equals about 122 beneficiaries per 1,000 residents. There are a variety of websites and local resources that can help you find Medicare-covered doctors, long-term care facilities, hospitals and clinics along with information on enrollment and Medicare coverage.
The federal government offers this health insurance program. It is available to Americans over the age of 65 and to younger people with disabilities and other health conditions. It is divided into 4 separate parts – A, B, C, and D.
Part A: This covers inpatient hospital stays, skilled nursing facilities, hospice care, and some home health care options.
Part B: This covers items similar to other health insurance including doctor’s visits, outpatient care, medical devices and supplies, and preventative care.
Part C: A private company offers this optional coverage through Medicare Advantage Plans. This private company contracts with Medicare to provide you with Part A and Part B benefits and usually offers prescription coverage.
Part D: This allows you to add on prescription drug coverage to the original Medicare.
There were 118,246 Medicare beneficiaries with Part A and Part B coverage.
The average age of these Medicare recipients in Mecklenburg County was 71.
Most of the Mecklenburg County Medicare spending (around 32 percent of total spending) went to inpatient services.
Thirteen percent of Medicare spending in Mecklenburg County goes to outpatient care.
Ten percent of Medicare spending in Mecklenburg County goes to evaluation and management.
You can apply for Medicare in person at the Social Security office in Charlotte. The building is located at:
Suite 100 2201 Coronation Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28227
The office is located off Sardis Road, located between East Independence Blvd and Monroe Rd.
There is a local service offered through the North Carolina Department of Insurance. The Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) assists and counsels beneficiaries and caregivers about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage, and long-term care insurance. There are local counselors available in each county to assist you.
The Mecklenburg County office is located at:
Tyvola Senior Center 2225 Tyvola Road Charlotte, NC 28210 980.314.1320
Medicare offers an online Physician Compare locator to help you find Charlotte-area doctors. You can choose doctors that accept the Medicare-approved amount, so you will not receive an additional bill. A quick search shows 19 doctors specializing in Geriatric medicine within 15 miles of Charlotte. Expanding your search to all general practice doctors increases results to 894. This result includes doctors that may charge slightly more than the Medicare cost if you don’t mind paying an additional fee.
You will find information including location, contact details, hospital privileges, and what types of Medicare payments they accept. These results are limited to group practices.
You can also search and compare Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing homes in the Charlotte area through Medicare’s website. You can see ratings on staff, health inspections, and quality measures. You can also read stats on the facility including a number of patients, ratios of staff members, and any fines incurred.
Medicare’s website also offers similar tools to find Charlotte home health care services, dialysis facilities, and hospitals.
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