Medicare is something that most seniors have heard of and something that a lot more use every year. In Hennepin County alone, over 170,000 residents are Medicare beneficiaries and the majority are seniors. If you have just become eligible for Medicare benefits and you aren’t quite sure where to start, there are plenty of resources around Minneapolis and online to help you locate doctors, learn about your coverage, and find Medicare-approved facilities.
Very briefly, Medicare is a federal health plan for citizens that are 65 or older, younger people with disabilities, and people who have end-stage renal disease. Medicare benefits come in four parts and each part covers a different type of health care:
Part A covers hospital insurance. This means that hospital and skilled nursing facilities are covered under this part as well as hospice care and some home health care options.
Part B covers medical insurance. This means that your visits to the doctor along with any preventative or outpatient services are covered under this part. It can also take care of medical supplies.
Part C is a special type of Medicare coverage called Medicare Advantage Plan. A private company will provide coverage for Part A and B benefits and also offer its own prescription coverage. You can customize this plan to include the things you need according to your health.
Part D is add-on prescription coverage for all original Medicare health plans.
Since 2010, Medicare costs have been steadily increasing in Hennepin County and in 2014 the total was $658 million.
Hennepin has a 19.31% hospital readmission rate, which is about 2.54% higher than the national readmission rate.
The average age of Medicare beneficiaries in the county is 68.
Inpatient care costs account for 42% of the Medicare budget and outpatient care costs account for about 15%.
Hennepin County spends about $55,361 per beneficiary on long-term care costs. That’s 26.4% higher than the national average.
If you want to get Medicare help or information locally here in Minneapolis, you can go to the Social Security office and they can help you. Social Security Office 1811 Chicago Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55404 (800) 772-1213
Minnesota is included in region 5 when it comes to Medicare and the regional office for this area is in Chicago. You can reach them by telephone or email if you need:
Office of The Regional Administrator 23 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 600 Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 886-6432
Medicare.gov has made it really easy to search for local physicians, hospitals, and group practices with their Physician Compare tool. All you have to do is enter a doctor’s name, group practice, or even an ailment, and this tool will find all the Medicare-approved care in your area. A quick search for geriatric care in Minneapolis found that there are 20 geriatric care professionals within 1 mile of Minneapolis.
You can learn more about each entry by simply clicking on the name. From there, you can find out what kind of Medicare they accept, where they have hospital privileges, and where they are located. There are similar tools on this site that will let you search for nursing homes, dialysis centers, home health options, and much more.
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