Each year, the Medicare program helps thousands of Naples families to pay for local health services. Resources are available both online and in-person to help beneficiaries learn more about hospitals, doctors, long-term care and more in their area.
Medicare benefits are reserved for the disabled and the elderly, helping seniors over the age of 65 to pay for important health services and medical procedures. Medicare can be divided into 4 parts that cater to the unique needs of each individual program beneficiary.
All individuals that apply for Medicare are automatically enrolled in Part A of the program. Part A covers hospital stays and inpatient services, nursing care, and limited home health care.
Outpatient care, doctor’s services, medical supplies and wellness checks are all covered by Medicare Part B.
Medicare Advantage Plans are also known as Medicare Part C and provide both Part A & Part B coverage through private insurance companies.
Medicare beneficiaries that pay for medications each month can add prescription drug coverage to their plan through Part D of the Medicare program.
81,936 Collier County residents used Medicare in 2014. In 2014, the average age of a Collier County Medicare beneficiary was 74. 27% of Collier County Medicare spending goes to inpatient care services, while 15% is spent on outpatient care. Skilled nursing facilities receive 7% of Collier County Medicare spending. Home health services account for 6% of Collier County Medicare spending.
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid services (CMS) works with state governments, health care providers and individuals through ten strategically placed regional offices. Florida families, along with Medicare beneficiaries in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, can visit the Atlanta regional office for assistance.
Atlanta Region 4 Office Atlanta Federal Center 61 Forsyth Street, SW, Suite 4T20 Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8909 (214) 767-6423
The Atlanta Federal Center is located next to the Five Points stop of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit system. Visitors can also reach the facility by taking the 13, 49, 74 or the 155 bus lines to the Alabama & Forsyth Street stop. If you are unwilling or unable to travel to Atlanta, certain Medicare services are available at your closest Social Security office, located at 2659 Professional Circle, No. 1114.
Medicare beneficiaries can call, email or visit their nearest regional office to learn more about local providers, or they can go online at any time of day to find resources such as the Medicare dialysis center, nursing home and home health service search tools. You can learn more about where a facility is located, its staff, and the different services that it has to offer. The physician search tool allows you to see the office location, medical specialities and group affiliations of health professionals in your area.
If you are not sure where to turn for medical care, you can easily compare Medicare group practices, nursing homes, hospitals and more online. Patients can see how different practices and facilities scored on Medicare quality assessments and view how customers rated their overall care experience in order to pinpoint the best possible in-network care provider.
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