There are a total of 559,206 Maricopa County residents who are Medicare beneficiaries. If you are a beneficiary or about to be one, there are few websites and local resources to assist you in finding Medicare-approved doctors, nursing homes, hospitals, and other health services clinics. These resources also can assist you with enrollment and coverage questions.
The federal government offers and manages this health insurance program. It is available to Americans over the age of 65 and to younger people with disabilities and other health conditions. There are 4 separate parts that have different coverage.
Part A covers inpatient hospital stays, skilled nursing facilities, hospice care, and some home health care options.
Part B covers items similar to other health insurance including doctor’s visits and services, outpatient care, medical supplies, and well checks.
Part C: A private company contracts with Medicare to provide you with additional optional Part A and Part B benefits (Medicare Advantage) and usually offers prescription coverage.
Part D: This allows you to add prescription drug coverage.
There were 559,206 Medicare beneficiaries with Part A and Part B coverage.
The average age of Medicare recipients in Maricopa County was 72.
Total Medicare cost in Maricopa County was $2.73 Billion.
Medicare spending increased 3.13 percent from 2013 to 2014.
Most of the Maricopa County Medicare spending went to inpatient services (31 percent).
You can apply for Medicare in person at the Social Security office in Mesa, which serves all of Maricopa County. The building is located at:
702 W Jerome Ave Mesa, AZ 85210
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides objective information about Medicare and other health insurance benefits to seniors, those with disabilities, and caregivers. Trained SHIP Counselors will help you understand your Medicare options through individual assistance. This is a free service and is available at local locations. Scottsdale has a location at the Granite Reef Senior Center.
Medicare’s website offers an online Physician Compare tool to help you find Scottsdale-area doctors that are approved by Medicare. This will help you make an informed decision. You can see which doctors accept the Medicare fee, so you will not receive another bill. A quick search for geriatric specialty finds 39 doctors specializing in Geriatric medicine within 15 miles of Scottsdale. There are several more options with a general or family practice search. This site will tell you where the doctor is located, contact information, hospital privileges, and Medicare payment types allowed. As of now, these are all group practice doctors.
There is a similar function to find Medicare approved nursing homes in Scottsdale on Medicare’s website. In addition, you can read reviews on these homes. You can also find other health care services, home care, hospitals, drug and health plans, suppliers of medical supplies, and dialysis facilities.
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