There are a total of 559,206 Maricopa County residents who are Medicare beneficiaries, which figures to about 142 beneficiaries per 1,000 residents. If you are one of these beneficiaries or a loved one, there are few websites and local resources to assist you in finding Medicare doctors, nursing homes, hospitals, and other clinics. These resources also help with enrollment questions.
The federal government supplies and runs 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.
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 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 and usually offers prescription coverage.
Part D: This allows you to include prescription drug coverage to the original Medicare.
There were 559,206 Medicare beneficiaries with Part A and Part B coverage, including those both enrolled with fee-for-service plans and Medicare Advantage plans.
The average age of Medicare recipients in Maricopa County was 72.
Total Medicare cost in Maricopa County was $2.73 Billion.
Most of the Maricopa County Medicare spending went to inpatient services (31 percent).
Twelve percent of Medicare spending in Maricopa County was spent on evaluation and management.
You can apply for Medicare in person at the Social Security office in Mesa, which serves Maricopa County. The building is located at:
702 W Jerome Ave Mesa, AZ 85210
If you want some counseling on Medicare, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides objective information about Medicare and other health insurance benefits to seniors, those with disabilities, and caregivers. SHIP Counselors will help you understand your Medicare options through individual assistance. They also have local locations for assistance; Tempe has a location.
Medicare’s website offers an online Physician Compare tool to help you find Tempe-area doctors. In your search, you can select doctors that take the Medicare-approved payment. This means you will not have an additional payment. A simple search for geriatric specialty finds 34 doctors specializing in Geriatric medicine within 15 miles of Tempe. Expanding your search to all general practice doctors increases results to 129. You can also see all Medicare accepted doctors, which includes some doctors who will charge more than the Medicare cost.
After clicking on a doctor’s name, you will find out general information such as location, 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 and Medicaid-certified nursing homes in Tempe on Medicare’s website. You can also see various reviews on staff, health inspections, and quality measures. You can also read stats on the facility including ratios and any fines.
You can also find other health care services, hospitals, clinics, and dialysis clinics on Medicare’s website.
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