How APP-ropriate!

I recently came across an article about a really helpful APP. If you have or know of anyone who has Medicare, you should check this out…

Seema Verma, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published an article outlining the new eMedicare initiative. This is a multi-year initiative aimed at “modernizing the way people with Medicare get information about their benefits”. Let’s face it, in this day and age, we are all spoiled with instant information. I mean, really, what on earth did we do before Google?  The new “What’s Covered” app and other tools being implemented with the eMedicare initiative are a great way to meet our “instant gratification” needs in a really meaningful and helpful way.  As outlined in the article, eMedicare is a suite of tools aimed at patient empowerment. It provides the kind of tools most of us are used to having. Navigating the arena of medical coverage can often be very frustrating. As patients we are left wondering if something will be covered or if it will end up being an out-of-pocket cost. This new eMedicare initiative was created to help those (and caregivers of those) who have Medicare understand and evaluate coverage options and costs between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage. What is nice about this is that it allows you to evaluate how different choices in medical coverage will affect how much you will have to pay versus what will be covered, before you commit to any products or services. If you’ve ever been a patient, and who hasn’t, you know the amount of stress involved in just needing the medical care in the first place! On top of this, having the burden of financial worry is just another negative impact on our health. While this new set of tools will not take away all of the stress surrounding your health care, it eliminates the ambiguity of not knowing as it provides the information you will need to make the choices that are best for you and/or your loved ones.These new tools provide transparency (how refreshing!) that let you “compare the national average costs of certain procedures between settings”. It also provides a webchat option in the Medicare Plan Finder. In addition, the “What’s covered” app allows people with Original Medicare to get “accurate and consistent” information on the fly. Whether you are at home, sitting in your doctor’s office or in the hospital waiting room, you will have access to the information you will need to make informed decisions. According to the article, there is a growing population of people with Medicare coverage. “The Medicare population is projected to increase from 57 million beneficiaries in 2016 to more than 80 million beneficiaries in 2030.” This new suite of tools will undoubtedly help Medicare beneficiaries to be more informed, and will streamline their decision making process allowing more control over their healthcare decisions. As with most technology, I’m sure this suite of tools will get better and even more user-friendly over time. Who knows, maybe in a few years we’ll be able to just “ask Alexa” to navigate our healthcare needs. But in the meantime, for those with Medicare, eMedicare will be an excellent resource.

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