Medicare uses these questions to rate the quality of service you receive. Types of questions include:
These are questions you should be asking yourself as well as your doctor to make sure you receive the best care.
Behavioral health is an important component of overall health, yet fewer than half of all adults with a behavioral illness receive help when they need it. Those needs are greater than ever due to COVID-19. Of those who do get help, 60 percent get it from their primary care physician. It’s about making sure your primary care doctor includes screening for behavioral disorders just as they would check your blood pressure or for diabetes.
If you have a chronic condition, you may be eligible for a Chronic Special Needs Medicare Advantage health plan that allows for condition-specific treatment (often at a lower cost). You may call 1-800–Medicare or visit wellmed365.com (Opens in new window) for more information. By ensuring your doctors practice coordinated care, everyone involved in has a full picture of what is going on.
It takes a team to keep you healthy. We recommend asking your primary care physician how they are coordinating your care with other specialists and others in the practice. Before any visits, write down any questions you might have so you don’t forget. Make sure the doctors give you the time to ask the questions you have. This is the type of information Medicare is asking about in the survey, and it is an excellent guide to make sure you get the best care possible.
More information may be found at cms.gov(Opens in new window).
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