Understanding Medicare Benefits

11/15/2014 - 10 am to 12:30 pm

Port Ludlow Beach Club

Understanding Medicare Benefits: Building Your Survival Skills for a Disjointed Healthcare System

Are you aware of the issues, changing coverage, and criteria for Medicare’s Preventive Services or for the Prescription Drug Part D Enrollment? Do you know the ins and outs of the transition when you or your loved one is discharged from an acute-care hospital to a Skilled Nursing/ Rehabilitation Facility or to Home Health? The Port Ludlow Health Committee’s Fall Forum sponsored by the Village Council has been scheduled on Saturday November 15th, from 10:00 to 12:30 PM at the Beach Club, entitled “Understanding Medicare: Building Your Survival Skills for a Disjointed Healthcare System.”

We will be updated about how Medicare regulations and private insurances impact patients’ moves between different healthcare services. We will gain an appreciation for how important it has become for families or caregivers to be part of the team facilitating this transition, and how vital it is that this team communicates well and has access to all of the patient’s relevant health records. Patients and their families have a role in reconnecting our increasingly specialized and disjointed healthcare system. 

Featured speakers during the first hour are representatives from SHIBA, the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors and the Department of Health & Human Services introduced by Marjorie Stewart, SHIBA Coordinator for the Olympic Area Agency On Aging: Terri Osborne, SHIBA Regional Trainer with the Office of the Insurance Commissioner and Jane Meyer, Long-Term Care Ombudsman for Jefferson County.

After a break, Medicare benefits and criteria for health care in the home will be covered by Lisa Holt, RN, MSN, Director of Jefferson Healthcare’s Home Health & Hospice program. Both speakers will also report on various quality measures required by Medicare.

Forums are free and open to the public. Invite your friends and neighbors. For questions, contact: plhealth.org@gmail.com; 437-9935; 206-605-1957

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