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Volume 14 Issue 1, January 2017

Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP) Ends February 14th
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The Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP) lasts from January 1st through February 14th of each year.  During the MADP, a beneficiary can switch from a MA plan to traditional Medicare. The new MADP also provides an opportunity to enroll in a Part D drug plan for those who have not already done so.... Read More

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Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States. People are often unaware that glaucoma has no symptoms in its early stages.

If detected early, before noticeable vision loss occurs, glaucoma can usually be controlled and severe vision loss can often be prevented. Vision that is lost from glaucoma cannot be restored... Read More

Source: nei.nih.gov  


 

Medicare Coverage of Glaucoma Tests

How often is it covered?
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers a glaucoma test once every 12 months for people at high risk for glaucoma. The screening must be done or supervised by an eye doctor who's legally allowed to do this test in your state.

Who's eligible?
All people with Part B who are at high risk for glaucoma are covered. You're at high risk if you have diabetes, a family history of glaucoma, are African American and 50 or older, or are Hispanic American and 65 or older.

Your costs in Original Medicare

  • You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.
  • In a hospital outpatient setting, you also pay a copayment.
  Source: medicare.gov
AppleFor more information on covered preventive and screening services, call GeorgiaCares at 1-866-552-4464 (option 4) or visit www.medicare.gov.

What is the Competitive Bidding Program?

Wheelchair PhotoMedicare's Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program changes the amount Medicare pays for certain DMEPOS items. Under this program, suppliers submit bids to provide certain medical equipment and supplies to people with Medicare living in, or visiting, competitive bidding areas. Medicare uses these bids to set the amount it pays for each item. All suppliers are thoroughly screened to make sure they meet Medicare requirements (like eligibility and financial, quality, and accreditation standards) before they're awarded contracts.

If you have Original Medicare, the Competitive Bidding Program requires you to get competitive bidding items in competitive bidding areas from a contract supplier, unless an exception applies.... Read More

Source: www.medicare.gov

GeorgiaCares Spotlight

Congratulations to all GeorgiaCares volunteers and staff  for another successful Medicare Open Enrollment Period. Medicare Open Enrollment begins October 15th of every year and ends December 7th. Volunteers and staff worked hard to provide community outreach, counseling, and plan comparisons to beneficiaries throughout the state.

GeorgiaCares Legacy Link celebrated the end of Medicare Open Enrollment with an appreciation luncheon in December. Volunteers, Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) participants, and GeorgiaCares staff were treated to lunch prepared by Dianne Currans, Legacy Link ADRC Director and Nancie Daugherty, GeorgiaCares Legacy Link Coordinator.  

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Pictured left to right: Ravonne G., Moira T., Barbara B., Shirley B., Cornelia M., Bobbylea P., Bobbie C., and Dianne C.
Not shown: Nancie D., George J., Deanna S., and Judy W.

We Are Looking for Volunteers


Learn how you can become a GeorgiaCares volunteer and make a difference in the lives of seniors and persons with disabilities in your area.
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Jury Convicts Home Health Agency Owner in $13 Million Medicare Fraud Conspiracy


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A federal jury in the Southern District of Texas convicted a Houston-based home-health agency owner for her role in a $13 million Medicare fraud scheme and money laundering.

Marie Neba, 52, of Sugarland, Texas, co-owner of Fiango Home Healthcare Inc. (Fiango) was convicted yesterday of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, three counts of health care fraud, one count of conspiracy to pay and receive health care kickbacks, one count of payment and receipt of health care kickbacks, one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and one count of making false statements... Read More

Source: www.justice.gov

Inside This Issue
News
Medicare Preventive Services
Counseling Tips
GeorgiaCares Spotlight
Fraud in the News
GeorgiaCares Outreach Events

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Contact your local GeorgiaCares office for a list of outreach events in your area.
Upcoming Events
Jan. 1 - Feb. 14
Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period (MADP)
Jan. 1 - Mar. 31
Medicare General Enrollment Period
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Volunteer Opportunities!
You can make a difference for people with Medicare. Visit our website for more info.
GeorgiaCares
Volunteer of the Month
January 2017

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Jay W.
Jay has been a volunteer with the GeorgiaCares Program in the Northwest Area for almost a year. He provides counseling, distributes brochures and other materials, and gives presentations on Medicare fraud at local senior centers. He is also responsible for implementing the Senior Surfer Program which helps older adults learn basic computer skills. Jay enjoys volunteering for GeorgiaCares because he likes sharing knowledge and seeing seniors succeed.
We would like to hear about your experience with GeorgiaCares. Please email your comments to
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If you suspect fraud, errors, or abuse when you use Medicare or if someone tries to sell you a product or service you don't need, report it by calling GeorgiaCares at 1-866-552-4464 (Option 4)
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