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Medicare Explained, 2020 Edition by Wolters Kluwer Editorial Staff

Medicare Explained, 2020 Edition

By Wolters Kluwer Editorial Staff


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Medicare Explained has been prepared for Medicare beneficiaries and others who need a relatively thorough explanation of the Medicare program with particular emphasis on services covered in institutional settings and services provided by physicians and suppliers.

Published annually, Medicare Explained includes changes made during 2019 by law and regulation amendments and updates to program manuals issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Medicare Explained includes:

  • Analysis of legislative, regulatory, and agency guidance issuance on available benefits
  • Medicare coverage and exclusions
  • The administration of the Medicare program
  • Medicare payment rules under Parts A, B, C, and D
  • Details on the process for submitting beneficiary claims as well as the appeals process

The 2020 Edition has been updated to include:

  • Updated discussions of health care reform impact on reimbursement systems for 2019
  • Discussion of quality of care initiatives
  • Updated discussion of hospital and physician reimbursement and outpatient services

Previous Edition: Medicare Explained, 2019 Edition, ISBN: 9781543806649¿

Pages 416
Last Updated 03/13/2020
Update Frequency Annually
Product Line Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S.
ISBN 9781543821185
SKU 10032106-0011
Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Medicare Part A—Hospital Insurance

Eligibility and Enrollment
Entitlement to Part A Hospital Insurance Benefits
Voluntary Enrollment in the Hospital Insurance Program
Disability Beneficiaries
End-Stage Renal Disease Beneficiaries
Government Employees

Inpatient Hospital Services
Inpatient Hospital Services: Coverage in General
Drugs and Biologics
Supplies, Appliances, and Equipment
Other Diagnostic and Therapeutic Items and Services
Services of Interns, Residents-in-Training, and Teaching Physicians
Nursing and Medical Social Services
Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities
Inpatient Benefit Period and "Spell of Illness"
Inpatient Lifetime Limitation
Inpatient Hospital Deductible and Coinsurance
Psychiatric Hospital Restrictions
Emergency Services Provided in Nonparticipating Hospitals
Religious Nonmedical Health Care Institutions
"Hospital" Defined—Qualified Hospitals

Nursing Home Services
Introduction to Covered Nursing Home Services
Nursing Care
Physical and Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology Services
Medical Social Services
Drugs and Biologics
Supplies, Appliances, and Equipment
Interns and Residents-in-Training
Whole Blood and Packed Red Blood Cells
Other Diagnostic and Therapeutic Items or Services
SNF Services Provided by Religious Nonmedical Health Care Institutions
SNF "Ancillary" Services Payable Under Part B
Skilled Nursing Facility Coinsurance
Prior Hospitalization and Transfer Requirements
Rights of SNF Residents
"Skilled Nursing Facility"—Conditions of Participation

Home Health Services
Home Health Services: Qualifying Conditions for Coverage
Skilled Nursing Care
Physical and Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology Services
Medical Social Services
Home Health Aides
Medical Supplies and Durable Medical Equipment
Interns and Residents-in-Training
Outpatient Services
Physician Certification and Recertification of Home Health Services
Home Health Plan of Care Requirement
Patient Confined to Home
Home Health Visits
Specific Exclusions from Home Health Coverage
"Home Health Agency Defined"—Qualified Home Health Agencies

Hospice Care
Hospice Care: Coverage in General
Benefit Periods
Certification and Care Requirements
Discharge from Hospice Care
Deductibles and Coinsurance
Hospice Program Requirements

3. Medicare Part B—Supplemental Insurance
Eligibility and Enrollment
Eligibility for Medicare Part B Benefits
Enrollment in Medicare Part B
Enrollment Periods for Medicare Part B
Part B Coverage Period
Termination of Medicare Part B Coverage
Medicare Part B Premiums

Part B Benefits: In General
Deductible and Coinsurance
Medical and Other Health Services
Physicians' Services
Services and Supplies Furnished Incident to Physicians' Services
Outpatient Hospital Services
Diagnostic X-Ray, Laboratory, and Other Diagnostic Tests
X-Ray, Radium, and Radioactive Isotope Therapy
Ambulance Services
Durable Medical Equipment
Prosthetic Devices and Prosthetics/Orthotics
Surgical Dressings, Splints, and Casts
Inpatient Ancillary Services
Drugs and Biologics
Other Health Care Practitioners
Prevention Services
Therapeutic Shoes
Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathology Services
Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers
Home Health Services
Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility Services
Ambulatory Surgical Services
Mental Health Services
Telehealth Services
End-Stage Renal Disease Services
Home Infusion Therapy
National and Local Coverage Decisions

4. Medicare Part C—Medicare Advantage
Overview of Medicare Part C
Eligibility, Election, Enrollment, and Disenrollment
Benefits and Beneficiary Protections
Beneficiary Grievances, Organizational Determinations, and Appeals
Contracts with Medicare Advantage Organizations
Medicare Advantage Bids and Benchmarks
Beneficiary Premiums and Cost-Sharing
Payments to Medicare Advantage Organizations
Marketing Requirements
Quality Improvement Programs