Adults living with an elderly parent may find Medicare coverage statements are getting easier to understand. The new design is expected to provide more information on preventative services and ways to spot fraudulent practices, as well as a more intuitive format including larger fonts, better definitions and a clear display of the recipient's recent covered activities.
"The new Medicare Summary Notice empowers Medicare's seniors and people with disabilities," said Marilyn Tavenner, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. "The statement is easier to understand and navigate, and makes clear what information to check and how to report potential fraud."
The new summary notice is laid out in two easy-to-read columns of information, with a clear "this is not a bill" notice prominently displayed at the top. It also features visually separated sections for basic information, payments and claims and providers accessed during the coverage period. Many parts of the old summary were complex, such as the detailed breakdown of assigned claims, and the original format lacked helpful guides such as what to do in the case of possible fraud.
Seniors using Medicare for private home care will soon find the new version on the Medicare website and it will appear in the mail as soon as 2013.