Making sense of Medicare isn’t easy. Parts, A, B, C, D; HMOs; PFFS plans; SNPs. Navigating the system can feel like learning to code… blindfolded… with one hand tied behind your back. The point is, it can be overwhelmingly complicated. But at MD at Home one of our goals is to make quality healthcare easier to access and understand, so in this post we’re decoding the ins and outs of Medicare Advantage Plans, from A to Z.
No one wants to think about the likelihood of unfortunate events. Death, accidents, illness - we avoid these topics like the plague (both literally and figuratively). Why? Because they make us sad, because they make us uncomfortable, because sometimes superstition gets the best of us and we don’t want to tempt fate. But as difficult as they may be, these are important conversations to have with your loved ones or potential caregivers now, so that if and when the time comes, your wishes are clear. What we’re talking about is an advance healthcare directive. Here’s everything you need to know.
In 1930, house calls were standard practice for physicians, accounting for approximately 40 percent of patient visits. By 1950, this number had fallen to 10 percent, and by 1980, only about 1 percent of patient visits happened in the home. But as they say, everything old is new again, and with the coming demographic changes, it seems doctors may be making more home visits in the near future.
Diabetes and depression can each be conditions with devastation consequences on their own, let alone when a single individual suffers from both. Often times, the symptoms of one can exaggerate and accelerate the symptoms of the other, but fear not! There are a few simple steps you can follow to alleviate the symptoms and prevent the onset of both.
We live in the Information Age, but with so much information available, it can be difficult to sort through what's worthwhile and what's not. Bookmark this page and check back often to gain valuable insight into research, healthcare policy changes, and more. Each month we'll post articles and links from around the web with information we find valuable.
If you're reading this in October, Medicare Open Enrollment is beginning again, and for many, that means changes to your healthcare plan. Even if you're already a Medicare patient, there are numerous plans that change or simply stop existing each year, so it's important to stay up to date with Medicare changes.
Most people understand the basics of Medicare, but with Medicare Open Enrollment beginning each year in October, Medicare is a brand new concept for many. So what is Medicare? Click below to learn more about your benefits under the Medicare program and how you can get the most out of the Medicare program.
Understanding long-term care is essential for all Medicare patients or anyone on the eve of Medicare eligibility. Read this list of 26 questions to improve your understanding of what long-term care means for you.
Diabetes is the second most popular diagnosis responsible for discharging patients into home care. The American Diabetic Association has put together a comprehensive plan of action and template for managing the care of diabetic patients in the home, the highlights of which we've re-appropriated below.
Our patient portal is an online gateway that allows patients to manage their personal health information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Developed by Athenahealth, the same service we use to store Electronic Medical Records (EMR), the patient portal gives our patients the same direct access to their health information that doctors enjoy.
At MD at Home, our primary goal is to get you the best possible care. For many, this means not only treating immediately apparent symptoms and conditions but also treating the root causes of those symptoms. Our focus on preventative care honors our promise to keep patients out of the hospital, preventing costly readmissions.