Nursing: Medicare Interactive Pro: Level I - Medicare Basics

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About the Course

This interactive course, organized into topic-specific courses, provides a gateway to understanding Medicare. You will learn common insurance and healthcare terms, gain an understanding of Medicare eligibility requirements, and receive a broad overview of the fundamental components of Medicare.  Includes 24 Supplemental Fact Sheets that provide important information and can be downloaded and kept as a reference. Topic-specific courses include:
  • Course 1.1: Health Insurance Terms
  • Course 1.2: Medicare Overview
  • Course 1.3: Medicare Options
  • Course 1.4: Enrollment Periods

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
  • Understand common terms for insurance costs.
  • Differentiate between inpatients, outpatients, and types of care.
  • Identify different types of Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage providers.
  • Use these terms to talk about Medicare topics.
  • Understand Medicare’s history and background.
  • Explain the basics of Medicare.
  • List the different parts of Medicare and discuss rules for what makes someone eligible for Medicare.
  • Discuss the main differences between Medicare and another government-run program, Medicaid.
  • Identify the two main ways an individual can receive their Medicare benefits.
  • Describe the differences between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans.
  • Help beneficiaries decide which Medicare option works best for them.
  • Differentiate between first-time enrollment periods and times during the year when individuals can change their existing coverage.
  • Understand when an individual may have a Special Enrollment Period.
  • Identify circumstances under which an individual may incur a late enrollment penalty.

About the Author:
Medicare Rights Center

The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs, and public policy initiatives. Since 1989, the organization has been helping people with Medicare understand their rights and benefits, navigate the Medicare system and secure the quality health care they deserve. Medicare Rights is the largest and most reliable independent source of Medicare information and assistance in the United States.

About the Nurse Reviewer: 
Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN builds upon 40 years of experience as a clinician, educator, and consultant to provide nursing professionals with expert guidance and consultation in the areas of nursing education, health care policy, and leadership development. Dr. Sportsman has worked as a medical- surgical and psychiatric nurse in hospitals and in the community, has been a teacher and an administrator in both services and education, and has consulted for a broad spectrum of colleges and universities throughout North America. Most recently she served as Director of Consulting Services in Elsevier’s Education Division. Prior to that, she held positions as Dean of the College of Health Science and Human Services at Midwestern State University, Associate Dean of Nursing at Texas Tech University, and Vice President, Mental Health Programs at Harris Methodist Health System.

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