Helpful Information for Medicare Recipients – June 2014

Many of our SelectCare of New York clients not only require home healthcare, but need ancillary services such as Physical, Speech, and Occupational Therapies.  These services are usually covered under Medicare benefits.  While SelectCare does not accept direct Medicare as payment, our Field Nurse Supervisors routinely set up and coordinate these services with Medicare providers on behalf of our clients.

Medicare Rights Center of New Your City recently sent the following information that Medicare recipients may find useful.

Understanding Medicare

Medicare recipients frequently get Medicare Summary Notices (MSNs) if they have Original Medicare, or an Explanation of Benefits (EOBs) if they have Medicare Advantage plans.  The most important thing to remember is that these documents are just informative, not bills!  The purpose of these notices is so that you can review the healthcare services you received from individual providers, see what is covered by Medicare and what is not, and to alert you to potentially fraudulent billing.

  • Not sure how to read your MSN if you have original Medicare? Just check out the step-by-step tutorial on the Medicare website.
  • Want to keep up to date on Changes in Medicare? Check out Medicare Writes Center bi-weekly e-newsletter Dear Marci.

If you need more help understanding Medicare, just contact the Medicare Rights Center’s free helpline at 800-333-4114 or see for help phone numbers and resources.

At SelectCare, we offer home healthcare services in New York using home health aides, live in aides, licensed practical nurses, and registered nurses who can assist you in your daily life, offer care and companionship on trips, or meet temporary special needs after an accident or illness.

If you need our help for yourself or a loved one, just give us a call at 212-505-3640 or fill out our website contact form.