Caring for Your Client: Medicare Part A

A Closer Look at Home Health Care, Skilled Nursing Facilities and Hospice Care Benefits

$6.00 + your state filing fee
3 Credit Hours

This course favors health insurance agents but is applied as general credit for all agents.

COURSE DIFFICULTY

Basic
This course covers the following topics:
  • Provide students with a well-rounded understanding of the Medicare program
  • Take a deeper look at the coverages provided by Medicare Part A: Hospital Insurance.
  • Key areas of Medicare Part A coverage – inpatient hospital care, skilled nursing facility care, home health care, and hospice care.
  • Examine cost components for Medicare Part A, including what constitutes premium-free Part A for beneficiaries or their spouses based on work history, benefit periods and length of coverage, and how the Part A deductible applies to each period, as well as how coinsurance may apply for Part A-covered services, depending on what type of service is received.

Summary

In this course, students will learn about key areas of Medicare Part A coverage – inpatient hospital care, skilled nursing facility care, home health care and hospice care. We’ll examine cost components for Medicare Part A, including what constitutes premium-free Part A for beneficiaries or their spouses based on work history, benefit periods and length of coverage and how the Part A deductible applies to each period, as well as how coinsurance may apply for Part A-covered services, depending on what type of service is received. At the end of the course, students should have a good grasp on the Medicare Part A offerings and be able to give valuable insight to their customers as they go about making critical healthcare decisions in their later years.

Outline

1. Introduction

  • 1.1 Medicare Overview
  • 1.2 Purpose of the Course
  • 1.3 A Brief History
  • 1.4 Medicare’s Four Parts
  • 1.5 Key Legislation
  • 1.6 Summary
  • Affidavit of Personal Responsibility
  • Chapter 1 Quiz

2. Medicare Part A: Hospital Benefits

  • 2.1 Overview
  • 2.2 Eligibility Requirements
  • 2.3 Benefits
  • 2.4 Deductibles and Copay
  • 2.5 Scenarios
  • 2.6 Summary
  • Chapter 2 Quiz

3. Home Health Care

  • 3.1 Overview
  • 3.2 Eligibility Requirements
  • 3.3 Covered and Excluded Services
  • 3.4 Coverage Benefit and Length of Coverage
  • 3.5 Medicare Advantage and Home Health Care
  • 3.6 Choosing a Home Health Agency
  • 3.7 Scenarios
  • 3.8 Summary
  • Chapter 3 Quiz

4. Skilled Nursing Facilities

  • 4.1 Overview
  • 4.10 Summary
  • 4.2 Eligibility Requirements
  • 4.3 Skilled Nursing vs. Custodial Care
  • 4.4 Covered and Excluded Services
  • 4.5 Payments and Benefit Periods
  • 4.6 Appealing Denied Coverage
  • 4.7 Jimmo v. Sebelius and the “Improvement Standard”
  • 4.8 Choosing a Skilled Nursing Facility
  • 4.9 Scenarios
  • Chapter 4 Quiz

5. Hospice Care

  • 5.1 Overview
  • 5.2 Eligibility Requirements
  • 5.3 Covered and Excluded Services
  • 5.4 Coverage Benefit and Length of Coverage
  • 5.5 Medicare Supplement Policy Coverage
  • 5.6 Choosing a Hospice Care Provider
  • 5.7 Scenarios
  • 5.8 Summary
  • Chapter 5 Quiz

Exam

  • Final Exam

FAQ

Q: What should I expect from this online course?

A: We use a unique system to help you learn the material easily. Our online courses present you with information in large type that is easy to read. We highlight key items in gray and quiz you after each chapter to make sure you are learning critical information. You may review the material as much as you want before taking your required online, multiple-choice exam. Passing the exam proves your proficiency in that subject to your state’s governing authority.

Q: Can I print my online course materials and test questions?

A: According to the state authority, it is not permissible to print or download any course material or exam questions. However, you are free to access all online courses from our website anytime.

Q: How long does it take to complete an online course?

A: The time required to complete an online course varies from student to student, but it roughly approximates the number of credit hours awarded for the course. You must pass an online, multiple-choice exam. Passing the exam proves your proficiency in that subject to your state’s governing authority.

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