If you do not join a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, you can take advantage of the Medica Rx Savings Program, which offers preferred low pricing on prescriptions at contracted pharmacies.
Additional care information
Before making an appointment at your clinic, consider asking whether it’s a "hospital-based clinic" (also called "provider-based status").
A hospital-based clinic is owned by a hospital and is considered part of the hospital, even if it's not located on the main hospital campus. These clinics can be located in a hospital or facility, or can be a stand-alone clinic.
Medicare requires that hospital-based clinics bill their charges differently than other types of clinics. As a result, your costs could be higher if you receive care from a hospital-based clinic.
Skilled nursing facilities
If you need skilled nursing facility care after a hospital stay, there are a few things to keep in mind:
Before going to a skilled nursing facility, Medicare requires you to stay in the hospital as an inpatient for three consecutive days. Otherwise, Medicare won't cover your skilled care charges.
Sometimes a hospital will put you on observation status before admitting you. This observation perioddoesn't count toward your three-day inpatient stay. Talk with your doctor to learn whether you've been admitted.
After you meet the three-day inpatient stay requirement, your skilled nursing facility charges are covered for up to 100 days each benefit period.