CMS has announced the appointment of a Provider Ombudsman for the New Medicare Card, to serve as a resource for the provider community. The Ombudsman will ensure that CMS hears and understands any implementation problems experienced by clinicians, hospitals, suppliers, and other providers, will communicate about the New Medicare Card to providers, and help to develop solutions to any implementation problems that arise. To reach the Provider Ombudsman, contact: NMCProviderQuestions@cms.hhs.gov .
The Medicare Beneficiary Ombudsman and other CMS staff will address inquiries from Medicare beneficiaries and their representatives through existing inquiry processes. For more information on the Beneficiary Ombudsman see https://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/11173.pdf and https://www.medicare.gov/claims-and-appeals/medicare-rights/get-help/ombudsman.html .
Medicare Open Enrollment, the period during which you’re allowed to change your Medicare coverage, is open until December 7, 2017. Northwest Renal Network’s October 2017 Patient Bulletin briefly describes the process, and includes links to the Plan Finder, to help paying for drugs, and the Medicare Open Enrollment Toolkit. If your facility has not given you a copy already, find the Patient Bulletin at https://nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .
Employment Options will present a free August 31, 2017 webinar on Myths and Facts about the Ticket to Work Program for patients on SSDI and SSI. Find more information and register at https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=346r6myw26vz&campaign=2ju8b1lssy7f . The webinar is open to anyone, but capacity is limited, so even if you’re registered, you must still be among the first 250 people to join in on the event day.
My Employment Options will hold free Job Application Tips webinars, titled Job Application Workshop: Application Do’s and Don’ts, on February 23 and April 6, 2017. My Employment Options is an Employment Network that helps people with disabilities return to work as part of the free national Ticket to Work program, offering Work-At-Home and Onsite jobs in 47 states. The webinars are open to everyone but limited in “space” (telephone capacity), so early registration and early login on February 23 are advised. For more information and registration, see https://www.myemploymentoptions.com/ and https://www.myemploymentoptions.com/webinar-registration-page/ .
My Employment Options also offers free personal job placement services at any time for anyone receiving SSDI or non-retirement SSI benefits; apply today on the same webpage.