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Medicare Healthcare Quality

About Medicare

Medicare is a health insurance program for people age 65 or older, people under age 65 with certain disabilities, and people of all ages with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant).

The components of Medicare are Part A that covers hospital and hospice insurance, Part B that subsidizes medical insurance for physician services and outpatient care, and the recently added benefit of prescription drug coverage known as Part D.

For more information about the Medicare program, visit the Medicare home page.

Where to Find More Information

Medicare Personal Plan Finder

The Medicare website provides quality and cost information to help you choose a Medicare plan. In addition to monthly premium, drug cost sharing information, and basic covered services, you can get detailed reports that include information about physician networks, cost breakdowns for the plan you choose, drug benefits, and copays.

On a following page, the website provides graphs that compare quality measures, such as member satisfaction and how well health plans provide certain services (such as flu shots, diabetes tests, mammograms, and access to physicians) to national and state averages.

To begin, click the "Medicare Personal Plan Finder" link above, then follow the directions on the Medicare site to create your own Medicare report. You will need to answer the questions about your Medicare plan in Step 1. Then you will go to another page to answer the questions found in Steps 2 and 3. On the next page you will need to select which plans interest you, and also click on the “View Detailed Report” button in the bottom right corner.

You will then see the first page of the report that provides general plan information and benefits. Click on the heading at the top left corner that says “Quality” for information about how well health plans provide certain services.