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"Person and family engagement goes beyond informed consent. It is about proactive communication and partnered decision making between healthcare providers and patients, families, and caregivers. It is about building a care relationship that is based on trust and inclusion of individual values and beliefs." (CMS Person & Family Engagement Strategy – Sharing with our Partners)

The coordinators and nurses on our Beneficiary Care Management Team are available to support you when speaking with your healthcare provider about discharge planning, care coordination, and healthcare navigation needs. We provide resources and tools to help you learn about your illness and clearly discuss your medical needs, values, and beliefs.

The following links provide examples of resources and tools that the BCMP provides:

The CDC developed a new tool to assist older adults to plan for potential changes in mobility – called the MyMobility Plan. It includes practical steps on how to make a plan to stay independent, how to stay safe at home, and how to stay mobile in the community. Learn more and create a plan here.

The National Institute on Aging offers information about the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The following link talks about the current drugs being used to treat Alzheimer’s patients. The information will help you speak with your doctor regarding treatment choices. Access the information here.

The American Heart Association offers tips for “Partnering with Your Doctor to Treat High Blood Pressure.” Access the information here.

Atrial Fibrillation (also called AFib or AF) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related complications. At least 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib. Access information about AFib here.

The “Symptom Tracker” can help you keep track of important information to share with your doctor if you have been told you have AFib or an irregular heartbeat. Download the Symptom Tracker here.

CMS Care Compare Empowers Patients when Making Important Healthcare Decisions

Improved tool makes it easier for patients to find important information when shopping for healthcare services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched Care Compare, a streamlined redesign of eight existing CMS healthcare compare tools available on Care Compare provides a single user-friendly interface that patients and caregivers can use to make informed decisions about healthcare based on cost, quality of care, volume of services, and other data. With just one click, patients can find information that is easy to understand about doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare services instead of searching through multiple tools.

To access the new Care Compare website, click here.

Trump Administration Encourages Reopening of Healthcare Facilities

New recommendations provide guidance to health systems and patients as COVID-19 cases decline

Under the direction of President Trump, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a guide for patients and beneficiaries as they consider their in-person care options. During the height of the pandemic, many healthcare systems and patients postponed non-emergency, in-person care in order to keep patients and providers safe and to ensure capacity to care for COVID-19 patients. As states and regions across the United States see a decline in cases of COVID-19, CMS is providing these recommendations to ensure that non-emergency healthcare resumes safely and that patients are receiving needed in-person treatment that may have been postponed due to the public health emergency.

The new patient guide can be found in English here and in Spanish here.

COVID-19 Testing Information

There are two kinds of tests available for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests.

  • A viral test tells you if you have a current infection.
  • An antibody test tells you if you had a previous infection.

Click here for general information about COVID-19 testing.

Click here for information about viral testing.

Click here for information about antibody testing.

New From Coverage to Care Resources on COVID-19

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) From Coverage to Care (C2C) initiative has released two new resources focused on coronavirus and health coverage. View the resources below:

Coronavirus and Your Health Coverage: Get the Basics here.

Stay Safe: Getting the Care You Need, at Home here.

*The Beneficiary Care Management Program cannot guarantee and is not responsible for the accessibility of external websites or external resources.