Medicare is the federal program that pays for certain health care expenses for people aged 65 or older. Enrolled individuals must pay deductibles and co-payments, but much of their medical costs are covered by the program. Medicare is less comprehensive than some other health care programs, but it is an important source of post-retirement health care.
Medicare is divided into three parts. Part A covers hospital bills, Part B covers physician and nurse practitioner bills, and Part C provides the option to choose from a package of managed health care plans.
- MLN Connects Provider eNews contains program and policy details, updates and announcements, press releases, National Provider Call and other event reminders, Medicare Learning Network® (MLN) educational material announcements, and other news and information for Medicare FFS providers.
- ICD-10 information from CMS ICD-10 code set, in use as of October 1, 2014
Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) / Shared Savings
- Fact Sheet: Accountable Care Organizations (ACO)
- Information on ACO's
- Information on Shared Savings Program
- Final Rule for Medicare Program; Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations - PDF - HHS, 2011
- New Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Models - 2011
Electronic Health Records
Independence at Home
Long Term Care
- Fact Sheet: The Medical Home - What Is It? How Do Nurse Practitioners Fit In? - AANP
- Nurse Practitioners: Promoting Access to Coordinated Primary Care - PDF - AANP, 2008
- Fact Sheet: Nurse Practitioners - Medical Home/Coordinated Primary Care Providers - PDF - Multiple advanced practice and NP organizations, 2011
- ACP Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care, Executive Summary - PDF - Acknowledgement of NPs as health care professionals with the capability to provide important and critical access to primary care, American College of Physicians, 2009
- Multi-payer Advanced Primary Care Initiative - AANP, 2010