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Scan, Secure Horizons and the Medicare HMO Compromise

Posted Dec 22 2010 10:30am

It is change your Medicare season so the advertisements are blaring for Scan, Secure Horizons and the other Medicare HMOS. Many Medicare patients do not understand how things change when they sign with a Medicare HMO. Regular Medicare patients have choices and do not need to wait for approval before receiving care.

I saw a Medicare HMO patient this month with a wound on his foot. The wound looked ready for skin grafting. As his HMO does not have a plastic surgeon under contract at the hospital where this patient was admitted, I was told he would have to wait for evaluation by their podiatry doctor. An operation I could have offered him in days waits weeks or longer. That is the HMO compromise. You wait for them to decide what you need.

Just take this into account as you evaluate your options.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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