Your doctors try hard to give you high quality care, but it can be a challenge to juggle information. Medicare wants to be sure that all doctors have the resources and information they need to coordinate your care.
Coordinated care helps make sure that people, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time. At the same time, coordinated care helps prevent:
- Getting the same service more than once (when getting the services again isn't needed)
- Medical errors
You'll benefit when your doctor, health care provider, or hospital coordinate your care. They'll work together to give you the right care at the right time in the right setting.
Medicare's coordinated care programs include:
You can always see any doctor or health care provider that takes Medicare.
If your doctor participates in these programs, you can still see any doctor or health care provider who accepts Medicare. Nobody—not your doctor, not anyone—can tell you who you have to see. Your Medicare benefits will also stay the same.