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(p. 280) Opportunities and Challenges of Medicare 

(p. 280) Opportunities and Challenges of Medicare
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(p. 280) Opportunities and Challenges of Medicare
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Amy S. Rosett

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190272166.003.0023
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date: 18 November 2017

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people aged 65 and older, and those with permanent disabilities, end-stage renal disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. This chapter details how the program is structured and the opportunities and challenges of being a Medicare provider. Federal law requires that all healthcare professionals who provide services to Medicare beneficiaries either enroll in Medicare or formally opt out of the program. Currently only psychologists and social workers are eligible to enroll. By enrolling, Medicare providers have numerous opportunities to conduct assessments, psychotherapy, and other clinical services with diverse patients in a wide range of settings. Most clinicians with a strong interest in geropsychology are Medicare providers. Nonetheless, Medicare has certain challenging rules, regulations, and expectations that are clarified (or explained) in this chapter (or something like that). The information in this chapter allows readers to make an informed decision to enroll in or opt out of Medicare that is in line with their clinical experiences and interests.

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