MEDICARE HOSPITAL CHECK-IN CHECK LIST
You’re about to be hospitalized. What do you need to do to receive the best care and reduce your out-of-pocket medical costs? Follow this checklist and you should be in good shape.
Confirm the hospital facility is in-network, is preferably one that your primary care doctor recommends and that it has a good safety rating.
Make sure you have a Medicare-certified ambulance company number handy. If you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, find out which ambulance is in the health plan’s network to avoid any surprise costs. Keep this handy for future use.
Ask your health care buddy, someone you trust, to accompany you to the hospital and to stay with you.
Bring your health care proxy and/or powers of attorney document(s) listing the person who can make health care decisions on your behalf.
Get a list of all the providers (doctors and specialists) you will be seeing. Confirm that they are in-network. If a provider is out-of-network, find out what you will be billed before receiving treatment.
Print a hard copy list of your medications and your doctors for your wallet and your proxy and/or friend that will accompany you to the hospital. Email the list to yourself as well as to your proxy and/or friend.
Bring your current medications, credit card, and items such as pajamas, glasses and hearing aids to make your stay comfortable.
Make sure you have a written discharge plan, along with a phone contact at the hospital. Also be sure to schedule your follow-up appointments before you check out, and ask the hospital for a list of any new medications
Have someone come and pick you up upon discharge – don’t try taking public transportation or a taxi home!
By Gus Smith
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