Recently I enrolled a new client onto a Medicare Advantage plan and listed her current physician as her primary care physician. My client is currently a private pay to this physician until her Part B becomes effective (which then allows her to go onto a Medicare Advantage plan). Although my client had advised her current physician that she would need an HMO, my client only discovered after receiving her new ID card that her doctor had dropped out of HMOs. We were able to identify a new physician for her that has the expertise my client needs and will accept the Medicare Advantage Plan. Per HMO plan requirements, my client is required to contact the Member Services number on her new ID card to make the change; she will then receive an updated card to show at her appointments beginning 7/1.
Things to remember when going onto a Medicare Advantage HMO:
(1) verify with your selected primary care physician that she/he will take the HMO you are considering;
(2) check the ID card you receive from your Medicare Advantage HMO to make sure the correct primary care physician and medical group is listed.