If a person receives a Medicare summary notice in the mail, he should not panic. Anytime a person undergoes a procedure covered by Medicare, he will get these notices in the mail. The government agency mails them out every three months. The intent is not to punish the patients, merely to inform him of services that were covered, services that can be covered, and what another insurance provider paid for. The federal government is required to send out these notices, but they can help a patient determine his needs as well.
Most patients who receive this mailing will look over it briefly and toss it in the trash. The reaction is understandable, but it is not always the wisest course of action. Take a look at the items carefully. If Medicare gets double charged or the hospital bills Medicare and a person’s private insurance company for the same amount, the summary notice can let a person know of potential fraud or at least questionable billing practices. The statements also give the reader a good idea of what services he can still receive under Medicare if he should lose his private health insurance for any reason.
The reader of a Medicare Summary notice can only do some much with the information provided. He can do a little more with the paper its printed on, but the best course of action is to recycle it. The important thing to remember is that a person who gets a summary notice did not do anything wrong. Medicare is supposed to send this out. Getting a summary notice is not an indication that a person will lose his benefits and the recipient is not required to take any information on the action presented.