Your doctors try hard to give you high quality care, but it can be a challenge to juggle information. Medicare wants to ensure that all doctors have the resources and information they need to coordinate your care.
The goal of coordinated care is to make sure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors. You'll benefit when your doctor, health care provider, or hospital coordinate your care, because they will be working 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 healthcare provider that takes Medicare. If your doctor participates in these programs, you can see 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.