Medicare Interactive Pro Continuing Education Courses

Medicare continuing education courses to help nurses understand the Medicare system and earn valuable continuing education contact hours.

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Stay informed about Medicare and earn 30 continuing education contact hours with Medicare Interactive Pro. Developed in partnership with the Medicare Rights Center, these courses help nurses navigate the intricate Medicare System.

$250.00

Individual Course List


Medicare Interactive Pro: Level I - Medicare Basics

About the Course

This interactive course, organized into topic-specific courses, provides a gateway to understanding Medicare. You will learn common insurance and healthcare terms, gain an

understanding of Medicare eligibility requirements, and receive a broad overview of the fundamental components of Medicare.  Includes 24 Supplemental Fact Sheets that provide important information and can be downloaded and kept as a reference. Topic-specific courses include:
  • Course 1.1: Health Insurance Terms
  • Course 1.2: Medicare Overview
  • Course 1.3: Medicare Options
  • Course 1.4: Enrollment Periods

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
  • Understand common terms for insurance costs.
  • Differentiate between inpatients, outpatients, and types of care.
  • Identify different types of Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage providers.
  • Use these terms to talk about Medicare topics.
  • Understand Medicare’s history and background.
  • Explain the basics of Medicare.
  • List the different parts of Medicare and discuss rules for what makes someone eligible for Medicare.
  • Discuss the main differences between Medicare and another government-run program, Medicaid.
  • Identify the two main ways an individual can receive their Medicare benefits.
  • Describe the differences between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans.
  • Help beneficiaries decide which Medicare option works best for them.
  • Differentiate between first-time enrollment periods and times during the year when individuals can change their existing coverage.
  • Understand when an individual may have a Special Enrollment Period.
  • Identify circumstances under which an individual may incur a late enrollment penalty.

About the Author:
Medicare Rights Center

The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs, and public policy initiatives. Since 1989, the organization has been helping people with Medicare understand their rights and benefits, navigate the Medicare system and secure the quality health care they deserve. Medicare Rights is the largest and most reliable independent source of Medicare information and assistance in the United States.

About the Nurse Reviewer: 
Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN builds upon 40 years of experience as a clinician, educator, and consultant to provide nursing professionals with expert guidance and consultation in the areas of nursing education, health care policy, and leadership development. Dr. Sportsman has worked as a medical- surgical and psychiatric nurse in hospitals and in the community, has been a teacher and an administrator in both services and education, and has consulted for a broad spectrum of colleges and universities throughout North America. Most recently she served as Director of Consulting Services in Elsevier’s Education Division. Prior to that, she held positions as Dean of the College of Health Science and Human Services at Midwestern State University, Associate Dean of Nursing at Texas Tech University, and Vice President, Mental Health Programs at Harris Methodist Health System.

$75.00


Medicare Interactive Pro: Level II - Medicare Coverage Rules

About the Course

This interactive course, organized into topic-specific courses, expands on baseline Medicare knowledge and elaborates on specific coverage rules for Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D. You

will develop a better understanding of Medicare enrollment periods and Medicare coverage rules and learn important differences between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans.  Includes 35 Supplemental Fact Sheets that provide important information and can be downloaded and kept as a reference. Topic-specific courses include:
  • Course 2.1: Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance)
  • Course 2.2: Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance)
  • Course 2.3: Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Benefit)
  • Course 2.4: Medigaps
  • Course 2.5: Medicare Advantage Plans

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
  • Identify what services Part A covers.
  • Understand when Part A covers those services.
  • Explain Part A costs: premiums, deductibles, and coinsurances.
  • Identify what services Part B covers.
  • Understand when Part B covers those services.
  • Explain Part B costs: premiums, deductibles, and coinsurances.
  • Identify which types of drugs Part D does and does not cover.
  • Explain coverage restrictions that Part D plans can place on covered drugs.
  • Understand Part D costs and coverage throughout the year.
  • Use Plan Finder to choose a drug plan.
  • Explain what a Medigap is.
  • Determine when the beneficiary has the right to buy a Medigap.
  • Identify the different types of Medigap plans.
  • Explain how Medicare Advantage is different from Original Medicare.
  • Identify the different types of Medicare Advantage Plans.
  • Understand the basics of what Medicare Advantage Plans cover and at what costs.
  • Discuss how and when to file a formal complaint or grievance.

Author:
Medicare Rights Center

The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs, and public policy initiatives. Since 1989, the organization has been helping people with Medicare understand their rights and benefits, navigate the Medicare system and secure the quality health care they deserve. Medicare Rights is the largest and most reliable independent source of Medicare information and assistance in the United States.

About the Nurse Reviewer: 
Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN builds upon 40 years of experience as a clinician, educator, and consultant to provide nursing professionals with expert guidance and consultation in the areas of nursing education, health care policy, and leadership development. Dr. Sportsman has worked as a medical- surgical and psychiatric nurse in hospitals and in the community, has been a teacher and an administrator in both services and education, and has consulted for a broad spectrum of colleges and universities throughout North America. Most recently she served as Director of Consulting Services in Elsevier’s Education Division. Prior to that, she held positions as Dean of the College of Health Science and Human Services at Midwestern State University, Associate Dean of Nursing at Texas Tech University, and Vice President, Mental Health Programs at Harris Methodist Health System.

$75.00


Medicare Interactive Pro: Level III - Appeals and Penalties

About the Course

This interactive course, organized into topic-specific courses, offers learners more familiar with Medicare the information and skills needed to assist Medicare beneficiaries in

appealing denials of coverage and navigating issues related to Medicare premium penalties. Throughout four courses, you will learn more about the different types of Medicare appeals and the steps necessary to successfully navigate the appeals process.  Includes 21 Supplemental Fact Sheets that provide important information and can be downloaded and kept as a reference. Topic-specific courses include:
  • Course 3.1: Original Medicare Appeals
  • Course 3.2: Medicare Advantage Appeals
  • Course 3.3: Medicare Part D Appeals
  • Course 3.4: Medicare Late Enrollment Penalties and IRMAA

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
  • Identify when a beneficiary may start an Original Medicare appeal.
  • Explain the difference between Original Medicare standard and expedited appeals.
  • Navigate expedited appeals for ending hospital care and ending non-hospital care.
  • Understand the steps in the different Original Medicare appeal processes.
  • Identify when a beneficiary may start a Medicare Advantage appeal.
  • Explain the difference between Medicare Advantage standard and expedited appeals.
  • Navigate expedited appeals for ending hospital care and ending non-hospital care.
  • Understand the steps in different Medicare Advantage appeal processes.
  • Identify when a beneficiary may start a Part D appeal.
  • Explain the difference between Part D standard and expedited appeals.
  • Understand the steps in the Part D appeal process.
  • Explain Medicare late enrollment penalties.
  • Identify situations when a beneficiary would incur a late enrollment penalty.
  • Understand how beneficiaries can avoid and eliminate late enrollment penalties.
  • Talk about Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amounts, or IRMAA.

About the Author:
Medicare Rights Center

The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs, and public policy initiatives. Since 1989, the organization has been helping people with Medicare understand their rights and benefits, navigate the Medicare system and secure the quality health care they deserve. Medicare Rights is the largest and most reliable independent source of Medicare information and assistance in the United States.

About the Nurse Reviewer: 
Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN builds upon 40 years of experience as a clinician, educator, and consultant to provide nursing professionals with expert guidance and consultation in the areas of nursing education, health care policy, and leadership development. Dr. Sportsman has worked as a medical- surgical and psychiatric nurse in hospitals and in the community, has been a teacher and an administrator in both services and education, and has consulted for a broad spectrum of colleges and universities throughout North America. Most recently she served as Director of Consulting Services in Elsevier’s Education Division. Prior to that, she held positions as Dean of the College of Health Science and Human Services at Midwestern State University, Associate Dean of Nursing at Texas Tech University, and Vice President, Mental Health Programs at Harris Methodist Health System.

$75.00


Medicare Interactive Pro: Level IV - Other Insurance and Assistance Programs

About the Course

This interactive course, organized into topic-specific courses, provides advanced learners with in-depth information on how Medicare works with other types of insurances, and how to

navigate enrollment into low-income assistance programs. You will learn about Medicare coordination of benefits and how to screen Medicare beneficiaries for low-income assistance programs.  Includes 18 Supplemental Fact Sheets that provide important information and can be downloaded and kept as a reference. Topic-specific courses include:
  • Course 4.1: Medicare and Employer Insurance
  • Course 4.2: Medicare and Other Insurance
  • Course 4.3: Medicare and Medicaid
  • Course 4.4: Medicare Assistance Programs

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
  • Explain what coordination of benefits means and differentiate between primary and secondary insurance.
  • Determine when beneficiary’s current employee insurance pays primary or secondary to Medicare.
  • Understand how retiree insurance, COBRA insurance, and Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) coordinate with Medicare.
  • Advise beneficiaries about when they may or may not want to delay Medicare enrollment.
  • Understand how military benefits coordinate with Medicare, including TRICARE, TRICARE for Life, and Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits.
  • Explain how liability insurance, no-fault insurance, and workers’ compensation work with Medicare.
  • Discuss the basics of long-term care and dental insurance.
  • Recognize how Health Insurance Marketplaces may affect Medicare beneficiaries.
  • Explain what Medicaid is and what makes someone eligible.
  • Understand how to apply for Medicaid.
  • Discuss the services Medicaid covers.
  • Help beneficiaries’ transition among different types of Medicaid.
  • Discuss Medicare Savings Programs and how to screen for them.
  • Understand the federal Extra Help drug subsidy.
  • Seek out state-specific assistance programs.
  • Help beneficiaries apply for an array of programs.

About the Author:
Medicare Rights Center

The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs, and public policy initiatives. Since 1989, the organization has been helping people with Medicare understand their rights and benefits, navigate the Medicare system and secure the quality health care they deserve. Medicare Rights is the largest and most reliable independent source of Medicare information and assistance in the United States.

About the Nurse Reviewer: 
Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Susan Sportsman, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN builds upon 40 years of experience as a clinician, educator, and consultant to provide nursing professionals with expert guidance and consultation in the areas of nursing education, health care policy, and leadership development. Dr. Sportsman has worked as a medical- surgical and psychiatric nurse in hospitals and in the community, has been a teacher and an administrator in both services and education, and has consulted for a broad spectrum of colleges and universities throughout North America. Most recently she served as Director of Consulting Services in Elsevier’s Education Division. Prior to that, she held positions as Dean of the College of Health Science and Human Services at Midwestern State University, Associate Dean of Nursing at Texas Tech University, and Vice President, Mental Health Programs at Harris Methodist Health System.

$75.00


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ABOUT MEDICARE RIGHTS CENTER

The Medicare Rights Center is a national, non-profit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives. Since 1989, Medicare Rights has been helping people with Medicare understand their rights and benefits, navigate the Medicare system, and secure the quality health care they deserve.

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