Frequently Asked Questions

The main core values of the Connected Senior Care Advantage Program are:

  • PERSONAL PHYSICIAN: Each patient has an ongoing relationship with a personal physician who offer continuous and comprehensive care.
  • PHYSICIAN-DIRECTED MEDICAL CARE: The personal physician leads a team of individuals who collectively follow the ongoing care of each patient.
  • COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH: The personal physician provides for all the patient's health care needs, reminding the patient about needed services or arranging for care from other health care professionals. This includes care for all stages of life including acute care, chronic care, preventive services and end-of-life care.
  • COORDINATED CARE: The Medical Home team coordinates the care patients need such as specialty care, hospitalizations, and diagnostic testing.

Medicare Advantage plans are typically run and managed by the insurance company that offers it. You can use the doctors in the network, but the insurance company approves and covers the care you get. The Connected Senior Care Advantage program changes that model and puts you and your physician at the center of your care. In our agreements with health plans, we shift the services traditionally performed by them into the hands of the primary care physicians. Your health care team then works directly with you to make the health care decisions and provide the education to help keep you healthy and avoid unnecessary procedures, hospital stays, and medications., The program officially begins on January 1, 2019 and is the only program in the Central Texas area that provides this level of service for Seniors.

Finding the right Medicare plan requires careful consideration. Austin Regional Clinic and Premier Physicians offer a free Medicare Insurance Helpline made available by MedicareCompareUSA*.

MedicareCompareUSA agents represent both groups’ accepted Medicare plans (including Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplements and Medicare Prescription plans) and always make sure patients receive unbiased information on those plans.

Call toll-free 1-866-391-7582 to get started!

  • Verify Medicare plans accepted by your healthcare providers
  • Compare Medicare plans to meet your personal needs and preferences
  • Identify a Medicare prescription plan that covers all your medications at the lowest cost

If You Are Soon Turning 65

For patients who are turning 65, there is a window of opportunity where you can select your Medicare coverage. First-¬time Medicare beneficiaries have what is called an Initial Enrollment Period. This period starts three months prior to your 65th birthday, includes your birth month, and extends three months after your birth month. It’s important to enroll during this time.

If You Are Over 65

Patients who have previously turned 65 and opted for coverage through traditional Medicare, can select Medicare Advantage coverage every year during the Medicare Annual Election Period, which runs from October 15 – December 7th.

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