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Choosing a Healthcare Provider

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Medicare's "Coverage to Care" resources are designed to help you better understand and make use of your Medicare benefits.

To get a more specific question answered, call
1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
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Choosing a Hospital

As part of of your decision-making process, you may want to search Medicare's Hospital Compare website. Here, you can see how well local hospitals performed on key quality measures related to heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgeries.

Choosing a Nursing Home

Deciding which nursing home will be best for you or your loved ones can be challenging. For help in considering all the issues, refer to the Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home—available in English or Spanish.

The Medicare website, Nursing Home Compare, is another important tool. This searchable database allows you to see how well local nursing homes performed on quality-of-care measures related to pressure ulcers, pain, mobility, and more.

A brief overview of payment options that may be available to you is also provided online.

Choosing a Dialysis Facility

The Medicare website, Dialysis Facility Compare, can help you in your initial search to find the dialysis facility that is right for your care.

Choosing a Home Health Agency

Learn how a home health agency may be able to assist you, and what services are covered by Medicare, in the guide Medicare and Home Health Care.

The Medicare website, Home Health Compare, is also a valuable resource. Here, you can see how well local agencies performed on quality indicators related to patients' recovery.

Finding a Doctor that Accepts Medicare

Search for physicians in your area using Medicare's Physician Compare website.

Understanding Medicare’s Prescription Drug Benefit

Review detailed information about Medicare prescription drug coverage, including tips to consider when enrolling in a plan.