Medicare Basics

$69
Est. Study Time: 3 hours
6 PDCs
5.5 CEUs

Synopsis

This interactive course, organized into topic-specific modules, 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 modules include: Module 1 - Healthcare Insurance Terms, Module 2 - Medicare Overview, Module 3 - Medicare Options, Module 4 - Enrollment Periods. Worth 6 PDCs (SHRM) and 5.5 CEUs (HRCI).
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Learning Objectives

  • *Updated in 2020
  • 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

How do I earn credits with VTR Learning?

Earning credits with VTR Learning is easy. Simply purchase one of our self-paced courses and complete it within a year. Afterward, you will be given a certificate of completion, which contains a code to submit to your certifying organization.

Can I earn free credits?

Yes, you can! For each organization we serve, we offer at least one free course, which can be found at the top of the Shop page. Once you have completed a course, whether free or paid, your certificate of completion will be available under “My Courses”.

How quickly do I receive my credits after completing a course?

Immediately! Once you have completed a course, you will have access to your certificate of completion/activity ID to submit to your organization to redeem your credits.

How long do I have to complete my course?

You have one year after beginning your course to complete it. After that year, your course will close automatically and no progress will be permitted.

What happens if I fail my course?

Your course will reset and you will be allowed to retake the course until you have met the passing requirements.

Do I earn a certificate of completion?

If you are looking to recertify with HRCI, SHRM, APA, and NASBA/AICPA, we offer a certificate of completion that can be used to redeem continuing education credit with these organizations. However, our courses are not accredited stand-alone and are not a certification in any way.

SHRM: VTR is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 6 PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit shrmcertification.org.

HRCI: VTR is a recognized provider of recertification credits. HR Certification Institute® preapproved this program for 5.5 credits toward aPHR™, PHR™, PHRca™, SPHR™, GPHR™, PHRi™, and SPHRi™ recertification.