Medicare Basics

Estimated Time: 4 hours


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UDPATED 2024: This interactive course, organized into topic-specific modules, provides a gateway for 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 the program. Course Type: Interactive. Worth 6 PDCs (SHRM) and 5.5 CEUs (HRCI General Credits).


6 PDCs
5.5 CEUs
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Learning Objectives

  • 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

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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.