Medicare Basics (CPA)

Estimated Time: 3.5 hours


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Medicare education isn’t just for members of the HR department, because this important, government-run program directly impacts workers in all fields. And because simple misunderstandings or a lack of information can lead to decades of expenses, every individual should know how to navigate the program. Medicare Basics is an interactive course that lays the foundation for understanding this important topic. Through a focus on healthcare terms, different requirements for eligibility, and the different aspects of the coverage itself, this option is great for those who have no prior knowledge on the topic of Medicare. Course Type: Interactive. Worth 5.5 Technical CPE Credits (CPA/NASBA).


5.5 CPE Credits
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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

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Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge - Prerequisites & Advanced Preparation: None - CPE Credit Type: Technical - Delivery Method: QAS Self Study - For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact our Customer Success team at or visit our Help webpage.

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