Keeping all your medical records in order can be a challenge. With so many loose pages to file, it can seem impossible to locate valuable information in the case of an emergency. However, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created the Medicare Blue Button to help solve this problem.
Below, we discuss what the Blue Button is and how to use it. Most importantly, we explain how it can help you keep track of your medical claims and records.
What is the Medicare Blue Button?
In 2010, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, alongside the Veterans Administration, created an all-in-one hub for Medicare claims and information. The Medicare Blue Button allows beneficiaries to access Part A, Part B, and Part D claims information and more at the touch of a button on your personal device.
Medicare Blue Button allows patients the convenience to access their personal health information whenever and wherever they wish. Before Blue Button, it could be a hassle for patients to receive the necessary information from health care providers and companies.
The Blue Button offers helpful health tips, allows access to all health information in one place, and can remind patients of upcoming appointments. Thus, this resource allows beneficiaries to be on top of their health care like never before.
Medicare Blue Button 2.0
In May 2014, an upgraded version of the Blue Button was released. The new version, Medicare Blue Button 2.0, offers more secure privacy policies. Also, this version boasts a more comprehensive range of data in the hub, the introduction of third-party applications, and more.
The goal of Blue Button 2.0 is to standardize health information. It allows health care providers to upload patient health information to one application. In turn, the patient can access this information quickly and easily. The update offers a more modernized platform and enhances the original Blue Button features.
Used by over 1 million Medicare beneficiaries, Medicare Blue Button 2.0 is quickly becoming the go-to for Medicare claims information.
How to Use the Medicare Blue Button?
Using the Medicare Blue Button is as easy as 1-2-3. Blue Button offers a simple modern platform geared towards seniors, with ease in mind. First, you must create an account on Medicare.gov.
Once complete, select Download My Claims and Personal Data from the drop-down menu. Then, you will be prompted to complete an online release form for the information you wish to save.
You may also download third-party applications that accomodate your plan, provider, or clinical trial. The applications allow you to browse available Medicare plans, review the terms of your plan, review medication lists and create medication schedules, make doctor appointments, and more.
Medicare Blue Button Applications
With over 75 applications available, it is easy to track all your health information in one place. There are applications available for all your needs from carriers like Humana, Aetna, and WellCare to popular Electronic Medical Record systems like eClinicalWorks.
Popular applications also make sharing your health information with third-party companies easy. If you are part of a clinical trial, need to contact drug companies, or want to track your fitness, you can do so (plus more) with the many available applications.
How To Stay Connected With Medicare Blue Button
We hope now, you better understand how the Medicare Blue Button can make handling your health information more accessible. Using the service, you can unlock limitless potential when it comes to health care.
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