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For all others, the standard Medicare Part B monthly premium will be $110.50 in 2011, which is a 15% increase over the 2009 premium. The Medicare Part B premium is increasing in 2011 due to possible increases in Part B costs. If your income is above $85,000 (single) or $170,000 (married couple), then your Medicare Part B premium may be higher than $110.50 per month. For additional details, see the FAQ titled: "2011 Part B Premium Amounts for Persons with Higher Income Levels".
Hip Replacement and Medicare coverage??? (medical, plan, hospital, doctor)
Barb, I had a total hip replacement on the left side last last June 2012 and wish I had done it sooner! I researched the surgeons who only do the anterior approach. It is much less invasive, zero chance of dislocation (unless you really mess up yourself by pivoting with your foot flat on the floor), not as much blood loss or complications etc., and a much easier recovery. I was in the hospital only 3 days, went to a rehab place for 5 days, but it was an awful place and I was not getting any PT etc., so I checked out of there and went home. Did not have any family support or care at home, except for the physical therapy (Medicare covers) at home, probably 9 times, I forget. Then outpatient PT to which I drove myself there. Was offered home health care, but didn’t need or want it, was doing fine after 3 weeks and driving. Look up doctors who specialize in the anterior method. Smaller incision high on the hip, no muscles are cut etc., excellent way to go. Mine is ceramic and titanium, they don’t do metal on metal anymore. With the old method you have a lot of strict precautions. Now I need to have the right hip done (which is now bone on bone, yikes), and will schedule it for March or so right here at home in NC; that way I’m good to go for the spring and summer best weather; and I know what to expect. I won’t go to any rehab/nursing center, better off at home with PT at the house. Those places are awful. Actually, the one I went to did some fraudulent Medicare billing and I’ve reported them. I never once got PT and they billed something like $1700 for PT which I never got, and something ridiculous for OT (occupational therapy which I never got). I had no choice about where to go for rehab, it was chosen on a first come first serve basis. (I did not have it done here in NC, had it done up north to be near family. haha.) So depending on where you live, if you want to go to rehab, visit the places and make sure they are clean and well rated. Most good hospitals and surgeons have a "Joint Center" and you have a private room, and great care. Choose the best surgeon you can find. Once you are recovered, probably within a month, you will wish you had it done sooner. No more pain.
What Is The Best Medicare Replacement Plan?
Medicare Advantage plans are technically a Medicare replacement plan. When you enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan you are no longer in traditional Medicare. Rather you are enrolled in a privatized form of Medicare. Your doctor, if they participate in the Medicare Advantage plan you chose, will file claims with your Medicare Advantage plan, not with Medicare. There is no “best” Medicare Advantage plan. The one that meets your needs and budget is what is best for you.