Dr. Kathy writes:
I’m just separating from my partners and need to know how to get find a Medicare Advantage plan to participate in. I can’t use any of my partner’s contract nor contract through our IPA.
- Contact your state medical association, they may have group contracts you can access—they’re increasingly offering this service as they try to stay relavent.
- Go to Medicare.gov. search for Medicare Advantage plans in your area. Contact the smaller, more local ones for a contract.
- Make an appointment with a local insurance broker who is well known for their Medicare Advantage sales. Find out from them, anecdotally which product is most popular and then contract that insurer for a contract directly.
For reasons I’ll explain in this space next week, it’s increasingly difficult for individuals and small groups to even get a call back from an insurer about a contract.
If your state medical association can’t help, then your best bet is a smaller, more local insurer and build your practice from there using all the tactics I’ve outlined here over the years—but do try to contact the national insurers for a contract, just don’t waste too much time or become too discouraged if they don’t call you back.