Helaine Fingold Quoted in “Senior Confusion About Medicare Advantage Creating Headaches for Patients, Providers”

Modern Healthcare

Helaine I. Fingold, Member of the Firm in the Health Care & Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Baltimore office, was quoted in Modern Healthcare, in “Senior Confusion About Medicare Advantage Creating Headaches for Patients, Providers,” by Michael Brady. (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

Confusion among Medicare beneficiaries leads to dissatisfaction, higher costs and administrative headaches for providers. …

Providers often and themselves trying to describe Medicare’s alphabet soup—Parts A, B, C and D—to their patients during an office visit instead of delivering care. Not only can that be frustrating for doctors and their patients, but it’s an effort that can seem futile at times because many patients just don’t understand how Medicare works. …

Consumers might not be able to easily distinguish between the plans available to them, even if they understand the options, because of the difficulty in predicting future health needs. “These arcane distinctions are not intuitive, which makes it difficult for people (to choose the right plan),” said Helaine Fingold, an attorney for Epstein Becker Green and a former CMS staffer.