CMS launches ‘What’s Covered’ app

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

WASHINGTON – CMS has launched a new app that allows beneficiaries to see whether Medicare covers a specific medical item or service.

The “What’s Covered” app allows beneficiaries to more easily get accurate, consistent Original Medicare coverage information in the doctor’s office, the hospital or anywhere else they use their mobile devices.

“The new app is the next in a suite of products designed to give consumers more access and control over their Medicare information,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma.

CMS’s eMedicare initiative, launched last year, also includes online decision support to help beneficiaries better understand and evaluate their coverage options and costs between Medicare and Medicare Advantage; an online service that lets beneficiaries quickly see how different coverage choices will affect their estimated out-of-pocket costs; price transparency tools that let beneficiaries compare the national average costs of certain procedures between settings, such as hospital outpatient department vs. ambulatory surgical center; a webchat option in the Medicare Plan Finder; and surveys across Medicare.gov so beneficiaries can share what they want.

The “What’s Covered” app is available for free in both Google Play and the Apple App Store.