Live on the Radio February 11th
Kim Latta from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Insurance joins us. She is the Director of the SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) and the Senior Medicare Patrol Program. These are federally funded programs that provide free services regarding your questions about your Medicare. SHIP is a health benefits counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their families or caregivers who have questions or issues with their health insurance.
The Senior Medicare Patrol Program is also a free service to assist Medicare beneficiaries, families and caregivers to prevent, detect and report health care fraud, errors and abuses. If you have questions about your Medicare and don’t know where to start, one of these programs can help you. Here is their website: https://www.colorado.gov/dora/senior-healthcare-medicare.
Welcome to Dr. Robert Schwartz, Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Director of the Center on Aging at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Schwartz educates us about geriatric medicine physicians and how they differ from an internist or family medicine physician. Geriatricians generally treat diseases/syndromes unique to older adults. He notes that “frailty”, a syndrome of physical and cognitive problems, is a key component of geriatric concern. Also, geriatricians are more concerned about how the individual functions in their environment as opposed to treating a single disease or issue.
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