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Medicare: Navigating Plans

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Medicare: Navigating Plans with Dr. Ara Sayabalian, Chief Clinical Officer of TIM

Have you found yourself overwhelmed by the Medicare plans and choices, wondering which path to take for yourself or a loved one? Today we are diving into the world of Medicare with our expert guest Dr. Ara Sayabalian, who not only brings his Harvard Medical School background but also spearheads programs in the senior living industry.

In today’s episode, we’re here to help you navigate all the information about Medicare plans, translating healthcare terminology into everyday language that everyone can understand. Today we explore Medicare and how it provides healthcare coverage for older adults. We look at the differences between Medicare Advantage plans and fee-for-service Medicare. We examine how the plans work, what benefits are typically offered, and how we find the best path to navigate for yourself and your loved one amidst all of the noise and confusion out there.

Currently, it is open enrollment for Medicare. There is a lot to unpack whether you’re a caregiver an older adult, or someone trying to make sense of Medicare join us on this episode, as we hopefully provide some of those answers that you were looking for.

Thank you, Dr. Ara Sayabalian, for providing us with valuable information!

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Dr. Ara shares about:

  • A comprehensive look into the maze of Medicare plans to help listeners choose the right path for themselves or their loved ones.

  • Breaking down complex terms into everyday language for easy understanding.

  • Understanding how Medicare provides healthcare to older adults in the U.S.

  • Distinguishing the differences between Medicare Advantage plans and fee-for-service Medicare, and discussing the benefits they offer.

  • Offering actionable advice for caregivers, older adults, and anyone seeking to understand Medicare, amidst the overwhelming information available.

About Dr. Ara Sayabalian

Dr. Ara Sayabalian recently educated and graduated from the Harvard Medical School Master’s of Clinical Services and Operations program, learning about value based care and Medicare. He is applying his knowledge and learnings to the senior living industry and how it impacts care, costs, and other important metrics through data analysis and cost efficiencies. Ara is the senior living industry expert in bladder health programming to deliver better clinical outcomes, operational efficiencies, and cost reductions. He leads a team that delivers Argentum’s Best of the Best Award-winning TIM program. He can be found on LinkedIn.

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