In the Patient Classification section there is a table that presents a percentage breakdown of patient ages for the facility or physician on the page. Sometimes you will see a table that has a high percentage of patients who are younger than 65 years old. How can there be any patients younger than 65 in a program for people older than 65?
Medicare under 65
In general, Medicare under 65 is provided for people with disabilities. There are three requirements that must be met for a person to receive these benefits:
- Anyone who has received Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI) for 24 months.
- Patients who have End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and who have received 3 months of regular dialysis or have had a kidney transplant.
- An individual who has Amytropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS - Lou Gherig's Disease.)
There is a demographic connection between disabilities and lower income. For this reason, it is likely to see higher percentages of patients receiving Medicare under 65 in lower income areas.
You will find Patient Classification data on the following pages:
- HHA Solution > Home Health Detail Page
- HOS Solution > Physician Detail Page
- HHA Solution > Physician Detail Page