General Resources for Everyone

Resources and Tools

The New England QIN-QIO understands that healthcare can be confusing. We’ve compiled a list of resources to help you better navigate the healthcare world.

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Advance Care Planning and Living Wills

Avoid confusion: make your wishes known now – You can tell your family, friends, and health care professionals what kind of health care you would want or who you want to make decisions for you if you’re too ill to speak for yourself with legal documents called advance directives.

Exercise In Your Seat

The Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) is a program dedicated to improving health literacy and quality of care among people with diabetes and pre-diabetes. The EDC program has a variety of great resources that are relevant to everyone including easy techniques to Exercise and Still Keep Your Seat.

Physical Activity Basics

Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to learn physical activity basics, review data and statistics and find tools to help increase your physical activity.

The Physical Activity Guidelines

The Physical Activity Guidelines (PAG) provide science-based guidance to help Americans ages 6 and older maintain or improve their health through regular physical activity. Visit the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) website to learn more.

Choose My Plate

MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future.

Eat Right – The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Eat Right: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession through research, education and advocacy. Academy members work on a broad range of issues to improve America’s nutrition and health status.

Healthy Grocery Shopping and Reading Food Labels

The Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) is a program dedicated to improving health literacy and quality of care among people with diabetes and pre-diabetes. The EDC program has a variety of great resources that are relevant to everyone, including:

Choosing Wisely

Doctella

Doctella puts patients back at the center of their care. Doctella is designed to empower patients with actionable, timely knowledge to improve the care they receive.

The Simple Dollar

The Simple Dollar is an overview of the Social Security Disability Benefits Guide. This guide helps you understand how Social Security disability works and how to calculate your benefits.

Medicare Plan Finder

Medicare Plan Finder allows you to complete a general or personalized plan search. A personalized search may provide you with more accurate cost estimates and coverage information.

Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) Overview

As member of the QIO program, we are dedicated to improving the quality, safety, and value of the care you receive through the Medicare program. QIOs provide resources to help you become more confident in making health care decisions and actively managing your health. Learn more about the resources available to patients, families and caregivers.

Livanta

On August 1, 2014, The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) enacted changes to the Quality Improvement Organization program. CMS has designated special QIOs to address Beneficiary and family concerns. In New England, Livanta handles all Medicare beneficiary concerns about quality or length of stay.
  • Website: http://bfccqioarea1.com
  • Toll free telephone number: 1-866-815-5440
  • Fax number for appeals: 1-855-236-2423
  • Fax number for all other reviews: 1-844-420-6671

Medicare

Medicare.gov is the official U.S. Government site for Medicare. Here you will find information about plans, Medicare costs and coverage, supplements, claims and appeals and more.

Medicaid

The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) serves as the focal point for all national program policies and operations related to Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Basic Health Program (BHP). Learn more on the Medicaid.gov website.

Help Fight Medicare Fraud

Medicare fraud wastes a lot of money each year and results in higher health care costs and taxes for everyone. Con artists commit Medicare fraud by getting people’s Medicare number. Visit the Help Fight Medicare Fraud to learn about fraud and ways to protect yourself against it.

Dialysis Facility Compare

Dialysis Facility Compare provides information on more than 5,500 facilities (centers) throughout the country. Dialysis Facility Compare can help you compare dialysis centers and choose one that’s right for you or your loved one.

Home Health Compare

Home Health Compare has information about the quality of care provided by “Medicare-certified” home health agencies throughout the nation. “Medicare-certified” means the home health agency is approved by Medicare and meets certain federal health and safety requirements.

Hospice Compare

Hospice Compare has information hospices that serve your area and compare them based on the quality of care they provide. Hospice agencies most often provide services where you live, whether it’s at home, an assisted living facility, or a nursing home.

Hospital Compare

Hospital Compare has information about the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country. You can use Hospital Compare to find hospitals and compare the quality of their care.

Nursing Home Compare

Nursing Home Compare allows consumers to compare information about nursing homes. It contains quality of care and staffing information for all 15,000 plus Medicare- and Medicaid-participating nursing homes.

Physician Compare

Physician Compare is a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website that helps you find and choose physicians and other health care professionals enrolled in Medicare so that you can make informed choices about the health care you get, as required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010.