Medicare Pilot Program

Mike Olmos by Mike Olmos | Licensed since 2010

This article was updated on: 06/05/2019

If you or a family member are enrolled in Medicare, you may have seen a notice for a Medicare pilot program, also called research studies or demonstrations. If you are interested in becoming part of a Medicare pilot program, this is what you might want to know.

What is a Medicare Pilot Program?

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, Medicare Pilot Programs are “experiments that test new ways of delivering health care services, paying health care providers, or designing benefits. If these innovations prove that they can improve the Medicare and Medicaid programs, Congress and the Administration may add them to the programs.”

The Affordable Care Act included funding for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to explore research studies and demonstration programs in order to improve the quality of care provided to their beneficiaries. Medicare Pilot Programs are offered by private companies who are approved by Medicare to conduct a demonstration or research program with Medicare beneficiaries.

How can I enroll in a Medicare Pilot Program?

Medicare Pilot Programs are offered for very limited times and in very limited areas at any particular time, and they are usually limited to a specific group of people.

If you are interested in participating in a Medicare Pilot Program, you can get a list of current projects, demonstrations, and studies planned for or underway in your area by calling Medicare Customer Service at 1-800-MEDICARE. Representatives are available to answer the phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you’d like more information about Medicare health plans, pilot programs and Medicare Advantage, I’m happy to answer your questions. You can also request we send you information via email or schedule a phone call at your convenience by clicking the appropriate link. To view a list of plans in your area you may qualify for, please click the “Compare Plans” button.

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