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Medicare conducting survey of beneficiaries




The Missouri SMP
Care Connection for Aging Services
106 Young Street, P.O. Box 1078
Warrensburg, MO 64093


     An official survey of Medicare beneficiaries is under way, and the Missouri SMP
(Senior Medicare Patrol) is offering some pointers to folks who may receive visits.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with NORC at
the University of Chicago to conduct a national study to provide information on the health
care experiences of Medicare recipients. As part of the effort, the NORC representatives are
interviewing Medicare beneficiaries in Missouri.
     Because the Missouri SMP has been vigilant in warning people against unwittingly answering
personal healthcare questions, the SMP wants to make the public aware that this
survey – titled the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey – is an official research study of
the U.S. government.
     The data collected will be used to analyze health care policy issues and improve planning
of health care services.
     Interviewers will visit pre-selected households. While Medicare officials are seeking
consumers’ cooperation with these researchers, participation is completely voluntary. Interviewers
will wear photo ID, will adhere to strict professional standards, and will be trained
and legally bound to pledges of confidentiality.
     Individuals’ answers will be kept private, and answers will not affect a participant’s
     Consumers will not be required to supply their Medicare numbers, credit card numbers
or bank account numbers to these interviewers.
     If you have questions, please call the Senior Medicare Patrol at 1-888-515-6565. If you
have any concerns about privacy or confidentiality, visit


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