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Dr. Tanya Feke, author of "Medicare Essentials: A Physician Insider Explains the Fine Print," will give a talk on Medicare at the Durham Public Library on Aug. 12 at 2:30 pm.

Medicare talk with Dr. Feke Aug. 12

Former Durham resident Dr. Tanya Feke will give a talk on Medicare at the Durham Public Library on Aug. 12 at 2:30 pm.

“There are a lot of things that people aren’t instinctively aware of and I feel that they’re missing out on a lot of opportunities to save money and opportunities to get better health care,” Feke said in an interview with Town Times.

Feke practiced family medicine in Durham before moving to Windham, New Hampshire near the Massachusetts border where she works as a hospital consultant. This experience working with hospitals, Feke said, has given her experience with Medicare problems. “That’s where I learned a lot of the nitty-gritty.”

Feke said she misses direct patient care and plans to work in urgent care in the future.

According to Library Director Trish Connelly, Feke’s professional experience makes her a valuable speaker for the community. “With experience caring for patients in the clinic and working behind the scenes with administrators, she has learned tricks that can save money and improve the healthcare experience,” Connolly wrote in a press release.

The talk, Feke said, “is for anyone interested in the topic,” including Medicare patients and those caring for family members on Medicare.

According to Feke, one of the biggest misunderstandings concerning Medicare is the idea that it pays for everything. That can be a costly misunderstanding for patients.

As an example, Feke said, patients who do not sign up for their prescription drug benefits in the proper time frame can get hit with late fees. Other patients might not be aware of preventative services they are eligible for. Feke also said that a patient’s admission status to a hospital as in-patient or for observation can make a “tremendous” difference to the expense.

The talk is a simple presentation with question and answer opportunities meant to empower people despite what Feke admits can be “alarming” subject matter.

Feke also wrote a book, “Medicare Essentials: a Physician Insider Explains the Fine Print,” to translate some of Medicare’s ways.

“Medicare is not transparent, which is a huge part of the reason I thought it would be helpful for patients and the public to put this book together,” Feke said. “In the office, you’re helping people one on one, but with a book, you’re helping on a more global scale.”

Feke also writes movie reviews for Town Times and said she is excited to return to Durham and visit friends.

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