Carroll man honored for work on Medicare

He eased Web access to information about federal health program

July 18, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Mike Miller of Westminster has earned the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' outstanding employee award for helping beneficiaries and health care providers gain easier access to Medicare information on the Internet.

He was given the award in May from HHS Secretary Donna E. Shalala and Nancy-Ann DeParle, administrator of the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration.

Miller is a computer specialist in the Center for Health Plans and Providers at HCFA headquarters in Baltimore. HCFA oversees the Medicare program.

Miller's work improves Internet access to regulatory changes involving health care provided by hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and other institutions.

Beneficiaries and health care providers can access www.hcfa.gov to find the latest information from the HCFA.

"Mike Miller's excellent work with computers enables providers to have new Medicare rules at their fingertips as soon as possible," said DeParle. "This is at a time many older Americans and their families are making greater use of the Web."

The latest Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey showed that Internet use among people with Medicare who are age 65 and older has increased from 6.8 percent in 1997 to 21.3 percent in 1999. In addition, industry figures on Web use indicate that people older than age 50 represent the largest and fastest growing population on the Internet.

HCFA also operates the www.medicare.gov Web site, which includes expanded information about Medicare benefits, nursing home staffing levels, health plan options and other topics.

"Mike Miller has displayed exceptional dedication, leadership and initiative in developing an information system that provides access to information that allows HCFA's regional offices and its Baltimore headquarters to better serve our beneficiaries," said Dr. Robert Berenson, director of the Center for Health Plans and Providers. "This information also will be extremely useful for managing the Medicare managed-care programs."

A native of Baltimore, Miller received an associate of arts certificate in computer information systems in 1987 from Catonsville Community College and a bachelor's degree in information systems management in 1992 from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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