Beneficiary and Family Advisory Council
The Beneficiary and Family Advisory Council (BFAC) is a group of Medicare beneficiaries, family members and caregivers who serve as advisors. They provide personal perspectives and experiences to help guide health care quality improvement and patient engagement efforts for the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care National Coordinating Center (BFCC-NCC) and the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care-Quality Improvement Organiztions (BFCC-QIOs).
Advisors serve as community partners for the BFCC-NCC in order to help guide and co-design BFCC-NCC programs and communication to support healthcare quality improvement and patient engagement efforts.
The BFAC represents the collective voice of people who receive Medicare and their families. As a partner of the BFCC- NCC, the Council will help the BFCC-NCC keep the beneficiary at the center of their work. The BFAC will bring authenticity, empowerment, respect, and inspiration to the work of co-designing special projects to engage patients and families, while supporting the core program of Medicare case review.
The Advisors have provided feedback to both the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and BFCC-QIOs.
- BFCC-QIO case review information. The case review process can be complicated and hard to understand. Advisors shared their thoughts about making the information easier to access for beneficiaries and their families.
- Medicare case review services. Advisors provided recommendations for increasing awareness about Medicare case review services among beneficiaries and their families and representatives.
- Improving beneficiary communication. Advisors participate on the BFCC-NCC communication workgroup to help establish a framework for sharing information about Medicare rights to beneficiaries and their families and caregivers.
- Increasing beneficiary satisfaction and understanding. Advisors reviewed examples of BFCC-QIO beneficiary letters of determination. Advisors gave recommendations to improve communication in an effort to make letters easier for beneficiaries to read and understand.