Following is a bulletin published by CMS over the weekend. As you see patients, appropriate screenings should be done. In addition, a mailing to all patients, bundled with some of the free materials noted below. is a valued tool for your patients and emphsizes your attention to your patient’s overall health.
February is American Heart Month ~ Since 1999, the rate of deaths from coronary heart disease and stroke in American has declined. While much progress has been achieved in reducing the death rate, heart disease and stroke still remain the number 1 and number 3 causes of death in the
Medicare provides coverage of the following cardiovascular screening blood tests for the early detection of cardiovascular disease or abnormalities associated with an elevated risk of heart disease and stroke:
· Total Cholesterol Test
· Cholesterol Test for High-density Lipoproteins
· Triglycerides Test
Coverage of cardiovascular screening blood tests is provided as a Medicare Part B benefit. The beneficiary will pay nothing for the blood tests (there is no coinsurance or copayment and no deductible for this benefit).
IMPORTANT NOTE: The cardiovascular screening benefit covered by Medicare is a stand alone billable service separate from the Initial Preventive Physical Examination or Welcome to Medicare Visit and does not have to be obtained within the first six months of a beneficiary’s Medicare Part B coverage.
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For More Information
The MLN Preventive Services Educational Products Web Page ~ provides descriptions and ordering information for MLN preventive services educational products and resources for health care professionals and their staff. http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNProducts/35_PreventiveServices.asp
Expanded Benefits Brochure ~ This tri-fold brochure provides health care professionals with an overview of Medicare’s coverage of the initial preventive physical exam (IPPE), ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms, and cardiovascular screening blood tests. http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNProducts/downloads/Expanded_Benefits.pdf To order copies of the brochure, go to the Medicare Learning Network Product Ordering System located at: http://cms.meridianksi.com/kc/main/kc_frame.asp?kc_ident=kc0001&loc=5
· For information to share with your Medicare patients, visit http://www.medicare.gov
· For information about American Heart Month, please visit the American Heart Association’s website at http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=1200000 and
· the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/DHDSP/announcements/american_heart_month.htm on the Web.
February Flu Shot Reminder
It’s Not Too Late to Give and Get the Flu Shot!
Remember – Influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations and their administration are covered Part B benefits. Note that influenza and pneumococcal vaccines are NOT Part D covered drugs. You and your staff can learn more about Medicare’s coverage of adult immunizations and related provider education resources, by reviewing Special Edition MLN Matters article SE0748 http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE0748.pdf on the