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Guide to Medicare’s Preventive Health Benefits

Guide to Medicare’s Preventive Health Benefits

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Guide to Medicare’s Preventive Health Benefits

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  1. Guide to Medicare’s Preventive Health Benefits SHIBA Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors A free, unbiased service of the:

  2. SHIBA mission SHIBA provides free, unbiased information about health care coverage and access to help improve the lives of all Washington state residents. We cultivate community commitment through partnership, service and volunteering.

  3. How can I start? Get a preventive exam Do physical activities Educate yourself Avoid tobacco Keep a healthy weight

  4. Medicare’s preventive benefits (are you at risk?) • Talk to your doctor or medical provider • Your doctor may identify a health risk from your free screening • If so, there may be a charge for the follow-up diagnostic test

  5. Why get the free screening? • If you seek medical care AFTERyou have a problem or become sick: • Damage has already occurred • Treatment can be very costly • Your quality of life suffers

  6. Preventive services “Taking action early to prevent disease, minimize complications, and contain costs” -- Wellsource, Inc. • Prevention is covered under Medicare Part B • Most preventive services are free – however some charge a coinsurance • Check with your provider to make sure they accept Medicare

  7. Risk factors for health • Individual/family medical history • Lifestyle behaviors & choices • Age • Gender • Multiple risk stacking

  8. Types of preventive services • Health screening/exams • Counseling • Education • Immunizations • Diagnostic tests may be ordered by the medical provider if you’re at risk, but these • tests may have an out-of-pocket cost.

  9. After you’re eligible for Part B Welcome to Medicare Preventive visit • Get your Welcome to Medicare Preventive visit during your first 12 months of Part B coverage • What occurs during this visit – your doctor: • Reviews your medical and family history • Assesses any risk factors you may have • Identifies risk factors that may make it necessary to get follow-up tests that have out-of-pocket costs No cost if medical provider accepts Medicare

  10. After you’re eligible for Part B Wellness visit • The yearly Wellness visit takes place after your first 12 months of Part B eligibility (not as comprehensive) • Medicare covers this visit once every 12 months • Anyone with Medicare is eligible • You pay nothing for the visit, unless you get additional tests or services that aren’t covered No cost if medical provider accepts Medicare

  11. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening (AAA) • Covered one time by a doctor referral as a result of your “Welcome to Medicare” visit • You must have a family history of AAA • OR • Be a male age 65 to 75 who’s smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your lifetime; and • You’ve never had an AAA ultrasound screening paid for by Medicare No cost if medical provider accepts Medicare

  12. Alcohol misuse counseling • This covers: • One screening per year • Positive screens can receive 4 face-to-face counseling sessions per year (in a primary care setting) • Eligible people include adults and pregnant women who use alcohol No cost if medical provider accepts Medicare

  13. Bone mass measurements • Test covered once every 24 months (more often if medically necessary) • To qualify you must be at risk for osteoporosis & meet 1 of the 5 criteria: • Female being treated for estrogen-deficiency; OR an x-ray reveals back bone abnormalities; OR • You get steroid treatments; OR • You have hyperparathyroidism; OR • You take a osteoporosis drug • No cost if medical provider accepts Medicare

  14. Cardiovascular screenings • Tests are covered every 5 years and include: • Total cholesterol test • Cholesterol test for high density lipoproteins (HDLs) • Triglyceride test • Lipid panel tests No cost if medical provider accepts Medicare

  15. Colon cancer screenings (colorectal) • How often you can get these tests: • Fecal Occult Blood Test: Once every 12 months • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy (FS): Every 24 months or 120 months for low-risk people • Colonoscopy screening: Every120 months • Every 24 months for high-risk people or 48 months after FS test • There are costs for these tests – check with your provider

  16. Depression screening • Covers one screening a year • Must be done in a primary care setting that can provide follow-up treatment and referrals • No cost if medical provider accepts Medicare

  17. Diabetes screenings • Screenings are covered if you have these risk factors: • High blood pressure • History of abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels • Obesity • History of high-blood sugar • And you are two or more of the following: • Over age 65 • Overweight • Family history of diabetes • Had diabetes during pregnancy • No cost if medical provider accepts Medicare

  18. Diabetes self-management training • You must be at risk for diabetes implications • You must have a written order from a medical provider • You pay 20% of Medicare-approved amount after you meet Part B deductible

  19. Flu, Hepatitis B and Pneumonia shots • Flu shots: One per flu season starting in the fall • Hepatitis B shots: For people with medium or high risk; comes in a series of three for complete protection • Pneumonia shots: You can have any time of year, most people only need one in a lifetime • High risk people can get a pneumonia booster every 5 years • No cost if medical provider accepts Medicare

  20. Glaucoma tests • Medicare covers a Glaucoma screen by a doctor once every 12 months, including: • Dilated eye exam with an eye pressure measurement • A direct opthalmascope exam • Eligible people include: • You’re at high risk for diabetes • You’re African American over age 50 • You’re Hispanic and age 65 or older • Costs: • You pay 20% of Medicare-approved amount after you meet the yearly Part B deductible • No cost if medical provider accepts Medicare

  21. Medical nutrition therapy • Covers people with: • Diabetes • Kidney disease • Kidney transplant within the last 3 years • Therapy must be prescribed by a doctor • Benefits of initial lifestyle & nutrition assessment: • Nutrition counseling • Lifestyle management information (diet) • Diet management follow-up visits No cost if medical provider accepts Medicare

  22. Cervical & vaginal cancer screenings • High-risk women: • Covers 1 Pap test & Pelvic exam/year • Low-risk women: • Covers 1 exam every 2 years for cervical cancer (breast exam included) • If medical provider accepts Medicare, there’s no cost for pap lab test & specimen collection, or pelvic & breast exams

  23. Prostate cancer screenings • Covers men over age 50 for a: • Digital rectal exam & Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) once every 12 months • Costs: • For PSA, no cost • For digital rectal exam, you must meet the Part B deductible, and you’ll have to pay a deductible and coinsurance

  24. Obesity screening & counseling • Medicare covers if your body mass index is 30 or more • Talk to your provider for more details

  25. HIV screenings • Covers an HIV test once every 12 months or up to 3 times during a pregnancy • People with Medicare may request the test. You must be: • Pregnant • At increased risk for the infection • No cost for the test, but you must pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for the doctor visit

  26. Smoking cessation • To qualify, you must use tobacco and be on Medicare • Covers 8 face-to-face sessions to help you stop smoking during a 12-month period • A qualified doctor or other Medicare-recognized provider must provide the sessions • You pay nothing for the counseling sessions

  27. SHIBA volunteer opportunities You might be interested in becoming a volunteer if you: • Love to learn and help people • Like problem-solving • Don’t mind paperwork or computer work • Are organized • Can attend regular training

  28. Want more information? Publications: • Your Guide to Medicare Preventive Services, CMS Pub #10110 • Staying Healthy, CMS Pub #11100 • Understanding Your Health Insurance Options, SHP 106

  29. Medicare preventive benefits tracking • To track your benefits, use the My Medicare Preventive Benefits Checklist – get a copy at: • Web: http://www.medicare.gov • Call: 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) • TTY users call: 1-877-486-2048

  30. Need help with other insurance questions? The Office of the Insurance Commissioner can also help you with questions, information, and complaints about all types of insurance, such as: Call our Insurance Consumer Hotline 1-800-562-6900 Check out our Consumer Toolkit at www.insurance.wa.gov/consumers • Homeowner • Auto • Life • Annuities • Health • And more!