FREE MEDICARE SCREENING FOR HEART DISEASE
||February 14, 2013
11:30 AM to 02:00 PM
||FEBRUARY IS VALENTINE’S DAY…AND HEART MONTH! TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEART TODAY!
Medicare will cover one face-to-face visit per year with your primary care physician or other primary care doctor to help reduce your risk for heart disease also referred to as cardiovascular disease. This free screening will allow patients and their care providers to determine the best way to help prevent heart disease.
And , further, Medicare covers blood tests every five years to test cholesterol, lipid and triglyceride levels.
Original Medicare will pay 100% of its approved amount for these tests, even before you have met the Part B deductible. You will not pay a copay or a deductible for these screenings if you see doctors or other health care providers who take assignment. Doctors who take assignment cannot charge you more than the Medicare approved amount. You do not need to show signs of heart disease or have any particular risk factors for Medicare to cover the full cost of these tests.
If you are in a Medicare Advantage plan (private health plan) you should contact your plan to find out what rules and costs apply. Starting in 2012, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans will cover all preventive services the same as Original Medicare. This means MA plans will not be allowed to charge cost-sharing fees (coinsurances, copays or deductibles) for preventive services that Original Medicare does not charge for as long as you see in-network providers. If you see providers that are not in your plan’s network, charges will typically apply.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced its Million Hearts national initiative, aimed at preventing a million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. by 2017. The 2013 preventive services offered to Medicare beneficiaries, help them:
• Assess: Ask about/assess behavioral health risk(s) and factors affecting choice of behavior change goals/methods.
• Advise: Receive clear, specific, and personalized behavior change advice, including information about personal health harms and benefits.
• Agree: Collaboratively select appropriate treatment goals and methods based on the patient’s interest in and willingness to change the behavior.
• Assist: Using behavior change techniques (self-help and/or counseling), aid the patient in achieving agreed-upon goals by acquiring the skills, confidence, and social/environmental supports for behavior change, supplemented with adjunctive medical treatments when appropriate.
• Arrange: Schedule follow-up contacts (in person or by telephone) to provide ongoing assistance/support and to adjust the treatment plan as needed, including referral to more intensive or specialized treatment.
Call your provider today to schedule your 2013 Medicare Preventive Services appointment. For further information, call GeorgiaCares at Legacy Link (AAA), 770-538-2650.