More Than 16 Million Seen for Preventive Service in 2012
Just six months into 2012 and already over 16 million people with original Medicare have received at least one preventive service at no cost to them, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced July 10. If last year is any indication, that number will double by the end of the year.
Of the 16 million people who have taken advantage of the various preventive services the Affordable Care Act (ACA) afforded them this year, 1.35 million saw their physicians for an annual wellness visit (AWV).
Other preventive services now covered by Medicare (subject to eligibility) include:
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
- Adult Immunizations
- Bone Mass Measurements
- Cancer Screenings
- Cardiovascular Screening
- Diabetes Screening
- Diabetes Self-management Training
- Diabetes Supplies
- Glaucoma Screening
- HIV Screening
- Initial Preventive Physical Exam
- Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease
- Medical Nutrition Therapy
- Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse
- Screening for Depression in Adults
- Screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and High Intensity Behavioral Counseling to Prevent STIs
- Tobacco-use Cessation Counseling Services
The Medicare Learning Network (MLN) offers free educational products, such as brochures, fact sheets, tools, and guides, to help practices appropriately conduct and report these preventive services. Two education tools—a quick reference chart for preventive services and a quick reference chart for immunization billing—were updated in May. As more and more Affordable Care Act provisions are implemented, these products will continue to be updated.