The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates nearly 20 million new, sexually transmitted infections (STI) occur every year in the United States, accounting for almost $16 billion in healthcare costs. Medicare covers STI screenings for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis B once every 12 months, or at certain times during pregnancy. Certain conditions ...
In Coding
Jul 13th, 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 ...
In Billing
Mar 2nd, 2012
Based on United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations, and after determining that the criteria for “preventive services” were met, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized a National Coverage Determination (NCD) for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Screening and High Intensity Behavioral Counseling (HIBC) to Prevent STIs. Effect...
In Billing
Aug 11th, 2011
The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced Aug. 1 new guidelines that will ensure women receive the preventive health services they need to stay healthy. Previously, preventive services for women had always been recommended individually or as part of guidelines targeting men as well. For the first time, at the request of HHS, the independent ...
In CMS
Mar 11th, 2011
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened separate national coverage analyses (NCAs) for screenings of depression and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including high-intensity behavioral counseling (HIBC) to prevent STIs. The agency is considering adding these screenings to the list of preventive services already covered by Medicare, such as Pap smear and screening ...