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Taking Advantage of Free Medicare Preventive Services

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More than 25 million people covered by Original Medicare received at least one Medicare preventive service at no cost to them during the first eleven months of 2013 because of the Affordable Care Act, according to new data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Medicare Preventative Services

Seniors can receive important preventive services and screenings, such as an annual wellness visit, screening mammograms and colonoscopies, and smoking cessation at no cost to them.

 

Moreover, in the first eleven months of 2013, more than 3.5 million beneficiaries with Original Medicare took advantage of the Annual Wellness Visit established by the health care law – a significant increase from the 2.8 million who used this service by this point in the year in 2012.

“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, millions of seniors have been able to receive important medicare preventive services and screenings such as an annual wellness visit, screening mammograms and colonoscopies, and smoking cessation at no cost to them,” said CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. “Prevention and early detection are so vital to ensure that Americans are healthy and Medicare is healthy.”

Before the Affordable Care Act, Medicare recipients had to pay part of the cost for many preventive health services. For example, a person with Medicare could pay as much as $160 in cost-sharing for a colorectal cancer screening. Today, this important screening and many others are covered at no cost to beneficiaries (with no deductible or co-pay).

Preventive Visit and Yearly Wellness Exams

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers:

A “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit: You can get this introductory visit only within the first 12 months you have Part B. This visit includes a review of your medical and social history related to your health and education and counseling about preventive services, including certain screenings, shots, and referrals for other care, if needed. It also includes: Read more


Medicare Releases Hospital-Specific Pricing Information

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Medicare Pricing

Medicare released pricing information for more than 3,300 U.S. hospitals on the top 100 procedures and treatments in 2011.

Comparison shopping has taken on a whole new meaning thanks to the release of government data that shows hospitals across the country and within the same geographic region are charging significantly different rates for identical inpatient services. 

SOURCE: www.cms.gov

This data provided by the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services marks the first time information about hospital rates has been released publicly. With increased transparency, consumers (particularly those who are uninsured or have limited coverage) can shop more wisely for health care. Read more


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