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Preventive screenings are important so you can review your current health status and catch potential health problems before they become serious. Also, if you have risk factors for certain diseases, you may benefit from specific screenings recommended by your doctor. Medicare may cover many types of preventive services to help keep you in good shape.
Within the first 12 months that you have Medicare Part B, you can get a “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit. The doctor or health-care provider will review your medical history and:
Your doctor may also create a written plan letting you know which screenings, shots, and other preventive services you may need.
Every year, you may get a Wellness visit to develop or update a personalized health plan. At this annual visit, your doctor may review your medical history and measure your height, weight, and blood pressure, among other preventive screenings.
Both the initial Welcome to Medicare and annual Wellness visits are covered by Medicare Part B, and you pay nothing if your doctor accepts assignment. If additional tests or services are performed, you may have cost-sharing, and the Part B deductible may apply.
Some preventive services are available to most Original Medicare, Part A and Part B beneficiaries. You may need to pay the Part B deductible, and some preventive services may have cost sharing. You can check the Medicare website or call 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users 1-877-486-2048), 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for information on how a specific procedure is covered.
These are some common preventive services available to people with Medicare Part B:
If your doctor or health-care provider determines that you are at high risk for a certain disease or condition, you may be eligible for additional preventive screenings or more frequent screenings. These often require a referral from your doctor.
Some Medicare Part B preventive services covered and recommended for high-risk groups are:
Whether you’re in excellent health or you’re in a high-risk group, make sure to talk to your doctor about the types of Medicare preventive screenings available to you.
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