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Medicare and Preventive Screenings
Parsons, Ks – The Director of Marketing at Labette Health in Parsons, Larry Goldsmith has compiled information about how 2011 changes in Medicare placed an emphasis on preventive screenings. All people with Medicare are eligible to get a free flu shot each season, one pneumococcal shot, and one series of three shots for hepatitis B plus a cardiovascular screening with tests for cholesterol, lipid and triglyceride levels once every five years. All people with Medicare over the age of 50 can get a fecal occult blood test for colorectal cancer screening every 12 months, a sigmoidoscopy every 48 months and a colonoscopy every 120 months.
All women with Medicare qualify for pap tests and pelvic exams every 24 months or every 12 months for those at high risk for cervical or vaginal cancer. Women with Medicare who are 40 or older are eligible for a screening mammogram every 12 months. Men with Medicare over the age of 50 should get a prostate cancer screening every year. There is no deductible for the prostate-specific antigen test. People whose doctors have diagnosed a condition that puts them at risk for osteoporosis should have bone density checked every 24 months. Up to two diabetes screenings per year are available for those with risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity or a history of high blood sugar. Those with diabetes pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for supplies and self-management training. Three hours of one-on-one medical nutrition training is available the first year for people with diabetes or kidney disease who are referred by a physician and two hours per year after that. People whose doctor says they are at high risk for glaucoma pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount for glaucoma test once every 12 months. Medicare also pays for eight face-to face visits to a qualified practitioner in a 12-month period for tobacco use cessation counseling.