Medicare now covers preventive services that are an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle. This means no more Medicare Part B deductible or co-payment for these screenings if certain coverage criteria apply and you get them from a doctor or other health care provider who accepts Medicare assignments.
Some of the services now covered by Medicare include:
● Bone mass measurement
● Prostate cancer screening (except digital rectal examinations)
● Cervical cancer screening, including Pap smear tests and pelvic exams
● Cholesterol and other cardiovascular screenings
● Colorectal cancer screening (except for barium enemas)
● Diabetes screening
● Flu shot, pneumonia shot, and the hepatitis B shot
● Medical nutrition therapy to help people manage diabetes or kidney disease
For a complete list of preventive services, visit www.medicare.gov
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