Monday, November 22, 2010

Annual wellness visit to be covered by Medicare after Jan. 1st

This is another useful item that was in the National Organization for Rare Disorders - NORD - newsletter. Many HPS'ers, although not elderly, are on Medicare and should be entitled to this benefit when it's implemented after the first of the year.

Proposed Changes in Medicare Rules Recognize Benefit of Family History

One of the many health-care changes enacted in March as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is that Medicare beneficiaries will be eligible for an annual wellness visit that includes an assessment of their health risks and creation of a personalized prevention plan. This new benefit begins January 1, 2011. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will define the elements of the wellness visit and how much Medicare will pay for it. CMS has proposed including certain elements in the beneficiary's first visit including establishing a medical history and family history.

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