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Welcome to the First Day of a Healthier Life

A Healthier US Starts Here
Take this checklist and ask your doctor which
preventive benefits are right for you.

Protect your health with
Medicare’s preventive benefits.

My Medicare Preventive Benefits Checklist
  WHAT’S COVERED? WHAT IT DOES HOW OFTEN?
Flu Shot Prevents influenza or flu virus. Once a flu season.
Pneumonia shot Prevents pneumococcal pneumonia. Usually only needed once.
Cardiovascular Screenings for Cholesterol, Lipidand Triglyceride Levels Checks cholesterol and other blood fat levels that can increase the risk for heart disease. Once every 5 years.
Colorectal Cancer Screenings Screens for colon cancer. Ask your doctor.
  • Fecal occult blood test   Once every 12 months if 50+.
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy   Generally once every 48 months
(4 years) or every 120 months (10 years) when used instead of a colonoscopyfor those not at high risk if 50+.
  • Colonoscopy   Once every 120 months (10 years)
Once every 24 months for high risk.
  • Barium enema   Once every 48 months (4 years) instead
of sigmoidoscopy if 50+. Once every
24 months instead of colonoscopy for
high risk.
“Welcome to Medicare”Physical Exam* One-time review of health and medical history. One time during the first 6 months you have Medicare Part B.
Diabetes Screening Blood sugar test. Varies based on results. Covered if youhave certain risk factors. Ask your doctor.
Diabetes Selfmanagement Training Education for people who have diabetes. Ask your doctor.
Medical Nutritional Therapy Services Nutritional counseling to help
manage diabetes or kidney disease.
Ask your doctor.
Bone Mass Measurement Determines risk for broken bones due to osteoporosis. Once every 24 months for people with certain medical conditions.
Hepatitis B Shots Helps prevent liver disease. Ask your doctor.
Glaucoma Test Can help find the eye disease
glaucoma.
Once every 12 months for those athigh risk.
Smoking Cessation Counseling to quit smoking for people with a smoking-related illness or who take medicine affected by tobacco. Up to 8 visits during a 12 month
period when ordered by your doctor.
Mammogram Breast Cancer Screening Screens for breast cancer. Once every 12 months for women 40+.
Pap Test and Pelvic Exam Cancer
Screenings
Screens for cervical and
vaginal cancer.
Once every 24 months. Every 12
months for women at high risk.
Prostate Cancer Screening Digital rectal exam and Prostate
Specific Antigen (PSA) test.
Once every 12 months for men 50+.

*People with Medicare who are at risk for abdominal aortic aneurysms may get a referral for a one-time screening ultrasound at their “Welcome to Medicare” physical exam.

It’s important to ask your doctor about the Medicare-covered tests and screenings that might be rightfor you. Coinsurance and deductibles may apply. You may need to meet certain criteria for coverage. Medicare Advantage Plans may offer coverage for additional preventive benefits.


BETTER HEALTH BEGINS WITH A BETTER CONVERSATION
Talking with your health care team protects your health and your pocketbook.

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR

• Share your complete family health history – even parts that may be difficult to discuss.
• Write down your questions and make sure you fully understand the answers your doctor provides.
• Tell your doctor about all the prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and vitamins you’re taking – and ask about lower cost alternatives.

TALK TO YOUR PHARMACIST

• Tell your pharmacist about all the medications you are taking –including other prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.
• Ask about money-saving generic substitutes for your current prescriptions.
• Ask how long and where you should store your medications.
• Ask for easy-to-open containers or large print labels if you need them.

 

TALK TO US
Medicare has information available to you about coverage, benefits and quality of care.
Visit www.medicare.gov or call
1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.


CMS Pub. No. 11308

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