Navigation Links
First Physical With Medicare Now Free
Date:1/3/2011

By Amanda Gardner
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Jan. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Starting this year, first-time enrollees in Medicare will be offered free physicals, courtesy of the new Affordable Care Act.

The "Welcome to Medicare" benefit will be offered only during a person's first year of enrollment in Part B, and the doctor must agree to be paid directly by Medicare for the visit to be free.

It's part of an effort to focus on preventive medicine, rather than trying to fix problems after they arise. Preventive services covered by Part B include bone density measurements, mammograms to screen for breast cancer and annual flu shots.

Although "for certain age groups and certain health risk categories, an annual physical is probably not necessary, in the Medicare age group, which is mostly 65 and above [as well as certain people who have disabilities at an earlier age], these people would benefit," said Dr. David A. McClellan, an assistant professor of family and community medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. "There are a number of conditions that physicians can screen for . . . and head them off at the pass."

Such conditions include heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and osteoporosis.

In addition, McClellan said, annual physicals allow your primary care physician to get to know you and you to get to know him or her, meaning that you might become more willing to share information and the doctor could notice subtle changes in your health that might be missed if you go in only when you have a health issue.

During the initial consultation, the physician will ask for your medical history and check your "vitals," such as blood pressure, vision, weight and height. You'll also be able to put in motion plans for end-of-life planning, including advance directives in which you'll be able to state your preferences regarding whether you want to be on breathing machines or to be resuscitated if your heart stops. These directives also cover organ and tissue donation.

People who's have this initial consultation will then have a baseline health record, including a checklist for a plan of action, such as further cancer or diabetes screenings and vaccinations. The Affordable Care Act also makes these free to Medicare beneficiaries.

Annual checkups, which Medicare calls wellness exams, will still be offered after a person has been enrolled for 12 months. They, too, will be free if the doctor accepts payment from Medicare.

"An aircraft is required to have an annual inspection," McClellan noted. "A person is a much more complex human machine that should be checked over annually, at least. We can't do prevention unless people are coming in for preventive health-care visits."

More information

Visit the Medicare Web site for more on the new free physical.

SOURCE: David A. McClellan, M.D., assistant professor, family and community medicine, family medicine residency, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Bryan, Texas


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. First Impressions of Attractive People Often Correct: Study
2. Which comes first: Exercise-induced asthma or obesity?
3. Mount Sinai first in US to implant aortic valve prosthesis to treat severe aortic stenosis
4. St. Michaels Hospital first in Ontario to implant powerful new defibrillator
5. Samples of vital human tumor tissue irradiated with ions for the first time
6. Denosumab delayed time to first skeletal-related side effect
7. University of Utah and Harvard researchers take major step toward first biological test for autism
8. Stanford researchers first to turn normal cells into 3-D cancers in tissue culture dishes
9. Professor Zvi Ram presents phase III recurrent glioblastoma survival and quality of life data from the first pivotal study of the NovoTTF-100A at 15th Annual Society for Neuro-Oncology Scientific Meeting
10. Scripps Research scientists identify first synthetic activator of 2 critical proteins
11. PARP inhibitor, MK-4827, shows anti-tumor activity in first trial in humans
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
First Physical With Medicare Now Free
(Date:4/27/2017)... ... April 27, 2017 , ... Healthcare companies are trying to ... rapidly reject an outdated healthcare executive resume. , “If you’re a healthcare executive open ... resume and wondering if it’s as ready as you are for a new job ...
(Date:4/27/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 27, 2017 , ... ... named the 2017 North American CAREGiverSM of the Year for her extraordinary compassion ... one of its 60,000 North American professional caregivers for the prestigious award each ...
(Date:4/27/2017)... ... 27, 2017 , ... Offering the purest product of its kind, Swissx Labs ... more potent than the market has seen before. Swissx uses proprietary strains of hemp ... patented chromatography process for extraction, to produce its CBD oil--maximizing its benefits for health ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... ... April 26, 2017 , ... Jump Technologies, Inc., ... announced it has completed a round of funding to accelerate its growth strategies. ... Black Granite Capital is a growth equity firm focused on investments in healthcare ...
(Date:4/26/2017)... , ... April 26, 2017 ... ... is thrilled to announce the ATA 2017 President’s Awards recipients, comprised of ... demonstrated superior healthcare delivery. , The ATA 2017 President’s Awards recognize ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... April 20, 2017  Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE ... today announced that it will be participating in the ... the InterContinental Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts ... present at 11:20 a.m. Eastern Time. A ... Zimmer Biomet,s Investor Relations website at http://investor.zimmerbiomet.com .  ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... 2017   ZappRx, Inc ., a digital health company ... today announced it closed $25 million in Series B funding ... based in Seattle that is part ... The Series B round included participation from SR One ... GV (formerly Google Ventures). As part of the ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... 20, 2017 Research and Markets has ... Manufacturing Services Market Analysis By Service (Manufacturing, Research), By Country, ... - 2025" report to their offering. ... The Latin American pharmaceutical contract manufacturing ... 2025 Low drug registration cost in Latin American ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: