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Starting on July 1, 2001, Medicare coverage of preventive medicine services will be expanded to include biennial screening pap smears and pelvic exams (currently, coverage is limited to once every three years) and coverage for screening colonoscopies for all beneficiaries (currently only individuals at high risk receive this coverage). The article explains what physicians need to know to get reimbursed for these services.
The article describes how one practice improved its delivery of preventive services, in part by increasing physicians' use of preventive care flowsheets.
The article, part of a series based on research from the Direct Observation of Primary Care Study, will explore the effectiveness of delivering preventive services during illness visits and how it affects patient satisfaction.
Following a program like the author's, you can turn annual physical exams into an ongoing process of prevention and health improvement.
Jan 1999 Issue
Are Your Patients Getting the Preventive Services They Need? [Improving Patient Care]
The article discusses the importance of preventive services and offers NCQA benchmarks. It also shows the process one practice used to identify its rates for mammograms, childhood immunizations and influenza vaccinations.
It's amazing what you can accomplish with your PC, some off-the-shelf software and a desire to improve patients' health.
The author explains the effects of the Balanced Budget Amendment of 1997 on Medicare coverage for preventive services.