Shaun's Thoughts...Men reminded to get health checks
By Shaun Meyer
Director of Home Health Services
June is Men’s Health Month and the theme for this year is “Awareness, Prevention, Education, and Family.”
The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten public awareness of preventable health problems and encourage the early detection and treatment of diseases among men and boys.
While Medicare now provides coverage for a wider array of preventive services and screenings, many men covered by Medicare are not fully using these services that can make a difference in the quality of their health—so please help. Please join CMS in helping men with Medicare learn how they can live longer, healthier lives through disease prevention, early detection, and lifestyle modifications that support a healthier life.
Medicare provides coverage of many preventive services and screenings that are especially meaningful to men, including but not limited to:
• Colorectal and prostate cancer screenings
• Cardiovascular disease screenings
• Diabetes screening, diabetes self-management training, and medical nutrition therapy
• HIV screening
• Hepatitis B
• Smoking cessation counseling
• Annual wellness exam (new for 2011)
Note that while coverage by Medicare is subject to certain eligibility criteria, many preventive services and screenings can now be received with no out-of-pocket costs to the beneficiary.