Medicare expands coverage of cardiovascular disease prevention services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will add coverage for a number of preventive services to reduce cardiovascular disease. 

CMS will cover one face-to-face visit each year to allow patients and their care providers to determine the best way to help prevent cardiovascular disease. The visit must be furnished by primary care practitioners, such as a beneficiary’s family practice physician, internal medicine physician, or nurse practitioner, in settings such as physicians’ offices. During these visits, providers may screen for hypertension and promote healthy diet as part of an overall initiative to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in the United States.

The new coverage policy does not change current Medicare coverage for beneficiaries diagnosed with cardiovascular disease to receive assessment and intervention services.     

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced its Million Hearts national initiative, aimed at preventing a million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. by 2017. Through Million Hearts, CMS, the CDC, and other HHS agencies are working together with public and private sector organizations to make a long-lasting impact against cardiovascular disease.

Find out more about Million Hearts.

Read the new coverage policy.

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