FIRST MEDICARE VISIT
THE FIRST MEDICARE VISIT WILL NOW BE TOTALLY FREE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
With an eye toward prevention, new federal healthcare regulations will now pay for someone’s first visit to their primary care physician under Medicare. Michelle Bellantoni, a geriatrics expert at Johns Hopkins, says there are at least two perspectives on this entitlement.
BELLANTONI: In ways I’m delighted to say that Medicare will now be reimbursing providers for a welcome to Medicare visit, a physical exam without any copay, and that offers an opportunity for an older adult to have a comprehensive evaluation of their health focusing on prevention. The challenge is that there are certain requirements of the exam that a healthcare provider must be willing to complete and document in order to receive this reimbursement, and as always the devil is in the details. At this point many healthcare providers are saying that’s more than the time frame allotted; quite frankly its just not worth it. :36
Bellatoni says ask your physician if he or she is participating. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.