Monday, September 19, 2011
7 - 8pm Eastern Standard Time
With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), physicians now have more opportunities to ensure their Medicare patients receive preventive services, particularly after the initial “Welcome to Medicare” visit or the initial preventive physical examination (IPPE) is completed. The good news is that through the first half of 2011, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reported that physicians and other health professionals provided about 1 million annual wellness visits. In addition, 17.3 million Medicare patients received one or more preventive services under the traditional fee-for-service program. With nearly 90 percent of Medicare beneficiaries visiting a physician at least once a year and averaging six visits during the year, can more be done?
“A Dose of Reality: Providing Medicare Preventive Services as Recommended by the Affordable Care Act “ will identify guidelines for Medicare preventive medicine coding and address frequently asked questions about integrating the annual wellness visit into practice. The hour presentation will provide an opportunity to integrate the most challenging clinical practice examples with everyday patient requests for preventive services.