The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced a new coverage for Medicare recipients to help prevent cardiovascular disease. The new program will pay for preventive measures including a face to face meeting with a Doctor for information on diet and other steps a senior can take to lower the risk of heart disease. The plan was announced on November 9, 2011 and is a part of the administration?s new health care package.
The plan doesn’t alter coverage for anyone already diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. It is for those who have not yet had any heart related problems. The consultation is to be done in the physician’s office and they must be a primary care provider. The physician can screen the patient for high blood pressure and other conditions that can increase the chance of heart disease.
The CMS mentions that they want beneficiaries of Medicare to be advised of the help that regular aspirin intake can provide in heart disease prevention. Behavioral modification, especially diet, can be discussed and outlined by the physician and can also play a major part in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. The behavioral modification can be achieved by self help and/or behavior counseling.
It seems this plan is designed to spend some money now to decrease expenditures that heart disease can cause older Americans in the future. Heart disease is still the number one cause of death in America. A specially trained care provider or home health aide can be a play a big role in the changes of the daily activities after this consultation takes place. The home care provider can also be a party to the consultation and help prepare the meals that have been discussed by the doctor as part of a heart healthier diet.