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  • Knowledge is power when it comes to kidney health
    by Stuart.Zang@cms.hhs.gov on March 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Knowledge is power when it comes to kidney health Did you know that approximately 90% of people with kidney disease don’t even know they have it? The best treatment is early detection when kidney disease can be slowed or stopped. But, if you’ve already been diagnosed, Medicare is here to help you make informed decisions about your care. If you have Stage IV chronic kidney disease, Medicare covers up to 6 kidney disease education sessions that teach you how to take the best possible care of your kidneys. Sessions include topics like how to prevent complications of kidney disease, what to eat and drink, and what options you have if your kidneys get worse, like dialysis and kidney transplants. If you or a loved one has advanced kidney disease requiring dialysis, often known as End-stage Renal Disease (ESRD), you’ll need to find the right care. Dialysis centers can vary in the quality of care and services they provide, so it’s important to understand the differences in dialysis centers in your area before you decide where to go for care. If you’re already on dialysis, it’s also important to understand the quality of care that your dialysis center delivers. Medicare’s Dialysis Facility Compare lets you easily search for dialysis centers, compare them side by side, and find the right one for you. The information includes feedback from patients – you can see how dialysis patients respond to a survey that asked questions about their dialysis center, their kidney doctor, and the center’s staff. March is National Kidney Month, so there’s no better time to get smart about kidney disease. Learn more about kidney disease, Dialysis Facility Compare, and Medicare-covered kidney services to be sure you’re making educated choices about your kidney health. Share PrintPrint this page Stuart.Zang@cm… Fri, 03/15/2019 – 00:00 […]

  • Make healthy choices—Medicare can help!
    by Stuart.Zang@cms.hhs.gov on March 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Make healthy choices—Medicare can help! People with diabetes may have heard that carbohydrates aren’t good for them. However, many carbohydrates provide vitamins, minerals, and nutrients for the body, and can be part of a healthful diet for people with or without diabetes. If you need help choosing foods that will support your health goals, Medicare can help. Medicare covers medical nutrition therapy (MNT) services for people with diabetes or kidney disease. MNT services may include an initial nutrition and lifestyle assessment, individual or group nutritional therapy services, and follow-up visits to check on your progress. Find out if you qualify for these services. A healthy diet includes a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups, including carbohydrates. You may choose carbohydrates like fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, and dairy products, including low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt. When you’re eating away from home, pick the healthier options. If you need help, ChooseMyPlate.gov can help you create a personalized healthy eating plan and find physical activities to enjoy all year long. Also, the resources at EatRight® can help you plan and prepare meals. Celebrate National Nutrition Month by creating a healthy eating plan and discovering physical activities that you enjoy. Find a combination of good foods and fun activities that fits your lifestyle. Share PrintPrint this page Stuart.Zang@cm… Fri, 03/08/2019 – 00:00 […]

  • Become an informed Medicare consumer
    by Stuart.Zang@cms.hhs.gov on March 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Become an informed Medicare consumer Each day, you make important choices about your finances, health, privacy, and more. During National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), March 3–9, 2019, non-profit organizations and government agencies can help you take advantage of your rights and make better-informed choices. Here are some things you can do to become an informed Medicare consumer: Know your rights. As a person with Medicare, you have certain rights and protections designed to help protect you and make sure you get the health care services the law says you can get. Protect your identity. Identity theft happens when someone uses your personal information without your consent to commit fraud or other crimes. Keep information like your Social Security Number, bank account numbers and Medicare Number safe. Your Medicare card has a Medicare Number that’s unique to you, instead of your Social Security Number. This helps to protect your identity. Get more information on how to protect yourself from identity theft. Help fight Medicare fraud. Medicare fraud takes money from the Medicare program each year, which means higher health care costs for you. Learn how to report fraud. Get involved with other seniors with the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP). The SMP educates and empowers people with Medicare to take an active role in detecting and preventing health care fraud and abuse. Make informed Medicare choices. Each year during the fall Open Enrollment Period (October 15–December 7), review your plan to make sure it will meet your needs for the next year. If you’re not satisfied with your current plan, you can switch during the Open Enrollment Period. Visit the Federal Trade Commission’s NCPW page to learn more about the campaign, see which agencies and organizations are able to help you, and to find out if there are any activities happening in your area. Also, check out our videos for tips on preventing Medicare fraud. Share PrintPrint this page Stuart.Zang@cm… Mon, 03/04/2019 – 00:00 […]

  • Spring into action—practice prevention
    by Stuart.Zang@cms.hhs.gov on March 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Spring into action—practice prevention Spring is a welcome reminder of new beginnings. Longer hours of daylight, blooming flowers, and warmer weather all point to a new season, and a new reason, to practice preventive care. Preventive services are valuable to your wellbeing, because they can help you keep from getting sick and find health problems early, when treatment works best. Taking advantage of them is a crucial step in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and every little bit helps. When you have Medicare, you have access to a variety of preventive tests and screenings, most at no cost to you. If you’re new to Medicare, we cover a “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit during your first 12 months of Part B coverage. This visit includes a review of your medical and social history related to your health and education and counseling about preventive services, including certain screenings, shots, and referrals for other care, if needed. If you’ve had Part B for longer than 12 months, you can get a yearly wellness visit to develop or update a personalized prevention plan based on your current health and risk factors. Medicare also covers screening tests for breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity management, and osteoporosis, just to name a few. Check out our complete list of Medicare-covered preventive services and watch our preventive benefits video. Start this spring by practicing preventive care, so you can you stay healthy and live longer. Share PrintPrint this page Stuart.Zang@cm… Fri, 03/01/2019 – 00:00 […]

  • 5 ways to help prevent colon cancer
    by Stuart.Zang@cms.hhs.gov on March 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

    5 ways to help prevent colon cancer Colorectal cancer is one of the leading cancer-related killers. It’s the third most common cancer in the U.S. and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people 50 and older. Colon cancer is generally treatable when caught early enough. The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer—that’s why it’s so important to get screened. You don’t have to do it alone—Medicare covers many preventive services including colorectal cancer screenings to help you detect and prevent colorectal cancer, and you’ll pay nothing for most of them. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so this is a great time to do 5 things to stop this cancer in its tracks. Get screened Exercise Maintain a healthy weight Don’t drink too much alcohol Don’t smoke Do what you can so you’re not one of the 145,000 Americans diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year, and let Medicare help. Share PrintPrint this page Stuart.Zang@cm… Fri, 03/01/2019 – 00:00 […]


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