Evidence is emerging that Annual Wellness Visits, the preventive health benefit for Medicare enrollees created by the Affordable Care Act, are achieving their intended purpose—linking people with preventive services. But not all demographic groups are gaining the benefits equally.
Recent research shows that Medicare's Annual Wellness Visit appears to be achieving one of its key goals: providing a gateway for beneficial preventive and screening services.
Being able to treat a medical problem is good, but dodging the problem altogether is even better. That seems obvious, yet Medicare has only recently expanded coverage for services that help prevent or stave off some of the diseases that make people very ill and — not coincidentally — cost Medicare mountains of money.
Michael Clarke Duncan was full of life just three years ago. The then-54-year-old actor was at the pinnacle of his career. His Academy Award-nominated performance as John Coffey in The Green Mile is still revered.
President Obama's latest physical examination found him in excellent health, except for one nagging little pain: no, not his political critics. He has "recurrent plantar fasciitis" of the right foot, says his physician.
Six out of 10 Americans will develop kidney disease in their lifetime, according to a new study, and the National Kidney Foundation says there's an easy way to catch problems early: A simple pee-in-the-cup test once a year if you're age 60 or older.
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