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Screening

Screening refers to a test or exam done to find a condition before symptoms begin. Screening tests may help find diseases or conditions early, when they are easier to treat.
The Basics
Screenings are medical tests that check for diseases. Screenings can help doctors find diseases early, when the diseases may be easier to treat.
Getting screening tests is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

 

Preventative Screenings

Did you know that Medicare covers many preventative screenings? According to Medicare's website  the following preventative screenings are covered for medicare patients:

 

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screenings

A one-time screening ultrasound for people at risk. Offered at Carson Valley Medical Center's Imaging Department. Call (775) 782-1533 for information.

 

Bone Mass Measurements

Helps to see if you are at risk for broken bones. This service is covered once every 24 months (more often if medically necessary) for people who have certain medical conditions or meet certain criteria. Carson Valley Medical Center's Internal Medicine practice offers Bone DEXA scanning. Call (775) 782-1550 for information.

Cardiovascular Screenings

Helps detect conditions that may lead to a heart attack or stroke. This service is covered every 5 years to test your cholesterol, lipid, and triglyceride levels.

 

Colon Cancer Screenings (Colorectal)

Medicare covers colorectal screening tests to help find pre-cancerous polyps (growths in the colon) so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.

 

Diabetes Screenings

Diabetes screenings are covered if you have any of the following risk factors: high blood pressure (hypertension), history of abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels (dyslipidemia), obesity, or a history of high blood sugar (glucose). Based on the results of these tests, you may be eligible for up to two diabetes screenings every year.

 

Diabetes Self-Management Training

Your doctor or other health care provider must provide a written order.

 

EKG Screenings

Medicare covers a one-time screening EKG if you get a referral for it as a result of your one-time "Welcome to Medicare" Preventive Visit. Carson Valley Medical Center can schedule your EKG. Call (775) 782-1536.

 

Flu Shots

Covered once a flu season in the fall or winter. Contact your doctor to schedule your flu shot.

 

Glaucoma Tests

Covered once every 12 months for people at high risk for glaucoma.

 

Hepatitis B Shots

This is covered for people at high or medium risk for Hepatitis B. Your risk for Hepatitis B increases if you have hemophilia,End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), or a condition that increases your risk for infection. Other factors may increase your risk for Hepatitis B, so check with your doctor. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies.

 

HIV Screenings

Medicare covers HIV screening for people with Medicare who are pregnant and people at increased risk for the infection, including anyone who asks for the test.

 

Mammograms

Medicare covers screening mammograms once every 12 months for all women with Medicare age 40 and older. Medicare covers one baseline mammogram for women between ages 35–39. Contact Carson Valley Medical Center at (775) 782-1533 to schedule your digital mammogram!

 

Medical Nutrition Therapy Services

Medicare may cover medical nutrition therapy and certain related services if you have diabetes or kidney disease, or you have had a kidney transplant in the last 36 months, and your doctor refers you for the service.

 

Pap Tests and Pelvic Exams

Medicare covers these screening tests once every 24 months, or once every 12 months for women at high risk, and for women of child-bearing age who have had an exam that indicated cancer or other abnormalities in the past 3 years.

 

Preventive Visits

Medicare will cover two types of preventive visits—one when you’re new to Medicare and one each year after that.

Pneumococcal Shots

Most people only need this preventive shot once in their lifetime.

 

Prostate Cancer Screenings

Medicare covers a digital rectal exam and Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test once every 12 months for all men with Medicare over age 50.

 

Smoking Cessation (counseling to stop smoking)

Medicare covers smoking cessation counseling as a preventive service and you'll pay nothing for the counseling sessions. Contact CVMC's respiratory therapy department for information on our smoking cessation program: (775) 782-1626.

 

Screenings for Women

Women of all ages should consider screenings for the following:

 

Breast Cancer

You and your healthcare team can discuss whether a mammogram is right for you based on your age, family history, health, and personal concerns. Carson Valley Medical Center has advanced digital mammography equipment and offers convenient scheduling. Call our medical imaging department to schedule your next mammogram at 775-782-1533.

Cervical Cancer

Talk to your gynecologist about a pap smear every 1-3 years for women 21-65.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Talk to your healthcare provider.

Colorectal Cancer

Have a screening for colorectal cancer starting at age 50, or earlier if you have a family history of colorectal cancer. There are several options for screenings. Carson Valley Medical Center offers a free take home screening kit in the CVMC Lab.

Depression

Your emotional health is as important as your physical health. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have felt down, sad or hopeless or feel little interest in pleasure or doing things. Carson Valley Medical Center’s Vitality for Life program is designed for seniors dealing with depression or anxiety. Contact 775-782-1599 for more information.

Diabetes

  Get screened for diabetes if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medication for high blood pressure.
High Blood Pressure – Starting at age 18, have your blood pressure checked at least every two years.

High Cholesterol

  Starting at age 20, have your cholesterol checked regularly. Carson Valley Medical Center offers affordable lab testing the third Thursday of each month. Click here for more information.

Osteoporosis

  Have a screening at age 65 to make sure your bones are strong. Job’s Peak Internal Medicine & Family Practice offers bone density scans. Call 775-782-1550 for more information.

For women over 50, click here for more information and a screening record.

 

Screenings for Men

Men of all ages should consider screenings for the following:

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

If you are between the ages of 65-75 and have ever been a smoker, talk to your doctor about being screened for abdominal aortic aneurysm which can be performed via ultrasound at Carson Valley Medical Center.

Colorectal Cancer

Have a screening for colorectal cancer starting at age 50, or earlier if you have a family history of colorectal cancer. There are several options for screenings. Carson Valley Medical Center offers a free take home screening kit in the CVMC Lab.

Depression

Your emotional health is as important as your physical health. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have felt down, sad or hopeless or feel little interest in pleasure or doing things. Carson Valley Medical Center’s Vitality for Life program is designed for seniors dealing with depression or anxiety. Contact 775-782-1599 for more information.

Diabetes

Get screened for diabetes if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medication for high blood pressure.

High Blood Pressure

Starting at age 18, have your blood pressure checked at least every two years.

High Cholesterol

  Starting at age 20, have your cholesterol checked regularly. Carson Valley Medical Center offers affordable lab testing the third Thursday of each month. Click here for more information.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Talk to your healthcare provider.

For men over 50, click here for more information and a screening record.

 

For other general health screenings and information, click here.