Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Medicare will pay for diabetes screening tests for the purpose of early detection for persons at risk for diabetes. Since these are clinical laboratory tests, the beneficiary will not be responsible for a deductible or coinsurance.
The screening includes:
  • Fasting glucose test; and
  • Other tests that may be deemed appropriate after
    consulting with appropriate organizations

A person is at risk if they have any of the following risk factors:

  • High blood pressure or high cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Previously elevated impaired fasting glucose
    or previously impaired glucose tolerance

At least two of the following characteristics:

  • Overweight
  • Family history of diabetes
  • History of gestational diabetes,
    or delivery of a baby over 9 pounds
  • 65 years of age or older

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