by Wyn Staheli, Director of Research
April 23rd, 2015
April is Alcohol Awareness Month and April 9 is National Alcohol Screening Day. Because alcohol misuse contributes to a variety of both social and medical problems, this day was set aside as a way to reach out, educate and increase awareness in communities. By screenings and other initiatives, at-risk individuals can get connected with treatment options.
Considered a preventive service, if screenings meet insurance criteria, they may be reimbursed at 100%. For example, Medicare has posted the following information:
Medicare covers an annual alcohol screening. For those who screen positive, Medicare will cover and up to four, brief face-to-face behavioral counseling interventions per year for Medicare beneficiaries, including pregnant women:
The Medicare coinsurance and Part B deductible are waived for this preventive service.