Preventive Services


Medicare covers many preventive and screening services at no cost to you (waived deductible and coinsurance/copayment) if your doctor accepts assignment, including the following:

  • Your first "Welcome to Medicare" visit, also known as the Initial Preventive Physical Examination (IPPE)
  • Annual Wellness Visit
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening (Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT), flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy)
  • Bone Mass Measurement
  • Cardiovascular Disease Screening  
  • Diabetes Screening Tests
  • Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Vaccination
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Screening
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Pneumococcal Vaccination
  • Prostate Cancer Screening – Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test
  • Screening Mammogram
  • Screening Pap Test
  • Screening Pelvic Exam (including a clinical breast examination)
  • Seasonal Influenza Virus Vaccination
  • Smoking and Tobacco-Use Cessation Counseling Services and Counseling to Prevent Tobacco Use (for symptomatic beneficiaries)
  • Intensive Behavioral Therapy (IBT) for Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)
  • Intensive Behavioral Therapy (IBT) for Obesity
  • Screening for Depression
  • Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Screening and High Intensity Behavioral Counseling (HIBC) to Prevent STIs
  • Hepatitis C Screening Test
  • Lung Cancer Screening

For some preventive services, coinsurance or copayment and the Medicare Part B deductible apply:

  • Diabetes Self-Management Training
  • Glaucoma Screening
  • Prostate Cancer Screening – Digital Rectal Examination

For Colorectal Cancer Screening (Barium Enema), the coinsurance or copayment applies, and the Medicare Part B deductible is waived.

View a list of Medicare’s covered preventive services to see more information on Medicare covered preventive services including who is covered and how often the services are covered.



Preventive Services Articles


Last Updated: 08/16/2008