As a member of a Peoples Health Medicare health plan, you are our priority. Our commitment is to take care of your health. This means much more than ensuring you have access to healthcare providers. It's about providing you with the resources and tools you need to manage and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Use the tabs on the left-hand side of this page to learn more about common topics our members are interested in.
We will also post on this page plan or general informational updates that may affect you as a Peoples Health plan member.
Medicare has revised the coverage rules for several healthcare procedures. To be covered, procedures generally must be received through a provider in your Peoples Health plan’s provider network.
You can find more details about these coverage changes by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), 24 hours a day, seven days a week. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. If you have received any of these treatments on or after the effective dates and would like to seek reimbursement, contact Member Services.
Lung Cancer Screening
Effective February 5, 2015, Medicare has classified an annual lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography as an additional preventive service benefit under Medicare for those meeting the following criteria:
- 55-77 years of age
- Asymptomatic (no signs or symptoms of lung cancer)
- Tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (one pack-year = smoking one pack per day for one year; 1 pack = 20 cigarettes)
- Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years
The initial screening must be ordered by a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist during a lung cancer screening counseling and shared decision-making visit. Subsequent screenings may be ordered during any appropriate visit.
Medicare has revised the coverage rules for screenings for hepatitis C virus (HCV). Effective June 2, 2014, Medicare covers:
- A screening for patients at high risk for hepatitis C infection (those with a current or past history of illicit injection drug use or who received a blood transfusion prior to 1992). Repeat screenings for these patients are covered annually only if there is continued illicit injection drug use since a prior negative screening test.
- A single screening test is covered for patients who are not high risk as defined above, but who were born between 1945 and 1965.
The screening must be ordered by a patient’s primary care physician or a practitioner within a primary care setting and performed by an eligible Medicare provider.
Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation and Cardiac Rehabilitation
Effective, May 16, 2014, Medicare has expanded the intensive cardiac rehabilitation (ICR) benefit to include the Benson-Henry Institute Cardiac Wellness Program, which meets the intensive cardiac rehabilitation (ICR) program requirements set forth by Congress and is now included on the list of medicare-approved ICR programs.
The Cardiac Wellness Program is a multi-component intervention program that includes supervised exercise, behavioral interventions and counseling, and is designed to reduce cardiovascular risk and improve health outcomes.
Screening Fecal-Occult Blood Tests (FOBT)
Effective January 27, 2014, an FOBT is covered if a written order is provided by the patient’s attending physician or by a physician assistant, nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist, every 12 months for patients 50 years of age and older. Previously, Medicare would only cover the FOBT if the order was written by the patient’s physician.
Ultrasound Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurism
Effective January 27, 2014, an abdominal aortic aneurism screening is covered for eligible patients without requiring them to receive a referral as part of the initial preventive physical examination (commonly known as the “Welcome to Medicare Preventive Visit”). Patients only need to obtain a referral from their physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist, and to meet other coverage requirements.
Medicare has retroactively revised the coverage rules for two healthcare benefits related to cancer treatment.
Scans for Solid Tumors
Previously, Medicare required the gathering of specific information before covering any fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography scans for cancer treatment. Effective June 11, 2013, however, Medicare no longer requires the data collection in order to cover three scans for use in guiding anti-tumor treatment after initial anti-cancer therapy.
Drugs for Vomiting and Nausea
Medicare previously covered the oral three-drug combination of aprepitant, a 5HT3 antagonist and dexamethasone during or after treatment with a defined list of chemotherapy agents considered “highly” likely to cause vomiting and nausea. Effective May 29, 2013, Medicare expanded coverage to include the following chemotherapy agents, which are only “moderately” likely to cause nausea and vomiting:
Do Your Part to Prevent Fraud
Each year, Medicare loses billions of dollars to fraud,
which raises costs for everyone. So check out these
tips on how to keep from becoming a victim, and share
the information with your friends.
Question Free Medical Supplies
Medicare does not sell or mail medical supplies. If you receive medical supplies that you or your doctor did not order, you might be the target of a fraud scheme. Take action to protect your Medicare benefits:
- Refuse medical supplies you did not order
- Return unordered medical supplies that are shipped to your home
- Call us to report companies that send you these items
Report Services Not Provided
You are one of the first lines of defense against Medicare fraud. Do your part and report services or items that you have been billed for, but did not receive. Review your plan statement and be on the lookout for this scheme:
- Make sure you received the services or items billed
- Check the number of services billed
- Ensure the same service has not been billed more than once
Prevent Identity Theft
Identity theft can lead to higher healthcare costs for everyone enrolled in Medicare. Current fraud schemes to be on the lookout for include:
- People using your Medicare or health plan member number for reimbursements of services you never received
- People calling you to ask for your Medicare or health plan numbers
- People trying to bribe you to use a doctor you don’t know to get services you may not need
Protect Medicare for Future Generations
Did you know that reducing Medicare fraud is one step toward making sure your grandchildren will have Medicare when they need it? You can do your part by being on the lookout for fraudulent schemes such as:
- People going door to door to sell you healthcare items or services (only your doctor knows what you need)
- People calling you to ask for your Medicare or health plan numbers
- People offering you money or other incentives
Protect Your Identity and Your Benefits
Never give out your Social Security, Medicare, health plan, or banking information to someone you don’t know. Carefully review your Explanation of Benefits to ensure all the information is correct. Know that free services do not require you to give your plan or Medicare number to anyone.
Compliance and Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline
To report potential violations of the law, call the toll-free Peoples Health Compliance Hotline at
. You may choose to remain anonymous. We have a nonretaliation policy toward all callers.