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April 20, 2018

Alcohol Misuse Screening and Counseling

About 38 million adults in the United States drink too much. Only one in six adults have talked to a health professional. Alcohol screening and brief counseling has been proven to work and talking to your patient is the first step!

All Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for alcohol screening. Medicare beneficiaries who screen positive are eligible for counseling if both of the following are met:

  • Competent and alert at the time counseling is provided.
  • Counseling is furnished by qualified primary care physician or other primary care practitioners in a primary care setting.

Learn more about this positive preventive benefit on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) MLN Educational Tool, Medicare Preventive Services.External Website

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