HHS secretary pushes Medicare diabetes screening

Thursday, May 31, 2007

WASHINGTON - HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt began a multistate campaign April 20 to encourage Medicare beneficiaries to use preventive care, including screening for diabetes. Leavitt planned to visit Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut during the first week of the campaign. Most screenings require beneficiaries to pay 20% of the cost. Leavitt said that U.S. residents spend about $3.8 billion for diabetes-related hospitalizations, about two-thirds of which could be avoided with appropriate preventive care.