February is National Heart Health Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, one in four deaths are caused by heart disease according to the American Heart Association.

The good news is that heart disease can often be prevented by making healthy choices and managing health conditions while practicing a heart healthy lifestyle.

Since February is American Heart Month we can use this month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it. We can encourage the use of spices to season food instead of salt, make physical activity a part of our day and speak to patients on ways to prevent heart disease.

February is a good time for these heart healthy reminders and to recommend heart-related screening services. Specifically, a Cardiovascular Disease Screening test option may be beneficial as well as Intensive Behavioral Counseling for Cardiovascular Disease. You may find information related to this in the National Coverage Determination, (NCD) 210.11.

This document was developed through the A/B Medicare Administrative Contractor Provider Outreach & Education Collaboration Team. This joint effort ensures consistent communication and education throughout the nation on a variety of topics and will assist the provider and physician community with information necessary to submit claims appropriately and receive proper payment in a timely manner.

Last Updated Feb 25, 2019