First SARS-CoV-2 Home Diagnostic Test Approved

The first SARS-CoV-2 home diagnostic test was approved on April 21, 2020. The test was developed by Labcorp. The initial plans are to make the test available to healthcare workers.

The test however, can not be used in states such as Maryland, New Jersey, New York, or Rhode Island because those states currently only allow tests to be administered by physicians.

Kaiser Family Health News reports the story in detail here

Stroke Awareness: What are the signs?

More than 800,000 strokes happen each year in the United States. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and is a major cause of serious disability for adults.

A stroke is caused by blocked blood flow to the brain and can affect a person’s speech, movement, memory, and more. It’s important to know the signs of a stroke and get help quickly. Some of the warning signs include:

  • Weakness in the face, arm, or leg
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Vision loss
  • Dizziness
  • Brief loss of consciousness

If you think you or a loved one is having a stroke, call 911 immediately and note the time when the first symptoms appeared.

Anyone can have a stroke at any age, but almost three-quarters of all strokes happen in people over 65. Certain factors can increase your chances of having a stroke, like smoking and drinking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and bad eating habits. Up to 80% of strokes may be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle. Taking advantage of these Medicare preventive services can help:

In most cases, you’ll pay nothing for these services.

If you’re new to Medicare, you can get a “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit where your doctor will give you information about free screenings and preventive services available to you.

Talk to your doctor about ways you can take small steps now to improve your health. For more details about Medicare’s coverage of preventive services, get a copy of “Your Guide to Medicare’s Preventive Services.”

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. It’s a great time to learn about the signs of stroke and the Medicare preventive services that can help you prevent stroke.

COVID Self Checker

The Coronavirus Self Checker Named Clara

Everyone can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Coronavirus Self-Checker, also known as Clara, can help you decide when to call your doctor if you are feeling sick. Try the symptom checker here:

COVID-19 and Pets

We’re still learning about how #COVID19 affects animals, but it appears that people can spread the virus to animals in some situations. Until we know more, limit contact with pets if you are sick or feeling sick. For more info, see:

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Medicare Payment for Lab Services

Medicare Payment for Lab Services

Where Medicare Beneficiaries Can Get Tested for COVID-19

Where Medicare Beneficiaries Can Get Tested for COVID-19

New rules to support and expand COVID-19 diagnostic testing for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries

CMS announces changes in Medicare due to Coronavirus


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