Since I am not enrolled in Medicare and my birthday is in March I was surprised to get this email a few days ago. Obviously Medicare does not follow the best practice used in the business world of verifying email addresses by using a Double Opt-in process. I guess I will continue to get the other Mr. Huber’s Medicare emails until he notices that he is not getting emails from Medicare. Arghhh!
What I found particularly interesting in the email is the fine line between preventive care and what looks like Medicare going the extra yard to drum up business for the health care industry. I am really curious whether this strategy will achieve different results than the Oregon Medicaid Experiment which showed no statistically significant impact on physical health measures despite increased use of health care services.
Dear WILLIAM H HUBER,
Happy Birthday from Medicare! We wish you well in the upcoming year and want to remind you of the preventive services Medicare offers to help you stay healthy.
Our records show that you have not taken advantage of some of the preventive services which are available to you now or in the future and listed in the table below. Please talk with your doctor to decide which ones are right for you.
|ANNUAL WELLNESS VISIT||10/01/2016|
|ALCOHOL MISUSE SCREENING||10/01/2015|
|ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSM||10/01/2015|
|CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE (BEHAVIORAL THERAPY)||10/01/2015|
|HIGH INTENSITY BEHAVIORAL COUNSELING||10/01/2015|
To see more details of the services you are eligible for, visit www.MyMedicare.gov and select “Preventive Services” under the “My Health” tab. Or, talk to your doctor for more information.
Remember, Medicare is your partner in health.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.