Evidence-based items or services with an "A" or "B" rating from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) are required to be covered without cost sharing. Below are the 2018 additions/changes to the USPSTF recommendations. You can find all of the USPSTF recommendations here.
|September 2018||Syphilis screening: pregnant women||The USPSTF recommends early screening for syphilis infection in all pregnant women.||A|
|August 2018||Cervical cancer screening||The USPSTF recommends screening for cervical cancer every 3 years with cervical cytology alone in women aged 21 to 29 years. For women aged 30 to 65 years, the USPSTF recommends screening every 3 years with cervical cytology alone, every 5 years with high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) testing alone, or every 5 years with hrHPV testing in combination with cytology (cotesting).||A|
|June 2018||Osteoporosis screening: postmenopausal women younger than 65 years at increased risk of osteoporosis||The USPSTF recommends screening for osteoporosis with bone measurement testing to prevent osteoporotic fractures in postmenopausal women younger than 65 years who are at increased risk of osteoporosis, as determined by a formal clinical risk assessment tool.||B|
|June 2018||Osteoporosis screening: women 65 years and older||TThe USPSTF recommends screening for osteoporosis with bone measurement testing to prevent osteoporotic fractures in women 65 years and older.he USPSTF recommends early screening for syphilis infection in all pregnant women.||B|
|April 2018||Falls prevention: older adults||The USPSTF recommends exercise interventions to prevent falls in community-dwelling adults 65 years or older who are at increased risk for falls.||B|
|March 2018||Skin cancer behavioral counseling||The USPSTF recommends counseling young adults, adolescents, children, and parents of young children about minimizing exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation for persons aged 6 months to 24 years with fair skin types to reduce their risk of skin cancer.||B|
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