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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

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HSAG invites you to celebrate Alcohol Awareness Month by using and sharing the tools and resources featured below to help your practice or health center comprehensively screen for alcohol use. One of the goals of Alcohol Awareness Month is to reduce any stigma related to alcohol misuse. By adding alcohol use screening into your practice, you are helping Medicare beneficiaries understand that alcohol screening is a typical part of their wellness care.

Whether you represent a physician office, a federally Alcohol Awareness Month Call Boxqualified health center (FQHC), or a Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) organization, HSAG is here to help you with your alcohol screening needs while overcoming workflow, patient messaging, and billing challenges. Learn more about HSAG's behavioral health collaborative and receive no-cost assistance for implementing evidence-based best practices on alcohol use screens, reports, analysis, and insights on your data.

Screening and Intervention Tools

  • Visit our resources page, where you will find screening tools and
    other tools.
  • Refer to the three alcohol screens explained in our Alcohol Screening Is Good Medicine flyer to find the one that works for your practice.
  • Use this guide on Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much, prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Billing Resources

  • For a complete explanation on Medicare billing for behavioral health screening, download our presentation or web
    recording here.
  • Use this flyer for Medicare reimbursement codes and tips.

Workflow Resources

  • Modify your workflow to efficiently perform alcohol screening by using this handout.
  • Adopt these simple approaches from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) to make your practice more alcohol-aware by using the Alcohol Use Practice Manual.

Patient-Directed Resources

  • Share these patient-directed flyers (English/Spanish) that explain the importance of Medicare Wellness Visits, which include no-cost alcohol use screenings.

For more information, visit the National Institute on Aging website for facts about aging and alcohol. For more information about Alcohol Awareness Month, visit the NCADD website.

1. Based on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Part B claim billing rates for alcohol use screening.