ANNUAL WELLNESS VISIT vs A PHYSICAL EXAM
October 10, 2017
During an annual wellness visit (usually a fully covered benefit), you'll learn how to keep your body and mind healthy. Unlike a physical exam, this isn't about diagnosing a health issue - it's about preventing them. The goal of an annual wellness visit is to develop a personal prevention and wellness plan with your provider based on your unique health factors.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A TYPICAL PHYSICAL EXAM
A physical exam (or sick visit/problem focused) is when a provider examines your body to determine if you do or do not have a physical problem. A physical exam typically includes such tests as a check of vital signs; measurement of height, weight and blood pressure; and an inspection of your body.
Because this is an extensive examination of the body and what's ailing you, there is limited focus on prevention.
ANNUAL WELLNESS VISITS FOCUS ON PREVENTION FOR MEDICARE MEMBERS
During an annual wellness visit, a discussion about your current health and risk factors will help you and your provider determine what you need to do to be as healthy as possible.
It helps if you're prepared to answer questions about your physical and emotional health during the past year. Your provider will ask you about vaccines and screenings, medication use and wellness goals. You should also have any questions that you want to ask your provider written down, so that you can be sure to leave your visit with all of the information you need. Keep in mind you may have someone from your provider's healthcare team call and discuss these items with you over the phone.
In order for your provider to review your medications, you should bring the medications you take to your annual wellness visit. This includes prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as any vitamins and supplements.
Also, be sure to take the time you have with your provider to ask him or her about any preventative screenings or tests you should plan on scheduling, such as breast cancer screenings, cholesterol testing and colorectal cancer screenings. If you are due for a screening, the wellness visit is the ideal time to ask your provider for a prescription or order for the screening. If you are not sure which screenings may be appropriate, be sure to ask your provider at the time of your appointment.
Just like a routine physical exam, even if you are in good health, an annual wellness visit is important to maintaining your health because it addresses any concerns early on. And remember, the appointment is fully covered for anyone with Medicare, so be sure to schedule yours today.
September 10, 2017
We now have flu vaccines available! Please call to schedule your appointment today!
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
June 20, 2017
To Our Valued Patients:
HEALOW APPLICATION ERROR IN REPORTING OF TIME
June 7, 2017
Attention HEALOW App Users! On June 1, 2017 it came to our attention that the appointment time in the Healow App shows one hour AHEAD of your scheduled appointment time. We were informed by our EMR technical support that they are aware of the issue but do not yet have a patch developed to correct it. Our clinic is on the list to have this corrected when they do solve the problem.
IF YOU ARE WILLING - WE MAY BE ABLE! MEET OUR PA
May 7, 2017
Our Physician Assistant, Jordan E. Finnegan, is available to see you when your regular primary care physician may not be able to. Jordan can assist you with acute illness like a cold or flu or sudden injury. Chronic condition flare ups; such as COPD exacerbation, diabetic flare up "sugar spike" or lows, hypertension and most singular type issues to get you stable until you can be seen by your PCP.
NEW WALK IN LAB HOURS
April 7, 2017
For the convenience of our patients effective April 2017 we have changed our walk-in lab hours to: