Have you reached the point in life where you have more time for the grandkids, friends and the activities you enjoy? Make these years your best, by taking care of your health to promote better energy, vitality and longevity.
Your annual exam - a valuable benefit of your Medicare coverage - can help you maintain good health or manage any chronic conditions. The exam is 100 percent covered by Medicare Part B for established Medicare participants.
Medicare will pay for one annual physical for all Medicare beneficiaries who are no longer within the 12 months of their effective date of Medicare coverage, and who haven't received an initial exam for new Medicare enrollees or an annual wellness exam within the past 12 months.
Your annual Medicare wellness exam focuses on either establishing or updating your medical or family history, monitoring your current health, and early detection and diagnosis of any chronic medical conditions.
r Blood pressure check
r Body mass index (BMI) measurement
r Home safety and fall prevention screening
r Immunizations as needed
r Mental health screening
r Personalized health advice
r Preventive screening or tests (cardiac, diabetes, cancer screenings) as needed
r Referrals for health education or preventive counseling services or programs
r Vision, height and weight checks.
You will receive information about preventive health benefits available to you through Medicare, such as a checklist of recommended health screenings and health services. We will answer your questions and talk with you about future health care needs, such as advance directives.
Other exams and services
Based on the results of your annual wellness visit, there are many preventive health services that may be recommended for you. Some of these services may require a coinsurance or copayment and/ or deductible. For more information about these preventive health services and how these benefits apply to you, call Haven Family Practice at 570-748-0590 or visit www.Medicare.gov.
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Dr. Dennis Probst, is board certified - Family Practice and is accepting new patients at Haven Family Practice, 208 E. Church St., Lock Haven, 748-0590. Haven Family Practice offers same day appointments and no wait sick child visits. Probst performs colonoscopy procedures to help diagnosis colorectal cancer, stomach and digestive disease and can work with your primary care physician.