18 Ways that Preventative Care Can Help You Stay Healthy

    Monday, September 09, 2019
    A preventive health visit can help you see how healthy you are now and help identify any health issues before they become more serious. You and your doctor can then work together to choose the care that may be right for you. Recommended preventive care services may include the following (see uhc.com for full list and find out about preventative care for children):

    1. Wellness Examinations.
    2. Well-Woman Visits — including routine prenatal visits.
    3. Alcohol Screening and Brief Counseling — screening during wellness examinations. Brief counseling interventions for certain patients.
    4. Blood Pressure Screening — at each wellness examination. Certain patients may also require ambulatory blood pressure measurements outside of a clinical setting. Check with your doctor.
    5. Breastfeeding Primary Care Interventions, Counseling, Support and Supplies — during pregnancy and after birth. Includes personal use electric breast pump.
    6. Cervical Cancer Screening (Pap Smear) — women age 21–65 years old.
    7. Cholesterol Screening — for age 40–75 years.
    8. Colorectal Cancer Screening — for age 50–75 years. Ask your physician about screening methods and intervals for screening.
    9. Depression Screening — for all adults, in a primary care setting.
    10. Diabetes Screening — for age 40–70 who are overweight or obese or for those of any age that have a history of gestational diabetes.
    11. Immunizations — FDA approved and have explicit ACIP recommendations for routine use. For more information, visit cdc.gov/vaccines.
    12. Intimate Partner Violence, Interpersonal and Domestic Violence, Counseling and Screening — during wellness examination.
    13. Lung Cancer Screening with Low-Dose CT Scan — for age 55–80 years with at least a 30 pack-year history (with prior authorization).
    14. Mammography Screening.
    15. Obesity Screening and Counseling — at each wellness examination. Certain patients may need medical nutrition therapy.
    16. Osteoporosis Screening — women age 65 and older, and younger women at increased risk.
    17. Skin Cancer, Behavioral Counseling to Prevent — at each wellness examination, for young adults up to age 24 years.
    18. Tobacco Cessation, Screening, Behavioral Counseling — screening, and behavioral counseling for adults who smoke, in a primary care setting (refer to pharmacy vendor for pharmacotherapy for tobacco cessation).

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