Have you seen your health care provider yet?

It is important to see your health care provider annually and as needed. Your primary care physician (PCP) should be aware of each specialist and other providers you see. Think of you as the captain of your health, and your PCP as second in command!

You have the right to direct your own health care but isn't it great when your second in command is knowledgeable and able to assist and guide you towards the right path to wellness! Be sure to schedule your annual visit and keep your PCP in the loop when deciding on important health decisions.

Do you know what screenings are important for adults of Medicare age?

What do I need to go to the doctor for?
What am I supposed to get done when I get there?
When should I get all of my screenings completed?
Have you ever asked yourself these questions?

It can be confusing and time-consuming figuring out your healthcare needs. Please use this handy chart to aid you in remembering your screenings.

Annual Wellness Visit-includes BMI, B/P
Medication List and Review-changes in care (hospital stay) every time you visit provider
Breast Cancer Screening-yearly starting at age 40
Bone Mass Measurement- exception must meet specific requirements (speak with your Dr.)
Colorectal Cancer Screening- Colonoscopy every 10 years, FOBT kit yearly
Comprehensive Diabetic Care- Diabetic eye exam-yearly
Comprehensive Diabetic Care- HBA1c every three months

Are you filling prescriptions and following directions as ordered?

Did you know that even when you use a discount card at the pharmacy, you should also provide them with your insurance card? This allows communication to be given back to your health plan and provider. It’s shows that you are following doctor’s orders and taking control of your health!

Be sure to take your medications as prescribed. Do not stop or take varied amounts of your prescribed medications. Always consult your provider before making any changes!