Your Primary Care Provider (PCP) is your main source of healthcare. This is the provider you go to when you are healthy and when you are sick. Your PCP will direct your care when you need to see other providers and will know you best.
Some PCPs are part of a Patient or Person-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). In a PCMH, a team of providers works closely with you and your other providers to assist with every part of your healthcare.
You have your annual physical when you are healthy so it’s called a “well-visit.” When you see your PCP each year for your physical exam, your provider will examine you and run tests and screenings to make sure you are healthy inside and out. Your PCP will also review your health history and your family history. During these visits, small problems can often be found and treated before they become big problems. When health issues are treated early, you can get better faster!
To help you make the most of your well-visit, here are some resources that will help you get the care you need and help you talk with your provider about any tests, treatments, or procedures you may need:
Preventive care is covered for all HUSKY Health members. For the service to be covered, your provider must participate in the HUSKY Health program.
Make sure you and your family are up to date on preventive services. To find the care you or your loved ones need to stay healthy based on age and gender, click on the link below.
Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) services is a program to make sure that children, up to age 21, get the care they need to grow up healthy.
EPSDT services include well-care visits for children. A well-care visit is when your child sees the PCP for a routine checkup. The reason for the visit is to see how your child is growing and developing. The EPSDT/well-care visit includes a complete exam. This will include checking your child’s height, weight, vision, hearing, and blood lead levels. Depending on the age and health history of your child, the PCP may also give your child a shot. The provider can give you advice about your child’s nutritional needs and activity levels.
At each well-visit, your PCP will make sure you are up-to-date on all of your shots and that you have all of the screenings you need.
Click the links below to learn what to expect for screenings and immunizations during your adult well-care visit:
Babies and children should have a pediatrician or family practitioner for their PCP. Babies need to see their providers more often to make sure they are growing and developing mentally and physically. They also need vaccines, protective shots, early in life to protect them from dangerous diseases.
Get the most out of your annual well-visit! Talk with your PCP about any medical questions or concerns you have. By asking questions, you can improve your care and be an active member of your healthcare team.
Print out the HUSKY Health Care Checklist and bring it with you to your next well-visit. This will help you think of things to speak with your PCP about. You can also ask if the tests and screenings on the checklist are necessary for you to take, and if you need additional tests and screenings.
For more information on when to schedule a well-visit, click here.
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