Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What services are included in my annual exam or wellness visit?
A: We schedule adequate time to cover the following items during your annual exam:
- Review of your medical history
- Perform an age appropriate exam
- Review possible risk factors and create a plan to reduce them
- Order immunizations, screening lab tests or diagnostic imaging exams
Q: What isn’t included in my annual exam?
A: Your annual exam is not intended to be a problem-based, or follow-up visit. The focus is on overall health and wellness, and we may or may not have enough time to discuss all health issues thoroughly.
Q: What is considered a “problem” visit?
A: This type of visit it to evaluate and/or monitor chronic issues or specific health concerns, such as:
- Blood pressure concerns or high blood pressure
- Changing moles
Q: If I have a new symptom or concern to discuss with my provider, is this considered a problem and will I have an extra charge?
A: These situations will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis indicated by the urgency and amount of time required. Patient safety always comes first. Some concerns may require a separate visit and some services may require additional charges.
Q: Is my annual exam covered by my insurance?
A: Under current guidelines, most insurances cover the exam without a copay or coinsurance. Meaning you won’t have any out-of-pocket expenses.
Q: If I want to discuss a problem or concern at my annual physical, will my insurance cover it?
A: If you have an acute or chronic medical problem which isn’t considered “preventive care,” it will most likely be considered a “second service” from your insurance company. As such, you may have a copay or coinsurance fee due for the additional service.
Q: Can I choose to discuss a problem or chronic issue with my provider during my annual exam?
A: If for convenience sake, you wish to address all of your health concerns at a single visit, ask your provider if there is sufficient time to do so. If there is time, you may be subject to additional costs. See the question and answer above.
Q: Can I choose to schedule another visit to discuss any problems or chronic issues?
A: Absolutely. You can schedule this visit at any time, either after your annual exam or prior to. Just make sure to let the scheduler know the reason for the appointment. This visit would be subject to your regular copay.