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ANNUAL EXAM INFORMATION

What is an annual exam?
An annual exam is a once-a-year visit to your primary care provider for a general health check, including a breast exam, pap smear, and rectal exam.

An annual exam is also called a preventive exam, annual physical, yearly physical , yearly exam and routine checkup.

What should I expect during my annual exam?

  • General physical exam (including breast exam)
  • Pelvic exam (pap smear) - Females less than 65 years old
  • Update family health history
  • Review your health history
  • Update of current medications, herbs, and supplements (bring list)
  • Evaluate need for health screening tests based on age and personal and family history (such as mammogram, disease bone density, EKG, CXR, echocardiogram, colon cancer screening, etc. )
  • Update on immunizations

Insurance Coverage Issues:

  • Please check your insurance policy to make sure you are covered for yearly preventive exam.¬† Different insurance policies have different rules for preventive care coverage.
  • Most Insurance companies allow for only one prevention exam per 12-month period (and some will not pay for a visit even a few days before the year s up). Please make sure that it has been 366 days since your last annual examination.
  • If a patient has multiple issues that fall outside a prevention exam a copay may be required.

 

 

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