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At Avista Family Medicine we do accept Medicare and provide comprehensive health care for seniors from preventative care to medication management for chronic disease. If your child is ill or you have questions about whether they need to be seen, please
Senior health care services available at Avista Family Medicine:
We want you to receive wellness care-health care that may lower your risk of illness or injury. Medicare pays for some wellness, care, but it does not pay for all the wellness care that you might need. We want you to know about your Medicare benefits and how we can help you get the most from them.
The term "physical" is often used to describe wellness care. But, Medicare does not pay for a traditional, head-to-toe physical. Medicare does pay for a wellness visit once a year to identify health risks and help you to reduce them. At your wellness visit, our health care team will take a complete health history and provide several other services:
Before your appointment, our staff will ask you some questions about your health and you will be asked to fill out a medicare wellness visit form. It is very important that you honestly answer the questions and complete all forms as requested prior to your visit.
The forms need to be completed and must be mailed back one week before or dropped off at the office at least three days prior to your visit, and, you must show up at minimum one half-hour prior to your visit in order for the staff to complete necessary components of the wellness visit.
A wellness visit does not deal with new or existing health problems or concerns.
That would be a separate service and requires a separate visit appointment. You must let our scheduling staff know if you need the physician's help with a health problem, a medication refill or something else, as these will need to be taken care of in a separate manner. If the need is immediate and not enough time has been allotted to take care of both the wellness visit and the problem, we will have to cancel the wellness visit and substitute an acute care visit. If the problem is small, at the physician's discretion, the problem or concern will be taken care of, but a separate charge will need to be generated and you may receive a bill or need to pay a co-pay. If the need is not immediate and/or there is not enough time allotted, we will need to schedule a separate appointment.
Again note: A separate charge applies to these extra services, whether provided on the same date or a different date than the wellness visit.
We hope to help you get the most from your Medicare wellness benefits.
Other senior health care services include:
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