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Yuma, AZ 85364

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What to expect at your Annual Well-Woman Exam

The annual well-woman (or yearly) exam is an essential part of your ongoing health maintenance. Effective August 1st 2012 and as your health insurance plan renews, well-woman visits are covered. The intent of the annual well-woman exam is for routine health maintenance. The assumption is that you do not have specific medical problems or conditions that will be addressed at this appointment. You are typically given an allotted amount of preventative care allowance and/or one well-woman visit a year. Be sure to check with your insurance to see how much you have remaining.

What things are normally considered to be part of an annual well-woman exam:

    • Overall assessment of:
      • Health Status
      • Menstrual/contraceptive status
      • Physical Activity
      • Sexual practices
      • Tobacco, alcohol and drug use
      • The need for periodic health screening tests (i.e. Pap test, cholesterol, mammograms)
      • Discussion of specialty-appropriate medication refills
    • A gynecologic-orientated physical exam, including:
      • Height/Weight
      • Body Mass Index
      • Blood Pressure
      • Abdominal Exam
      • Breast Exam
      • Pelvic Exam
    • Other tests/exams that may be performed:
      • Chlamydia and gonorrhea
      • HIV testing for sexually active adolescents and women
      • Other STD testing
      • Vaccination for flu, TDAP, HPV

Difference between problem-orientated visit and annual well-woman exam:

If health issues are discussed at your well-woman exam*, we will need to bill the visit as a problem-focused code and your insurance company may apply a copay or deductible. Your insurance will only allow us to bill for a specific code indicating the visit today with a preventative visit. Please review your insurance coverage for information on what is covered as part of your visit.

If you wish to discuss additional health issues, please let the receptionist know so they can schedule accordingly.

*This applies to mammography and laboratory routine versus problem-focused billing. Due to the complexities and variations of health plans, Women’s Health Specialists cannot be responsible for knowing each patient’s individual coverage and benefits. If you are here for a scheduled preventive medicine visit (i.e. well-visit, annual, or yearly physical exam) this visit will be submitted as a preventive exam to your insurance. If during the course of your preventive exam, the physician addresses and documents a problem-related issue (i.e. hypertension, depression, diabetes, pain, acne, etc.), we cannot bill your insurance the visit as a wellness exam so a copayment or deductible may apply.  

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