Medi-Cal members

It’s important for a new member to get a check-up even if you’re not sick. Be sure to schedule this checkup soon after becoming a FirstChoice Medical Group patient. Call your primary care doctor today to make an appointment for a new member check-up. Your doctor’s telephone number is on your Member ID.

Routine care

Seeing your doctor on a normal basis is the best way to care for your health and well-being.

With routine exams, your doctor will:

  • Get to know you and your health history better.
  • Give you the best care — when it is needed.
  • Suggest ways to stay healthy.
  • Tell you when to use the ER and when to call the doctor first.
  • Screen you for health problems.
  • Prevent chronic diseases and promotes health and wellness
Why Annual Wellness Visits are important

The goal of an Annual Wellness Visit is to create a complete personal and family health history and help prevent future health problems.

It’s not a head-to-toe physical. Instead, it’s similar to the one-time Welcome to Medicare Visit you receive when you join Medicare.

The AWV lets you and your doctor:

  • Talk about your health history and any other health concerns
  • Review your medications and immunizations
  • Check on your existing health problems
  • Determine any potential future concerns, and how to prevent them
What to bring to your Annual Wellness Visit
  • A list of all medications, including vitamins and supplements.
  • Names of all your healthcare providers. This includes doctors, pharmacists, therapists, home health agencies, and non-traditional providers.
  • Your immunization records, including flu or pneumonia shots.
Covered services

During your first Annual Wellness Visit, your PCP will develop a prevention plan just for you. Your PCP and care team may also:

  • Check your height, weight, blood pressure, and other routine measurements.
  • Ask you to complete a health risk assessment questionnaire. You may be asked to do this before or during the visit. You will be asked about your current health, injury and behavioral risks, and any urgent needs.
  • Review your functional ability and level of safety, including screening for hearing impairments and fall risk.
  • Assess your ability to perform daily tasks (such as bathing and dressing), and your level of safety at home.
  • Learn about your medical and family history.
  • Make a list of your current providers, durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers, and medications.
  • Review prescriptions, as well as any vitamins and supplements.
  • Create a written 5 to 10 year screening schedule based on your health status and screening history and offer age-appropriate, Medicare-covered preventive screening services.
  • Check for cognitive issues, such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and depression.
  • Provide health advice and referrals to education and preventive counseling services to find risk factors and promote wellness.
What your doctor should do at Annual Wellness Visits
  • Check your weight and blood pressure
  • Update your health risk assessment
  • Update your medical and family history
  • Update your list of current medical providers and suppliers
  • Update your written screening schedule
  • Screen for cognitive issues
  • Provide health advice and referrals to health education and/or preventive counseling services
Costs

Medicare Advantage Plans must cover AWVs without applying deductible, copayments or coinsurance. This applies as long as your provider is in-network and you meet eligibility requirements.

If your provider finds a need to treat a new or existing problem during your visit, then this is considered diagnostic. This is since you are being treated for certain symptoms or risks. You may then need to pay for your portion of copayment or coinsurance.

For more information from Medicare, click here:
https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/yearly-wellness-visits

Call your primary doctor today and schedule yours. Be your own advocate.