At WMH, our NPs are trained in behavioral health and case management to be able to handle patient appointments, provide primary care to patients, perform initial and physical examinations, and request and administer diagnostic tests. Their experience and communication skills allow them to discuss healthy lifestyle choices with our patients, depending on their age and complete diagnostic test, to help them during the healing process. In addition, they are constantly coordinating with our mental health providers to keep the medical records updated.
Regular meetings with your primary care provider are crucial for your health, and skipping annual wellness visits is highly unadvised. A wellness exam is a type of preventative care that focuses on maintaining wellness and preventing future health problems, instead of waiting for an issue to occur. Wellness visits or exams are usually annual and generally covered by your insurance, even if it may not cover other related expenses, such as labs or tests. Insurance plans vary, but most of them pay for one wellness exam a year; do not hesitate to verify your current insurance plan and obtain any prior authorization.
While wellness exam screenings vary given your age, gender, and current condition, you may be asked to receive a screening for cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, mammogram, osteoporosis, STDs, or run a pap test. Target questions can focus more on your current levels of stress, physical activity, diet, or drug use such as tobacco and alcohol, in order to discuss ways to improve your overall health through a healthy lifestyle.