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Second Quarter 2011

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Remind Members to Put Prevention into Practice

Working with your doctor to stay well is as important as getting treatment when you are sick. You are a key part of your own health care team.

Regular checkups are important

Press your enrolled employees to take charge of their health! Encourage them to schedule an appointment with their CoverTN Network V provider to talk about what preventive health services they need and when they need them. (For ways on finding a CoverTN provider, see the article called "How Members Can Find In-Network Providers")

Why are checkups important?

Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when chances for treatment and cure are better. By getting the right health services, screenings and treatments, members are taking steps that help their chances for living a longer, healthier life.

Which tests are needed?

Which exams your employees need depends on their age, health and family history, and lifestyle choices. Such choices include what they eat, how active they are, and if they smoke. Your employees may need to be screened for:

  • Some types of cancer
  • High blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis (weak bones)
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Hearing and vision loss

Suggest that they check with their doctor about which tests they will need.

How can members make the most of their checkups?

Recommend that they do these things:

Before they go:

  • Review their family health history so that they can tell their doctor about the diseases that run in their family.
  • Find out if they are due for any general screening or vaccines (shots).
  • Write down a list of issues and/or questions about their health to take with them to the doctor's office.

While at the doctor's office:

  • Tell their doctor if they are due for any screening tests or shots. Ask their doctor about any tests recommended for people of their age group, gender, family history and risk factors.
  • If they're prescribed a medicine, ask about possible side effects.
  • If a procedure is recommended, ask about non-surgical alternatives and what the risks are if they do and don't have it.
  • Make sure to get the results from every test. Ask their doctor to explain things in detail (i.e., results, health problem).

After they go:

  • Be sure to get the results from any test that was sent to a lab for analysis.
  • Ask their doctor to explain the results of that test, too.

What about cost?

CoverTN will pay for preventive services received by an in-network provider. This includes:

  • one well-woman exam every calendar year
  • prostrate cancer screening
  • a well-care exam every calendar year.

Reference: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website

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