What qualifies as a Wellness or Preventive Care Visit?
Preventive or Wellness visits are a proactive way to ensure that you as a patient maintain regular focus on ways to keep their bodies and minds healthy. When you schedule this visit with your provider you will discuss the following:
- The current state of your health
- Your medical and family history
- Your weight and blood pressure
- Potential risk factors
- Medication use
- Health goals you have for the future
Your provider may offer health advice and referrals for services such as health education and counseling. Preventive medical care is important because it provides you and your care team with an idea of your current health state, which can be useful for assessing future health care needs.
What typically happens during a Wellness or Preventive Care Visit?
During preventive/wellness care visit, your provider will:
- Use screening and assessment to uncover unknown medical conditions. Often, these conditions could be in early stages, where no sign or symptom has yet manifested.
- Receive an examination by your provider and participate in a discussion about your general well-being, including your physical and emotional health.
- Discuss additional topics such as immunizations, recommendations with regard to diet and exercise, etc.
This visit is not a head-to-toe physical and is not designed to evaluate new/chronic problems or conditions.
How does a Wellness/Preventive Care Visit differ from a Sick Visit?
During a “sick” visit, your provider is going to evaluate your physical complaint(s) or ailment(s). It could also be a time when your provider addresses an acute or chronic health issue you have been experiencing. Sick visits with your provider are used to evaluate new or existing conditions/pain/symptoms, and can include the management of long-standing health concerns.
Could a visit to our office include discussion on both Preventive and Sick Care?
It is possible for patients to be scheduled for both a wellness and a sick visit in one day. It could also happen that a patient or provider, during a wellness visit, discusses additional concerns about new/chronic health conditions. In these instances, patients could be billed for both a sick visit and a wellness visit.
Have additional questions?
Please reach out to us by calling (630) 942‑7998. We can help you determine which visit(s) should be scheduled and can also address any questions or concerns you may have.