Preventative Screenings: Managing Conditions Before They Arise

Maintaining health and well-being is the single most important thing anyone will do during their lifetime. Yet, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as of 2013, Americans only use preventative services at approximately half the recommended rate. There are two fundamental components of an individual’s healthcare: treating current conditions and preventative care to reduce the risk of future conditions.

The scope of preventative health services includes screenings, physicals, check-ups and counseling. These services are imperative to utilize when it comes to detecting and preventing illness. The earlier an illness or health condition can be diagnosed the easier it is to treat, making preventative screenings one of the most important steps to take in managing your own health.

Today, most health plans are required to cover preventative services at no cost to you, even if you haven’t met your yearly deductible. This means there are no out-of-pocket copayments or coinsurance. Make sure to check with your network provider to confirm what screenings are fully covered.

Preventative health services vary based on gender, age, and type of screening; use the table below from Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association as a guide for what services are recommended for you, and make sure to visit http://www.cdc.gov/prevention/ for more information.

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Verve Health is focused on blending conventional medicine with integrative practices, creating a culture of real health and well-being for participants. While integrative medicine focuses on the treatment of conditions in a holistic fashion, the most practical method for maintaining good health is to address health concerns before they occur. Common dangerous health conditions, such as elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels, often go undiagnosed for long periods of time, placing individuals at great risk of developing serious health problems. Our preventative health services offer the means to detect and treat these issues, providing our participants with knowledge of their health status and opportunities to take healthy corrective action before major medical intervention is needed.