The Preferred Family Medicine

Comprehensive Wellness Program

Preferred Family Medicine's Comprehensive Wellness Program (CWP) is a benefit for our annual paying members. The entire process is quite involved and staged over a few weeks. Our wellness program is different from the typical insurance-based annual physical exam.  We include expanded lab panels, advanced screening tests, and an extended visit with your doctor. Altogether, our patients come away with a clear assessment of their current health status and a personalized care plan.

Below is an outline of our Comprehensive Wellness Program and Physical Exam:

 

Pre-Visit Communication
  • Contact via phone or portal
  • Obtain pertinent records from outside providers including:
    • Hospital Visits
    • Emergency Room Visits
    • Urgent Care Visits
    • Specialist Visits and Consultations
    • X-Ray / Diagnostic Imaging Centers
    • Labs
    • Cardiology Studies/Reports
    • Medication  & Pharmacy Info
    • Other
  • Review Immunizations
  • Sign Medical Records Release (if not done already)

 

Part 1 - Pre-Physical Testing
  • 30-60 min appointment with Medical Assistant and/or Doctor
  • Vital Signs (weight, blood pressure, height, heart rate, body mass index (BMI), pulse oximetry)
  • Phlebotomy (Lab Draw) and Urine Testing
  • Hearing Screening
  • Vision Screening
  • EKG
  • Treadmill Stress Test (if applicable/able, screen for cardiovascular disease)
  • Spirometry (tests lung function)
  • Review of systems
  • Immunization Review and Administration

 

Part 2 - The Physical Exam
  • Scheduled about 2 weeks after Part 1 testing above
  • 60 min face-to-face visit with physician
  • Review diagnostic studies and lab results from Part 1
  • Thorough head-to-toe physical examination
  • Review concerns and review of systems
  • Review reports from outside providers
  • Formulate assessment(s)
  • Review medications - possible interactions, adjustments, refills
  • Formulate a care plan
  • Referrals to specialists
  • Referrals for additional testing (imaging, labs, etc.)
  • Formulate a Follow-up plan
Quarterly Visits
  • 30-60 minute appointments with Dr. Highley every 3 months
  • Review progress & care plan
  • Follow-up labs as necessary
  • Monitor biometrics (weight, blood pressure, etc.)
  • Additional testing as necessary
  • Medication review & refills

 

 

Your Folder
  • Copies of all testing
  • Problem(s) Summary
  • Medication List
  • Plan Summary
  • Resources / Contact List

 

Common questions:

Should I fast for the labs?  Ideally, yes..for 8-10 hrs. Drink plenty of water. If you forget to fast, it is still possible to perform Part 1 testing, so don’t fret. Also, we have coffee in the office for those folks that want to partake right after the lab draw.

Will I have to undress?  The days of completely undressing for your physical exam have gone by the wayside. People are modest and we want you to be comfortable. That being said, certain testing may require one to undress. A chaperone will always be present for sensitive exams.

Do I need to bring in my medications?  It is always a good idea to bring in your bottles of medications if you are new to the practice or you are uncertain of the name and dose of your medications. If you have an updated list including name, dose, quantity and pharmacy, that should suffice.

Do I have to pay for the visits or the testing (including labs)?  No, everything in the wellness exam is included with your membership as long as you have you have paid for an annual membership. See our pricing here. If testing beyond the list of services is requested by our physician, we will make you aware of the costs involved to the best of our ability. Transparency of pricing is paramount to our practice.

Any other questions?  Do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

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