Meritage Cares for Over 6,000 Senior Patients Through our Medicare
- AARP Medicare Complete by United Healthcare
- SCAN Healthplan
- Healthnet Seniority Plus
Patients enrolled in one of these Medicare Advantage plans that include Meritage Medical Network as the physician network have access to benefits such as:
- Home Wellness Visits
- Care Coordination, Management, and Transitions Services with a highly trained Care Team (including physicians, nurses, and coordinators) Click here for more information.
- Advanced Care Planning Resources. Click here for more information.
Seniors should be seeing their primary care physician once a year (at a minimum) for their Annual Wellness Exam. This is an opportunity for you to review any chronic conditions with your physician as well as discuss any necessary preventive care.
During your Annual Wellness Visit, you and your provider will create a prevention plan based on your needs. As part of the visit, your provider will:
- Give you a Health-Risk Assessment – This includes a questionnaire that you complete (with or without the help of your doctor) before or during the visit that helps determine your health status, injury risks, risky behaviors
andurgent health needs.
- Take your medical and family history.
- Make a list of your current providers, durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers, and medications.
- They will also go over your medications, including prescription medications and any vitamins or supplements that you may take.
- Create a written 5-10 year screening schedule or check-list—this checklist depends on your individual health status, screening history and what age-appropriate, Medicare-covered, preventive services you are eligible for.
- Identify risk factors and current medical and mental health conditions along with related current or recommended treatments.
- Check your height, weight, blood pressure, and body mass index (BMI).
- Screen for cognitive impairment.
- Review risk factors for depression.
- Review your functional ability and level of safety— this includes screening for hearing impairments and your risk of falling.
- Review your ability to perform activities of daily living, such as bathing and dressing and also your level of safety in your home.
- Give health advice and referrals to health education or preventive counseling services or programs aimed at reducing identified risk factors and promoting wellness:
- These include weight loss, physical activity, smoking cessation, fall prevention, and nutrition.
Talk to your primary care physician about the following preventive care you are eligible for:
- Annual Flu Vaccination
- Pneumococcal Immunization
- Colon Cancer Screening
- Breast Cancer Screening
Meritage also is accountable for over 21,000 Medicare patients through our Medicare Shared Savings Program contract with CMS. Click here for more information on that program.