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Elderly medical exam
The Medical Group of Columbia accepts all Medicare insurance coverages. Established and new patients are encouraged to have annual wellness visits where we will screen for dementia and depression as well as other chronic illnesses with an emphasis on preventative health. You may be asked to fill out form that will help us evaluate your health and coordinate a prevention plan as well as a health plan based on your current needs. Please bring all information regarding, specialists, pharmacies, home health agencies, physical therapists etc. Also please bring all medications currently being taken by patient. These wellness visits are often done in conjunction with routine follow up visits for chronic medical problems.
Although you don’t need to sign up each year, Medicare makes changes to their health and prescription drug plans annually. Things like cost, coverage and in-network providers and pharmacies may change. Please review new plans to ensure that the Medical Group of Columbia continues to be an option for your medical care. Refer here for additional information on Medicare benefits.
When you or your family require additional attention, we will continue to coordinate and manage your care through home health, physical therapy, hospice, transitional care, assisted living, behavioral health, skilled and long term care and referrals to specialists.
PRIMARY CARE FIRST
The Medical Group of Columbia is Participating in a New Program to Enhance Your Care: Primary Care First
Primary Care First is an innovative healthcare payment program that aims to improve our patients’ care experience.
Giving doctors extra support to help you get better care
Our goal has always been to provide you with the highest quality of care. Through Primary Care First, we will receive additional resources from Medicare and other health insurance companies to help us enhance our work and provide you the best quality, patient-centered care.
More information for patients with original Medicare
As part of this program, Medicare will start sharing some of your personal health information with us, such as when you receive care at hospitals, emergency departments, and specialist offices. This will help provide us with a more complete picture of your health and allow us to better coordinate your care.
If you want to stop Medicare from sharing this information, you should call
1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.
Your Medicare benefits are not changing, and this program is only intended to enhance the healthcare you receive at The Medical Group of Columbia. You still have the right to use or visit any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare, at any time. Your doctor may continue to recommend that you see par- ticular doctors for your specific health needs, but it is always your choice which doctors you use or hospital you visit.
If you have questions or concerns, you can call our office at 931-388-8802 or bring it up at your next appointment.
For more information about this new Medicare program, please:
Visit the Primary Care First webpage; or