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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Loyola Medicine Encouraging Medicare Wellness Visits to Help Prevent Disease and Disability

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MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola Medicine is encouraging seniors to undergo annual Medicare wellness visits as a way to help prevent disease and disability.

The visits are available once a year to patients who are 65 and older and on Medicare Part B. Most insurance plans will pay for one wellness or preventive exam per year.

A wellness visit provides face-to-face time with a primary care physician or nurse practitioner, who reviews the patient's health history, screens for potential health issues, reviews medications and makes healthcare plans.

During the wellness visit, the healthcare team will:

  • Review and update the patient's medical and family history
  • Review and update a list of providers and prescriptions
  • Record height, weight, blood pressure and other routine measurements
  • Establish or update a disease-screening schedule based on health status, screening history and age  
  • Provide health advice and a referral, if appropriate, to health education or preventive counseling services or programs
  • Discuss advance care planning 
  • Assess any cognitive (memory) issues
  • Update immunization records and order recommended vaccinations

A wellness visit does not include a physical exam or discussion of new problems or a detailed review of chronic conditions.

To make an appointment for a wellness visit at Loyola Medicine, call 888-584-7888.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.