Preventive services can help you stay healthy

Take advantage of the preventive services UPMC for Life offers all of our HMO and PPO members at no additional cost.

  • Annual routine physical exams
  • Immunizations (e.g. flu and pneumonia)
  • Smoking cessation (counseling to stop smoking)
  • Screenings and exams
    • Breast cancer screening with mammogram
    • Pap test and pelvic exam
    • Prostate exams and screenings
    • Bone mass measurement
    • Colorectal exams and screenings

 

Talk with your doctor about preventive care

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that you receive the following preventive care. Bring this list with you to your next doctorís appointment and ask your doctor if you should have any of the tests below.

Screenings:

  • Alcohol use screening and counseling
  • Breast cancer screening (mammogram every 1 to 2 years)
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Colon cancer screening (up to age 75)
  • Depression screening
  • Diabetes screening (in those with blood pressure over 135/80 mm Hg)
  • High cholesterol screening (in all men and in women at increased risk of heart disease)
  • Obesity screening (with counseling intervention for those who are obese)
  • Osteoporosis screening
  • Ultrasound to screen for abdominal aortic aneurysm (one-time screen for men aged 65 to 75 who have ever smoked)

A separate copay may apply if additional medical services are received during the same visit as your screening exam.

Immunizations:

  • Influenza vaccine (annual)
  • Pneumococcal vaccine (one time)
  • Tetanus vaccine (every 10 years)
  • Zoster (shingles) vaccine (one time)

The tetanus and Zoster vaccines are available at the applicable copays to members enrolled in a plan that includes Part D prescription drug coverage.

Additional Questions to Ask Your Doctor:

(if these apply to you)
  • What are some tips to prevent falls?
  • How can I improve my bladder control?
  • What can I do to improve my physical activity?

Don't forget ... to ask the doctor these questions

HIV screening information

HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, attacks the immune system, making it harder for our bodies to fight infections. Many older adults do not believe they are at risk for HIV, but information released last year by the World Health Organization (WHO) states that HIV is becoming more prevalent in older adults. UPMC for Life covers HIV screening for people at increased risk for HIV, as well as for anyone who asks for the test. The plan also covers voluntary HIV screenings every 12 months.

Click here for a list of additional plan documents and forms.

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