Mammoth Hospital for a Healthy Future

Schedule your FREE Annual Wellness Visit

By Craig Burrows, MD

Mammoth Hospital

 

Did you know that as a Medicare beneficiary, you are entitled to a free annual wellness visit? That’s right, a visit with your provider each year with no co-pay and no deductible! This visit is specially designed to cover aspects of your care which are typically not covered during an office visit. This is unique opportunity for us to focus on your emotional, psychosocial, cognitive, and functional status. With the information obtained at this yearly appointment, we can identify potential health hazards which may exist, and get you the assistance or resources you may require.

When you newly enroll in Medicare, you will be scheduled for a “Welcome to Medicare Visit.” This visit takes place when you have had Medicare Part B for 12 months or less, and will include a physical exam. Important information will be collected at this time, and will serve as your baseline assessment.

Every year after that, you will have your “Annual Wellness Visit.” A physical exam is not done at this time, but all of the information collected in those prior annual visits is reviewed and updated. And you need not worry about which exam you are due for and when, we will keep track of that for you and schedule you when you are due!

This visit is not intended to be like a usual check-up or sick visit. It is designed more for discussion and important data gathering. During this time, we will be focusing on:

  • Immunization Status
  • Blood Pressure Check
  • Hearing and Vision Screening
  • Medication Review
  • Screening Lab Work
  • Fall Risk Assessment
  • Diet and Exercise Recommendations
  • Advanced Care Planning
  • Other Recommended Preventative Screenings and Assessments
  • A personalized plan of service, including education and referrals as needed for disease management

As you can see, this visit is all about preventative health, so if you have specific questions about medications or other health conditions, please ask your provider to schedule a separate appointment. If the matter is urgent, then by all means, your provider will address the issue during the visit, and reschedule your wellness visit for another time.

Every aspect of your health and well-being is important to us, so help us to help you by scheduling your annual wellness visit. By doing so, you will add years to your life, and life to your years!

Mammoth Hospital Now Offering State-of-the-Art Genius 3D Mammography

Mammoth Hospital is excited to offer Genius 3D Mammography exams, developed by Hologic, Inc., a worldwide leader in Women’s Health. Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, also decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. These exams include a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

A Genius exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis-dimensional portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. A Genius exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer-screening exam.

This new exam technology is revolutionizing how breast cancer is detected by providing a better option for women of all breast densities compared to 2D alone. Researchers have found that:

  • 3D mammography finds 20-65% more invasive breast cancers compared to 2D alone, an average increase of 41%.
  • Only the Genius™ 3D Mammography exam is FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts compared to 2D alone.
  • 3D Mammography reduces callbacks by up to 40% compared to 2D alone.

Because of the generosity of the Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary, Mammoth Resorts, Rusty Gregory, and our giving community, the Medical Imaging department at Mammoth Hospital is able to replace our digital mammography system with a new state of the art 3D tomosynthesis unit, says Radiologist, Yuri Parisky. “Having the best tools for early detection of breast cancer is going to be very impactful to this community and for that I am incredibly grateful!”

If you would like to schedule a 3D mammography exam, or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact Mammoth Hospital’s Medical Imaging department at (760) 924-4070.

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