Monthly Archives: January 2016

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Benefits of a Total Wellness Visit

Some patients might consider medical exams intimidating, including seniors who may have faced complex health issues in the past. Regular exams serve as important opportunities to engage with a provider about potential health problems, however, and can often allow providers to identify issues before they progress.

In an effort to promote more senior patient participation in these valuable exams, HealthCare Partners Medical Group offers the Total Wellness Visit for individuals 65 and older. During this comprehensive exam, a primary care provider works with a team of medical professionals to conduct a thorough health evaluation, while providing plenty of time for the patient to ask questions.

The Total Wellness Visit includes two hour-long appointments approximately two weeks apart. Patients only pay one regular office visit co-pay for the entire service.

Each of the two office visits analyzes a wide range of health factors.

The first visit includes:

1. Health history: Members of medical team will ask about your current health, any changes since your last visit and your prescriptions. They will also make sure all of your personal information is current.

2. Vaccinations: You will get your flu shot and any other vaccines you need.

3. Tests: The team will decide with you on conducting tests for cholesterol, blood sugar, bone density, breathing and more.

4. Screenings: The team will determine if you have any signs of common conditions and whether screenings are necessary.

5. Time for any questions a patient might have.

The second visit includes:

1. One-on-one time: Your doctor has scheduled this time just for you, to discuss every aspect of your health.

2. Partnership: With time to ask questions and receive careful answers, you will take active part in your health care decisions.

3. Comfort and confidence: The thorough exam allows you to meet your medical team and learn more about your overall health.

4. Early detection: Many health problems that affect your quality of life later may not have symptoms now. When caught early, treatment is often easier.

5. Choices just for you: Thanks to the large number of available screenings and the time we can take to discuss your personal health needs, you will receive a health evaluation customized for your needs.

6. Personal attention: Your medical team will offer in-depth discussions, with recommendations for maintaining your health between visits.

This comprehensive exam reflects the high-quality care HealthCare Partners Medical Group provides under its Total Care Model, provides patients with access to a coordinated team of primary care providers, specialists, case managers and other professionals who work together to manage all aspects of patients’ care and overall health.

HealthCare Partners Medical Group encourages seniors to schedule a Total Wellness Visit soon. For more information, visit www.hcpnv.com.

Hospital

When to Consider Urgent Care

By: Dr. Rakesh Kalra

Although emergency rooms can provide crucial medical care during severe health crises, many people might be unaware of when a trip to the ER is unnecessary. An estimated 27.1 percent of all visits to the ER in the U.S. can be treated at urgent care facilities and retail clinics, according to a Rand Corp. study, potentially saving $4.4 billion annually in health-care costs[i]. It can often be cost-effective for patients to learn about urgent care facilities in their area and the services they offer.

Urgent care clinics can offer many advantages when compared to ERs, typically providing immediate care at a more affordable cost. The average ER visit costs more than seven times as much as the average urgent care visit, according to data from Consumer Reports[ii]. Many urgent care locations are open on evenings and weekends, providing an alternative to the ER when primary care providers’ offices are typically closed. All four of HealthCare Partners Nevada’s urgent care locations offer weekend and evening services. The Wynn clinic is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Patients are often unaware that most urgent care facilities can treat a wide variety of illnesses and conditions, including flu, minor broken bones and fractures, ear infections, skin rashes and urinary tract infections. Some urgent care clinics also offer laboratory services. HealthCare Partners’ four urgent care clinics offer many services, including:

  • Basic gynecology (at the Wynn, Calvada and West Charleston clinics)
  • Electrocardiograms
  • Injections
  • Internal medicine
  • Laboratory services
  • Laceration care
  • Limited immunizations
  • Minor procedures
  • Wellness exams and physicals
  • Radiology

HealthCare Partners Nevada’s urgent care locations include:

  • West Lake Mead clinic – 595 W. Lake Mead Parkway, Las Vegas
  • Calvada clinic – 1501 E. Calvada Blvd., Pahrump
  • West Charleston clinic – 9499 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 150, Las Vegas
  • Wynn clinic – 4880 S. Wynn Road, Las Vegas

It is important for patients to recognize when an illness or condition is severe enough to warrant a trip to the ER. Symptoms that likely require emergent care include seizures, extreme bleeding, head trauma with loss of consciousness and severe broken bones. Urgent care can treat conditions with less critical symptoms, including sore throat, earache, vomiting and rashes.

HealthCare Partners strives to provide immediate urgent care as part of its Total Care Model, a coordinated approach to health care in which a dedicated team of primary care providers, specialists and professional staff work together to manage all aspects of patients’ care and overall health. To learn more about HealthCare Partners’ urgent care services, visit www.hcpnv.com/urgentcare.



[i] Robin M. Weinick, Rachel M. Burns and Ateev Mehrotra for the Rand Corporation, September 2010, “Many Emergency Department Visits Could Be Managed at Urgent Care Centers and Retail Clinics”

[ii] ConsumerReports.org, April 2009, “Urgent Care: What You Need to Know”