Screenings Are a Smart Step to Good Health for Adults
July 05, 2012 at 14:47 PM EDT
Summer’s slower pace serves as an ideal time to take stock of the health screenings that are recommended for adults. With this in mind, Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT) is sharing screening guidelines for men and women ages 19 to 65 and older.
“Health screenings are a smart step toward maximizing good health,” notes Jonathan Scheff, M.D., chief medical officer for Health Net, Inc. “Early detection is key to overcoming many diseases and conditions,” says Scheff, “and health screenings often serve as a bridge to early detection.”
Health Net’s State Health Programs, along with Managed Health Network, Inc. – the behavioral heath services subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. – compiled the following screening guidelines for adults:
Men and Women
According to Scheff, “Comprehensive physical exams are especially important for older individuals because they’re more at risk for chronic conditions. That’s why Health Net created its Every3 program, which has resulted in more of our Medicare Advantage members getting these annual exams, and in numerous instances serious medical issues have been uncovered. The good news,” he adds, “is that we were then able to immediately start treating and managing their conditions.”
Health Net launched Every3 in 2010 with a goal of helping to ensure that every one of its Medicare Advantage members receives a comprehensive physical exam every year, during which each member will be evaluated for every applicable chronic condition. While Health Net already offered annual physicals at no additional cost to its Medicare Advantage members, Medicare modified its benefits in 2010 to include yearly physicals.
Scheff went on to note that there also are gender-specific screenings that men and women should be aware of.
Medical Advice Disclaimer
The information provided is not intended as medical advice or as a substitute for professional medical care. Always seek the advice of your physician or other health provider for any questions you may have regarding your medical condition and follow your health care provider’s instructions.
About Health Net
Health Net, Inc. is a publicly traded managed care organization that delivers managed health care services through health plans and government-sponsored managed care plans. Its mission is to help people be healthy, secure and comfortable. Health Net, through its subsidiaries, provides and administers health benefits to approximately 5.6 million individuals across the country through group, individual, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly referred to as “Part D”), Medicaid, U.S. Department of Defense, including TRICARE, and Veterans Affairs programs. Health Net’s behavioral health services subsidiary, Managed Health Network, Inc., provides behavioral health, substance abuse and employee assistance programs to approximately 4.9 million individuals, including Health Net’s own health plan members. Health Net’s subsidiaries also offer managed health care products related to prescription drugs, and offer managed health care product coordination for multi-region employers and administrative services for medical groups and self-funded benefits programs.
For more information on Health Net, Inc., please visit Health Net’s website at www.healthnet.com.