Lifestyle medicine enhances medical care with a patient-driven model which allows patients to improve aspects of their life which may or may not involve medicine. Lifestyle medicine physicians encourage patients to implement health lifestyle choices in addition to traditional medicine. These include nutrition, physical activity, sleep hygiene, stress, social networks, and risky substances.
Lifestyle Medicine at Galen led by Melanie Blake, MD, MBA will take traditional internal medicine to the next level by offering additional resources and support to patients on their health journey. Dr. Blake aims to create a meaningful experience for patients and their loved ones. This means listening to patients face to face, asking what can be done for them, addressing their concerns, and ensuring continuity of care once the patient leaves the office.
Our primary care physicians specializing in internal medicine, a discipline focused on the care of adults emphasizing use of the best medical science available in caring for patients in the context of thoughtful, meaningful doctor-patient relationships.
Our providers are equipped to handle a broad and comprehensive spectrum of illnesses that affect adults, and are recognized as experts in diagnosis, in treatment of chronic illness, and in health promotion and disease prevention—they are not limited to one type of medical problem or organ system. Whatever medical concern a patient brings—no matter how common or rare, or how simple or complex we are specially trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems and can handle severe chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time.
Our pediatricians provide not only medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill but also preventive health services for healthy children. At Galen North Pediatrics we manage the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of the children under their care at every stage of development.
Our practice aims to reduce infant and child rate of illness, control the spread of infectious disease, promote healthy lifestyles for a long disease-free life and help ease the problems of children and adolescents with chronic conditions. Several conditions, disorders and illnesses treated at our practice include:
What is a wellness exam: An annual exam is a Comprehensive preventative exam with your primary care provider for the sole purpose of preventative care. An annual exam does not include discussion of new problems or detailed review of chronic conditions. Annual exams may also be called routine check-ups, yearly exams, an annual pap, or preventive visit.
Will my insurance pay for a wellness exam?
Most health plans will pay for one wellness or preventative exam per year. Your insurance provider may consider this to be once per calendar year or one year and one day since the date of your last wellness exam.
If you have had any other visit billed as preventative during this time period your plan is likely to deny your wellness exam. This would include a well-woman exam or annual pap smear. Your plan may not pay for all testing and/or labs ordered during your wellness exam. If your provider has a concern and orders diagnostic testing and/or labs during your exam you may be held financially responsible.
It is the patient’s responsibility to check with their insurance provider to see what is covered under their wellness benefit and to ensure they are eligible prior to scheduling their annual wellness exam.
What is the difference between a wellness exam and a problem visit: Preventative visits and tests ordered by your provider can help you stay healthy and catch problems early. Diagnostic visits and testing are used to diagnose a current health problem. Diagnostic tests are ordered by your provider when you have symptoms and they want to find out why. For example, your provider might want you to have a test because of your age or family history, that’s preventive care, but if it’s because you’re having symptoms of a problem,
that’s diagnostic care.
Can I have a wellness exam and problem visit at the same time: No. Billing issues prevent your provider from doing a wellness exam and a diagnostic visit on the same day. This is for your protection as your insurance carrier may deny one of these visits forwarding the financial responsibility to you. This does not prevent you from asking a
simple question or requesting refills of any maintenance medications; however, we ask that you please schedule a separate appointment, on a different day, if you have any new concerns or other ongoing health problems that need more attention. Should your wellness exam turn into a diagnostic or problem-oriented visit we will bill accordingly.