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Old 09-19-2019, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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He does listen to my heart rate and everything, except for the gyn exam. He used to do it, I forgot why he doesn’t. No more urine test either.
That's lame. It's a very easy test.
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Old 09-19-2019, 11:01 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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That's lame. It's a very easy test.
Easy test for what?
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Old 09-19-2019, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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It also includes memory testing, writing sentences, and drawing symbols. It also takes my doctor from 1 to 1.5 hours very thorough.

I have medicare advantage and they call me every Jan. to set up a Feb. appointment. They come to my house. They do everything Mathjack mentioned, plus what you mentioned AND a urine test. I asked what that was for and they are checking for sugar levels and something else. I forgot what though. I like that they come to the house and it's usually a nurse practitioner although this year it was a regular doctor. And they do take their time so it takes a while.
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Old 09-19-2019, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I have medicare advantage and they call me every Jan. to set up a Feb. appointment. They come to my house. They do everything Mathjack mentioned, plus what you mentioned AND a urine test. I asked what that was for and they are checking for sugar levels and something else. I forgot what though. I like that they come to the house and it's usually a nurse practitioner although this year it was a regular doctor. And they do take their time so it takes a while.

I imagine in people our age they're testing for UTIs and kidney disease as well as diabetes.
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Old 09-20-2019, 01:49 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I have medicare advantage and they call me every Jan. to set up a Feb. appointment. They come to my house. They do everything Mathjack mentioned, plus what you mentioned AND a urine test. I asked what that was for and they are checking for sugar levels and something else. I forgot what though. I like that they come to the house and it's usually a nurse practitioner although this year it was a regular doctor. And they do take their time so it takes a while.
A common test for the geriatric population is a protein in urine test. High levels of protein in the urine are associated with rapid decline in kidney function, which fluff mentioned, and which is seen more in elderly and people with other chronic illnesses.

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/16428-proteinuria

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Old 09-20-2019, 02:34 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Easy test for what?
Urine. You just dunk a strip.
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Old 09-20-2019, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Urine.

I'm out.
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Old 09-20-2019, 06:03 AM
 
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Posting this for informational purposes. No burning question.

I tried to schedule a colonoscopy with my multispecialty clinic back in California. They informed me I would need to have a physical first. OK, fine. I scheduled it. Only they coded it as a Medicare Annual Well Visit, which is NOT a physical. I did not know that then.

When I arrived this am for the appt, I was told, "Your Medicare is Inactive." And they blew me off. I traveled 750 miles for this?

I called Medicare. My coverage is Active, has never been INactive. I've paid about $4,000 in premiums and envy taxes (aka IRMAA) since enrollment late last year. I have yet to get any actual health care due to bureaucratic screw-ups.

However, the Medicare rep said that I didn't qualify for an Annual Well Visit, since that can't happen until a year after my Part B coverage became effective. So not until 2/2020. And again, it isn't even a physical. But the clinic coded the visit as an AWV anyway. You can guess why: A sure and certain reimbursement from Medicare without having to chase down payment from me. (Medicare doesn't cover physicals.)

But my coverage is Active. The clinic still says it isn't. I have two more appts with them, both of which I will have to cancel. And I was supposed to get a referral for a cardiologist, which won't happen now.

If anyone has a reliable health care provider in the PHX metro that knows their posterior from a hole in the ground when it comes to Medicare, please let me know. I'm leaning towards HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea because it's close to my home but I'm willing to drive further. Thanks.
You said Medicare doesn’t cover a physical?
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Old 09-20-2019, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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A common test for the geriatric population is a protein in urine test. High levels of protein in the urine are associated with rapid decline in kidney function, which fluff mentioned, and which is seen more in elderly and people with other chronic illnesses.

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/16428-proteinuria

Yes, that was the other thing they tested for...protein.
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Old 09-20-2019, 06:56 AM
 
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You said Medicare doesn’t cover a physical?
a yearly physical is subject to the 20% co-pay and the yearly deductible..the wellness exam , which is not a physical is exempt
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