Wellness and prevention is at the heart of everything we do.
At Oak Street Health, our senior primary care doctors do so much more than just prescribe medication. Our Medicare primary care physicians work with patients to create a roadmap for care. We do this by listening to you and your history, and plan out your health journey together. We also use this time to talk about preventative measures such as: immunizations, mammograms, colonoscopies, mental health, and hemoglobina A1C, to help us identify certain conditions early on. All of this helps us in determining our plan of action. What’s more, at your annual wellness review, both you and your Medicare primary care doctor have an opportunity to see just how well the current course of treatment is going, and if anything needs to be adjusted down the road.
Our approach to care starts with seeing patients on a regular cadence. This helps us take better care of seniors who are more at risk. Typically, our senior primary care physicians like to be in contact with those patients roughly once every three weeks. For others who aren’t experiencing chronic illnesses, it’s typical to go once every one to three months before seeing a Medicare primary care doctor.
We find that by incorporating this hands-on approach, it is far easier and less costly to treat patients who get sick if we are immediately on top of the problem.
Things like yearly mammograms and colonoscopies can also benefit senior healthcare, and help stave off serious issues before they become unmanageable. Even flu shots and other immunizations, as well as seeing your doctor on a regular basis can help you stay on top of your health goals. We even screen for depression, as well as substance abuse in seniors to help form a preventative strategy that works. These are just some of the preventative measures we are able to use to take better care of our patients.