Connecting with a Primary Care Provider (PCP) can be an important step in living a healthy lifestyle. They can help you stay on track and make sure you’re eating well, exercising, and staying healthy. Scheduling an annual visit with your PCP is crucial, especially when you start aging. They will be able to look at your family’s health history and know what preventive screenings you need. Finding a PCP doesn’t have to be a difficult process if you follow these helpful tips.
1. Find a PCP online
If you already have a provider, you can skip this step. If not, then start by visiting ABS’s “Find a Provider” page to find a PCP in your network. Be sure you are searching through your plan’s network.
2. Make sure your PCP is a good fit for you
You will want a Primary Care Provider you can trust. This is the person you can come to with questions about your overall health. Don’t be afraid to shop around when finding a PCP. It’s important to note that some plans have limitations on how many visits you can have each year.
3. Schedule an appointment
Ready to schedule your appointment? Once you locate a provider you want to use through your plan’s network, call the phone number listed for the PCP. Choose a day and time that works best for your schedule.
You can also ask the provider about their virtual care options to suit your needs.
4. Show up to your visit prepared
After you schedule your appointment, make sure you come prepared. Here is a list of things to take with you:
- Any medical records you have including immunizations
- Any family health history that you have with as much detail as possible
- All medications you take, including all vitamins and supplements
- A list of healthcare providers and suppliers currently involved in your care
You can use the ABS portal and app as an easy place to find your claims history and information. Please note, you may be asked to check-in for your visit ahead of time online. Doing this in advance of your visit will help save you time.
Follow these steps to find a PCP that works for you! You can use the ABS portal and app to access ID cards, find a provider and look up all the information you need for your appointment. It’ll bring you one step closer to living a healthier lifestyle.