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Prevention & Education



Nurse checking blood sugar levels on a senior woman

Diabetes Prevention Program

You could be prediabetic and not know it. Early treatment as well as moderate lifestyle changes can help return blood sugar levels to a normal range, effectively preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes. We've partnered with Solara to provide an effective program at no-cost to help our members. 

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Preventive Health Support

Part of keeping you healthy is helping to make sure you don't get sick in the first place. In addition to offering incentives with fitness, nutrition and general wellness programs, AvMed takes an active role in keeping you updated on immunizations and screenings based on your age and gender.

  • Vaccination reminders, such as yearly flu shots

  • Recommendations on screening for cancers like breast, prostate and more

  • Free quarterly members magazine with tips and ideas

Preventive Care and Clinical Guidelines

Find information related to clinical and preventive health practice; important resources for all health care professionals who care for AvMed Members.

Clinical Guidelines

Accessibility Standards for PCPs and Specialists

Medical Records Standards

Screening & Immunization Guidelines

Find recommendations below for how often you should be screened for certain conditions at age 65 and up.

Screening / Procedure

Recommended Frequency

General physical exam, health counseling and overall assessment Every 1 or 2 years, depending on risk factors

Cancer Screenings

Breast Cancer Mammograms every 2 years for women 50 to 74
Cervical Cancer Not routine unless serious cervical precancer or cancer in the last 20 years
Testicular & Prostate Cancer For men 55-69; discuss screening with doctor
Skin Cancer Routine cancer-related checkups during periodic health examinations
Colorectal Cancer Screenings start at age 45. Over the age of 75 is a decision based on overall health and history

Screenings For:

Blood Pressure At every doctor's visit
Cholesterol At least every 5 years with fasting lipoprotein profile (total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and triglyceride)
Diabetes

Every 3 years beginning at age 45. Patients who have risk factors such as age, family history, high blood glucose, overweight, etc. screen more often and at a younger age. Physicians should evaluate blood glucose control and disease complications.

Patients with diabetes (type 1 or 2) should have the following:

  • An annual retinal eye exam
  • Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) test 2 times a year if stable glycemic control (<7%); 4 times a year in patients whose therapy has changed or who are not meeting glycemic goals
  • Annual Nephropathy to test for the presence of microalbuminuria
  • Annual LDL-C screening performed, with a goal of <100mg/dl
Glaucoma

Every 2 years for ages 65 and older

Osteoporosis

Bone Mineral Density (BMD) testing in women age 65 and older and in younger women whose fracture risk is that of a 65-year-old white woman who has no additional risk factors

Sexually Transmitted Infections (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis)

Screen annually if at risk

HIV

Periodic testing of all patients at risk

Hepatitis C

One-time screening for those born between 1945 and 1965, and periodic testing for those at risk

Immunizations:

Seasonal Influenza

One does annually

Pneumococcal

One dose of PPSV23 and PCV13 vaccine

Tetanus-Diphtheria, Pertussis (TdaP or TD)

Administer a one-time dose of Tdap to those who have not received a dose previously. Then boost with TD every 10 years

Hepatitis A

Two or three doses depending on vaccine

Hepatitis B

Two or three doses depending on vaccine

Meningococcal (MenACWY), Meningococcal B (MenB)

One or two doses depending on indication

Varicella (Chickenpox)

Two doses if no evidence of immunity or a second dose if only one dose had been given previously

Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

Two-dose series RZV 2–6 months apart or one dose ZVL if not previously vaccinated. RZV preferred over ZVL

Getting Your Flu Shot


Getting a yearly flu shot protects you and those around you from getting sick. Best of all, your Medicare plan covers one shot per flu season. At AvMed, we urge our Medicare Members to get annual flu shots and practice preventive measures like:

  • Wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home when you’re sick
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces
  • Talk to your doctor to get more information about yearly flu shots