The Power of a PCP (Primary Care Provider)
January 27, 2020
Choosing a Primary Care Provider or PCP is one of the best decisions you can make. Each year, we ask individuals who have the Ascension SmartHealth medical plan to designate their PCP. Why do we do this? Because multiple studies show that having one can actually keep you healthier over time - and one study even suggests having a PCP is associated with a longer life span.
What exactly does a PCP do?
A PCP is your partner in managing your overall health. They can help you stay healthy and care for you when you are ill. Depending on your insurance, primary care can also cost less than urgent care. They usually have extended evening and weekend hours so they can better serve their patients.
Even if you're healthy, establishing a relationship now with your PCP can be key to better health later. It will also save you time at your doctor’s office, save money on your health care, and help you be more in control of your health.
You should choose primary care when you need:
● A yearly checkup
● Important health screenings
● Help with medicines
● Care for minor illness & injury
● Help managing chronic illness
● Advice for finding a specialty doctor
Choose an Ascension Network Primary Care Physician
By choosing an Ascension Network provider for your medical needs, you can ensure better coordination among your care teams, helping streamline your care and create better outcomes. By choosing your PCP as a frontline provider for the right care at the right time, you can greatly reduce your health care costs associated with unnecessary emergency visits. This is a win for everyone.
Choosing a PCP is a great first step to improving your health. Even if you are currently healthy, establishing a relationship with a PCP can be key to better health later. Find your Ascension Network PCP by visiting mysmarthealth.org and clicking on “find a doctor” from the navigation menu. Once you’re on the “find a doctor” page, you can see PCPs by using the “select by specialty” drop-down menu and selecting “Primary Care Provider”.
Earn Healthy Reward Dollars by Visiting an Ascension Network PCP for your Annual Preventive Care Visit
The Annual Preventive Care Visit is an important benefit of the SmartHealth Well-being Program. While not required, you are encouraged to complete a preventive care visit with your physician each year. You will earn a $125 Healthy Reward when you see an Ascension practitioner for your annual preventive care visit. Visits between October 1, 2019, and September 30, 2020, are accepted under the 2020 program. The process is automated through your insurance claims. Your $125 Healthy Reward should be visible on the secure well-being website within 90 days from the date of your visit. For more information about earning Healthy Rewards, program details and eligibility, please visit the SmartHealth well-being program website on Virgin Pulse. You can create an account by going to join.virginpulse.com/smarthealthwellbeing. Already a member? Sign in at member.virginpulse.com.