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What is the Annual Wellness Visit?

This visit is to talk with your healthcare team about your health history, your risk for certain diseases, the current state of your health and your plan for staying healthy.

During your Annual Wellness Visit, your healthcare team will:

  • Check your height, weight and blood pressure
  • Screen for depression, risk of falling, cognitive impairment and other potential problems
  • Provide you with a written personalized preventive care plan
  • Make recommendations for additional wellness services and healthy lifestyle changes

How is the Annual Wellness Visit different from other visits?

  • This is not the same as a yearly head-to-toe physical exam
  • Your doctor or nurse practitioner will not listen to you heart and lungs or check other parts of your body

When do I get it?

You are eligible for the Welcome to Medicare visit during the first 12 months after your enrollment in Medicare Part B.

You can get your first Annual Wellness Visit after you have been enrolled in Medicare for 12 months. After your first Wellness Visit, you can get a follow-up Wellness Visit every 12 months.

Who pays for it?

Medicare will pay for the Welcome to Medicare and Annual Wellness Visit.

  • Medicare will pay for most screening services you need
  • You might have to pay a copayment for some screening services and follow-up visits.

How do I schedule my visit?

When you call the Yuma District Hospital and Clinics, tell them you would like to schedule your Medicare Annual Wellness Visit. They will help you plan for the visit. They may send you a form about your health to fill out and bring to your appointment.

Things to bring to your Annual Wellness Visit:

  • The Welcome to Medicare Health Questionnaire
  • All medications that you are currently taking in the original bottles along with vitamins and herbal supplements.

What is preventative care and why do I need it?

Preventative care is what we do to prevent or delay medical problems. Getting preventive care saves you time, money and worry that comes with medical problems. If you avoid medical problems, you will be more independent and have a better quality of life for a longer time.


Yuma District Hospital 10th Anniversary Celebration

Held on June the 8th, Yuma District Hospital served 400+ people, along with drawings for Fitbits. The winners of the Fitbits are Sharon Lohmeyer and Karen Schneider. Tom and Justin Blach, along with Keith Malchoff, cooked the hamburgers and hot dogs, that were served along with baked beans, chips, and cupcakes. The celebration was hosted by the Yuma District Hospital Foundation – thanks to them for the great evening!

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The Patient Family Advisory Council (PFAC) at Yuma District Hospital and Clinics was developed 2 years ago to encourage increased communication between hospital leadership, staff, patients, and families to improve the quality of patient care and the patient experience at YDHC. Through their unique perspectives, the council provides input on issues that impact patient care, patient safety and patient satisfaction. The PFAC strengthens relations with-in the community and gives the community members an opportunity to provide feedback about current systems and generates new ideas from the most informed on the care team; the patient and family.
Why does YDHC have a PFAC? There are many advantages to having a PFAC at the hospital. PFAC contributes to better clinical outcomes, reduces costs of care, and improves patient satisfaction and retention. Community members gain a better understanding of the healthcare system and become advocates for patient and family-centered healthcare in their community

Yuma District Hospital and Clinics has a dedicated group of community members serving on the council. They are very interested in helping us to provide better care and customer service. The current community members are Anita Callahan, Dencia Raisch, Kevin Mathias,Ron Wenger, Bonnie Frihauf, Elaine Nieslanik, RN, Sergio Sanchez, Shirley Serl and Mary Kay Robertson. Employees on the council include Cindy Mulder, Penni Danner, April Heaton, LPN, Windy Muirheid, CNA, Patty Jones, RN, Natasha Deming, MD, RN/CEO and Judy Price, PFAC Coordinator. PFAC accomplishments over the last two years were:

– Additional signage added to ER, Surgery and Rehab
– Increased patient privacy at the front desk by adding stanchions directing the patient/visitor flow
– Doors adjusted on public restrooms to make it easier to open for those using wheelchairs or walkers.
– Bottled water provided to patients upon completion of diagnostic testing
– large and small privacy bags given to patients needing to return samples to lab
– All the members agree our biggest accomplishment and possibly the most rewarding is the “Service Day – Give Ability a Tune-up”, co-sponsored by National Seating and Mobility and YDHC. This community need was identified and suggested by Sergio Sanchez, PFAC community member, who recognized there is not a service in Yuma that repairs wheel chairs and other mobility devices. Keith Malchoff, YDH Occupational Therapist, assisted with securing the vendor, National Seating and Mobility.

We do this event one time a year. Residents from Yuma and the surrounding area have benefited from this service. Some simply needed to have their walker adjusted or tightened, while others needed batteries replaced in their motorized scooter or wheelchair. Others were provided help and direction in getting a new updated motorized scooter/wheelchair as theirs was worn out.

Several residents commented they didn’t know where to go for help with their assistive device.


Community Spotlight

Yuma Clinic has been working on an initiative aimed at improving preventative care for patients with chronic conditions. The idea for the Healthcare Communication Forms (what the clinic team calls “pink sheets”) started when the clinic noticed that patients with chronic conditions were not consistently coming into the clinic for routine visits. They decided to test a new process for keeping track of patients’ chronic care management, and started with patients with hypertension and diabetes.

Carmen Veliz, Bilingual Patient Navigator at Yuma District Hospital and Clinics, created a spreadsheet that included all diabetic and hypertensive patients. Carmen also included important clinical measures, such as last clinic visit, lab values, foot exam/eye exam, and if the patient was taking aspirin/statin or if they were due for a Prevnar.  Carmen first updated the spreadsheet manually for all patients. The clinic now has a process for using the spreadsheet to make sure that patients stay up to date with their preventative care. The process is outlined below:

  • The Patient Navigator looks at schedule for the next day, identifies patients with diabetes and hypertension, and completes the pink sheet with the information included on the spreadsheet.
  • The next day, the Patient Navigator shares the sheet with the clinical team during the morning huddle. The nurse then fills in patient’s current blood pressure and weight on the sheet, and then the form is passed to the provider.
  • The provider documents the type of visit, when the patient’s next visit is due, and any lab work that will be needed. The Patient Navigator then updates the spreadsheet with this information.
  • A follow up tickler in the EMR is created.  A tickler is a reminder for labs and visits, and the spreadsheet is also updated with this information.

The clinic has seen improvements in the measures that they collect on the spreadsheet. Carmen reports that since this new process is in place, fewer patients “fall through the cracks” and there have been less emergency room visits.  Carmen attributes the success of the pink sheet to staff buy-in. Given the success of the pink sheets, the clinic plans on spreading this process to adults with other chronic conditions in the future.