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MN 561 Preventative vs Diagnostic Discussion

MN 561 Preventative vs Diagnostic Discussion

MN 561 Preventative vs Diagnostic Discussion



Discuss the difference between preventative and diagnostic
laboratory tests and why this is important to distinguish between in the
primary care site. Include in the discussion the ten most commonly ordered
laboratory and diagnostic tests ordered in your practicum site and the criteria
for ordering.

What’s the difference between preventive and diagnostic care?

‘Preventive’ and ‘diagnostic’ describe two types of health care you may receive. Both are ways your health care providers help you stay as healthy as possible. Understanding the difference between the two isn’t always easy, but it’s important.

Knowing the difference matters

It’s important to understand the difference between the two types of care because during the same health care visit, you may receive preventive and diagnostic services. While preventive care is provided at no cost for most members, you may be charged for the diagnostic services.

Your Kaiser Permanente benefits cover specific preventive tests at no cost for most members, usually based on recommendations from the United States Preventive Services Task Force. Other tests needed to keep you healthy might not be considered preventive and would have costs such as a deductible, a copay, or coinsurance.

What is preventive care?

Preventive care focuses on evaluating your current health, concentrates on disease prevention, and is a great way to help you stay healthy. It’s part of routine physical care such as checkups, annual wellness visits, most immunizations, and preventive screening tests. Preventive care visits are no-cost for most members.

You might hear different names for preventive care visits, including: well-care visit, well-child visit, well-adult visit, annual physical exam, and annual wellness visit.

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What is diagnostic care?

Diagnostic care involves treating or investigating a health issue. It may include treatment for specific symptoms, risk factors, ongoing care, and lab or other tests needed to manage or treat a medical issue or health condition.

Here are a few ways you might get diagnostic care during a preventive care visit:

  • You bring up a health concern that needs evaluation
  • Your doctor catches a potential health concern during a routine visit and performs a diagnostic consultation or exam, based on their findings
  • Your doctor may provide diagnostic services for an existing illness, injury, or condition

Examples of the 2 types of care

1Preventive care

  • Review of medical history and physical exam
  • Review risk for certain health conditions
  • Discuss how to lower current health risks
  • Certain health screenings, lab tests and immunizations

No cost (for most members)2Diagnostic care

  • Diagnosis or treatment for health conditions
  • Lab tests and X-rays for specific conditions or illnesses
  • Treatment for symptoms such as back pain or headaches
  • Procedures, such as removing skin tags

Copayment, coinsurance, and deductible may apply