Adult preventive health guidelines

Providence Health Plan supports the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommendations and immunization practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. These guidelines are intended for the average risk population and do not take the place of your doctor's opinion or recommendations.

As a result of the federal health care reform legislation passed in 2010, Providence Health Plan will cover certain preventive services in full when received from an in-plan provider. Use your preventive service benefits to help achieve good health and get the most from your health plan.

Talk to your health care provider about the preventive care that's right for you. Need a primary care provider? Find one that's a good fit.

Preventive Care Service  Description
Abdominal aortic aneurism screening
For men ages 65 to 75 who have ever smoked
Aspirin therapy for the prevention of cardiovascular disease
For men ages 45 to 79 at increased risk for myocardial infarction; for women ages 55 to 79 who are at increased risk for ischemic stroke
Blood pressure screening for hypertension
For adults age 18 and older
BRCA screening, counseling
For women with a family history of increased risk for deleterious mutations of BRCA1 or BRCA2
Breast cancer screening (mammography)
For women ages 50 to 74; decision to start earlier should be based on individual family history, general health and personal values
Cervical cancer screening
For women ages 21 to 65 years every three years; for women ages 30 to 65 years who want to lengthen the screening interval, combination of Pap and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing every five years
Chlamydia screening
For all sexually active women age 24 and younger, and older women at increased risk
Colorectal cancer screening
For all adults ages 50 to 75, using fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy
Diabetes type 2 screening
For asymptomatic adults who have a sustained blood pressure greater than 135/80mm Hg (treated or untreated)
Gonorrhea screening
For all sexually active women at increased risk
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening
For all adults at increased risk for HIV infection
For all adults, as recommended by the CDC.
Lipid screening
For all men age 35 and older and all women 45 and older at increased risk; also, for younger adults at increased risk for coronary artery disease
Obesity screening
For all at-risk adults
Osteoporosis screening
For all women age 65 and older
Sexually transmitted infection prevention and counseling
For all sexually active adults
Syphilis screening
For all adults at increased risk
Tobacco use screening/cessation counseling
For all adult tobacco users