Congratulations! You’ve made that important decision to get a series of health screenings, otherwise known as a personal health assessment (PHA). Maybe this is your first PHA, or perhaps you had one years ago, and you’re not certain what to expect when you go. How much time will it take? Should you bring anything? Will it hurt? No worries! Our own registered nurse from the Tampa Florida Blue Center, Mindi Denero, is here to help answer those questions and give some practical advice on what to expect. Be sure to read through to the end of the blog for a special members-only offer!
Q: Where do I go to get a Personal Health Assessment?
A: You can visit one of 11 Florida Blue Centers located throughout Florida for your free health assessment. Call 1-877-352-5830 to make an appointment or just stop by. One of our nurses will be happy to assist you!
Q: Should I bring anything like a list of my current medications when I go?
A: This is not necessary, but our personal health assessment form will have a place for you to show which health conditions you currently take medications for. Please let the nurses at your local center know if you have questions about your medicine or its cost or coverage. Some people ask about whether they should eat before the test. Fasting is not required to participate, but if you would prefer to know what your fasting blood sugar result is, please do not eat or drink for 2 hours before your screening.
Q: What are the health screenings you’ll do as part of the PHA?
A: The Registered Nurses at Florida Blue can screen our members for Cholesterol, Blood Glucose, Blood Pressure, and BMI (Body Mass Index). These numbers, along with your participation in answering some general questions about your health and lifestyle habits will allow us to obtain a detailed report with information about your health risks, healthy and unhealthy habits, and can even lead to discussing some risk reduction strategies with you.
Q: How much time does a personal health assessment usually take to complete?
A: An average screening usually takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. Yours may be less or a little longer, but the time you spend with us will depend on your preferences and needs.
Q: What do I do if I need follow-up care based on my results?
A: Your nurse can assist you with interpreting your results. If follow up care by a licensed physician is recommended or desired, we can assist you with understanding your options and can even assist in choosing a provider and/or scheduling an appointment. Many members also choose to schedule a follow up PHA before they leave so that they can reassess their health status after making positive lifestyle changes.
Q: Are my results shared with anyone else besides me?
A: At Florida Blue, we value your privacy and your individual results will never be shared with your employer, provider, or any third party. If your screening leads to additional questions about your health, benefits, or resources we can answer them or point you in the right direction. Remember, our purpose for being here is to help you.