Periodic Health Evaluations
- Participating Physician Groups (PPG)
Coverage for periodic health evaluations and diagnostic preventive procedures is based on recommendations published by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They include female breast and pelvic exams, Pap smears, blood pressure checks, periodic check-ups, routine preventive care, newborn care office visits, and well-baby care.
Annual cervical cancer screenings are covered, which include Pap smear and the option of any cervical cancer test approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) upon referral of the member's physician, nurse practitioner or certified nurse midwife, or by self-referral to an OB/GYN or family practice physician who provides such services within the member's participating physician group (PPG). In accordance with California legislation SB 1245 (ch.482, 2006), annual cervical cancer screening must also include coverage for FDA-approved human papillomavirus (HPV) screening.