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Your Patient Centered Care
As a patient with RWJ Partners, you and your family are the center of our care model. We work with your care team to ensure that every decision regarding your care is made with the involvement of you and your family. We do this through:
- Creating a cohesive care team that includes your primary care providers, specialists, and all other providers, and most importantly, you and your family
- Ensuring that your wishes are understood, whether it involves determining your best course of treatment or planning for end of life care.
- Collaborating with our partners to ensure that they are using evidence based practices and meeting quality metrics in order to provide you with excellence in care.
Why choose a primary care provider?
The role of a primary care provider (PCP) is to partner with you and manage your health on an ongoing basis. Your PCP will oversee your overall health by
- Recommending screenings and preventative measures;
- Encouraging healthy habits;
- Diagnosing and treating common medical conditions; and
- Making referrals to specialists as needed.
It is important that you develop a trusting, ongoing relationship with a PCP that can meet your general healthcare needs and who can refer you to other medical resources when necessary.
Many factors need to be considered when choosing a primary care provider.
- Is the provider in your insurance network? To find out if a provider is in your network, you can call the number on the back of your insurance card, or go to the plan website.
- What hospital(s) does the provider admit patients to?
- Are the office hours convenient for you?
- How long does it take to get an appointment?
- How does the provider handle after hours emergencies?
Why is it important to have an annual wellness visit?
An annual wellness exam, sometimes referred to as a “physical”, is very important to maintaining your overall health. By having an annual exam, you are able to establish and strengthen your relationship with your provider, and perhaps identify health risks or conditions before they become too serious.
During an annual exam, your provider may check:
- Your vital signs, including blood pressure, heart rate and respiration rate
- Your medical history, including the history of illness within your family
- Your heart to identify an irregular heartbeat, a heart murmur, or risk of heart disease
- Your lungs to listen for any signs of lung or heart disease