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Preventive Care Services vs. Specialist Care

Doctor taking a patient's blood pressureAn interesting question crossed my desk regarding the use of preventive health care services when specialists are involved. The patient specifically asked about coverage available for a skin cancer screening performed by a dermatologist that the patient considered to be preventive health care based on an experience with a previous health insurance carrier. Having personally felt confused between what services are covered and what are not when it comes to preventive care, I contacted the ASRS Health Care Administrator, UnitedHealthcare (UHC), to research the request. I learned the following tips to share with UHC members and patients who may be experiencing difficulty defining the line between preventive care and specialist- or diagnostic- care.

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