SWDHC Ancillary Care And Services

SWDHC Ancillary Care And Services

An important component of the Deluxe Plus plan is Ancillary Services.

Ancillary care includes those services that support the work of primary health care providers such as family doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and specialists such as cardiologists, surgeons, dermatologists and so on. Ancillary care can be broken down into 3 categories. They are diagnostic, therapeutic, and custodial services.

First, we have Diagnostic services – These are services that help a physician reach a diagnosis or guide him in the treatment of his patients. These are services that provide the physician insight to a patient’s problems that can’t be discovered simply by a physical examination. This includes imaging such as x-rays, mammograms, and MRIs. It also includes sleep diagnostics and laboratory tests. Every time you have blood drawn and sent to a lab or you provide a urine sample for urinalysis, ancillary services are being used. There is much more that could be included under diagnostic services, but these are some of the most common.

The second category that falls under ancillary services is Therapeutic – After a patient has been diagnosed there may be a need for therapeutic services. Therapeutic refers to those services that may help regulate or improve the health of patients over time. Physical Therapy is a common example of this. But there is so much more. Dieticians, acupuncturists, mental health counselors, speech therapists, massage therapists. These are all included under Therapeutic ancillary care. And it includes other needs such as durable medical equipment, prosthetics, and orthopedic shoes. And the list goes on.

The final category is Custodial Services – This is personal care for those who need assistance with the activities of daily living. This includes everything from skilled nursing facilities like retirement homes to in home care. A good example of one of the companies that AmeriPlan has contracted that offers custodial services is BrightStar Care. BrightStar Care is available in many locations now and is growing. They offer companionship and sitter services, transportation services, meal preparation, in-home blood draws and injections and a great deal more.

This is a brief overview of the types of Ancillary Services that may be available to you. Not all services are available in all areas. So once again I would like to invite you to send us contact information for any providers in your area that you would like to see listed in the AmeriPlan network. Referrals should be sent by email to referral@ameriplanusa.com.

If you have questions about Ancillary Services or any other aspects of AmeriPlan products please let us know by sending email to customersupport@ameriplanusa.com.

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