Sports Physicals vs. Well Checks
The start of the school year is synonymous with sports physicals. This is an excellent opportunity to educate parents that a sports physical does not constitute a well check; however, a well check can meet the needs of both. According to Molina, sports physicals become well checks by adding anticipatory guidance (ex: safety, nutrition, health and social/behavior) to the sports physical’s medical history and physical exam. Molina reimburses for one well check per calendar year for ages 3 and older. You do not need to wait 12 months between the visits. As a reminder, infants 0-15 months require at least six well checks.