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Specialty Descriptions and Definitions

Description Definition
ACUPUNCTURE A form of medicine that uses
  • needles in the body
  • needles to cure various conditions
ADDICTION PSYCHIATRY A medical specialty that treats addiction by:
  • detoxification
  • rehabilitation
  • harm reduction
  • abstinence-based treatment
  • individual and group therapies
  • oversight of halfway houses
  • treatment of withdrawal-related symptoms
  • acute intervention
  • long term therapies designed to reduce likelihood of relapse
ADMITTING PHYSICIAN FAMILY PRACTICE A physician who cares for hospitalized patients such as:
  • emergency room cases
  • critical care patients
  • patients confined to wards
ADMITTING PHYSICIAN INTERNAL MEDICINE A physician specializing in internal medicine for hospitalized patients such as:
  • emergency room cases
  • critical care patients
  • patients confined to wards
ADOLESCENT MEDICINE Specialty that focuses on care of patients who are:
  • in the adolescent period of development
  • generally range from the last years of elementary school until graduation from high school
  • generally entered puberty, which typically begins between the ages of 9 to 11 for girls, and 11 to 14 for boys
  • sometimes of college age
ADULT COMPANION SERVICES A paid employee who helps:
  • disabled
  • seriously ill adults
with daily activities inside and out of the home like:
  • personal mobility
  • physical mobility
  • therapeutic care needs
This role is also known as:
  • Home Care Aide
  • Adult Foster Care
  • Adult Day Care
  • Escort Services
  • Chore/Housekeeping Services
ADULT FOSTER CARE HOME This service can include onsite services like:
  • personal care
  • homemaker services
  • nutritional meals and snacks
  • medication oversight (to the extent permitted under state law)
  • social and recreational activities
  • 24-hour onsite response to ensure the care, well-being, health and safety needs of the residents
ADULT MEDICAL DAY CARE This is a facility that can help adults who are physically mentally-impaired
ADULT RESIDENTIAL CARE HOME Residential homes or facilities that offer personal care and individual attention for:
  • older adults
  • people with disabilities
  • other populations whose limitations prevent them from living alone
ADULT DAY CARE In a setting away from home, a group program for functionally impaired adults, designed to meet:
  • health
  • social
  • functional needs
AIDS CENTER Facility that offers individuals with HIV/AIDS:
  • Testing
  • Treatment
  • Education
  • Training
  • Counseling
ALLERGY & IMMUNOLOGY Covers a broad array of diagnoses, including:
  • nasal and sinus problems
  • severe food or bee sting allergy
  • recurrent infections due to sinus disease immune deficiency
ALLIED HEALTH A group of medically prescribed health-care services, such as:
  • occupational therapy
  • speech pathology
  • physical therapy
AMBULANCE This service:
  • gives transportation to get emergency care
  • gives medical care while en route to a medical facility
AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTER This is a place for surgery if you are going home the same day. Also known as:
  • Outpatient Surgery Center
  • Same Day Surgery Center
ANCILLARY HEALTH SERVICES In dealing with an illness or injury, these are extra services for:
  • treating
  • diagnosing an illness or injury
ANESTHESIOLOGY Specialty that covers pain relief and maintenance, or restoration of a stable condition during and immediately following:
  • an operation
  • an obstetric or diagnostic procedure
ASSISTED LIVING SERVICES ALFs provide supervision or assistance with:
  • activities of daily living
  • coordination of services by outside health care providers
  • monitoring of resident activities to help to ensure their health, safety, and well-being
Assistance may include:
  • administration or supervision of medication
  • personal care services provided by a trained staff person
AUDIOLOGY The study and rehabilitation of hearing loss that does not respond to:
  • Medical treatment
  • Surgical procedures
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH COUNSELING An interdisciplinary field of medicine concerned with sciences in these areas:
  • biological
  • behavioral
  • psychological
  • social science
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH FACILITY A facility that specializes in helping children, adolescents and adults cope with:
  • mental health
  • addiction issues
BIRTHING CENTER A healthcare facility for women giving birth, staffed by some combination of the following:
  • nurse-midwives
  • midwives
  • obstetricians
  • doulas
  • coaches
CARDIAC CATH LABORATORY An examination room:
  • in a hospital or clinic with diagnostic imaging equipment
  • used to support the catheterization procedure
CARDIAC ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY Subspecialty of cardiology Involving intricate technical procedures to:
  • evaluate heart rhythms
  • determine appropriate treatment
CARDIAC MONITORING Using a device to show the electrical and pressure waveforms of the cardiovascular system for:
  • measurement
  • treatment
CARDIOLOGY Specialty that deals with diseases of the heart, lungs, and blood vessels and manages complex cardiac conditions such as:
  • heart attacks
  • life-threatening, abnormal heartbeat rhythms
CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY Specialty that treats Heart/Cardiovascular disease as it relates to:
  • heart
  • blood vessels - arteries and veins
CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES Coordinating all health services for a patient including:
  • physical health
  • mental health
CHILD ABUSE PEDIATRICS Specialty in which expert clinical consultations for cases of:
  • child abuse
  • neglect
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER Facility that provides on a regularly scheduled basis, developmentally appropriate programs for children age 6 weeks to 6 years of age designed to foster growth in these areas:
  • social
  • emotional
  • physical
  • creative
  • intellectual
CHIROPRACTIC A form of alternative medicine that deals with disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine that emphasizes:
  • diagnosis
  • treatment
  • prevention
CHORE/HOUSEKEEPING SERVICES Routine house or yard tasks including such jobs as:
  • seasonal cleaning
  • yard work
  • lifting and moving furniture, appliances, or heavy objects
  • household repairs which do not require a permit or specialist
  • household maintenance
CLINIC A place for health care that doesn’t require insurance. Also known as:
  • Community Health Center
  • Convenient Care Clinic
CLINICAL NEUROPHYSIOLOGY A specialty of psychology dealing with the brain and behavior, including the use of psychological tests and assessment techniques to:
  • diagnose specific cognitive and behavioral deficits
  • prescribe rehabilitation strategies for their remediation
COLON & RECTAL SURGERY Branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the:
  • colon
  • rectum
  • anus
COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES High quality services for families that are:
  • based in their local area
  • non-restrictive
COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER A place for health care that doesn’t require insurance. Also known as:
  • Clinic
  • Convenient Care Clinic
COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER A local clinic that gives mental health care.
CONGENITAL CARDIAC SURGERY Surgery to treat birth defects of the heart.
CONSULTANT A physician or surgeon who:
  • does not take actual charge of a patient
  • acts in an advisory capacity to the patient's primary physician
CONSUMABLE MEDICAL SUPPLY SERVICES Non-durable medical supplies that:
  • are usually disposable in nature
  • cannot withstand repeated use by more than one individual
  • are primarily and customarily used to serve a medical purpose
  • generally are not useful to a person in the absence of illness or injury
  • may be ordered and/or prescribed by a physician
CONVENIENT CARE CLINIC Offer immediate but limited treatment for health conditions that are:
  • not severe enough for urgent care or hospital care setting
  • typically staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants
CRITICAL CARE The specialized care of patients whose conditions are:
  • life-threatening
  • require comprehensive care and constant monitoring, usually in intensive care units
DENTISTRY A dental specialty concerned with:
  • prevention of disease
  • maintenance of oral health through the promotion of organized dental health programs at a community, state, or federal level
DERMATOLOGY Branch of medicine dealing with:
  • the skin
  • its diseases
DERMATOPATHOLOGY Subspecialty of both dermatology and surgical pathology that focuses on:
  • the study of cutaneous diseases
  • a microscopic level
  • diabetes control
  • diabetes prevention
DIAGNOSTIC AND TREATMENT CENTER Facility that provides access to radiological production of a clinical image using strategies such as:
  • x-rays
  • ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • MRI
DIAGNOSTIC CENTER A facility with the staff and equipment to produce and interpret various types of images including:
  • radiologic
  • electromagnetic
DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING A facility with the staff and equipment to produce and interpret various types of images including:
  • radiologic
  • electromagnetic
DIALYSIS A process to filter blood due to lost kidney function.
DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT Medical supplies for the home that can make living at home easier.
EAR, NOSE & THROAT Specialty that deals with the treatment of the:
  • ears
  • nose
  • throat
  • related structures of the head and neck
EMERGENCY MEDICINE Branch of medicine specializing in emergency care of the:
  • acutely ill
  • injured
ENDOCRINOLOGY, DIABETES, METABOLISM Specialty that deals with disorders such as:
  • diabetes
  • metabolic and nutritional disorders
  • pituitary diseases
  • menstrual and sexual problems
ENDODONTICS The branch of dentistry that deals with diseases of:
  • the tooth root, dental pulp, and surrounding tissue
ENVIRONMENTAL ACCESSIBILITY ADAPTATION SERVICES Environmental accessibility adaptations are physical adaptations to a person’s home and/or vehicle and equipment that:
  • are determined to be necessary to meet the needs of the person based on their assessment
  • are of direct and specific benefit due to the person’s disability
  • enable the participant to function with greater independence
ESCORT SERVICES Transportation and assistance for a person who has difficulties (physical or cognitive) using regular transportation to get to or from:
  • service providers
  • medical appointments
  • other destinations
FAMILY PLANNING A program to regulate the number and spacing of children in a family through the practice of:
  • contraception
  • other methods of birth control
FAMILY PRACTICE A personal physician who coordinates total health care delivery, not limited by the patient’s age or sex or a particular organ system or disease entity including basic disciplines such as:
  • internal medicine
  • disease prevention
  • pediatrics
  • obstetrics
  • gynecology
  • general surgery
  • psychiatry
FAMILY TRAINING SERVICES Purpose of family training is to improve specific areas of functioning for each member of family including:
  • communication
  • problem-solving skills
FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTER Health centers that have been approved by the government to give low cost health care – known as:
  • community health centers
  • tribal health clinics
  • migrant health services
  • health centers for the homeless
FINANCIAL RISK ASSESSMENT/ RISK REDUCTION SERVICES Financial risk reduction services provide ongoing assessment of problem area(s) or coaching and guidance for managing:
  • income
  • assets
  • liabilities
  • expenditures
FITNESS CENTER A place of business with equipment and facilities for:
  • exercising
  • improving physical fitness
FLORIDA LONG TERM CARE Day-to-day care after an illness or injury that a patient (generally older than 65) receives:
  • in a nursing facility
  • in his or her residence
FLU/VOUCHER SERVICE Free flu shots to patients who don’t have insurance.
GASTROENTEROLOGY A subspecialty of internal medicine that concentrates on diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive organs including the:
  • stomach
  • bowels
  • liver
  • gallbladder
GASTROENTEROLOGY & HEPATOLOGY Study and management of disorders of:
  • liver
  • gallbladder
  • biliary tree
  • pancreas
GENERAL PRACTITIONER An outdated term (now called family practitioners) for physicians who care for all types of medical problems, including:
  • internal medical
  • pediatric
  • obstetrical
  • surgical diseases
GENERAL PRACTICE HOSPITALIST Physician working mostly in hospitals and caring for all types of medical problems, including:
  • internal medical
  • pediatric
  • obstetrical
  • surgical diseases
GENERAL SURGERY Specialty that covers:
  • a broad spectrum of surgical conditions
  • almost any area of the body
GENETIC COUNSELING Specialty for patients with genetically linked diseases that covers:
  • diagnostic procedures
  • therapeutic procedures
GERIATRIC MEDICINE A subspecialty of internal medicine that covers the aging process in relation to:
  • diagnosis
  • therapy
  • prevention
  • rehabilitation
GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY A subspecialty of psychiatry that coves mental illness and emotional disorders of the elderly in relation to:
  • diagnosis
  • therapy
  • prevention
  • rehabilitation
GYNECOLOGICAL ONCOLOGY An obstetrician/gynecologist working with patients with gynecologic cancer who provides:
  • consultation
  • comprehensive management of the disease
GYNECOLOGY Specialty that covers medical and surgical care of:
  • the female reproductive system
  • associated disorders
HAND SURGERY The treatment of hand:
  • diseases
  • disorders
HEAD & NECK ONCOLOGY Also referred to as otolaryngology, specialty that deals with the treatment of:
  • ears
  • nose
  • throat
  • related structures of the head and neck
HEAD & NECK SURGERY Also referred to as otolaryngology, specialty that deals with the treatment of:
  • ears
  • nose
  • throat
  • related structures of the head and neck
HEALTH SAFETY MONITORING Onsite supervision to:
  • assess workers risk to unsafe conditions
  • develop emergency response procedures
  • devise efficient health and safety tracking and management systems
HEARING AID SUPPLIER Hearing-care professionals who:
  • dispense hearing aids
  • sell hearing aids
HEARING AID THERAPY & SPECIALIST The support and rehabilitation of people with hearing difficulties, tinnitus, or vertigo that includes:
  • teaching lip-reading
  • advising on environmental hearing aids
  • providing tinnitus retraining therapy
HEMATOLOGY The science concerned with blood and the blood-forming tissues and the branch of medicine dealing with the physical, chemical and biologic properties and features of neoplasms, including:
  • causation
  • pathogenesis
  • treatment
HEMATOLOGY & ONCOLOGY Specialty that covers diseases of the blood, spleen, and lymph glands, such as:
  • anemia
  • clotting disorders
  • sickle cell disease
  • hemophilia
  • leukemia
  • lymphoma
HIV/AIDS Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids) is a disease of the human immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (hiv).[1][2][3] that:
  • progressively reduces the effectiveness of the immune system
  • leaves individuals susceptible to opportunistic infections and tumors
HOME DELIVERED MEALS Provision of a home delivered meal that:
  • complies with the dietary guidelines for Americans
  • provides 1/3 daily RDA for individuals 51 years or older as established by food and nutrition board of national academy of sciences
HOME HEALTH CARE The provision of equipment and services to patients in their homes to restore and maintain the individual's maximal levels of:
  • comfort
  • function
  • health
HOSPICE A centralized program of palliative (alleviation of symptoms with cure of disease) and supportive services available at home and in specialized inpatient settings for dying persons and their families, in the form of:
  • physical
  • psychological
  • social
  • spiritual care
HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE Specialty which improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing life-threatening illness, through the prevention, assessment and treatment of:
  • pain
  • psychosocial problems
  • spiritual problems
HOSPITAL Institution for the treatment, care and cure of the sick and wounded, for the study of disease, and for training of:
  • physicians
  • nurses
  • applied health personnel
HOSPITALIST - FAMILY PRACTICE A specially trained physician who in consultation with a patient's own doctor, provides care in the hospital for all phases, including:
  • admission
  • discharge
HOSPITALIST - PEDIATRICS A specially trained physician who in consultation with a patient's own doctor, provides care in the hospital for all phases, including:
  • admission
  • discharge
HOSPITALIST- INTERNAL MEDICINE A specially trained physician who in consultation with a patient's own doctor, provides care in the hospital for all phases, including:
  • admission
  • discharge
HOUSEKEEPING/CHORE SERVICES Routine house or yard tasks including such jobs as:
  • seasonal cleaning
  • yard work
  • lifting and moving furniture, appliances, or heavy objects
  • household repairs which do not require a permit or specialist
  • household maintenance
HYPERBARIC MEDICINE The branch of medicine pertaining to hyperbarism or disturbances in the body resulting from the pressure of ambient gases at greater than one atmosphere such as:
  • nitrogen narcosis
  • oxygen toxicity
INFECTIOUS DISEASE A subspecialty of internal medicine that deals with diagnosis and treatment of infectious disorders such as:
  • sexually transmitted diseases
  • tuberculosis
  • hepatitis b
  • conditions acquired while traveling
INFUSION THERAPY The treatment of disease or disorder by the process of:
  • steeping in water
  • extracting soluble principles
INTERMEDIATE CARE FACILITY A health care facility usually providing less intensive care than that offered at a hospital or skilled nursing facility for individuals who are:
  • disabled
  • elderly
  • nonacutely ill
INTERNAL MEDICINE Specialty dealing with the treatment of cancer, infections, as well as diseases affecting:
  • heart
  • blood
  • kidneys
  • joints
  • digestive
  • respiratory
  • vascular systems
LABORATORY PATHOLOGY TESTING Functions provided by allied health professionals in a place equipped for the function of:
  • tests
  • experiments
  • investigative procedures
LICENSED HOME CARE SERVICE AGENCY Working with a licensed clinical social worker (lcsw), an agency helps individuals deal with a variety of:
  • mental health
  • daily living problems
LITHOTRIPSY The application of the physical force of sound waves to crush a stone in the:
  • bladder
  • urethra
  • kidney
  • Also known as MRI
  • A medical imaging technique used in radiology to visualize detailed internal structures
MATERNAL FETAL MEDICINE An obstetrician/gynecologist working with pregnant patients with complications to:
  • provide care
  • provide consultation
MEDICAL DIRECTOR A physician who works with local paramedics and EMTs to provide:
  • guidance
  • leadership
  • oversight
  • quality assurance
MEDICAL GENETICS The study of human diseases - that are at least partially genetic – and their:
  • etiology
  • pathogenesis
  • natural history
MEDICAL ONCOLOGY Branch of medicine that treats cancer.
MOBILE DIAGNOSTIC Mobile community facilities for services that are:
  • diagnostic
  • therapeutic
MRI OPEN MRI scanner that is open on all four sides.
  • a medical group
  • practicing in two or more specialties
NEONATAL PERINATAL MEDICINE Consists of the medical care of newborn infants, especially:
  • ill newborn
  • premature infant
NEPHROLOGY A subspecialty of internal medicine that treats kidney function disorders including:
  • high blood pressure
  • fluid and mineral balance
  • dialysis of body wastes
NEURO ONCOLOGY The field dealing with tumors of the nervous system.
NEURODEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES The treatment and diagnosis of problems with the growth and development of:
  • nerves
  • nerve tissue
  • the nervous system
NEURODIAGNOSTIC Diagnosis of diseases of the nervous system.
NEUROLOGY A specialty dealing in the diagnosis and treatment of disease or impaired function of the:
  • brain
  • spinal cord
  • peripheral nerves
  • muscles
  • autonomic nervous system
  • blood vessels that relate to these structures
NEUROLOGY/OTOLOGY Study of the ear.
NEUROMUSCULAR MEDICINE The science or study of the:
  • pathology and relationship between the nerve and muscle
  • the supply of nerve fibers functionally connected with the skeletal muscles
NEURO-ONCOLOGY The field of specialization dealing with tumors of the nervous system.
NEUROPSYCHOLOGY The branch of psychology that deals with the relationship between the nervous system, especially the brain, and cerebral or mental functions such as:
  • language
  • memory
  • perception
  • branch of radiology
  • deals with the nervous system
NEUROSURGERY Surgery treating disorders of the:
  • brain
  • spinal cord
  • nerves
  • transport of sick or injured people to the hospital
  • situations where treatment is not immediately needed or critical
NON-EMERGENCY TRANSPORTATION Transportation to or from medical care for the purpose of:
  • receiving treatment
  • receiving medical evaluation
NUCLEAR MEDICINE Branch of medicine involved with the use of radioactive substances for:
  • diagnosis
  • therapy
  • research
NUCLEAR RADIOLOGY Branch of radiology that uses radioactive materials for health disorder:
  • diagnosis
  • treatment
NURSE MIDWIFE Usually in collaboration with an obstetrician-gynecologist, the nurse midwife provides women and newborns with care such as:
  • primary obstetric
  • neonatal
  • preventive gynecological
NUTRITION Advice about:
  • food and nutrition
  • how they impact health
OBSTETRICS Care for women during:
  • pregnancy
  • delivery
  • post-childbirth
OBSTETRICS/GYNECOLOGY Specialty that deals with the female reproductive system and associated disorders during:
  • pregnancy
  • delivery
  • post-childbirth
OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE The therapeutic use of self-care, work and recreational activities to:
  • increase independent function
  • enhance development
  • prevent disability
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY A form of therapy in manual activities for therapeutic or remedial purposes in:
  • mental disorders
  • physical disorders
OPHTHALMOLOGY Specialty that deals with diagnosing, monitoring, and medically or surgically treat all ocular and visual disorders including:
  • problems affecting the eye
  • also known as oculopathy
OPTICIAN Seller of:
  • lenses
  • eyeglasses
  • other optical instruments
OPTOMETRY Specialty that deals with the examination and diagnoses of eye diseases such as:
  • glaucoma
  • cataracts
  • retinal diseases
ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY Branch of medicine that is involved in the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the:
  • oral cavity
  • maxillofacial area
  • adjacent and associated structures
ORTHODONTICS The dental specialty and practice of:
  • preventing irregularities of the teeth
  • correcting irregularities, as by the use of braces
ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY The branch of surgery that embraces the treatment of acute and chronic disorders of the extremities and spine including:
  • injuries
  • diseases
  • dysfunction and disorders
ORTHOTICS The science that deals with the use of specialized mechanical devices to support or supplement weakened or abnormal:
  • joints
  • limbs
ORTHOTICS & PROSTHETICS Specialty that deals with the preservation, investigation, and restoration of the form and function of the:
  • extremities
  • spine
  • associated structures
  • performs surgeryAND
  • does not provide overnight stays or care
PAIN MANAGEMENT A subspecialty of anesthesiology, neurology or physical medicine & rehabilitation that provides a high level of care for patients in both hospital and ambulatory settings experiencing pain that can be:
  • acute
  • chronic
  • cancer-related
PAIN MANAGEMENT SUPPORT The supervision and control of pain due to a condition that is:
  • physicalOR
  • medical
PATHOLOGY The medical science, and specialty practice, concerned with disease and its:
  • essential nature
  • causes and development of abnormal conditions
  • Resulting structural and functional changes
PEDIATRIC ALLERGY & IMMUNOLOGY The diagnosis and management of disorders of the immune system, in patients from birth through the teen years including:
  • asthma
  • rhinitis
  • eczema
  • urticarial
  • adverse reactions to drugs, foods, and insect stings
PEDIATRIC ANESTHESIOLOGY A subspecialty of anesthesiology dealing with the anesthesia of:
  • newborns
  • infants
  • children through age 12
PEDIATRIC BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE A medical specialty focusing on assessment and treatment of children with:
  • behavioral issues
  • developmental disabilities
  • adjustment and coping issues
  • learning and attention disorders
  • anxiety
  • stress management
PEDIATRIC CARDIAC MONITORING Assessment of the patient’s condition:
  • with continuous electrocardiography
  • relative to their cardiac rhythm
PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY The diagnosis and treatment of patients (birth to teen years) with conditions of the heart, lungs and blood vessels such as:
  • angina
  • abnormal heart rhythms
  • rheumatic heart disease
PEDIATRIC CRITICAL CARE The care and treatment of patients (age newborn to teen years) during:
  • a time of crisis
  • during a morbid condition in which death is possible
PEDIATRIC DERMATOLOGY The science of the skin and its diseases for patients (newborn to teen years with diagnosis and treatment of issues including:
  • acne
  • psoriasis
  • warts
  • skin infections and cancers
PEDIATRIC EAR, NOSE & THROAT Diagnosis and treatment of patients (newborn to teen years) with issues such as diseases of the:
  • ear
  • nose
  • throat
PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE Treatment of patients, (birth to teen years) primarily in hospitals or ambulatory emergency centers, for conditions requiring immediate medical or surgical treatment to prevent:
  • death
  • disability
PEDIATRIC ENDOCRINOLOGY In patients (newborn to teen years), the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the endocrine system (a collection of glands that produces hormones that regulate the body's rate of metabolism, growth, and sexual functioning) including:
  • ᎧᎳᏎᏥ
  • thyroid problems
PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY Diagnosis and treatment of patients, (newborn to teen years), with disorders of the digestive system, including the stomach, bowels, liver, gallbladder and related organs, including:
  • abdominal pain
  • ulcers
  • diarrhea
  • cancer
PEDIATRIC GENETICS In patients (newborn to teen years), the branch of science concerned with of biological inheritance and its:
  • components
  • transmission
PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY The diagnosis and treatment of patients, (newborn to teen years) with disorders of the blood, spleen and lymph glands including conditions such as:
  • anemia
  • clotting disorders
  • sickle cell disease
  • hemophilia
  • leukemia
PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE In patients from newborn to teen years, any disease caused by growth of pathogenic microorganisms in the body, such as:
  • tuberculosis
  • hepatitis b
  • conditions acquired while traveling
PEDIATRIC NEPHROLOGY The branch of medical science concerned with the structure and function, the diagnosis and treatment of the kidneys of patients from newborn to teen years – Including:
  • kidney disorders
  • high blood pressure
  • fluid and mineral balance
PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGY In patients from newborn to teen years, the branch of medicine that deals with the nervous system and its diseases, such as:
  • headache
  • epilepsy
  • numbness
  • Parkinson's
PEDIATRIC NEUROSURGERY In patients from newborn to teen years, the branch of medicine that deals with disorders of the nervous system, including the:
  • brain
  • spinal cord
  • nerves
PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY In patients from newborn to teen years, specialty that deals with cancer:
  • diagnosis
  • treatment
PEDIATRIC OPHTHALMOLOGY In patients from newborn to teen years, the branch of medicine which deals with eye:
  • anatomy
  • physiology
  • diseases
PEDIATRIC ORTHOPAEDICS In patients from newborn to teen years, the diagnosis and treatment, surgical prevention and correction of:
  • musculoskeletal deformities
  • injuries
PEDIATRIC PSYCHIATRY In patients from newborn to teen years, the branch of psychiatry that specializes in prevention of psychopathological disorders and their:
  • study
  • diagnosis
  • treatment
PEDIATRIC PULMONOLOGY In patients from newborn to teen years, a specialty that treats diseases of the lungs and airways, including:
  • pneumonia
  • cancer
  • pleurisy
  • asthma
  • bronchitis
  • sleep disorders
  • emphysema
PEDIATRIC RADIOLOGY In patients from newborn to teen years, a specialty for diagnosis and treatment that uses:
  • x-rays
  • nuclear imaging devices
  • radioactive substances
  • ultrasound
  • magnetic resonance
PEDIATRIC REHABILITATION MEDICINE In patients from newborn to teen years, a specialty that treats patients recovering from or overcoming disabilities or impairments caused by:
  • injury
  • illness
  • neurologic conditions such as strokes
PEDIATRIC RHEUMATOLOGY In patients from newborn to teen years, a specialty concerned with the study diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the joints, muscles, bones, and tendons including:
  • Arthritis
  • back pain
  • muscle strains
  • common athletic injuries
  • collagen diseases
PEDIATRIC SPORTS MEDICINE A specialty that treats children’s sports injuries to:
  • bones
  • muscles
  • tendons
  • ligaments
PEDIATRIC SURGERY In patients from newborn to teen years, a pediatric specialty concerned with the treatment of:
  • disease
  • injury
  • deformity
PEDIATRIC TRANSPLANT HEPATOLOGY Field of medicine that deals with:
  • patients from newborn to teen years
  • liver transplants
PEDIATRIC UROLOGY In patients from newborn to teen years, the branch of medicine concerned with the urinary tract in a pediatric specialty that treats disorders of the:
  • kidneys
  • ureters
  • bladder
  • urethra
  • male reproductive
PEDIATRICS A pediatrician is concerned with the physical, emotional, and social health of children from birth to young adulthood; care includes a broad spectrum of health services including:
  • preventive health care
  • diagnosis of acute and chronic diseases
  • Treatment of acute and chronic diseases
PEDIATRICS BEHAVIORAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL A medical specialty focusing on assessment and treatment of children with problems such as:
  • behavioral issues
  • developmental disabilities
  • anxiety, and stress management
PEDODONTICS The branch of dentistry dealing with children’s teeth and their:
  • care
  • treatment
PERIODONTICS The specialty of dentistry that studies:
  • supporting structures of teeth
  • diseases and conditions of the teeth
PERSONAL CARE SERVICES Services of an aide to assist with a patient’s personal care needs that are:
  • in the patient’s home
  • directly linked to a medical condition
    an immediate response in the first critical moments of an emergency
  • hands-free two-way communications
PHARMACY A facility or drug store where a pharmacist:
  • prepares drugs
  • dispenses drugs
PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION For patients with physical disabilities as a result of injury or disease, the medical specialty concerned with:
  • diagnosis
  • evaluation
  • treatment
PHYSICAL THERAPY A branch of rehabilitative health that uses specially designed exercises and equipment to help patients:
  • regain motion
  • improve their physical abilities
PHYSICIAN A person licensed to practice medicine.
PHYSIOLOGICAL LAB The biological study of the functions of:
  • living organisms
  • their parts
PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY Specialty that deals with physical defects and their:
  • repair
  • reconstruction
  • replacement
PODIATRY Specialty that deals with diseases of the foot and their:
  • evaluation
  • treatment
PREVENTIVE MEDICINE Through the study of the etiology and epidemiology of disease processes, the branch of medical science concerned with:
  • the prevention of disease
  • the promotion of mental health
PROSTHETICS The art and science of:
  • making and adjusting artificial parts of the human body
PROSTHODONTICS The branch of dentistry that deals with the replacement of missing teeth and related mouth or jaw structures with:
  • bridges
  • dentures
  • artificial devices
PSYCHIATRY Specialty that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders that can be:
  • mental
  • addictive
  • emotional
PSYCHOLOGY Specialty that deals with diagnosing and treating:
  • diseases of the brain
  • emotional disturbances
  • behavioral problems
PSYCHOSOMATIC MEDICINE Dealing with emotional disturbances that are manifested as physical disorders – their:
  • study
  • treatment
PULMONARY DISEASE A subspecialty of internal medicine that treats diseases of the:
  • lungs
  • airways
RADIATION ONCOLOGY The branch of medicine in which radioactive rays are used to cure or palliate cancers, such as cancers of the:
  • bone
  • brain
  • breast
  • cervix
RADIATION THERAPY A cancer treatment in which high levels of energy rays are dispensed from inside the body or directly into the tumor to:
  • destroy cancer cells
  • shrink cancer cells
RADIATION THERAPY CENTER A facility, part of a facility or any arrangement in which:
  • radiation therapy services are transported to various sites
  • radiation therapy is provided to patients
RADIOLOGY Medical specialty that employs the use of imaging within the human body to:
  • diagnose
  • treat disease
RADIOLOGY - INTERVENTIONAL & VASCULAR Specialty of medicine, in which:
  • minimally invasive procedures are performed
  • image guidance is used
REHABILITATION FACILITY A facility where a patient stays to return to normal or near-normal ability to function following events such as:
  • disease
  • illness
  • injury
REHABILITATION MEDICINE Treating disease without surgery.
REHABILITATION THERAPY Various treatments aimed to:
  • increase functional independence
  • prevent further loss of function
  • maintain or improve quality of life for individuals living with physical illnesses or conditions
REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGY A specialty that deals with managing complex problems relating to:
  • reproductive endocrinology
  • infertility
RESPIRATORY THERAPY Treatment to preserve or improve pulmonary function and the treatment of:
  • breathing disease
  • disorder
RESPITE CARE SERVICES For those who are caring for family members who might otherwise require permanent placement in a facility outside the home – the provision of:
  • short-term
  • temporary relief
RHEUMATOLOGY A subspecialty of internal medicine that treats diseases of the:
  • joints
  • muscles
  • bones
  • tendons
RURAL HEALTH CENTER A clinic located in:
  • rural
  • medically under-served areas
SCHOOL BASED CLINIC A health clinic that is located in or near a school facility of a:
  • school district
  • school board
SELF-DIRECTED CARE An approach to providing services intended to assist an individual with activities of daily living, in which such services (including the amount, duration, scope, provider, and location of such services) are:
  • planned, budgeted and purchased under the direction and control of such individual
  • assessed by the area agency on aging (or other agency designated by the area agency on aging)
SKILLED NURSING FACILITY Facility that provides a type of care of residents: it is a place of residence for people who:
  • require constant nursing care
  • have significant deficiencies with activities of daily living
SLEEP DIAGNOSTIC STUDIES The study of any condition that interferes with sleep, (excluding environmental factors) including:
  • dyssomnias
  • parasomnias
  • sleep pattern disruption associated with medical illness
SLEEP MEDICINE Medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of:
  • sleep disturbances
  • sleep disorders
SOCIAL DAY CARE In a setting away from home, an optional group program for functionally impaired adults, designed to meet:
  • health
  • social
  • functional needs
SPEECH THERAPY Specialty that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of:
  • speech
  • voice
  • language
  • problems with swallowing or feeding
SPINAL CORD INJURY MEDICINE Specialty that treats trauma or damage to the spinal cord, the major column of nerve tissue that is:
  • connected to the brain and lies within the vertebral canal
  • from which the spinal nerves emerge
SPORTS MEDICINE A subspecialty physician trained to be responsible for continuous care in the field of sports medicine for:
  • enhancement of health and fitness
  • prevention of injury and illness
SUB-ACUTE CARE Sub-acute care is a level of care needed by a patient who:
  • does not require hospital acute care
  • requires more intensive skilled nursing care than is provided to the majority of patients in a skilled nursing facility
SUBSTANCE ABUSE The processes of medical and/or psychotherapeutic treatment, for dependency on psychoactive substances such as:
  • alcohol
  • prescription drugs
  • so-called street drugs such as cocaine, heroin or amphetamines
SURGICAL CRITICAL CARE Surgery specializing in situations considered to be:
  • crisis
  • dangerous
SURGICAL ONCOLOGY Surgery to remove tumors.
THORACIC & CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY A medical specialty focusing on the surgical treatment of diseases of the:
  • chest
  • heart
  • lungs
THORACIC SURGERY A medical specialty focusing on the surgical treatment of diseases of the:
  • chest
  • heart
  • lungs
THORACIC/VASCULAR The surgical treatment of all diseases:
  • affecting the thorax (chest cavity)
  • those involving the heart
TRANSPLANT HEPATOLOGY The field of medicine that deals with liver transplants.
URGENT CARE The treatment for a condition that:
  • requires prompt attention, but does not impose an immediate, serious health threat
  • generally is available for services needed after normal primary care clinic hours
URGENT CARE CENTER A facility that provides:
  • quick access to health care and health care professionals for urgent care needs
  • does not require going to a hospital or other acute care facility
UROLOGY Specialty that deals with the management of benign and malignant medical and surgical disorders of the:
  • genitourinary system
  • renal gland
UROLOGY ONCOLOGY The diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other abnormal tissue of the:
  • kidneys
  • ureters
  • bladderurethra male reproductive
UROLOGY/GYNECOLOGY Urogynecology is a subspecialty of ob/gyn practice that addresses:
  • pelvic floor disorders
VASCULAR LAB Place of study for vessels that:
  • carry fluids
  • circulate fluids
VASCULAR SURGERY Specialty of surgery in which diseases of the vascular system, or arteries and veins, are managed by:
  • medical therapy
  • minimally-invasive catheter procedures
  • surgical reconstruction

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Is It Hard for You to Get to Your Provider Appointments?

Do you have trouble getting around? Do you live in a rural part of the state? If so, Telehealth Services may be right for you. Telehealth Services are covered just like an in-person doctor visit. And these services may be available at no cost to you!

Telehealth Services Let You Visit with a Provider by Phone or Video.

You will get the care you need without driving a long distance. When you see a provider through Telehealth, it will be a lot like a regular office visit. Services may include everyday care for non-emergency conditions, behavioral health, dermatology, and more!

Services not covered include:

  • Standard phone calls, faxes or email – combined or separate.
  • Getting your medication based on an online survey.

Any in-person care that needs prior approval will need the same prior approval through Telehealth.

How do I get Telehealth Services?

We’ve made it easy. There are now two ways to get Telehealth Services:

1. Through Teladoc 
We put access to quality care at your fingertips through Teladoc! Talk to a doctor anytime, anywhere by phone or video.

Teladoc is available for:

  • Everyday Care: Talk to a licensed doctor 24/7 who can treat non-emergency conditions such as the flu, sinus infections, sore throats, and more.
  • Mental Health Care: Talk to a therapist 7 days a week (from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in your local time zone). Teledoc’s experts provide support for anxiety, stress, depression, medication management, and more.
  • Dermatology (included with some plans): upload images of skin issues online and get a custom treatment plan within two days for common skin conditions such as eczema, acne, rashes, and more.

There are three easy ways to access Teladoc:

  1. Phone: call 1-800-TELADOC (835-2362)
  2. Online: visit the Teladoc website
  3. Mobile App: download the Teladoc Mobile App

2. Through Your Provider
Ask your provider if he/she offers Telehealth Services. Many providers offer this service directly. If so, your provider will give you all the information you need to get started.

Want to know more about Wellcare’s Telehealth Services? Contact Us.


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