As a Medicare beneficiary, you are entitled to a FREE Annual Wellness Visit with your primary care office once a year. What better way to work together to help you stay healthy and live longer!
As your primary care team, we know that the key to better health is prevention. This Medicare benefit is designed to have you and your care team work together to develop a personalized health plan that focuses on prevention and wellness.
What is a Medicare Annual Wellness Visit?
This type of visit is for patients who have been enrolled in Medicare for more than 12 months. Medicare allows one Annual Wellness Visit every 365 days. The goal of your Annual Wellness Visit is to review your health, assess risks, and develop a plan to keep you well. It is not a comprehensive “head-to-toe” physical exam.
What will happen during the visit?
We will gather more information about your unique health situation, discuss potential medical problems, and how we can help prevent them.
Do I have to pay for this visit?
No. Medicare pays the entire cost of the visit if:
- You have had Medicare Part B coverage for more than 12 months, AND
- You have not had a Medicare Initial Prevention Physical Examination or an Annual Wellness Visit within the last 12 months.
- Your Health Risk Assessment (HRA) Form given to you by your primary care office.
- The names of all providers on your healthcare team, including specialists, home health agencies or medical supply companies.
- Your medications, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, herbals, and the name and locations of the pharmacies you use.
- A family member or caregiver may accompany you.
At Your Annual Wellness Visit we will:
- Take routine measurements, such as your height, weight, and blood pressure.
- Review your individual and family medical history.
- Review medications, supplements and vitamins you are currently taking.
- Evaluate your functional ability and level of safety.
- Identify risk factors and specific health conditions or needs.
- Refer you to other health services that may help you minimize or treat potential health risks.
- Develop a schedule for the Medicare screening and preventive services you will need over the next 5 years to 10 years.
Does not include:
Evaluation and treatment of existing or new medical conditions or problems. We will schedule a separate visit to address specific medical concerns.