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Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

What is Your Annual Wellness Visit?

Your Annual Wellness Visit is a once-a-year preventive exam covered by Medicare. It’s intended to get you up-to-date on basic screenings, immunizations and preventive services.

Your visit also provides the opportunity for you and your doctor to develop a personalized plan – based on your current health and risk factors – to manage your health and prevent disease.

When are You Eligible for Your Initial Visit?

Within your first year of enrollment in Medicare, a "Welcome to Medicare Exam" is available to you. Also, you’re eligible for subsequent Annual Wellness Visits every 12 months.

What Happens During Your Visit?

Unlike a comprehensive physical exam, your Annual Wellness Visit includes certain screening questions, vaccines, and possible referrals for additional tests or services, if needed. At a minimum, your doctor and medical staff will do the following:

  • Measure your height, weight, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI).
  • Review your medical, surgical, social history (such as alcohol, tobacco and drug use) and family history.
  • Review your current prescribed and over-the-counter medications.
  • Perform a basic vision and hearing test.
  • Perform a basic depression and cognitive screening (e.g. memory) test.
  • Complete a health risk and safety assessment.
  • Discuss end-of-life planning.
  • Discuss recommended preventive screenings and services you may need in the coming years.
  • Discuss referrals for appropriate services or programs to help minimize or treat potential health risks.

Keep in mind that some of these services may be performed by a nurse or medical assistant.

What Should You Bring to Your Visit?

Please come prepared to your Annual Wellness Visit with the following information:

  • Updates on any medical issues from the past year.
  • Your family history. Try to learn as much as you can about your family’s health history before your appointment. Any information you give your doctor can help determine if you’re at risk for certain diseases.
  • A list of prescription and over-the-counter drugs that you currently take, including how often you take them and why you take them.
  • A list of any other healthcare professionals that are currently involved in your care.
  • Any copies of advanced directives (such as power of attorney or a living will) if not currently on file.

What Will Your Visit Cost You?

Your Annual Wellness Visits are a preventive care benefit covered by Medicare at no expense to you and you are not subject to deductibles, co-insurance or co-payments.

However, if other services are performed in addition to your screening visit (such as meeting with your doctor about any new problems or updates on your current conditions), this may incur a co-payment or deductible expense.

What Can You Do to Prevent Illness?

Exercise

Do any physical activity you like for 20 to 30 minutes, five or six days per week. Talk to your doctor about the right exercise program for you.

Eat Well

Enjoy a healthy diet of different foods, including fruits, vegetables, protein (meat, fish or beans), whole grains (brown rice, pasta or cereal) and low-fat dairy. You should also limit the amount of saturated fat you eat.

Keep a Healthy Weight

Watch your portions and try to balance the number of calories you eat with the number you burn by exercising.

Don't Smoke

If you smoke, talk to your doctor about getting help to quit.

Prevention is Key

Delay or lessen the effects of diseases by getting preventive services – like screening tests to find disease early, and vaccines to keep you from getting dangerous illnesses.
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