What does a annual wellness visit includes?
- Routine measurements
- Review of individual and family history
- Medication and supplement review
- Discussion of chronic condition care
- Review functional ability and safety
- Referrals to education or counseling
- Planning a schedule for the screening and preventative services needed the next five to 10 years
Preventative care is what we do to prevent or delay medical problems. Getting preventative care saves you the time, money and the worry that comes with medical problems. And, if you avoid medical problems, you’ll be more independent and have a better quality of life for a longer time.
No, Medicare pays the entire cost of the Annual Wellness visit (AWV) -once every 365 days. Please be aware that during the course of your AWV, your provider may discover and need to investigate or treat a new or existing problem.
This additional care is considered diagnostic, meaning your provider is treating you because of certain symptoms or risk factors. Yearly Medication Review also falls under this category.
Medicare may bill you for any diagnostic care you receive during a preventive visit. If you have Supplemental Insurance, it may cover many of these diagnostic services.
Preventative care is not the same for everyone. What’s best for you depends on how you live and upon you and your family’s medical history.
During your Annual Wellness Visit, we’ll gather more information about your unique health situation. We’ll discuss what medical problems you may need to watch out for and how we can prevent them. You may be given some preventative care, such as a flu immunization, but you will not be given an actual physical exam.
Yes. Medicare will pay for you to come in every year and update your plan according to your current needs.
If you have specific concerns about your health, please bring them to our attention, but you need to schedule another appointment with your provider.
When you come in for your Medicare Annual Wellness Visit, please bring the following:
Any medical records you have, including immunization records.
Any family health history, in as much detail as possible.
A complete list of medications you take, including vitamins, supplements and herbs. For each medication, write down how often and how much of each you take.
A list of healthcare providers and suppliers currently involved in your care.