Medicare Annual Wellness Visits
September 22, 2017
Are you over the age of 65 and enrolled in Medicare? If so, then you’re eligible for a FREE Medicare Annual Wellness Visit every 365 days. The goal of the wellness visit is to allow patients the opportunity to talk with their primary care provider about ways to prevent disease and improve overall health.
What to Expect
The annual wellness visit is longer than most visits. During this visit, your primary care provider and their team will:
- Review your medical background
- Update your medication list
- Ask about which other providers you see
- Ask you questions about risk factors (smoking, falls, ability to care for yourself)
- Ask about symptoms of depression
- Review your immunization record (shots)
At the end of the visit, your primary care provider will give you a wellness plan that will include recommended tests, screenings, lifestyle changes, and more to help you stay healthy and prevent disease. This plan, will be based on your answers to the questions above.
Will I have a physical exam during my visit?
During your visit, your primary care physician will check your blood pressure, height, and weight. They may also inform you of your body mass index (BMI) and make recommendations based on your results. However, it’s important to note that this visit does NOT include a physical exam and is NOT intended to be an appointment for diagnosis and detection of illnesses. Rather, this appointment should be viewed as a time to assess your overall health and wellness.
Can I talk about my other medical problems at this visit?
The purpose of the annual wellness visit is to focus on prevention. A brief discussion of existing or new medical problems is generally okay. If you have more to discuss, you should make a follow up appointment, which will give you and your provider more time to talk about your health.