Medicare's Annual Wellness Visit

Medicare is now covering an annual wellness visit, providing you with a personalized prevention plan at no cost.

Whether you have Traditional Medicare or a Medicare replacement plan, you are eligibile to receive this free visit annually. 

 

This visit may seem like a small thing, but it will help you take control of your health care. If you take full advantage of these visits, coupled with preventive care, it may mean the difference between sickness and health, and in some cases, between life and death. 

 

Your physician requires that you get this visit annually because it provides us with important information about your health that there isn't always time to assess at your normal office visits. It also helps your doctor develop a personalized plan to take a comprehensive approach to improving your health and preventing disease. 

 

Our wellness nurse, Vickie, will work WITH you to develop a strategy to help you take control and manage your healthcare. She is knowledgeable and can help you understand your health, conditions, and treatment plans, as well as help you coordinate your care with other healthcare providers, provide you with appropriate resources for advance care planning, healthy living, and social and behavioral health support. 

 

 

The visit includes the following services: 

  • Routine measurements, such as height, weight, blood pressure and BMI
  • Review of your medical and family history
  • Review of your medications, supplements, and vitamins that you are currently taking
  • Discussion of the care that you are receiving from other providers
  • Review of your functional ability and level of safety (for example, your risk of falling at home), including any cognitive impairment, as well as screening for depression
  • Discussion of personalized health advice that takes into account your risk factors and specific health condition or needs, including weight loss, physicial activity, smoking cessation, fall prevention and nutrition
  • Discussion of referrals to other appropriate health education or preventive counseling services that may help you minimize or treat potential health risks
  • Planning a schedule for the Medicare screening and preventive services that you will need over the next five to ten years. 

 

 

Although the AWV is not the same as an annual physical exam, it provides you with the same opportunity to talk with us about your health concerns. 

 

After your initial wellness visit, you are eligible for a follow-up AWV every 12 months. These visits are at no cost to you. 

 

Please call us at (706)854-2160 to schedule!